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11/21/2018

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
 
 
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Thanksgiving

PennDOT’s full-service center in Harrisburg and all of its driver license and photo centers will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
Supporting Small Businesses

With small businesses serving as the economic engines of our communities, Pennsylvania consumers are encouraged to shop small on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24.

According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, there are nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania, which employ nearly half of the state’s workforce. Small firms make up 98.2 percent of the state’s employers.

Over the last legislative session, the House Republican Caucus has worked to enhance opportunities for small businesses and job creators in Pennsylvania by modernizing business laws, seeking to reduce burdensome and duplicative regulations, and fighting off harmful and unnecessary tax increases.

One of those measures, which is designed to help budding entrepreneurs, is the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop. This website, which was based upon legislation initiated in the House, seeks to assist entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of development. It was launched earlier in 2018.
 
 
Safety Tips for this Hunting Season

As you prepare to head out to our fields and forests, be sure to keep safety in mind. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers these important tips:

Basic Safety
  • Positively identify the target – Be sure you are shooting at legal game and not another hunter. And never shoot at sounds or movement.
  • Know your zone of fire and never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.
  • Wear the mandated amount of fluorescent orange clothing and use layers of clothing that wick moisture, insulate, and block wind or rain to help keep you safe and comfortable.
  • Let someone know where you are hunting and when you will return. They should alert authorities if you do not return at the appointed time.
  • Carry a basic survival kit and know how to use it.

Firearms Safety
  • Handle all firearms as if they’re loaded. Never assume they are unloaded and double check to be sure.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction and don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Unload and place your firearm on the ground before crossing a fence, log or other obstacle, or climbing a tree.
  • Shoot only when a safe and adequate backstop exists. Don’t shoot at hard, flat surfaces, water, or a target on the horizon.
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov.
 
 
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest

To help families, individuals and seniors who are in need, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program is encouraging hunters from across the Commonwealth to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison.

The program partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations. Since 1991, HSH has distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of donated venison.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. Participating processors in the area include Valley Meats in Emporium and The Smoke House in St. Marys. For more information, visit www.ShareDeer.org.
 
 
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: Nov. 23 through Dec. 22 in downtown Lewisburg. Click here for a full list of events

A Little Log Cabin Christmas: Friday, Nov. 30, from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Middleburg. Come for an evening of family fun, entertainment and the simple charms of an Old World Christmas. Forty vendors line the entire block of East Market Street in Middleburg. Live music by a string ensemble and the old pump organ takes place in the Snyder County Historical Society from 5:30-8 p.m. Click here for additional information

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

Mifflinburg Tree Lighting Ceremony and Late Night Shoppers: Sunday, Dec. 2. Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Mifflinburg. Click here for additional information

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

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

For additional events across Central PA, visit the Susquehanna Valley Visitor Bureau’s website 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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