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Free Weatherization Services for Residents

Income-qualified residents can save money and stay warm this winter with free weatherization services offered by SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG). This service is available to qualifying homeowners and renters in Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

Weatherization services include energy education, diagnostics and solutions, emergency furnace repair or replacement, and Cold Weather Crisis intervention.

To get the whole picture, SEDA-COG staff reviews the home heating bills, energy leaks, and heat distribution system. Specifically, services can include:
  • Insulation and sealing air leaks.
  • Heat system repairs and insulation, and water pipe insulation.
  • Refrigerator/freezer and hot water heater replacements.
  • Energy-efficient lighting, faucet aerators and smart strips.
  • Thermostats, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and ventilation fans.
  • Indoor air quality tests and corrective action.

Income qualifications range from $23,540 for a family of one to $81,780 for a family of eight. (Add $8,320 for each additional family member.) Residents also must live in the home year-round to qualify.

Since the inception of SEDA-COG’s Weatherization program in 1976, over 37,000 homes have been weatherized. SEDA-COG makes homes more affordable, comfortable and energy efficient with staff and technology expertise. For more information, call SEDA-COG at 1-800-332-6701 and ask for the weatherization program.
Hunter-Trapper Education Boosts Safety

Interested in hunting or trapping in Penn’s Woods? By law, all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, must successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.

A training certificate, which is recognized throughout North America, is awarded when the individual passes the test at the end of the course. Individuals must be at least 11 years old to enroll in a class. The training is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants. Due to hunter education, hunting is safe and getting safer.

Two options are available to complete the course -- in a classroom or entirely online (for those who are 16 years of age or older). Click here to learn more about HTE and view other training programs available.
Slow Down for School Buses, Pedestrians

With students heading back to school, now is a good time for drivers to brush up on how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.

Click here for more information and tips for school bus safety.
Fire, EMS Grant Program to
Open Sept. 6

Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for this year’s grant program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period will open on Sept. 6 and close on Oct. 20.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information about the program, click here.
Breakfast Meeting on Agriculture Set for Sept. 13

Please join Sen. Gene Yaw and me for a discussion about how to improve agricultural conditions throughout our region on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Country Cupboard, 101 Hafer Road in Lewisburg. The speaker will be Richard Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. The breakfast is sponsored by PennAg Industries.

There is no cost to you for the breakfast, but registration is required. Please contact Rita Zielonis at or call 717-787-3280.
Check Out These Upcoming Events!

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair: Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 10-16. Bean soup served daily at noon; concessions open at 4 p.m. daily. Click here for additional information.

Cycling through the Centuries: Mifflinburg Buggy Museum on Sunday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 24. Pre-registration is required for the ride. Click here for additional information.

Central PA Vintage Iron Club Fall Festival: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17, at Lincoln Park in Laurelton. Click here for additional information.

Beaver Community Fair: Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 17-23. Click here for additional information and a calendar of events.

Selinsgrove Market Street Festival: Saturday, Sept. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for additional information.
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