News for Constiuents

News for Constituents – December 22, 2015

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2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest Accepting Entries

Pennsylvania’s young artists, in grades 6 through 12, are being encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to participate in the 2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

The annual Youth Wildlife Art Contest focuses on Pennsylvania’s Endangered and Threatened Species. Submitted artwork may be horizontal or vertical on 12-inch x 9-inch heavy weight paper, which is no more than a quarter inch thick. Accepted mediums include oils, pastels, color pencils, water colors, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, black and white or color.


Artwork must be postmarked on or before January 29, 2016 and submitted along with the 2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest entry form.



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Kick Off the New Year with Confidence


Kick off the New Year knowing you are prepared for Old Man Winter with a few tips from the PA Insurance Department.


Unexpected disruptions and disasters can be avoided with a little pre-planning and attention to a few details around your home. Among the leading causes of cold weather calamities are:


  • Freezing pipes.
  • Overflowing gutters.
  • Dead trees and branches.
  • Poorly maintained fireplaces.
  • Expired battery-powered smoke and fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


The PA Insurance Department is also encouraging a review of your homeowner’s insurance policy, typically covering personal belongings, the home and its contents, such as furniture, appliances, rugs, clothing, etc. A wealth of information, Your Guide to Homeowners Insurance, offers explanations of factors like replacement versus actual cash replacement.


Renters insurance can protect against the loss of personal belongings due to natural causes such as lightening, windstorm, and hail and manmade damages, such as vandalism, theft, failed plumbing, and falling objects.



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Gear Up for Winter Driving Conditions


Time to gear up for winter driving conditions, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Access the motorist’s checklist to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready:


  • Top off all fluids.
  • Install winter wiper blades.
  • Test the heater and defroster.
  • Check your radio.
  • Examine all lights.
  • Maintain properly inflated tires with sufficient tread depth.
  • Mount snow tires in heavily snow prone regions.
  • Consult with a mechanic to check your brakes, battery, hoses, and belts.


Be sure to download a copy of “Ice and Snow-Take It Slow” for an Emergency Travel Kit checklist and winter driving tips to make the best of wintertime travel.



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Candles are the Leading Causes of Home Fires


The gift of a candle for the holidays brings wonderful scents and a warm glow on a cold winter’s night. The Pa Office of the State Fire Commissioner offers a few candle safety reminders to help you savor the memories all winter.


The most common cause of home candle fires is the flame’s proximity to combustible material. Nearly 40 percent of home fires begin in a bedroom. Falling asleep is a factor in 12 percent of those home candle fires and 26 percent of the associated deaths.


The OSFC reveals that home fires peak month is December while the peak day and time are Christmas between midnight and 6 a.m. The Office also points out that young children and older adults are at the highest death risk from candle fires. December through February are peak months for home fires.



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Eagle Cam Ready for Newest Residents


Pennsylvania’s Eagle Cam is up and the nesting site is ready for a new family, according to the

Pennsylvania Game Commission.


In anticipation of the bald eagle pair’s arrival, the PGC said one to three eggs will typically appear in a bald eagle clutch between February and April and hatch in 35 days.


During the five months of the eagle cam’s 2015 operation from mid-January through mid-June, some 1.4 million electronic devices captured the daily struggles, through all types of weather conditions, to be rewarded with the sight of the successful fledging of two eaglets. Bookmark the webpage today in anticipation of the 2016 nesting.



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Resolve to Stop Nuisance Calls in 2016


If you resolve to stop nuisance marketing calls in 2016, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recommends determining the answer to five questions to facilitate filing a complaint against a PUC-regulated entity.


The PUC will need the following information:


  • What is the company’s name?
  • Did you give consent to the company to receive marketing calls by providing your phone number?
  • Did you revoke previous consent to receive calls?
  • Did you register with the PA Do Not Call List and/or the national Do Not Call Registry?
  • How many calls did you receive without consent, and in what time frame?


Understand your consumer complaint options and review the PUC checklist before filing a complaint to expedite a resolution.



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