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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.

Man accused of assaulting 50-year-old woman

4 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. 


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

4 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

September 2, 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»

Many voices in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan on day one of two-day public hearing in Pittsburgh

September 2, 2014

(Pittsburgh — July 31, 2014) — During a public hearing today in Pittsburgh and at a press conference and rally, elected officials, health experts, labor leaders, industry leaders, and environmental advocates highlighted the public health benefits of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standard for existing power plants as they urged Pennsylvanians to pledge support f more»

The $12 million Loyalsock Creek Railroad Bridge to be Dedicated on Wednesday, August 13.

4 weeks 5 days ago
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The SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) will dedicate the newly constructed Loyalsock Creek Railroad Bridge in special ceremonies Wednesday morning, August 13.  Located between Montoursville and Williamsport, the $12 million structure replaced an 85-year old bridge that was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011.  more»

Keep Philadelphia Schools Open, Advance Dollars, House Republicans Urge Governor

July 31, 2014

HARRISBURG – Asking Gov. Tom Corbett to advance the School District of Philadelphia education funding, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) today announced that public pension reform and a bill dealing primarily with the Philadelphia school district will be voted in September.

PPL Electric Utilities Proposes Major New Regional Transmission Project

July 31, 2014

Line would improve reliability and lower costs for millions of electricity users in Mid-Atlantic region

PPL Corporation Reports Second-Quarter Earnings

July 31, 2014

- Second-quarter and first-half earnings from ongoing operations increased 15 percent over 2013

Mirabito: The people spoke and DCNR listened

July 30, 2014

News releases and media advisories from Rep. Mirabito.

Thompson Supports Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Reform VA Health Care System

July 30, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) voted to support H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which the House passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 420 to 5. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama. more»

Heroin Crisis Facing Pennsylvania Hearing 3

July 29, 2014

Heroin Crisis Facing Pennsylvania

August 5, 2014
DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness
St. Francis University
Loretto, Pennsylvania more»

Fleecing Is For Sheep — Not Your Wallet

July 29, 2014

Don’t fall for scammers demanding prepaid debit cards

Multiple thefts, found property reported

5 weeks 13 hours ago

State police reported multiple thefts in July.  more»

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

5 weeks 1 day ago

A motorcyclist was seriously injured following a crash on July 25.

According to state police, Mitch Logue, 22, of DuBoistown, was traveling east on Route 654 at 5:22 p.m. while a vehicle driven by Patrick Keefe, 40, of Broadway, Virginia, was traveling east, attempting to turn into a driveway. Logue's bike hit Keefe's vehicle as he was making the turn.  more»

Girl sends threats over Facebook

5 weeks 3 days ago

A 16-year-old Muncy girl is facing juvenile charges for threatening a 15-year-old Hughesville female because she reported a 22-year-old man for rape, state police said. 

The threats were sent repeatedly over Facebook messaging.  more»

Scarnati: State Senate Works Toward Pension Reform

July 25, 2014

HARRISBURG – The State Senate has recently passed bi-partisan legislation to begin reforming Pennsylvania’s pension system by moving members of the General Assembly and other statewide elected officials to a defined contribution plan, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25). more»

Three injured in 2-vehicle crash

5 weeks 4 days ago

State police reported three injured after a crash at 10:10 a.m. July 2 on Blockhouse Road in Jackson Township. 

According to police, a vehicle driven by Melvin Walters, 67, of Hughesville, was traveling diagonally across the northbound lane of Blockhouse road and swerved left directly in front of a vehicle driven by Travis Chapin, 43, of Blossburg.  more»

Mosquito Spraying Set for Delaware County on July 28 and 29

July 25, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Monday, July 28 in portions of Darby, Lansdowne and Yeadon boroughs, as well as the Fernwood Cemetery in Upper Darby Township, ...

DEP Extends Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

July 24, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the extension of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, which will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for 500 additional large-battery ...

DEP to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Natural Gas Compressor Station in Milford

July 24, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing on Monday, Aug.18, to discuss the Air Quality Plan Approval application submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to modify ...

4-H and State Council

July 23, 2014

Well I guess my 4-H and State Council is almost coming to an end. About nine years ago I joined the Pioneer Valley 4-H Club where my sister was in before I joined. When I first joined 4-H I know that for my projects I wanted to do cooking to start and each year I would do a new project. more»

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