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Parks Department To Host Programs December 13, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted.

Programs are open to all ages, unless otherwise stated. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration should be completed by noon on the business day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055 unless otherwise stated.

Munchkin Science will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 2, 16, and 30 and Feb. 13 and 27. The program, open to children ages 3 to 5 with a parent, will feature a different theme on each date. Participants will explore the wonders of science with a naturalist.

A Winter Wildflower Walk will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow, 548 Golf Road, Lancaster. A naturalist will lead a walk in the meadow during the winter solstice to enjoy the wildflowers in their final beauty. Participants should park in the grass in the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow parking lot.

Household Elf for Brownie Girl Scouts will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 27. After a game in which girls simulate the lifestyle of peers in less fortunate settings, Brownies will explore ways in which their families may live more sustainably. From making environmentally-friendly cleaning products to discovering ways to cut energy and water usage, girls will receive tips and bring them home to their families. Badges are not included. Registrations are due by Friday, Dec. 22.

Home Scientist for Brownie Girl Scouts will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 27. Brownie Girl Scouts will complete requirements for the Home Scientist badge with a series of activities. A naturalist will assist as girls explore static electricity, make ice cream, inflate balloons without using a breath, and more. Badges are not included. Registrations are due by Friday, Dec. 22.

Bird Study Merit Badge for Boy Scouts will be offered on Friday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A naturalist will assist scouts in completing requirements for the Bird Study Merit Badge. Participation in the Christmas Bird Count for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 30, should allow Scouts to complete the remaining requirements. Attendees should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle, a packed lunch, a field notebook, binoculars, and a bird field guide if possible. Registration and prepayment is due by Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids, for all ages, will take place on Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will form teams for the event, an abbreviated version of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which was founded in 1900. Volunteers from the Lancaster County Bird Club will teach participants how to use binoculars; loaners will be available if needed. LCBC members will lead the teams on a 90-minute walk in Lancaster County Central Park to identify birds. After the walk, each team will report its results and record the data online. Participation is free.

Fun and Fascination ... with Rocks and Fossils! will take place on Wednesdays, Jan. 3 and 17, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. Each session will have a different theme related to geology. The geology series will be interrupted for a visit to the sugar shack - Pavilion 11 - on March 7. The series is specifically designed for children ages 6 to 10; younger children may attend if they accompany their parents and older siblings.

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Dog License Renewal Due December 13, 2017

York County residents can purchase 2018 dog licenses at the York County Treasurer's office. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Monday, Jan. 1.

An annual dog license will be discounted if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are also available for dogs with permanent identifications. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license at a discounted rate.

The owner's contact information is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Dog Law, local police, and shelters to identify lost dogs and get them home safely. Dogs without a license can result in a fine up to $300.

Licenses may be purchased online, by mail, or in person at the Treasurer's Office, which is located on the second floor of the York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St., York, or at any one of the 15 satellite sub-agents throughout York County. More information is available at https://yorkcountypa.gov/county-administration/row-officers/treasurer/dog-licenses.html.

If a dog has lost its lifetime license tag, the Treasurer's Office can issue replacement tags. Dog owners should notify the Treasurer's Office if they have a change in their contact information by contacting Ashley Feller at akfeller@yorkcountypa.gov or 717-771-9603.

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Parks Program Schedule Set December 12, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted.

Programs are open to all ages, unless otherwise stated. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration should be completed by noon on the business day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055.

Munchkin Science will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 2, 16, and 30 and Feb. 13 and 27. The program, open to children ages 3 to 5 with a parent, will feature a different theme on each date. Participants will explore the wonders of science with a naturalist.

Leaf Print Ornaments will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Using natural materials, flour, and salt, participants can make personal holiday ornaments or keepsakes to take home. A naturalist will provide materials and directions.

A Winter Wildflower Walk will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow, 548 Golf Road, Lancaster. A naturalist will lead a walk in the meadow during the winter solstice to enjoy the wildflowers in their final beauty. Participants should park in the grass in the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow parking lot.

