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PHMC Accepting Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Applications
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications for Keystone Historic Preservation Grants until March 1.
A total of $1.25 million will be available for grants for projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania. Two types of grants – project and construction – are available for historic resources in Pennsylvania listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants may apply for only one type of grant.
Grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process and are contingent on the availability of funds. Please note that all PHMC grant applications are now submitted on the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance system at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. For grant program guidelines and a program fact sheet, visit PHMC online at www.phmc.pa.gov and click on “Grants and Funding” under the PRESERVATION tab on the top navigation bar.
DEP Encourages Residents to Test Homes for Radon
Since approximately 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than the Environmental Protection Agency considers acceptable, the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging Pennsylvanians to perform a simple test for this known human carcinogen.
Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home. Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. More information is available here.
State Police Announce Christmas, New Year’s Enforcement Results
Pennsylvania State Police troopers arrested 243 people for driving under the influence during the three-day Christmas holiday from Dec. 23 through Dec. 25, 2017. The total of 243 arrests is down from the 314 arrests made during the 2016 Christmas holiday driving period, which spanned four days.
State Police investigated 529 crashes over the Christmas weekend. Sixty of the collisions involved alcohol, 102 people were injured, and five people were killed. Alcohol was a factor in one of the fatal crashes. In addition to DUI enforcement, troopers issued 1,261 speeding citations, 145 seatbelt citations, and 26 child safety seat citations.
Troopers arrested 284 people for driving under the influence during the three-day New Year’s holiday from Dec. 30, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018. The total is down from 2017 when 328 DUI arrests were made during the same holiday driving period.
State Police investigated 1,169 crashes over the New Year’s weekend, almost double the number investigated during the same period last year, when troopers responded to 595 crashes. Of the 1,169 collisions investigated, 66 involved alcohol, 251 people were injured, and two people were killed. In addition to DUI enforcement, troopers issued 2,617 speeding citations, 251 seatbelt citations, and 30 child safety seat citations.
Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here. These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Dips to 4.6 Percent in November
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry recently released its statewide employment report for November 2017. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point in November to 4.6 percent, the lowest rate since September 2007. This was the fourth consecutive monthly decline of one-tenth of a percentage point. The Commonwealth’s rate remained above that of the United States, which was unchanged from October at 4.1 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by nine-tenths of a percentage point.
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was down 2,000 over the month to 6,397,000. The decline was due entirely to a drop in unemployment while resident employment stayed at its October level. Over the year, employment was down 1,000 while unemployment shrank by 58,000.
Loyalsock Creek Named PA 2018 River of the Year
Loyalsock Creek has been voted the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year. It was selected by public voting over Connoquenessing Creek, Lackawanna River, Little Juniata River and Lower Susquehanna River/Susquehanna Riverlands. A total of 15,061 votes were cast, with the Loyalsock receiving 6,100; Connoquenessing Creek; 5,381; Lackawanna River, 1,676; Lower Susquehanna/Susquehanna Riverlands, 1,113; and Little Juniata, 791.
Loyalsock Creek is a 64-mile-long waterway and its watershed nestled in the mountains north of Williamsport. It flows through Worlds End State Park, a popular destination state park encompassing 780 acres, and Loyalsock Trail, a 59-mile trail providing vistas overlooking the stream below.
Mark Your Calendar
The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Expo will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Indiana Mall. Come join us for this fun event featuring exhibitors from local businesses as well as entertainment and door prizes.
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