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Brown Named To Judicial Conduct Board January 15, 2019

The Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania has announced that Gov. Tom Wolf recently appointed Joseph M. Brown of Berks County to the board.

The Judicial Conduct Board is an independent body of Pennsylvania citizens comprised of three judges, three lawyers and six non-lawyer lay members. Half of the board members are appointed by the governor and half by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The board's members serve four-year terms, without pay. No more than half of its appointed members may be from the same political party.

Brown possesses more than 32 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as a detective with the Berks County Office of the District Attorney. Brown recently retired from service with the West Reading Police Department. He retired with the rank of sergeant, having been with West Reading from 1991 to 2019. With West Reading, Brown served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, and ultimately, patrol sergeant. Brown was also a detective with the Berks County Office of the District Attorney Major Crimes Unit. He is also an experienced polygraph examiner.

Brown serves as president of Berks Lodge 71, Fraternal Order of Police. Lodge 71 represents Berks County police officers. He also serves as president of the Berks County Police Heroes Fund, which provides financial assistance to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. He is the current treasurer of the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police, the statewide organization representing more than 40,000 active and retired members of law enforcement across the commonwealth.

Brown obtained associate degrees in both law enforcement administration and public administration from Reading Area Community College. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Alvernia College in Reading.

Brown succeeds Harold E. Flack on the board. Flack completed his term on April 17, 2018. Brown's four-year term commenced on Dec. 4, 2018. Under the constitution, board members may not serve more than four consecutive years. Brown serves as a lay member of the board.

Created by constitutional amendment in 1993, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania is an independent board within the judicial branch of the commonwealth's government responsible for reviewing, investigating, and, where warranted, prosecuting complaints of judicial misconduct. For further information, readers may visit www.jcbpa.org.

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Postal Service Issues First Stamp Of 2019 January 15, 2019

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the joys of love with the latest stamp in the Love series, the Hearts Blossom Forever stamp. It is the first stamp of 2019.

The stamp's first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the attendees were Erica-Marie Sanchez, an actress on "The Inspectors," and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, author of the graphic novelist "La Borinqueña."

The Hearts Blossom stamp shows 12 colorful hearts in a palette - of red, purple, orange and pink - intended to create a happy and positive feeling. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

News of the stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtag #LoveStamps. Followers of the Postal Service's Facebook page may view a recording of the dedication ceremony at www.facebook.com/USPS.

The Postal Service has celebrated love on stamp artwork ever since issuing the first Love series of stamps in 1973.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

For more information about the Postal Service, readers may visit www.usps.com.

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Winter Recreation Programs Slated January 10, 2019

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. Registration and payment are required by noon on the business day before the event, unless noted otherwise.

Owl Pellet Dissection will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants will investigate the contents of an owl pellet and try to determine what the prey was by reconstructing a skeleton on paper to take home. Participants will learn about Pennsylvania owl species and the unique adaptations that make them such great hunters. The program, led by naturalist Kaitlin Schafer, is geared for children ages 6 through 15 with adults.

A Winter Hike for people of all ages will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. The hike, led by naturalist Ann Strauss, will begin and end at Pavilion 21, 21 Kiwanis Drive, Lancaster. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather.

Full Moon Owl Prowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program, led by naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez, will begin indoors with information about local owls and will continue and end outside under the full moon as participants walk through the park, listening and looking for owls.

A Cabin Fever Hike will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Led by naturalist Rachel Albright, participants will explore the winter woods and take part in a scavenger hunt. Hot cocoa will be available afterward.

The Munchkin Science - Snow program will be offered to children ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. The celebration of snow, led by Strauss, will focus on learning how snow is made and from where it comes.

The Fun and Fascination: Snow and Ice program, designed for children ages 6 to 10 and led by naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Children will explore the properties of water and ice and conclude by cutting their own snowflakes. In the event there is snow on the ground, children will perform experiments and observations outdoors. Children should dress for indoor and outdoor activity. Children under age 6 are welcome if accompanying older siblings.

