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Enjoy Our Local Fairs
I truly enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the folks who attended the recent Dayton Fair. Even though Summer is quickly coming to a close, there are still a few opportunities to enjoy a local fair over the next few weeks: Indiana Fair (through September 2); Ox Hill Fair (September 4-9); and Cookport Fair (September 10-16). I encourage everyone to come on out with your friends and neighbors and enjoy a local fair.
Department of Labor & Industry Updates Career Guide
The Department of Labor & Industry recently unveiled the updated Pennsylvania Career Guide, a valuable resource for students and job-seekers alike.
The guide includes employment, wage, and job outlook data for more than 250 occupations. Students will find a helpful month-by-month checklist for their senior year as well as material related to their post-graduation plans such as finding a job, entering the military, or continuing on to postsecondary education. A new feature in this edition is an article on budgeting and a sample budget worksheet.
The Pennsylvania Career Guide is available online through the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) website, www.workstats.dli.pa.gov.
PUC Releases Annual Electric Service Reliability Report
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently released its annual Electric Service Reliability Report, detailing the performance of the state’s electric distribution companies (EDCs) during 2016.
The reliability report measures the performance of the state’s 11 EDCs, including Citizens’ Electric, Duquesne Light, Metropolitan Edison, PECO, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power, Pike County Light & Power, PPL Electric Utilities, UGI Utilities, Wellsboro Electric and West Penn Power.
Performance measurements documented in the report include the frequency and duration of outages; the frequency of momentary and sustained outages; and utility-specific information and analysis of outages causes; and major events that impacted power customers during 2016.
State Working to Raise Awareness of Illegal Gas Pump ‘Skimmers’
To combat the use of illegal credit and debit card “skimmers” at gas stations and ATMs in Pennsylvania, the state is working to raise awareness on the use of these devices. Skimmers are malicious card readers often attached to an actual payment terminal that can gather data from a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe when inserted or swiped.
Here are six tips for consumers:
More information is available at www.dobs.pa.gov/Documents/Publications/Handouts/SkimmingAlertCard.pdf.
Beware of Pension Advance Scams
The state Department of Banking and Securities is warning consumers about doing business with any company offering an advance on a retirement pension.
These so-called lump sum “pension advances” are thinly disguised loans with no contractual or financial relationship with the consumer’s pension or pension plan. The total payments made on the “advance” often far exceed the initial loan amount.
In almost all cases, the payments made by the consumer are more than a lender can legally charge on a loan to a Pennsylvania resident. The Department issued a cease and desist order in May against one such company that was acting as an unlicensed lender in Pennsylvania.
Consumers who have questions regarding one of these companies or believe they have been unlawfully charged interest or fees should contact the Department’s Consumer Services Office toll-free at (800) PA-BANKS (722-2657) or file a complaint online at: www.dobs.pa.gov/Consumers/Pages/File-a-Complaint.aspx.
Mark Your Calendar
Armstrong County Senior Expo
State Representatives Donna Oberlander and Jeff Pyle and I will co-host a Senior Expo on Wednesday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department, 13126 State Route 422, Kittanning.
A number of local organizations and businesses, health associations as well as state and federal agencies will be participating in this free event. Representatives will provide information on numerous subjects of interest to older residents including, health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning and personal safety.
Participants can receive health screenings and will be eligible for door prizes. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, call my Kittanning District Office at (724) 543-3026 or Toll Free at (866) 366-9448.
Indiana County Senior Expo
Representatives Dave Reed and Cris Dush and I will co-host a Senior Expo on Thursday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the S&T Bank Arena, White Township Recreation Complex, 497 East Pike Road, Indiana.
The expo will provide you with information regarding the following services: Health Care, Insurance, Nutrition and Exercise, Fire Safety, Financial Planning Benefit Programs, Personal Safety, and Health Screenings.
Flu shots will be available. Please note that a Prescription Drug Take Back is being held during the expo. Collection is anonymous. Please remove any personal information from containers. Accepted: Prescription/over the counter dosage medications, liquid medications, creams & ointments, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet meds.
The expo will also a feature a visit from the Veterans Outreach Van to provide information on programs and services available to veterans and their families.
For more information, contact my Indiana County District Office at (724) 357-0151.
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