Household Elf for Brownie Girl Scouts will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 27. After a game in which girls simulate the lifestyle of peers in less fortunate settings, Brownies will explore ways in which their families may live more sustainably. From making environmentally-friendly cleaning products to discovering ways to cut energy and water usage, girls will learn valuable hints and bring them home to their families. Badges are not included.

Home Scientist for Brownie Girl Scouts will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 27. Brownie Girl Scouts will complete requirements for the Home Scientist badge with a series of fun activities. A naturalist will assist as girls explore static electricity, make ice cream, inflate balloons without using a breath, and more. Badges are not included.

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Township Marks Project Completion December 12, 2017

On Dec. 5, the Township of Derry and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) celebrated the successful completion of the West Caracas Avenue Parking Lot Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) project.

During the event, water was poured over the parking lot to simulate a rain event and demonstrate how the newly installed BMP features work to manage stormwater and protect the local waterways. In addition, Joe Adams, southcentral regional director, DEP; John Foley, chairman, Township of Derry board of supervisors; Sen. John DiSanto; and Matthew Bonanno, P.E., Civil Practice Area Leader at the project's design firm, Herbert, Rowland, and Grubic Inc. (HRG), spoke about the long-term benefits and ingenuity of the project.

The DEP awarded the township a $200,000 Local Stormwater BMP Implementation grant to help fund this project, which represented almost half of the total cost of the improvements. The nearly 40,000-square-foot parking lot now includes 11,500 square feet of porous asphalt and 3,510 square feet of vegetative islands, trees, and landscaping, allowing for groundwater recharge, improved water quality, and a reduced volume of stormwater runoff. This approach is designed to entirely infiltrate stormwater runoff from a 100-year storm event. Additionally, the project serves as a public demonstration project and includes informational signage to help educate the general public on the parking lot's stormwater BMP features and the benefits of infiltration to water quality.

In addition to environmental benefits, the project increased parking efficiencies with better access management and a greater number of parking spaces. The parking lot frequently accommodates Downtown Hershey Association's Life on Chocolate events that take place in ChocolateTown Square Park and in the lot itself. Due to its central downtown location, the parking lot also serves visitors to downtown restaurants, the Hershey Story museum, the Hershey Theatre, and local shops.

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SEPTA Cards Available For Seniors December 11, 2017

To ensure seniors can ride free on all SEPTA transit services, Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. is offering people age 65 and up the opportunity to get a free SEPTA Key Senior ID card without traveling to Philadelphia. Instead, they may visit Lewis' office in Downingtown during normal office hours.

Lewis held an event at the Villages of Hillview on Nov. 8 to help residents with their applications to SEPTA. Since more than 170 applications were submitted that day, Lewis will also be providing the service at his office.

The Key card enables seniors to ride free on transit services including bus, Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, trolley and the Norristown High Speed Line. Regional Rail fares for seniors will continue to be $1 for rides within the commonwealth.

While Pennsylvania seniors who possess a valid unexpired driver's license or state-issued ID are automatically eligible to participate in the program, people who do not want to use either form of identification can register and have their picture taken for the SEPTA Key Senior ID card. The SEPTA Key cards will be mailed at a later date.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, readers may call Lewis' office at 610-269-1289.

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Village Park Awarded Grant December 11, 2017

Rep. Keith Greiner recently announced that West Lampeter Township has been awarded a $250,000 state grant for rehabilitation and further development of Village Park.

Improvements covered under the grant will include the renovation of a basketball court; construction of a parking area, pedestrian walkway, volleyball court and stormwater management measures; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; and lighting.

In addition to infrastructure and equipment improvements, the grant will also be used to improve ADA access, landscaping, signage and other related site improvements.

Township officials, who are working to raise the $3 million needed to complete the project, plan to break ground in 2019.

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New Travel Tool Posted December 11, 2017

A new travel tool will help drivers with winter preparedness. This winter, Pennsylvania motorists can check online to see when a state-maintained roadway was last plowed. The information will be posted on the Plow Trucks section of www.511pa.com.

