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Monday, April 6, 2015
I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Easter & Happy Passover! This special time
of year gives us a chance to count the many blessings we enjoy, and renew our
faith and ourselves.
Thousands Participate in Tele-Town Hall
April 1st, I had the opportunity to question Acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn on
Governor’s Wolf's 2015-2016 budget proposal. You can watch our discussion by
clicking the link above.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced that Hunter-Trapper Education courses are now being held across the state.
To register for a course in our area, visit GoHuntPA.org and click on the “Learn to Hunt” link, or go to the Game Commission’s website, and click on the “Hunter Education Classes” icon in the center of the homepage. From here, you can elect to take the basic “Hunter-Trapper Education” course, which is typically a six-hour course held over one or two days.
years of age or older also may elect to take the new fully online Hunter-Trapper
Education course, which also takes about six hours to complete. Those who are
certified through the online course must pay a $19.50 fee upon completion.
On Tuesday, March 31st, I had the opportunity to meet with
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members from across the 23rd Senate District who came
to Harrisburg to participate in the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative
Conference. Members discussed priority issues affecting farm families, including
the potential impact on real estate property taxes in connection with the
proposed state budget, efforts to address unfunded pension liabilities and
Chesapeake Bay requirements.
The deadline to apply for home heating assistance under the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to May 1st. LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. LIHEAP applications were supposed to be in by April 3, but the severity and duration of this winter's weather resulted in the deadline extension.
COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local public procurement units (LPPUs) and state-affiliated entities (Members) are able to leverage contracts established by the Department of General Services to cost-effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business.
You are eligible if you are a political subdivision; public authority; any tax-exempt, nonprofit educational or public health institution or organization; any nonprofit fire, rescue, or ambulance company; and to the extent provided by law, any other entity, including a council of government or an area government that expends public funds for the procurement of supplies and services.
Since its inception in 2005, the growth of the COSTARS program has exceeded all expectations.
To become a
COSTARS member, your organization can register online at
http://www.costars.state.pa.us. If your organization does not have access to
the internet, please contact the COSTARS office via the toll-free number at
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Williamsport, PA 17701
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