News for Constituents

Award-Winning Recipes and Other Farm Show Food Results

Barely out of the gate, the peanut butter brownies ran away with a first place award on the first full day of the 100th PA Farm Show. One of the judges scored the winner of the PA Preferred Cookie/Brownie/Bar Contest as “Heaven”.

Not to be beaten, was an all-American favorite, a Blue Ribbon Apple Pie, including Northern Spy, Jonagold and Pink Lady apples. Before baking, the golden brown topping, rich with rolled oats, roasted pecans, brown sugar and butter, was spread over the apples grown in the winner’s own orchard.

Treat yourself to the best in Farm Show fare right in your own kitchen with prize-winning recipes sure to put a kick in your new year. The selections begin with appetizers and soup and continue on to the entrée and PA Preferred vegetable and side dishes. More than 60 easy-to-read recipes grace the hundred page PA Preferred Culinary Connection 2016 Recipe Book.

PennDOT 2016 Holiday Schedule

Driver, vehicle, and related online services keep Pennsylvania’s wheels of commerce turning through the movement of people, products, and services.

Facilitating license and registration renewals and conducting new business in-person with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles is among the Department’s core responsibilities driving its mission.

Motorists will find the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closes for Christmas and New Year’s Day and 20 other holidays. Online Messenger can fulfill a wide range of driver’s license/photo ID services, and vehicle services.

Tracking the Movement of Snow Plows for Ease of Travel

If you are about to set out under snowy conditions and find yourself wondering, “Where is that snow plow?” In-truck technology, known as an Automated Vehicle Location System, will now reveal the location and amount of material each AVLS-equipped truck is spreading, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. More than 700 pieces of equipment on interstates and expressways will be tracked and appear on the Commonwealth’s 511PA app along with marking incidents, events, weather forecasts, and winter road conditions.

Check your computer from home or download the free app on your Android or iPhone for continuous hands-free operation while on the road. Motorists may also subscribe to AlertPA to remain abreast of Amber Alerts and other statewide notifications.

Winter Fun in PA

Winter in Pennsylvania is an invitation to shake off the cabin fever and explore our beautiful state parks, according to the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

With state parks strategically located, one within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian, winter opens the door to cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, and ice fishing.

Click on the individual link for State Parks, then select from the Events Calendar for organized activities. Link to PA’s 120 state parks through Find a Park and get started on your winter fun in PA.

Protect Your Family for $25 or Less

Would you spend $25 or less to know if your family is safe at home?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), approximately 20,000 annual lung cancer deaths are attributable to radon exposure. An increased awareness of residential radon problems occurred in Pennsylvania in the 1980s. The highest radon level ever recorded was in 2014 in a Lehigh County home.

While windows and doors are closed and sealed off to fight the elements, homeowners can purchase an inexpensive and simple radon test kit at the local hardware store. Install according to directions to determine your home’s radon level. A limited supply of free Radon Test Kits are also available through the DEP and the American Lung Association.

Test results exceeding 4 picocuries per liter will require the installation of a radon remediation system.

PA Recognizing 150 Years of Waterways and Aquatic Life Conservation

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PF&BC) is preparing to celebrate 150 years of successful waterways and aquatic life conservation originating with an 1866 investigation into the water pollution caused by indiscriminate logging in PA’s forests.

The tiny operation constructed, in its second year, the first fishway along a Susquehanna River Dam to restore the fish population. With time, the PF&BC initiated similar programs providing access for migratory fish. Hatcheries and stocking programs originated in the late 1800s. Shad, trout, bass, salmon, freshwater mussels, and frogs are a few of the targeted species.

Once dependent on one person and the General Fund, today, license and registration fees paid by anglers and boaters and the federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment initiated in 1937 fund the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Pennsylvania is home to 86,000 miles of streams, nearly 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, over 404,000 acres of wetlands, and 63 miles of Lake Erie shoreline supporting more than 25,000 known species of plants and animals. The PF&BC’s mission is to protect, conserve, and enhance PA’s aquatic resources while providing the best fishing and boating opportunities.