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Mosquito Spraying Set for Bucks County on Aug. 19

August 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection, along with the Bucks County West Nile program, will apply treatments the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 19 in portions of Bristol Township, Bucks County, to control ...

Webinar to focus on how dry gas, wet gas production impacts landowners

August 13, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will look at how natural gas processing affects landowner income.

Thoughts on Invasive Species

August 13, 2014

Many times exotic plants and animals are brought into the US as ornamental plants or household pets. As long as these species are maintained and contained the side effects are minimal. However, when landscaping is let go and household pets are released into the wild, an invasive specie is created. more»

Evangelical Hospice Offers “Life After Loss” Educational Series

1 week 6 days ago

Coping with the loss of a loved one is never easy and that’s why Evangelical Hospice and Community Health Wellness are offering a six-week educational bereavement group called, “Life After Loss.” The program will help participants learn coping techniques to deal with grief and loss - attendance at all six classes is strongly encouraged. more»

Land-use webinar to explore 'Designing Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities'

August 12, 2014

How important is it to incorporate considerations for new businesses in your land-use planning? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania Announces 2014 Grant Opportunities for Plunketts Creek

2 weeks 16 hours ago
Plunketts Creek, PA.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania announces the 2014 grant cycle for the Plunketts Creek Township Foundation Fund. The Plunketts Creek Township Foundation Fund is a field of interest fund that supports nonprofit organizations focused on programs and projects for the residents in and adjacent to Plunketts Creek Township. more»

Police report harassment, other incidents

2 weeks 1 day ago

Two were involved in a criminal harassment complaint. 

State police reported that a 23-year-old Williamsport male struck a 21-year-old Williamsport female's head and upper arm. The attack caused the woman to have a bloody lip and welts on her upper arms. 

Charges have been filed. 

Police also reported the following incidents: more»

3 injured in crash

2 weeks 18 hours ago

Three were injured in a vehicle crash at 6:03 p.m. Aug. 11. 

According to state police, Amanda Bair, 29, of Williamsport, was attempting to turn left into Pizza Hut on Third Street while a vehicle driven by Antoine Davis, 37, Philadelphia. was traveling west in the right hand lane, when it struck Bair's vehicle.  more»

Want the lowdown on what’s underground? Call 811 Before You Dig

August 12, 2014

Free service connects do-it-yourselfers and professionals with information to protect public safety and prevent costly repairs

Native bacteria block Wolbachia from being passed to mosquito progeny

August 11, 2014

Native bacteria living inside mosquitoes prevent the insects from passing Wolbachia bacteria -- which can make the mosquitoes resistant to the malaria parasite -- to their offspring, according to a team of researchers.

Statement on Flatirons Ending Marcellus Drilling Operations at Brandon-Day Well

August 11, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) has issued the following statement regarding the Flatirons Development, LLC decision concerning the Brandon-Day well:
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DEP Fines Southwestern Energy Production Co. for Unpermitted Gas Well Drilling

August 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has fined Southwestern Energy Production Co. of Houston, Texas, $128,031 for drilling five Marcellus shale natural gas wells in Herrick ...

Mosquito Spraying Set for Delaware County on Aug. 13

August 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 13 in portions of Chester City, Eddystone Borough, Nether Providence and Ridley townships, Delaware County, ...

Mosquito Spraying Set for Adams County on Aug. 13

August 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 13, in parts of Butler Township and Biglerville Borough, Adams County, to control adult mosquito populations.

Making Strides Participates in Macy's Ninth Annual “Shop For A Cause”

2 weeks 2 days ago
Image Provided

Macy's helps local charity raise funds and awareness to help local residents get the services they need to fight breast cancer more»

Student Stories: Veterinary major journeys to South Africa for experience

August 8, 2014

Morgan Brown, a junior veterinary and biomedical sciences major, took a risk last August when she decided to be one of the first students to travel to South Africa through a newly developed immersion program.

