News for Constituents

Leaf Peepers Fall for PA

Penn’s Woods 2018 Fall Foliage schedule focuses on 23 prime PA locations to experience autumn’s blaze of color, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR). 

VisitPA Road Trips showcase a colorful Commonwealth for year round adventure.  Choose a Leaf Peepers Road Trip and find yourself on Route 6, one of America’s most scenic drives, according to National Geographic, for breathtaking views of northwestern Pennsylvania’s forests and mountains. 

The Northern Tier of Pennsylvania also offers an eastern Leaf Peepers Road Trip.  East, west, north, or south, VisitPA is your year round guide for things to do, dining, and places to stay along the way.

Plant Now for Next Year

According to Penn State Extension, with cooler temperatures plants become dormant, requiring less water, making it a good time to enhance your landscaping. 

Three factors supporting the success of your landscaping include:

  • Proper site analysis and selection of hardy and healthy plants;
  • Proper site preparation and planting techniques; and
  • After-planting care and maintenance.

Gardeners are encouraged to explore the differences in the planting process for bare-root, balled and burlapped, and container-grown plants.  When choosing bare-root plantings, the Extension encourages doing so in early spring or early fall. 

Do You Need Flood Insurance? 

The most common natural disaster in the U.S. is flooding, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  One inch of water can cause $25,000 in uninsured flood damage to a house.  A standard homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy does not cover flood damages

FLOOD Smart offers a tool to view rising flood waters in a home and calculate corresponding damages.  Twelve inches of flood waters can cause more than $72,000 in damages to a one-story, 2,500 square foot home. 

Get the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” to protecting your home and business and understanding the costs.  Purchase flood insurance through a private insurance company or call the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at 800-427-4661.

Take a Hike This Weekend

Cool breezes and the sun’s warmth lend special qualities to the exceptional opportunities for autumn hiking in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Scenic hikes can lead to beautiful vistas and waterfalls, wetlands bubbling with life, or lush old growth forests.

Senate Resolution 366 of 2018 commemorated the 125-year anniversary of the Commonwealth’s forest and park system and the effort to ensure a state park is within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian.  Locate a State forest or park and take advantage of Pennsylvania’s natural beauty.

Do I Need Real ID?

Pennsylvanians passing through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at airports and those who enter secure federal buildings on or after October 1, 2020 will be required to obtain Real ID, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Applicants for Real ID will be required to present:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Social Security
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address

U.S. citizens are encouraged to check their files for required documentation to obtain a Real ID.  Upon collecting all original or certified records, they can be presented in advance to PennDOT for pre-verification, facilitating future fulfillment of the request.  Doing so will allow you to opt into the Real ID program online and eliminate a return to a Driver License Center.  Your Real ID product will be sent to you through the mail. 

Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Marks 35th Anniversary

Chilly autumn days are perfect for exploring the beauty and genius of the Commonwealth through the eyes and ears of Pennsylvania Heritage, as the quarterly publication marks its 35th anniversary capturing fascinating stories rich in history and culture. 

The newly released Fall 2018 Edition focuses on the discoveries and adaptations of Pennsylvanians in times of need.  The experimentations of a Pennsylvania woman working in 1965 in the field of polymer science gave birth to life-saving Kevlar.  Pennsylvania manufacturers retooled their production to fulfill critical needs during wartime.  Bakery machine manufacturing turned to the production of mortars and shells for the Army and torpedoes for the Navy. 

Stepping back further in time, the Summer 1998 Edition of PA Heritage included a look at the PA roots of a legendary Kentucky frontiersman.  Daniel Boone’s Berks County Homestead reflects the namesake’s life and times until, at the age of fifteen and a half, his family migrated to North Carolina before he arrived in Kentucky. 

For a different twist, the Summer of 2016 Edition offered an inside look at rock and roll history with John Oates, one half of the best-selling rock duo Hall & Oates.  

Select articles from editions dating from the summer of 2017 to the fall 1987 are available online.  Previous editions are available for purchase.  Be sure to see every future edition with a membership to the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.  Membership also opens the doors for free general admission to all historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trails of History.