Office Locations 
District Offices
16501 State Route 706
Suite 2
Montrose PA 18801
Phone: (570) 278-3374
FAX: (570) 278-2952
Hours: M - F
8 :30 am – 4:00 pm

32 Commercial St.
Suite 300
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5533
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 - 4:00

Capitol Office
414 Irvis Office
PO Box 202111
Harrisburg PA 17120-2111
(717) 783-2910
FAX: (717) 782-2957

                                            
DCED Deputy Secretary Toured Wayne County Stourbridge Project Facilities
9/20/2018

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DCED Deputy Secretary Toured Wayne County Stourbridge Project Facilities
 
Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary of Technology and Innovation Sheri Collins gladly accepted an invite to tour the many business incubator features accessible at the Stourbridge project in Wayne County.

From left are Wedco Executive Director Mary Beth Wood, Wedco board member Jim LaBar, Wayne County Commissioner Joe Adams, Sherri Collins, myself and Wayne/Pike County Workforce Alliance Executive Director Lucyann Vierling. 
 

Williams’ Annual BBQ

   
Impressive turnout at Williams' Annual BBQ cook off at Lazy Brook Park. These folks are serious about their ribs and brisket. Amazingly good eats!

 
Pictured with longtime friends Tom and Pat Shepstone.

 
Photo with Jerry Dugas and Bill DesRosiers of Cabot Oil and Gas.
 

Administration Announces New Flood Recovery Aid Available to Local Governments
The Wolf administration is now offering flood recovery aid to local governments to assist with flood recovery efforts in flood-stricken areas of northcentral and eastern Pennsylvania. Harrisburg officials have announced the availability of $6.25 million for streambank restoration and recovery efforts by local communities.

Portions of our region saw catastrophic flood damage. We have been working hard since to make resources available to our local municipalities. Municipalities should know that these funds require no match. We kindly urge those needing help with repairs to reach out and seek these resources.

The administration directed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide the required cost-share for the projects so that eligible projects will be available at no cost to local governments. The funding will assist communities recovering from the recent floods and help them prepare for future storm events.

“Getting our communities back on their feet after these floods is one of my administration’s top priorities, and these grants to local governments will help make sure that flooding can be reduced in the future,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “DEP will work collaboratively with the federal government on the design, permitting, and construction of these projects so that we can ensure long-term protection from flooding.”

Funding will be available for Berks, Bradford, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northampton, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties for the flooding events that occurred in summer 2018. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15, by NRCS.

“Restoring and repairing streambanks in these areas can help protect residents from future flooding,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We are grateful to NRCS for making this funding available and are looking forward to working with affected local governments to begin this important work.”

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide 75 percent of restoration funding, with DEP providing the 25 percent match for eligible projects.

Projects eligible for funding include removing debris from waterways, reseeding damaged areas and protecting eroded streambanks from further damage. Funding is not available to repair or maintain existing structures or repair damage to homes and businesses caused by floodwater.

Local municipal officials may contact the Susquehanna County NRCS at 570-278-1011 or the Wayne County Conservation District at 570-253-0930 for assistance in requesting resources.
 

Are You Prepared?
 
With remnants of Tropical Depression Florence hitting much of Pennsylvania this week, state and national officials remind residents that September is National Preparedness month, an opportunity to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

As part of the awareness month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents to make and practice a preparedness plan, learn life-saving skills, check your insurance coverage and save for an emergency.

Residents should adapt their plans for all types of emergencies and disasters – residential fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, earthquakes, natural gas leaks and other events involving evacuations.

Tips and checklists are available online here
 

PA Treasury Holding Military Decorations
 
The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new state website dedicated to reuniting military decorations that have been reported as unclaimed property with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. Treasury continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

To search for unclaimed military decorations, click here
 

Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available
 
To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

REAP is designed for agricultural producers who install BMPs or make equipment purchases that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which improves Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s State Conservation Commission.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards. Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also common REAP-eligible practices. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Chesapeake Bay Program to help install BMPs.

For projects that include the proposed purchase of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2019. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs and BMP components must be completed by June 30, 2020, to be eligible.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here
 

New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly
The spotted lanternfly (SLF), a pest native to China and Vietnam, was first discovered in Berks County in 2014 and presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The pest has since spread to 13 counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area.

While little is known about the insect's behavior and biology, researchers at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to gather scientific data on how to contain and manage this pest. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and USDA are working to implement containment and control efforts.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website, click here
 
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Office Locations
16501 State Route 706, Suite 2, Montrose, PA 18801 | Phone: 570-278-3374 
32 Commercial Street, Suite 300, Honesdale, PA 18431 | 570-253-5533
414 Irvis Office, PO Box 202111, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2111
Email Address: JFritz@pahousegop.com
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