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Pennsylvania Farm Show
The Farm Show is a wonderful PA tradition that features the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits every year. The show offers visitors a tiny slice of the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $185 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year. The Farm Show runs from January 6-13th.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show offers something for everyone, young and old, farmers and non-farmers, foodies and just people who like to have fun. Aside from food and entertainment, the annual event offers the public an opportunity to get an up-close view of how our food goes from farm to fork, and learn about the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture and the ingenuity of its people. Farmers have the opportunity to show off what they do best, meet old friends and new, and check out cutting edge farm equipment, supplies and farming practices.
This year the Farm Show plans on putting more emphasis on youth with a new Jr. Livestock Exhibit including sheep, goat and swine classes. Qualifiers from each animal class compete for the title of Master Showman in four age groups.
For more information on dates and events you can visit the PA farm show website by clicking here.
Voting System Technology
Senate Resolution No. 394, which I introduced in 2016, directed the Joint State Government Commission to study the issue of voting system technology. The need for this study was brought to my attention by multiple directors of voter registration and elections in the 47th legislative district concerned with the lifespan of current technology.
This study looked at other states regarding administration of elections technology, a survey of counties in the commonwealth regarding administration of elections, and information regarding the cost to administer elections and to improve, upgrade, modernize or replace election system technology.
There will be a public hearing held by the Senate State Government Committee Tuesday, January 30th. If you would like more information regarding the specifics of the resolution you can follow this link.
Animal Cruelty and Fighting Investigations Training
With the updated Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, the Beaver County Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States are providing free training for Law Enforcement, Animal Control, Humane Investigators, Code Enforcement Officers, Veterinarians and Prosecutors.
Topics to be covered with the training are:
The training date is on January 24th from 8am to 4pm at the Beaver County Emergency Services building at 351 14th Street Ambridge, PA 15003. Please register by emailing LawEnforcementTraining@humanesociety.org your name, agency and email address.
PA Developmental Disabilities Council
The PA Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to apply for funding in a number of objectives that are outlined in their 2018 Request for Proposals Booklet. The Council engages in advocacy, systems change and capacity building for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
For those interested in responding to a particular Request for Proposal (RFP), this booklet will provide all the instructions and materials needed to make an application. You can find the 2018 RFP booklet by clicking here.
Homeowner Septic Program
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has teamed with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to offer this special funding program. Assistance is available to eligible homeowners who need to repair or replace their individual on-lot septic system OR connection to a public sewer system.
The PENNVEST septic program allows homeowners to improve the environmental health of your property, eliminate worries about your septic system when or if you sell your home, and the program has no restrictions on household income as of 1/20/2018.
For more information regarding eligibility and loan terms please click here to visit the PENNVEST website.
Point in Time
Point-in-Time is a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) survey that is aimed at getting a count of all the homeless persons on a single night. This year’s date is January 24th. The Beaver County Cornerstone and the Beaver County Continuum of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelters, transitional housing, Safe Havens and on the streets.
Warming centers, which will be discussed in the next segment, are placed throughout the county where food and supplies provide for those in need. The final planning meeting is being held on Tuesday January 16th at 1:30pm at The Cornerstone 1217 7th Avenue 2nd floor Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
Cornerstone is in need of volunteers for putting care packages together, manning the warming center stations and being on the street outreach teams. Any donations are welcome. For more information call 724-846-6400 or follow this link to the flyer.
With the dropping temperatures of the winter season three organizations around Beaver County have opened up their doors to the public. In order to help the less fortunate in their time of need these organizations are open as “warming centers”. These organizations are as follows:
The following Warming Centers will be available to the public Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00 pm when temperatures are below 32 degrees. For more information please call Cornerstone at 724-846-6400 ext. 14 or my office at 724-774-0444.
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