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Recently, I had an opportunity to address members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association to discuss legislative matters before the PA General Assembly.
Specifically, I highlighted the legislature’s efforts to address the rise in heroin and opioid abuse.
The community is invited to a public open house regarding the replacement of two Bradford County bridges and one Lycoming County Bridge included in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.
The open houses will be focused on important information including the construction schedule and traffic changes that are planned to take effect while the bridges are being replaced.
Outlined below are details of the bridges to be replaced and each open house.
Route 14 (Canton Street) Bridge,
Location: Oscoluwa Engine & Hose Co.
Route 15 Bridge,
Location: Clinton Township Lower Building
Representatives from Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners will be available to discuss the bridge projects and answer questions. Construction plans will be on display for reference.
To view the bridges included in the statewide initiative and learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.
Requests for special needs or accommodations to aid public participation at this facility should be directed to McKenzi Loid at 412-475-5164.
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Pictured L to R: Rep. Sid Kavulich, Steve Brame, Sen. John Wozniak, Sen. Gene Yaw,
Dr. Karen Whitney, Dr. Ted Alter, Dr. Nancy Falvo and Rep. Garth Everett.
Last week, I joined fellow Board Members of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP) to recognize the work and accomplishments of out-going
CRP Board Members Senator John Wozniak, Dr. Karen Whitney and Dr. Ted Alter.
(Not pictured, out-going Board Member Taylor Doebler)
State Assistance Available
Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is taking applications through March 31, 2017 for home heating assistance to qualifying low- and fixed-income individuals and families, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Income eligibility for heating assistance for a household of one is $17,820, increasing incrementally with a family of ten’s income eligibility set at $73,815. Each additional person over ten raises the limit by $6,240.
Federal Assistance Available
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing up to $2,168,426 in funding to programs in Pennsylvania over several years promoting screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs.
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders.
For more information on SAMHSA grants, visit
Ag Land Preservation Program
The PA Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Purchase Program of Susquehanna County, which is administered by the Susquehanna County Conservation District, is having an application period from Nov. 15, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017. This program purchases conservation easements from landowners to help protect the farming heritage of Susquehanna County.
An agricultural conservation easement is a legal restriction on land development that limits the use of land to agricultural purposes. Applications are ranked according to soil quality, development potential and farmland and clustering potential. The highest ranking farm is considered for purchase first. The farm is then appraised to determine the easement value.
Currently the PA Agricultural Land Preservation Program has purchased 6,226 acres in Susquehanna County and has paid over nine million dollars to 31 landowners for their easements.
For more information, contact: Christie Bedene at 570-278-4600, Ext. 3062, or visit
their office at 88 Chenango Street, Montrose, PA 18801.
Aggressive Driving Campaign
The holiday Aggressive Driving Campaign is focusing on speeding, driving too fast for conditions, and following too closely, among other factors contributing to vehicle crashes, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The Pennsylvania State Police and more than 205 of the state’s municipal police departments are concentrating on roadways with a historically high number of aggressive driving crashes.
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362 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3023
175 Pine Street
Williamsport, PA 17701