News for Constituents

Eagles on a Winning Streak

Pennsylvania’s bald eagles are on a winning streak, coming back from a mere three nests statewide 30 years ago, to more than 250 today, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission

Once eagles secure a nest, they exhibit the greatest amount of nesting behavior from February through April, with each parent taking turns incubating the usual one to three eggs that hatch in approximately 35 days.  Eggs laid near the end of February usually hatch at the end of March.  The Game Commission is again operating its Bald Eagle Cam in Codorus State Park near Hanover.  Anyone interested can obtain updates on the two eggs laid this year by visiting the webcam site. 

Strike out on your own to capture the sights and sounds of bald eagles gliding across the Pennsylvania skyline or kick back in a comfortable chair and take flight with this enduring symbol of our nation’s beauty and independence. 

Unclaimed Property Returning at Historic Rate

A historic $254 million in unclaimed property was returned to its rightful owners during 2017, according to the Pennsylvania Treasury

In fact, the agency saw a 34 percent increase in returned property between 2016 and 2017 and is encouraging everyone to search the Bureau of Unclaimed Property website.  Those unable to access the website may contact the Bureau at 800-222-2046 to begin their search. 

Uncashed checks join forgotten bank and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and stocks as intangible unclaimed property.  Abandoned safe deposit boxes and police evidence are considered tangible property as are items from institutions, such as colleges, hospitals, and nursing homes.  Complete and mail your claim forms to the Bureau of Unclaimed Property, P.O. Box 1837, Harrisburg, PA 17105-1837. 

Update Your Do Not Call Registration

Unwanted telemarketing calls interrupt your family’s dinner time.  You work the night shift and sleep during daylight hours, except when telemarketers interrupt your schedule.  The Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate can direct you to two different free websites to assist in reducing the number of unwanted calls you receive for the next five years. 

Complete the online enrollment form to be added to the list that Pennsylvania updates on a quarterly basis and subsequently requires every telemarketer to purchase and update.  Every name appearing on that list must be removed from the telemarketer’s calling lists within 30 days of receipt of notice.  Failure to do so carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000, or $3,000 if the person contacted is age 60 or older.  PA Do Not Call also accepts registration by calling 1-888-777-3406.  Complaints may be directed to 1-800-441-2555 or online. 

Access the online National Do Not Call Registry, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, for additional assistance in avoiding and reporting unwanted telemarketing calls.  You may also contact the National Registry at 1-888-382-1222. 

Break the Bonds of Cabin Fever with an Outdoor PA Adventure

Choose from ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, sledding, tobogganing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing to break the bonds of your bout of cabin fever. 

Pick an activity, then select a location; whether an old favorite or a new destination, Pennsylvania can help you get in motion this winter

Get out of the house and slip indoors to enjoy a warm museum or maybe a steamy hot tub at a spa.  When eager for a little more action, give an indoor water park a whirl with wave pools and America’s longest uphill water coaster

 

Reduce Junk Mail

When the paper shredder is full and the junk mail continues, it may be time to cut down on unsolicited mail

Preapproved or prescreened offers of credit and insurance frequently add unwanted clutter among the important bills and personal correspondence filling your mailbox. 

You may opt-out of receiving those unwanted offers for a five year period by calling 1-888-567-8688 or by opting out online.  If you prefer, complete the permanent opt-out election form, sign, and return it to the provided address.  Removing your name from these lists does not affect your ability to apply for or obtain credit or insurance in the future. 

Reduce unsolicited national advertising mail through the Data and Marketing Association.  Complete and return the DMA Choice Form to DMA Choice at P.O. Box 643, Carmel, New York, 10512. 

 

Pedestrian Rights and Duties

How many times today were you a pedestrian?  From your car you walked into the office.  At lunch you joined friends a few blocks from the office.  After dinner you slipped on your running shoes and headed out the door for some exercise. 

Following an increase in pedestrian deaths from 153 in 2015 to 172 in 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is emphasizing the rights and duties of pedestrians

  • Use sidewalks when available.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic when no sidewalk is available.
  • Remain on the curb until reaching a crosswalk.
  • Look at motorists and indicate your intent to cross the street.
  • Wear reflective materials, reflective tape, and a flashlight at nightfall.
  • Do not suddenly step off the curb onto a roadway.
  • Avoid the use of electronic devices.
  • Remain alert at all times.

Link to A Kid’s Guide to Safe Walking and the Stepping Out-Mature Adults: Be Healthy, Walk Safely in an effort to prevent injuries and accidents among our more vulnerable loved ones — children and senior citizens.