Financial Resolutions to Kick Off 2017

Make 2017 the year you resolve to improve your financial security and independence with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities’ top ten resolutions to achieve your goal.

Five of the Top 10 Resolutions include:

  • Keep your money safe in an insured bank or credit union.
  • Know the difference between credit and debit cards.
  • Investigate before investing.
  • Change account passwords to prevent hacking.
  • Avoid romance and other scams requesting a payment through a money transmitter like Western Union, Money Gram or a prepaid debit card.

You may contact the PA Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-Banks or 1-800-600-0007 to ask questions or file complaints.  PA Investor Education is available through the Department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show Promises to Please

The 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show is set to take over the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, located at 2300 North Cameron Street in Harrisburg beginning with that famous Farm Show fare from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2017 and continuing until Saturday, January 14.

The 101st Farm Show promises to please with the expected and unexpected sights and sounds of more than 6,000 animals, 100,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial vendors.  From bull riding to baby duck slides, the Show will delight young and old alike.

Consult the schedule to be sure to catch your favorites, whether it’s cooking and baking contests, tractor square dancing, animal judging, or any of a multitude of events.  Be sure to get all the results, recipes and follow-ups to Farm Show activities.

Repurpose Your Live Christmas Tree

Before hauling out your Christmas tree for curbside trash collection this year, consider some of the alternatives offered by the National Christmas Tree Association.

If you have limited space, consider a community curbside or drop-off collection program that chips and mulches the tree for future landscaping projects.  Repurpose your tree as a bird feeder, stringing orange slices and popcorn to attract birds and provide new shelter in your backyard.  Establish an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish by sinking your tree into a private pond.

Recycle and reuse programs across the country are adopting ideas to give renewed purpose to real Christmas trees.  Explore how officials at zoos, fisheries, islands, and beach areas are increasing efforts to repurpose live Christmas trees.

2017 Calendar for Outdoor and Wildlife Enthusiasts

Visit the PA Game Commission’s Outdoor Shop for a copy of the 2017 Pennsylvania Wildlife Calendar featuring striking wildlife photos, helpful hints for hunting and the outdoors, and peel-off stickers to conveniently mark all hunting and trapping seasons.

Baseball caps, mugs, and other items are also available at affordable prices.  The Outdoor Shop is now offering more than 20 different handcrafted antiqued pewter pins, representing the varied wildlife roaming Pennsylvania.  The collection ranges in price from $2.95 to $5.75.

The Outdoor Shop carries both merchandise and publications.  Proceeds contribute to the preservation, conservation, and management of Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources and habitats.

PA Eagle Cam Up and Running

Nature lovers worldwide are pleased the Pennsylvania Game Commission is once again live-streaming the Hanover/Codorus State Park bald eagle nest cam.

The PGC, hoping for a completed cycle, from nest building to hatchlings to successful fledging, is offering tips on bald eagle nest etiquette to enhance the experience for people and eagles.

During 2016, one hatchling did not survive, a second egg did not hatch, and the nest required some reassembling from the damage of some active squirrels building a nest just below that of the eagles.  The adult eagle pair were undaunted as they begin to fortify the remaining nest for 2017.

PA Vehicle Registration Stickers Obsolete

Technology is negating the need for annual registration stickers as of January 2017, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  The cost-cutting measure will save more than $3 million through the elimination of production and mailing costs.

Vehicle owners will continue to register their vehicles absent the task of sticker applications.  Registration cards can be printed by the customer or mailed to you by PennDOT.

Law enforcement will rely on in-car computers, while others will deploy plate-reader technology to provide a vehicle’s registration information.