News for Constituents

Home Heating Assistance Program Open for Busines

Cold temperatures and winter weather are prompting a reminder from the PA Department of Human Services that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is open for business.

LIHEAP offers cash grants sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider to be credited to your account.  The program also issues crisis grants for emergencies such as:

  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced;
  • Lack of fuel;
  • Termination of utility service;
  • Less than a 15-day supply of fuel; or
  • A 60-day notice of termination of utility service.

Eligibility begins, for a household of one, with an income limit of $17,505 and increases by $6,090 per additional household resident.

Applications for LIHEAP are being accepted online, on paper, or in person at the county assistance office.  For additional information or questions, contact your county assistance office or call 1-866-857-7095.

PA Farm Show Just Around the Corner

The PA Department of Agriculture is encouraging prior planning for your trip to the 2015 PA Farm Show.

Animal exhibits, rodeos, grape stomping, square dancing and so much more will occur from Friday, January 9 through Saturday, January 17.  Consult the 2015 Schedule of Events for your favorites.

Select Food and Lodging from the Home Page for your planning convenience.  The Lodging, Restaurants and Attractions Guide and the All Things Regional publication will help you find accommodations, food, and shopping opportunities while in central Pennsylvania.

511PA for Holiday and Everyday Traffic Updates

Holiday and everyday travel assistance is available around the clock with 511PA, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Travel condition reports promote safe travel.  Choose a regional traffic camera and select your intended travel route for hassle-free travel.  Find National Weather Service Alerts by county to improve your motoring experience in PA.

Motorists can further enhance travel and safety with updates from AlertPA.Gov.  Options include weather advisories, statewide notifications, and amber alerts directed to your choices of email, cell phone, pager, and smartphone.  Consult Latest Alerts for timely details related to daily decisions affecting personal health and safety.

PA 2015 Fishing License Now Available

An angler’s favorite time of year is any time the fish are biting, according to the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PF&BC).

The PF&BC is highlighting the fun and affordability of fishing to encourage former anglers to return to the sport with the purchase of a multi-year license.

Purchase your 2015 multi-year license from one of more than 900 PA issuing agents (sporting goods and outdoor stores), county treasurers’ offices, PF&BC offices or online.

Get Outdoors and Play in PA

Winter weather has arrived and it is time to Get Outdoors and Play in PA, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Visit the Explore PA Trails Calendar of Events for fun in PA’s winter wonderlands.  Start the New Year with a sunny First Day Hike through one of PA’s pristine parks as just one example of the winter-time fun activities available in PA.  Also, opportunities abound for snowmobiling along DCNR-recognized trails.  Peruse the page for privileges and responsibilities relating to safe use of snowmobiles on state forest land.