News for Constituents

Pick PA Preferred Produce

From almonds and apples to yams and zucchini, Pennsylvania is blessed with rich soils, beneficial topography and conducive climatic conditions giving rise to a multitude of locally grown fruits and vegetables proudly labeled PA Preferred, according to the PA Department of Agriculture.

PA Preferred, a trusted symbol of quality and excellence, allows you to easily select produce grown, produced or processed in PA. Choose something new and locate an award-winning recipe for a special PA summer-harvest delight. The Pennsylvania Preferred Culinary Connection 2015 Recipe Book offers more than 80 pages of recipes, ideas, healthy tips, and suggested wine pairings from executive chefs.

The PA Farm Market Guide provides a list by county of markets, along with location, contact information, hours of operation, and available products to help you begin selecting only the best for your family.

PA Travel Info to Go

Weather alerts and advisories, along with the latest forecast, can signal conditions for driving are optimal or may require a delay. Construction warnings and crashes could call for an alternate course to your destination, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

A minute reviewing the live traffic images, construction locations, current speed data and the maps on the 511 PA Travel Info to Go site will heighten your preparedness for conditions ahead. Information is available statewide and, for your convenience, broken into twelve regions.

Download the app for iPhone or Android to begin your hands-free travel alerts experience.

PA Takes Pride in its Abundance of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Look in any direction in Pennsylvania and you will find an amusement park and other attractions for the whole family, according to VisitPA

Visit traditional parks delighting riders with Ferris wheels, carousels and wooden roller coasters. Take an excursion to the Poconos newest waterpark to experience the longest indoor watercoaster in the U.S. or select from a large pool of water parks located across PA.

If your heart is set on children’s themes and whimsical characters to greet the little ones, you will find no shortage of entertainment at PA’s amusement parks. When selecting a location, you may choose a park allowing you to pay by the ride or purchase a ride-all-day pass.

PA’s more than 700 registered amusement operations must meet PA’s stringent safety requirements under the direction of the Bureau of Ride & Measurement Standards within the PA Department of Agriculture

Gypsy Moth Update

Pennsylvania’s gypsy moth invasion that began in 1869 continues in 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

Hatching across PA in mid-April, hairy, hungry and ready to torment homeowners, the gypsy moth has since laid visible egg masses among PA’s trees and shrubs. The velvety, beige egg mass contains hundreds of eggs and can be scraped into a can of soapy water, killing the larvae.

Other suppression techniques and products include the planting of resistant species of foliage, improving tree health, tree banding, and pesticide use. The Homeowner’s Guide to Gypsy Moth Management charts the gypsy moth’s growth by month along with management techniques at critical stages of metamorphosis.

Homeowners seeing a large infestation may contact the PA Bureau of Forestry’s Gypsy Moth Program for consideration in the state’s aerial gypsy moth suppression project.

Venomous Snakes in PA

What do the Copperhead, the Eastern Massasauga, and the Timber Rattler have in common? Each belongs to the pit viper family and comprise the full complement of venomous snakes inhabiting PA.

The PA Fish & Boat Commission recommends awareness and avoidance and reminds us, both Timber Rattlers and Copperheads are protected snakes, sharing an integral role in Pennsylvania’s eco-system. PA requires an annual Venomous Snake Permit to hunt, take, catch or kill Timber Rattlers or Northern Copperheads. No authorization exists to hunt or possess the Eastern Massasauga, currently classified as a state endangered species.

With only two or three snake bites occurring annually among the thousands of known and unknown venomous snake encounters in the Commonwealth, the PF&BC recommends learning to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes, for your personal safety.