PennDOT operates 2,200 plow trucks each winter. More information about PennDOT's winter services and winter-driving resources are available at www.penndot.gov/winter. The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT's 11 engineering districts.

PennDOT is responsible for maintaining 40,000 miles of roadways, which translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles, enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. In doing so, PennDOT deploys about 4,800 on-the-road workers, has more than 652,000 tons of salt on hand across the state, and will take salt deliveries throughout the winter.

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Program Offers Heat Assistance December 11, 2017

LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP applications began on Nov. 1 and will end on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Eligibility for the 2017-18 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. The maximum income allowed for eligibility is based on household size. For example, the maximum income for a household of one is $18,090, for two is $24,360, for three is $30,630, for four is $36,900, and so on.

Online applications can be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are available through local county assistance offices or interested applicants can download and print an application from the website above.

For more information on LIHEAP, readers may visit www.dhs.pa.gov. For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, readers may visit www.energysavers.gov.

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Phillips-Hill Posts Satellite Office Hours December 6, 2017

Residents of the 93rd Legislative District are invited to attend state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill's satellite office hours on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hopewell Township Building, 3336 Bridgeview Road, Stewartstown, and Thursday, Dec 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at Citizens Volunteer Fire Company, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove.

Phillips-Hill's staff will be available to help attendees fill out paperwork and to answer questions related to state government. Anyone who would like to apply for a rebate on 2016 property taxes or rent payments must do so by Sunday, Dec. 31.

For more information, readers may call Phillips-Hill's district office at 717-428-9889 or 877-207-2272.

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Winter Program Schedule Posted December 6, 2017

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted.

Programs are open to all ages, unless otherwise stated. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration should be completed by noon on the business day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055.

Lancaster's Birds of Winter will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A naturalist will introduce not only typical winter resident birds, but also some special visitors. Participants will need to dress for the weather and bring binoculars, if available, for the program which concludes with a bird walk. All ages are welcome, but the program is geared for age 8 and up.

Winter Treats for Backyard Birds will be held on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon. Participants will join a naturalist to create a variety of nutritious treats for backyard birds with ingredients, including nuts, fruits, peanut butter, and seeds. Participants should wear old clothes.

Crafting a Winter Wonderland will be offered on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program will feature winter wonderland-themed crafts. Children will have the opportunity to design personalized greeting cards to send out to friends and family during the holidays or create winter-themed decorations for their home.

Crafty Critters will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Participants will create critters or other crafty objects using a variety of items from nature.

Make Your Own Pop-up Cards will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Participants will learn how to make several different animal-themed pop-up card designs. Difficulty levels will vary, and children will need an adult helper.

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Rebate Program Deadline Posted December 6, 2017

Seniors are reminded that the deadline to apply for the state's 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is Sunday, Dec. 31. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2016.

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, and individuals age 18 or older with disabilities. For complete eligibility guidelines, readers may visit www.revenue.pa.gov.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax, or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at the above website or by calling 888-PATAXES. Applications for the 2017 program are expected to be available in early February.

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News On Guarding Against Fraud December 6, 2017

While the holiday season is often the most charitable, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will. For consumers' protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State's Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania.

Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity by consulting the database prior to donating at www.charities.pa.gov/EntitySearch.aspx. To learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, readers may call the bureau's telephone hotline at 800-732-0999.

For additional information about protecting oneself while giving, readers may visit http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/charities/12444/information_for_consumers/571849.

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WRAP Program Receives Bus Tokens December 5, 2017

The Chester County Women's Commission recently donated $500 in bus tokens to the Women's Reentry Assessment and Programming Initiative (WRAP), run by the Chester County Department of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services. The presentation was made during a Chester County commissioners' sunshine meeting. Women's Commission chair Denise Bailey and vice chair Wendy Leeper presented the bus tokens to Jennifer Lopez, deputy chief of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services.

Established by the Chester County commissioners more than 20 years ago, the Women's Commission's purpose is to provide regular input on the status and needs of women in Chester County.

In her remarks at the presentation, Bailey noted the vision of the Women's Commission to serve as a catalyst for change by drawing on the passion, spirit and strengths of women to create a more equitable community.

