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12/7/2018

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It was an honor to help celebrate the launch of a new small business this week! I joined officials at the Bucknell Small Business Development Center in a ribbon cutting for Corrections Consultants, LLC, founded by Karen Nicholson of Lewisburg. The company is designed to respond to the need for federal, state, county and private corrections facilities to access experience staff and expertise in the field.
 
 
Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

Celebrate the Season in Selinsgrove: Now through Dec. 15 in downtown Selinsgrove. Click here for a full list of events.

Lewisburg’s Miracle on Market Street: Now through Dec. 22 in downtown Lewisburg. Click here for a full list of events.

Lewisburg Children's Museum December Programs and Events: Click here for a full list of events.

Mifflinburg Chirstkindl Market: Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 13-15, in downtown Mifflinburg. Mifflinburg's version of an authentic Christmas Market, inspired by the 700-year-old traditional German Christkindl Market, or Christ Child Market, is a festive event prepared by various churches, organizations, schools and residents. For three days, Mifflinburg’s Market Street, with its many churches, is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats. Click here for additional information

Also, Christkindl Market is looking for volunteers to help with set-up, tear-down and a variety of opportunities during the Market. To volunteer, please contact the Christkindl Hotline at 1-888-666-0877.

Breakfast with the Grinch and Free Movie Showing: Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8-11 a.m. at the Lewisburg Club across from the Lewisburg Hotel. The Lewisburg Sunset Rotary Club presents the 10th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast with The Grinch! Click here for additional information.

Holiday Train Display at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau: Friday through Sunday, Dec. 14-16. Bring the kids to see a free model train display at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, located at Route 15 and Hafer Road, next to Country Cupboard in Lewisburg. Click here for additional information.
 
 
PA Fire, Emergency Services Need Our Help

With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission created by lawmakers to study the situation issued dozens of recommendations last week.

Statistics show the number of volunteer firefighters has shrunk from about 300,000 in the 1980s to 38,000 today, according to the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute. Ambulance services are facing similar challenges for both volunteers and paid staff, leaving communities potentially vulnerable in emergency situations.

To reverse this trend, the commission suggests several strategies to boost recruitment and retention, including providing Length of Service Award Payments (LOSAP) and other benefit programs, funding basic fire and EMS training at the state level, and offering incentives to employers to permit trainees to attend fire and EMS training.

To further enhance training accessibility, the commission recommends including public safety as a trade/career preparatory program at career and technical education centers across the state and restoring funding for public safety training courses at community colleges.

Action on recommendations in the report would build on two important initiatives enacted earlier this year to boost funding for the state’s ambulance services: increasing Medicaid reimbursements for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services and requiring both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place.
 
 
Get Your 2019 Fishing License!

Fishing licenses for 2019 are now available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and its more than 700 issuing agents and county treasurers’ offices.

The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

Customers will also have the option of purchasing several new voluntary permits, with funds generated by their purchase being reinvested into their respective programs. The voluntary permits include: bass ($11.90); musky ($11.90); habitat/waterways conservation permit ($11.90); and wild trout and enhanced waters permit ($26.90).

Licenses are valid for up to 13 months, from December 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019.

For more information about fishing in PA, and how to give the gift of fishing by purchasing a gift voucher, visit www.fishandboat.com.
 
 
Guard Against Fraud This Holiday Season

While the holiday season is often the most charitable, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will.

For your protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.

To learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, you may also call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.

For additional information about protecting yourself while giving, click here.
 
 
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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