Funding Awarded for Snyder County Courthouse Expansion
9/14/2018

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Funding Awarded for Snyder County Courthouse Expansion

Earlier this week, I joined Sen. John Gordner and Rep. Lynda Culver, along with officials from Snyder County, to announce a $500,000 state grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). This grant will help offset the costs of the county’s courthouse expansion project into a neighboring bank building. The funds will help with the purchase and renovations of an M&T Bank building adjacent to the current courthouse so that the county can continue to invest in services to local residents. 
 
 
Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019. 

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here
  
 
Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair: Monday through Saturday, Sept. 10-15. Bean soup served daily at noon. Concessions open at 4 p.m. Parade held Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Fun, food and fellowship with friends and family. Click here for additional information

Central PA Vintage Iron Club Fall Festival: Friday to Sunday, Sept. 14-16. See vintage tractors, International Harvester, steam engines, hit and miss engines. Tractor pulls, great food, kids games, crafts, hay rides, Tractor Square Dancing and Games. Held rain or shine. Free nightly entertainment. Free parking and admission. Click here for additional information

Lewisburg Children’s Museum First Birthday Celebration: Sunday, Sept. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. Photo booth, carnival-themed activities, crafts, face painting and magician. Click here for additional information

Penns Creek Volunteer Fire Company Fall Gun Raffle: Saturday, Sept. 15. Doors open at 11 a.m. and meal served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children’s entertainment. Raffle begins at noon, with final drawing at 2 p.m.

Heart of Lewisburg Music Festival: Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hufnagle Park. Entertainment provided by the local band, Jesse. A unique selection of Pennsylvania beers and wines, along with food from downtown Lewisburg restaurants, will be available for purchase in the gated area of the park. Artisans, crafters and vendors will be set up around the park. Click here for additional information

Beaver Community Fair: Sunday through Saturday, Sept. 16-22. A traditional county fair event with livestock and farm competitions, agricultural exhibits, baking contests, games, midway attractions, tractor pulls, entertainment, food vendors and more. Click here for additional information

Selinsgrove Market Street Festival: Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will feature over 100 vendors, arts and crafts, food, games, contests, entertainment and more. Click here for additional information

Lewisburg Children’s Museum Activities: Weekends in October. Stop by for story time (Oct. 6); learn about wooly worms (Oct. 13), forests (Oct. 20) and chemistry (Oct. 27); or take part in “Munchkins and Pumpkins,” featuring a variety of fall activities (Oct. 28). Click here for additional information

Mifflinburg Oktoberfest: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 at the Mifflinburg VFW Fairgrounds. German music and dancers, festival and German foods, imported beer from Germany, and German style wines. Click here for additional information

Buffalo Valley Antique Machinery Association Annual Autumn Exhibit: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7. Displays and demonstrations of the use of antique tractors and machinery. Antique tractor pulls, garden tractor pulls and a kid’s pedal pull. Food, crafters, a small flea market and an apple butter boil. A church service and camping is available (no hook-ups). Click here for additional information

For additional events across Central PA, visit the Susquehanna Valley Visitor Bureau’s website here.  
 
 
Grants Available for Job Training

Local workforce development boards can apply for $2.5 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts – all in an effort to expand new career opportunities across Pennsylvania.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor and Industry to local workforce development boards, which are regional entities that direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs in their areas.

These partnerships connect schools, employers, parents and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

Last year, nearly 9,000 students throughout the state participated in partnership activities.

Additional details and the grant application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. 
 
 
Elk Cam Goes Live

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again has installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season this fall heats up.

Video and sound from the camera are being live-streamed at www.pgc.pa.gov, and viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well.

The live stream, which is provided by the Game Commission’s partner, HDOnTap, is the latest in a string of real-time wildlife-watching opportunities offered by the Game Commission.

The page also contains information on Pennsylvania’s elk, where to view them and links to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors website, which includes all sorts of helpful information for anyone visiting elk country.

The live stream is slated to run until the end of the bugling season, likely sometime in mid-October. The top time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon. 
 
 
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here
 
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