Grant Will Enable Natural Gas Service for Waymart, Canaan
5/23/2018

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Grant Will Enable Natural Gas Service for Waymart, Canaan
The Commonwealth Financing Authority earlier this week approved a $1 million grant to install more than 5 miles of pipeline for natural gas service to Waymart Borough and portions of Canaan Township in Wayne County.

The grant will be used to install just over 5 miles of natural gas pipeline from the existing line in Canaan Township, which serves the federal penitentiary on Canaan Road, to and throughout Waymart.

The pipeline will make natural gas available to 52 commercial and 451 residential customers, including the area’s largest employers, such as Ladore Camp, Retreat and Conference Center; Wayne Woodland Manor; R.D. Wilson Elementary School; Ray’s Surshave Supermarket; Great Valley Cardiology; Universal Publishing; and The Charles W. Grimm Construction Company.

The total cost of the pipeline project is just over $2 million. UGI will provide matching funds to the grant of approximately $1 million.
                                     

Susquehanna County Bluestone Association Annual Dinner

I was pleased to attend the Susquehanna County Bluestone Association Annual Dinner. I am pictured with members of the association, as well as Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Susquehanna County Commissioners Alan Hall and Betsy Arnold, and Susquehanna County District Attorney Marion O’Malley.
 

Honoring an Outstanding Community Member

I am pictured here with Andrew Seder from Sen. Lisa Baker’s office recognizing Waymart’s Jane Varcoe as Community Member of the Year at Ladore’s annual dinner. Jane works tirelessly to advocate for her community. Congratulations, Jane. You deserve the recognition!
 

Fish for Free this Sunday
Anglers fishing in Pennsylvania’s waterways this weekend are encouraged to take advantage of the annual Fish for Free Day on Sunday, May 27. As part of this program from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), anyone (resident or non-resident) can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license. All other fishing regulations will still apply.

To make the fishing experience more convenient on the Fish-for-Free days, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state. Many of the sites are right at state parks, which are always a popular place for visitors during the Memorial Day weekend. Loaner sites are also available at county parks and some public libraries. Click here for the list of loaner sites.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4.
 

Helping Foster Children Succeed as Adults
As a way to help children placed in the foster care system succeed as adults, the House Education Committee held an informational meeting this week to review House Bill 1745, legislation that would allow these individuals to access better educational and job-training opportunities.

More than 22,000 youth are in foster care, and each year more than 1,000 of these children “age out” of the system. Sadly, only 50 percent of foster youth graduate from high school and only 20 percent go on to college.

To address this, House Bill 1745 proposes a multi-pronged approach, which includes measures to make college more affordable for youth in foster care; establish an outreach program; provide them with resources for academic and financial support; and recommend further ways to help students succeed.

Overall, the legislation is designed to assist foster care children in promoting their independence through educational opportunities and reducing their reliance on government assistance programs.
 

Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop: June 13-14
SEEDS is presenting its sixth annual two-night Do-It-Yourself Solar Workshop on June 13 and 14. As an added bonus, this year attendees will also be able to participate in an actual installation of a solar PV system on Lacawac Sanctuary’s Visitors’ Center on Wednesday, June 23 (rain date is June 24).

The following will be covered during the workshop:

• Learn how solar works and how much it costs.
• Learn if your roof is well positioned to generate solar electricity.
• On-site demonstration and hands-on practice.

For more information and to register, visit seedsgroup.net.
 

Remembering Our Heroes
Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who have sacrificed their lives serving in our nation’s military. More than 1.1 million Americans have died in wars in which the United States entered, including nearly 500,000 in the Civil War and 405,000 in World War II.

For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here.
 

Traveling Over Memorial Day? Check Traffic Conditions on 511PA.com
Travelers can log onto 511PA.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, for the holiday. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
 
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