Earlier this year, Chester County's WRAP program won the top Criminal Justice and Public Safety Award from the National Association of Counties and was selected as one of the top 25 programs recognized by Harvard University's Innovation in Government Award program.

WRAP is a specialized assessment and supervision unit of Chester County's Probation, Parole and Pretrial department that focuses on at-risk women who are transitioning from county incarceration or facing technical violations for supervision. The program, which has been duplicated by other counties in the state, aims to reduce recidivism and technical violations of community supervision, and it seeks to increase the health and well-being of justice-involved women.

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Medication Take-Back Program Posted December 1, 2017

The York County Solid Waste Authority has purchased a secure medication take-back box for the Lower Windsor Township Police Department, bringing the number of participating police departments in York County to 17. The public may deposit unwanted medications anonymously in the take-back boxes during police department lobby hours, except on holidays.

This partnership program provides a secure disposal option for unwanted medications from residential sources at no cost to the public or law enforcement. The secure medication take-back box, purchased from MedReturn, works like a mailbox: once medications are deposited, they cannot be retrieved and are contained in a locked compartment accessible only by law enforcement.

The heavy-duty green metal box bolts to the floor and wall. Medication collected in the take-back box program will be delivered by law enforcement to the Authority's waste-to-energy facility for environmentally safe destruction. Law enforcement also maintains the box and secures medications that are received until they can be destroyed.

The Authority has invited all York County police departments to participate and has established medication take-back boxes in nearly all police departments across the county. The Authority purchases a box for each interested police department and provides free destruction of medications at the York County Resource Recovery Center, the Authority's waste-to-energy facility located in Manchester Township.

The Authority's waste-to-energy facility is equipped with state of the art combustion technology and air emission controls for destruction of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication. The facility's operator, Covanta York Renewable Energy, also supports this program.

Residents interested in dropping medication at a take-back box location should remove their personal information from containers before depositing them in boxes. Only residential prescription or over-the-counter medications are accepted, along with pet medications. Pharmacies, hospitals and other commercial sources of medications are not eligible to participate. Syringes and other "sharps" are not accepted in this program.

For more information, readers may visit www.ycswa.com. As the program expands to other locations, the Authority will announce them to the public. The following police departments are participating:

Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; City of York Police Department, 50 W. King St., York, open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Fairview Township Police Department, 145 Limekiln Road, Suite 600, New Cumberland, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Hanover Borough Police Department, 44 Frederick St., Hanover, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road, York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Lower Windsor Township Police Department, 2425 Craley Road, Wrightsville, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Northeastern Regional Police Department, 5570 Board Road, Mount Wolf, open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also, Penn Township Police Department, 20 Wayne Ave., Hanover, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Southern Regional Police Department, 47 E. High St., New Freedom, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Southwestern Regional Police Department, 6115 Thoman Drive, Spring Grove, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road, Spring Garden Township, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Springettsbury Township Police Department, 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; West Manchester Township Police Department, 380 E. Berlin Road, York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; West York Borough Police Department, 1700 W. Philadelphia St., York, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and York Area Police Department, 33 Oak St., York, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated system that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township. The Resource Recovery Center manages York County's household and commercial waste, as well as some manufacturing waste.

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Summer Internship Program Announced December 1, 2017

For nearly 40 years, the mission of the Fourth Congressional District Internship Association has been to give local college students an opportunity to take part in the democratic process. In keeping with that tradition, the association has announced the application process for its 2018 summer internship program.

Any undergraduate college student who is a resident of the Fourth Congressional District of Pennsylvania and has completed his or her freshman year of undergraduate studies by the beginning of the internship is eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Taking place from May through August, the internship program will allow several area college students a chance to learn about public service through full-time internships with Congressman Scott Perry. Each intern will spend five weeks in Washington, D.C., assisting with legislative projects and will also spend five weeks assisting with constituent casework in one of Perry's district offices in Gettysburg, Wormleysburg, and York.

