News for Constituents

Festival Fun for All

From a Bacon Fest to a Wassail Walk, Pennsylvania has more than a few festivals to meet everyone’s interests.  A historically-based Bean Soup Festival and Fair or a Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival filled with food and activities welcome one and all to join the fun.

VisitPA can help you link to events by interest, date, and location.  Nearly 150 events with as many varied themes and related activities will entice visitors through January 2020.

Holidays or any day, VisitPA links to day trip destinations and road trips throughout the state.  The Pennsylvania Happy Traveler Guide helps locate not-to-miss attractions, kid-focused fun, exciting events, and much more.  View online and order a hard copy to consult along the way.

Fall for Fishing in PA

Catch PA’s fun Family Fishing programs and events available summer or fall at state parks, lakes, and waterways, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Children five and older are encouraged to learn and practice basic fishing skills without a fishing license during a Family Fishing Program event.  The free program also provides fishing poles and other equipment.

Check the PFBC events calendar for programs to round out your summer or kick off your autumn.  For more on fishing in PA, see the PFBC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Fluorescent Orange Requirements Simplified for Hunters

Hunters will find simplified rules for wearing fluorescent orange during the 2019-2020 license year, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The 2019-2020 Hunting and Fishing Digest offers clear examples of meeting the PGC’s fluorescent orange requirements.

The PGC highly recommends the use of fluorescent orange, even when not required.  A fluorescent orange hat is recommended for turkey hunters while moving.  Hunters using turkey blinds are reminded of fluorescent orange and other requirements, including tagging and reporting requirements.

Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lanternfly Hotline Ready for Reports

Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lanternfly Hotline is ready for reports of the appearance of spotted lanternfly eggs, according to the project partners, — Penn State Extension, the PA Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The destructive invasive insect’s life cycle begins in the fall when the adult lays masses containing 30-50 eggs.  If not scraped, the eggs will hatch the following spring, assume multiple nymph stages, emerge as adults in July, and die by winter.

Report all spotted lanternfly sightings to 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359) or online.  Be proactive by controlling the growth of the tree of heaven on your property; scraping and removing egg masses; banding trees where appropriate, and destroying the pest at all stages.  The tree of heaven with smooth-edged leaves is distinguishable from staghorn sumac, black walnut, and hickory with serrated leaves.

Fall House Cleaning and Product Disposal Tips

House cleaning and painting can leave behind items presenting disposal issues, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). 

Paint and paint-related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, degreasers and other car care products are among the 25,000 tons of household hazardous waste annually produced in Pennsylvania. 

Disposal solutions begin with choosing the least toxic product for home projects.  For more hazardous products contact your local government or waste hauler for special waste materials curbside collection programs.  For additional assistance, contact the PA DEP Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242 weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or contact your County Recycling Coordinator

Beware of Top Ten Scams

Email, phone, or door-to-door solicitation, scammers employ a range of behaviors and tactics appearing normal upon first impression, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (PA DBS). 

Exercise caution and consider primary clues to fraudulent schemes such as:

  • Advanced fees;
  • Pressure to invest quickly;
  • Emphasis on enticing friends, relatives, and colleagues;
  • Demanding and authoritative conduct;
  • Effort to establish a bond or provide you with a profile of their similar interests and background;
  • Disaster or tragedy funding requests by similarly-named organizations;
  • Processing fees for a foreign lottery or sweepstakes; and
  • Request for personal information.

The top ten scams are presented individually in a helpful publication available from the Department of Banking and Securities, along with a list of precautions, and specific contacts for victims.  Pages 12-13 provide a valuable list of contacts to assist with the reporting recommendations for each scam.  For questions contact the PA DBS at 1-800-600-0007 or by fax at 1-717-724-6869.