A program to help Scouts age 10 and up complete requirements one through four, as well as six and eight, for their Bird Study Merit Badge will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schlegel, a Merit Badge counselor, will provide assistance. Attendees should dress for the weather and should bring a water bottle, lunch, and a field notebook, as well as binoculars and a bird field guide if they have them. Registration and prepayment are required by noon on Jan. 23.

Pine Cone Crafts will be offered for children age 3 and up on Jan. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will lead the group in transforming pine cones into seasonal decorations such as owls and trees using paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and more.

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DMVA Offers Assistance To Veterans January 9, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) encourages veterans to review their benefits with a professional to ensure they are receiving the benefits they have earned through their service and sacrifice. All veterans should occasionally check with a veterans service officer to see if changes in a veteran's circumstances or changes to benefit policies may have modified the programs a veteran may be eligible to receive.

Safeguarding military paperwork, especially the DD-214, which is used to verify military service, is an important first step. The easiest way to manage military documents is to make sure they are filed in a safe place immediately when an individual leaves the military. Veterans often find that filing their documents for free at their county courthouse of record is an easy way to secure them until needed, which can often be decades into the future. Anyone needing assistance locating their military documentation can call 717-861-8910 or email RA-REQ@pa.gov.

Another key step is for veterans to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations to take a look at what benefits they may be eligible for and to get help applying for those benefits. A complete list of county directors and their contact information can be found at www.dmva.pa.gov.

In addition to connecting with a county director or an accredited service organization, veterans should sign up for the DMVA Veterans Registry, an extremely helpful, free tool that electronically delivers timely information about the many state benefits, programs and services available to veterans. Veterans, family members and people who work with veterans can sign up at www.register.dmva.pa.gov.

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans' benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county Veterans Affairs offices and several veterans service organizations. They are experienced, trained professionals who provide veterans with advice and assistance at no cost.

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Children's Park Programs Posted December 26, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. There is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Munchkin Science - Science Play, for children ages 3 to 5, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Participants will make modeling compound, colorful paper towel butterflies, and more.

Fun and Fascination: Winter Birds will be offered to children ages 6 to 10 on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The program will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Children will learn to identify common winter birds and take a walk to look for them in their natural habitat with a naturalist. Children under age 6 are welcome, if accompanying older siblings.

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Tour Scholarship Winners Posted December 26, 2018

The York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) has announced that nine schools and approximately 560 students will participate in the YCSWA's Tour Scholarship Program in 2019. The Tour Scholarship awardees for 2019 are Dover Elementary - Diane Benner, grade one; Leib Elementary - Teresa Dull, grade four; Manheim Elementary - Lesa Uffelman, grade two; Susquehannock High School - Elizabeth Worley, grades 11 to 12; Southern Elementary - Jen Collins, grade four; Shrewsbury Elementary - Cindy Procopio, grade four; and Washington Elementary - Amy Gotwals, grade two.

For more than 20 years, the Tour Scholarship Program has been offered by the YCSWA to local schools to pay the costs of buses and drivers needed for classes to take field trips to the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) and Education Center. In return for the tour scholarship, participants complete an activity or project on an aspect of solid waste management such as recycling or litter prevention.

The RRC is a technologically advanced and environmentally safe waste-to-energy facility where York County's household trash is used as fuel to produce electricity. Tour participants get a first-hand glimpse into this process beginning with a presentation followed by a walking tour of key areas of the facility.

To learn more, readers may visit www.ycswa.com.

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Recreational Programs Set December 26, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055 or visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/lancastercountyparks. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Animals in Winter will be offered for people of all ages on Friday, Jan. 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and again on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn what local wild animals do during the winter season, such as migrating or staying and surviving the cold weather. The program will begin inside and continue outside. Attendees should dress for the weather.