PPL Susquehanna to Test Warning Sirens Aug. 14

2 weeks 4 days ago

PPL will conduct the annual test of all the sirens in its Susquehanna nuclear plant emergency notification system Thursday (8/14). more»

DEP Awards Grants to Restore, Protect Pennsylvania's Coastal Zones

August 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $750,000 in annual coastal zone management grants to organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving Pennsylvania’s coastal ...

Department of Health Reports First West Nile Virus Human Case of 2014

August 8, 2014

Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2014 has been detected. A Philadelphia County man was hospitalized due to WNV. He has since recovered.
 
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Mosquito Spraying Set for Delaware County on Aug. 11

August 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Monday, Aug. 11 in portions of Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, to control adult mosquito populations.   ...

Mosquito Spraying set for Lycoming County on Aug. 11

August 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Monday, Aug. 11 in Armstrong Township, South Williamsport Borough, and the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County to control ...

Thompson and PA Agriculture Secretary Greig to Host Public Policy Forum During Ag Progress Days 2014

August 7, 2014

Bellefonte, PA – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig, will host a public policy forum during Penn State’s 2014 Ag Progress Days (APD).  Details of the event are provided below. more»

DEP, DCNR Break Ground on Major Coal Refuse Pile Reclamation Project in Greene County

August 7, 2014

The departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the Mather refuse coal pile reclamation project.

Rep. Thompson: USDA Inclusion of Wood Products in BioPreferred Program will Strengthen Forestry Economy

August 6, 2014

Corry, PA – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products in the USDA’s BioPreferred program.  The action implements legislation sponsored by U.S. more»

'Huddle with the Faculty' lineup announced

August 6, 2014

"Huddle with the Faculty" every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; presentation at 9 a.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

DEP Releases Reports on Chevron Lanco Well Fire Incident

August 6, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed its After-Action Review of the fatal well fire that occurred on Chevron’s Lanco gas well pad on February 11, 2014. The report, released ...

Mirabito hosting Castle Doctrine seminar

August 5, 2014

News releases and media advisories from Rep. Mirabito.

Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities

August 5, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.

Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities

August 5, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.

Man accused of assaulting 50-year-old woman

3 weeks 1 day ago

A Muncy man is accussed of assaulting a 50-year-old Muncy woman. 

Bradley Alan Mitsdarfer, 51, allegedly pointed a weapon at the woman after engaging in an argument at 8:05 p.m. Aug. 2, according to state police Montoursville. 

A search of Mitsdarfer resulted in the discovery of a smoking pipe and suspected marijuana. 

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Student Stories: Immunology major devoted to infectious disease study

August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

Student Stories: Immunology major devoted to infectious disease study

August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

DEP Awards Air Quality Grant to Penn State University for Ground-Level Ozone Research

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has awarded a $66,081 Air Quality grant to Penn State University in Centre County to fund education and biological effects research ...

DEP Awards $1.4 Million to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for Litter and Illegal Dumping Initiatives

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has awarded a $1.4 million grant to PA Cleanways, also known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), to increase community involvement ...

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Pennsylvania

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, ...

Man killed in motorcycle crash

3 weeks 3 days ago

A Wellsboro man was killed as a result of a motorcycle crash at 10:05 p.m. Aug. 1. 

Joseph C. Housel, 46, was traveling east on Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County, when he went off the south berm and was thrown from the motorcycle, sustaining fatal injuries. 

State police Mansfield are still investigating the crash. 

The End of My Year

August 2, 2014

I can't believe it was a year go, that first blogged as as State Council Representative and then BAM!!! more»

Save the Loyalsock Coalition Responds to DCNR Announcement of 15-Day Pubic Comment Period

August 27, 2014

Calls for More Meaningful Public Process and Greater Protections for Clarence Moore Lands

(Harrisburg, PA) — Earlier this week, DCNR announced at a meeting of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee that the agency will conduct a short public comment period on the draft Surface Development Management Agreement for the Loyalsock once negotiations are complete and a final plan is drafted. more»

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