The interns will be able to receive a weekly stipend during the internship experience. While they work in Washington, D.C., intern housing will be provided at no charge at George Washington University. Housing will not be provided while the interns work in the district offices.

Interns are selected based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated commitment to the ideals of public service. The selection of interns is made on a nonpartisan basis.

Internship applications can be downloaded at www.4thdistrictintern.org.

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Residents Invited To Open House November 29, 2017

All residents of the 169th Pennsylvania House of Representatives district and the 33rd Pennsylvania Senate district are invited to an open house at the district offices of state Rep. Kate Klunk and state Sen. Richard Alloway. The offices are located in the historic Young Manor, 118 Carlisle St., Suites 300 and 309, in Hanover. The open house will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Attendees may tour the offices and discuss state-related issues. Seasonal refreshments will be available.

Reservations are not required. For more information, readers may visit www.RepKlunk.com or call 717-630-8942. Free parking is available behind the building.

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Transit Authority Posts Survey November 29, 2017

The South Central Transit Authority (SCTA) is asking for the public's help in providing feedback about transit services provided by Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) and Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA). SCTA has created an online Community Survey for public input. SCTA is creating a Transit Development Plan (TDP) for the region, and as part of the plan SCTA wants to gather public input and suggestions to help update its vision for future public transit service. This vision will be based on input from BARTA and RRTA customers and other members of the Berks and Lancaster communities about needs for travel by public transportation.

The survey is located on the SCTA, BARTA and RRTA websites under the Transit Development Plan link. Readers may visit www.sctapa.com, www.bartabus.com, or www.redrosetransit.com. There is an English and Spanish version available. Surveys will be accepted until the end of December.

The consultant team, NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates, is conducting a thorough analysis of existing transit operations and conditions for the TDP. In November, Nelson/Nygaard conducted on-board rider surveys to gather data from existing BARTA and RRTA customers. With all this data, the consultants will identify potential opportunities for service improvements and provide recommendations that improve mobility in the region. Once completed, the TDP will include an analysis of current and projected community characteristics, a review of existing and projected service needs and the development of service improvement proposals based on service and community needs and funding availability. The TDP is scheduled to be completed in late spring 2018.

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Veterans ID Details Posted November 29, 2017

Under a federal law passed in 2015, all honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to receive a photo ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This will allow veterans to prove their service without showing a copy of their official DD 214 discharge documents.

The law, known as the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015, orders the VA to issue a hardcopy photo ID to any honorably discharged veteran who applies. The card must contain the veteran's name, photo and a non-Social Security identification number. Veterans may apply for the free card online. In Pennsylvania, veterans can apply for a specially designated driver's license under Act 176 of 2012.

More information is available at www.dmv.pa.gov by clicking on Veterans Designation.

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Hunters Can Share Harvest November 27, 2017

For more than 25 years, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program has encouraged hunters from across the Commonwealth to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison to Pennsylvania families in need. The program partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations.

Since 1991, HSH has distributed 1.2 million pounds of donated venison. Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. In an average hunting season, the HSH program's goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed venison through the state's 20 regional food banks, which then redistributes it to more than 5,000 local provider charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and churches, as well as individual families.

To find a list of local processors or for more information, readers may visit www.sharedeer.org.

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Innovations Challenge Set November 27, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) invite high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to take part in the first PennDOT Innovations Challenge. The PennDOT Innovations Challenge asks students to look at technologies and innovative methods, aside from traditional paid advertising, marketing, and social media channels that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to curb unsafe teen driving practices.

The Innovations Challenge presents an opportunity for Pennsylvania's teenagers to learn and be creative in support of an important cause and will remind them to practice safe driving when they are on the road. The challenge aims to not only help students explore real transportation challenges that PennDOT is facing, but also open their minds to the very real possibility of working for PennDOT after graduation.

Through the PennDOT Innovations Challenge, 11 regional winners will be selected and be invited to compete in Harrisburg for the grand championship in April 2018. PennDOT intends for the Innovations Challenge to become an annual event.

For complete details, readers may visit www.penndot.gov/innovation. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

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