In celebration of National Winter Trails Day on Jan. 5, people of all ages may take part in a program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow in Lancaster County Central Park. Attendees will walk the trail, enjoy the views of nature in winter along the Mill Creek, learn about the natural world and explore the woods and the meadow. Participants will receive a laminated trail guide of Central Park. Attendees should dress for the weather. They should meet at the Muhlenberg Wildflower Meadow parking area at 548 Golf Road, Lancaster. If the area is snowy, people may park in the paved lot across the street at 539 Golf Road.

Story, Craft and Critter: Snakes, for children ages 3 to 8, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about snakes through an interactive story, make a craft or two celebrating snakes and meet live snakes. Children must have an adult helper.

A Winter Scavenger Hunt will be offered on Monday, Jan. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. The program is geared toward children for people age 3 and up. Participants will hike around the Environmental Center, searching for various natural items on a provided list.

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Christmas Tree Recycling Set December 24, 2018

York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) is conducting a free Christmas tree recycling program for all York County residents. The program will run through Thursday, Jan. 31. Residents may bring their trees to the parking lot located directly across the street from the Resource Recovery Center, 2700 Blackbridge Road, York.

In addition to YCSWA's collection site, two businesses will accept Christmas trees. They are Spring Valley Mulch in Dover, which may be reached at 717-292-3476, and H & H General Excavating in Spring Grove, which may be contacted at 717-225-4669. Readers should call these locations for hours and directions.

There is no fee to residents for this program, but residents must remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, and protective bags from their tree. Many municipalities will also offer curbside Christmas tree collection for their residents. Residents are encouraged to call their municipal office to see if the municipality offers a curbside collection program.

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Program To Offer Free Tax Service December 21, 2018

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program will offer free tax service for taxpayers of all ages, especially adults 50 and older, for the 2018 tax season.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers can prepare most personal income tax returns, including those with basic self-employment income. They are not trained to do business returns such as corporate, partnership, limited partnership, farm income, or rental income. These types of returns are beyond the scope of the Tax-Aide program.

There is no fee, and AARP membership is not required. Taxpayers should bring their photo ID and proof of the Social Security or ITIN numbers for anyone on the tax return, including children or other claimed dependents. Also, they should bring last year's tax return if it is available.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15, individuals can call a participating location to make an appointment. Locations are as follows: Messiah United Methodist Church, North York Borough, 717-771-9042; York Alliance Church, Spring Garden Township, 717-771-9042; Union Fire Company, Manchester Borough, 717-771-9042; Aldersgate United Methodist Church, York Township, 717-771-9042; Red Land Senior Center, Newberry Township, 717-938-4649; Dover Area Community Library, Dover Township, 717-292-6814; Eastern Area Senior Center, Wrightsville Borough, 717-252-1641; Shrewsbury Grace United Methodist Church, Shrewsbury Township, 717-993-3488; Hanover Church of the Brethren, Hanover Borough, 717-633-6353; Golden Connections Community Center, York Township, 717-244-7229; and Windy Hill on the Campus, Jackson Township, 717-225-0733.

Last year in York County, more than 60 volunteers helped 3,500 taxpayers file their federal, state, and local income tax returns at 14 locations around York County.

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Controller's Office Receives Award December 21, 2018

The Chester County Controller's Office recently received notification of an award bestowed upon it by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). A Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was presented to County Controller Margaret Reif and her staff for the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). A copy of the CAFR can be found at www.chesco.org/controller.

The GFOA Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and finance reporting, and its attainment "represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management," notes the GFOA.

The award for the 2017 CAFR marks the 37th consecutive year that Chester County has earned the GFOA accolade, ranking the county as one of the top in Pennsylvania and one of fewer than 60 counties out of more than 3,000 nationwide that have been recognized for 37 years or more.

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Township Approves Budget December 20, 2018

The Derry Township board of supervisors adopted its 2019 budget on Dec. 18. The budget includes a 0.30 mill real estate tax increase to support the township's capital projects and equipment needs.

