News For Constituents

From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office

PA’s Top Family-Friendly Places to Fish

The Commonwealth is well-represented in a national poll trying to identify the Top Family-Friendly Places to Fish, according to the PA Fish & Boat Commission and the Take Me Fishing initiative.

Coming in at number ten is the Presque Isle State Park in Erie County, followed closely by Moraine State Park in Butler County and Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County.  Not to be outdone by Western Pennsylvania, Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County places among the top 25.  Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County rounds out the top half of winning sites across the United States, coming in at number 46.  Central PA steps into the top 100 spots represented by Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County.

Qualifying parks offer parking and restrooms, as well as playgrounds and picnic areas to round out the family experience.  Each selection is within an hour’s drive of a major city or town, includes a public body of water offering up common fish species and is conducive to fishing.

A Fondness for Birds 

The Pennsylvania State Museum is flying into summer 2014 on the wings of “A Fondness for Birds,” according to The PA Historical and Museum Commission.

PA’s original and recently conserved volumes of “American Ornithology” by Alexander Wilson will join numerous bird prints and specimens, some dating to the late 19th century, for the first exhibit to debut in the new natural history gallery adjacent to the Botany and Zoology Collections.

A decade before John James Audubon chronicled his famous illustrations, artist and writer Alexander Wilson scientifically captured and documented live American birds in natural poses, according to the Pennsylvania State Museum.  Hiking throughout Pennsylvania and the eastern U.S., Wilson identified and compiled his detailed bird portraits in American Ornithology.  The 9-volume set of hand-colored engravings was sold across the country and among many others, landed in the hands of Thomas Jefferson.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The “Fondness for Birds” exhibition continues through March 15, 2015 and is included in the price of general admission – $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens.  For more information, visit the Museum’s website.

2014 Hurricane Season Outlook & Preparation

Hurricane season, according to national weather forecasters, will see three to six storms with one or two expected to be major hurricanes.  Remembering it only takes one, the PA Emergency Management Agency is issuing precautions.

Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to develop two sets of storm response plans.  First establish plans and an emergency supply kit to remain in your home.  Develop a second set directing your family’s evacuation upon the recommendation of authorities.

PEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Guide can prepare you to respond to and cope with natural or manmade disasters.  Print a copy of “Preparing Makes Sense.  Get Ready Now.” for an easy checklist to organize your emergency kit and important contact information.

Lyme Disease – Avoiding Exposure

The number of Pennsylvanians with Lyme Disease continues to rise to approximately 4,000 cases annually since its 1982 discovery, prompting the PA Department of Health to release a Lyme Disease Fact Sheet.

What are the symptoms?  How is it diagnosed?  Is treatment available?  These are just a few of the questions answered by the Department.  See pages 3-4 of the EpiNotes Fall 2011 edition for a photo of a deer tick and the distinctive “Bull’s Eye” rash that frequently accompanies a bite from an infected vector.

From three to thirty days following exposure to a Lyme Disease-bearing tick, you may present with a multi-stage, multi-state inflammatory illness that left untreated may progress to late-stage arthritic or nervous system complications.  Consult with your physician if you suspect you may have been infected by the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi that is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected tick.

Farmers’ Markets Open at 3 Turnpike Service Plazas

Whether you are looking for a snack for your ride or need some fresh food for a long weekend or vacation carrying you along the PA Turnpike, stop by any of the three Farmers’ Open Air Markets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday until November.

Select PA Preferred in-season fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, and cut flowers, along with a few bedding plants to harvest your own produce.

Service Plaza Farmers’ Markets will operate from the Allentown Service Plaza in Lehigh County, Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County and New Stanton Service Plaza in Westmoreland County.

Locate Farm Markets and Farm Stands across the state for the freshest PA produce.  Search by a known market’s name, county, driving distance, or desired product to plan your next farmers’ market fresh food adventure.

2014 PA Used Vehicle Auctions Schedule Released

Hot deals on cool wheels will be offered every other month for the remainder of 2014, according to the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

Whether you are looking for a Hybrid or a Harley or prefer a Chrysler or a Chevrolet, a wide selection of vehicles will be auctioned at the Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction at 488 Firehouse Road in Grantville on June 24, August 19, October 21, and December 9, 2014.  DGS indicates they also offer snowmobiles and ATVs at Department auctions.

Registration runs from 8 a.m. until noon for the auctions which kick off at 10 a.m.  Vehicles must be purchased with cash or certified funds including money orders, cashier’s checks, certified checks or bank checks.  Checks are payable to “Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction”.