The increase will generate an additional $621,995 a year and is equivalent to $30 per $100,000 of assessed home value. The capital budget expenditures total $3,271,766 and include existing debt service and the purchase of or financing of new accounting and records management software, radios, vehicles, a dump truck, mowers, replacement of the flooring in the library, and $115,000 for street improvements on state Route 422 in downtown Hershey.

The capital budget will fund payments in the amount of $309,882 in new debt service. The borrowing will finance $28,310,000, including a $162,950 debt service payment in 2019 for the Hershey Community Center, which will open in 2020.

Funds in the amount of $1,015,000 will be borrowed to perform remediation required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to the township's closed landfill. The annual payment in 2019 will be $50,036. A payment of $89,127 will be made in debt service for $2,225,000 for projects on Bullfrog Valley Road and Sandhill Road, and $7,769 will be budgeted to finance $321,118 in projects and equipment.

The real estate tax increase in 2019 and a proposed increase of 0.25 mills in 2020 in support of the Capital Fund will balance the budget through 2026 based on projected revenue and expenditures. The tax increase for 2019 results in a total of 2.2881 in real estate tax millage in Derry Township.

The general fund operating budget totals $18,098,336 and is balanced with revenue anticipated at $18,148,720. All the funds of the 2019 budget total $24,957,327. Revenues are estimated at $27,074,922.

The township's general fund balance is estimated to be $2,816,570 at the end of the year.

The Derry Township 2019 budget, providing a detailed breakdown of revenues and expenses for all funds, is available at www.derrytownship.org.

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Airport Unveils New Sculpture December 19, 2018

The Lancaster Airport Authority dedicated and unveiled the sculpture "We Care to Dream" at a ceremony on Nov. 14 at the Lancaster Airport. Created by Patrick Mack of Indianapolis and located in front of the Lancaster Airport Terminal, the permanently mounted polished stainless steel sculpture represents humanity's love of flight.

During a private ceremony, the sculpture was dedicated in memory of Marvin E. Miller Jr., past Pennsylvania legislator, Lancaster businessman, and member of the Authority's board of directors. For nearly 23 years, Miller gave his time and talents to the airport's growth and success. He served on the Authority board, most notably as chairman, from 1998 until his death in 2016.

Along with Miller's widow, judge Margaret C. Miller, family, friends and business associates attended the ceremony.

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Christmas Tree Recycling Set December 18, 2018

County residents can participate in an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their Christmas trees by dropping them at the mulching site at Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, between dawn and dusk through Thursday, Jan. 31. Trees must be free of decorations, lights, plastic bags, and hardware, including nails in the trunk.

The park mulching program is for Christmas trees only. No other yard waste will be accepted. There is a three-tree limit per vehicle. Commercial haulers are strongly advised to contact their local municipalities for their respective Christmas tree recycling locations.

There is a suggested nominal donation for each tree. Donations will benefit the operation of the Dr. John Moss Native Tree Nursery in Central Park. Trees from the nursery are utilized throughout the county park system. Moss, a former professor at Franklin & Marshall College and a founding member of the Lancaster Environmental Action Federation (LEAF), worked to promote the conservation of natural resources for the improvement of the environment of Lancaster County's public parks and open spaces.

According to park officials, residents drop off about 1,500 Christmas trees each year, which produce 22 tons of mulch. The mulch is ideal for acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as many deciduous ornamental trees and shrubs that require slightly acidic soil conditions. The mulch will be available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis after Friday, Jan. 4, near the tree drop-off site. Persons desiring free mulch should bring a pitchfork or shovel and a bag or a trailer to transport it home.

For more information about the Christmas tree mulching program, residents may call the park office at 717-299-8215 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the Lancaster County Park System, readers may visit www.lancastercountyparks.org.

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DMVA Bestows Awards December 18, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) recently inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame, recognizing their exceptional service to the department, the Pennsylvania National Guard, and Pennsylvania's veterans. Honored were retired Maj. Gen. Walter F. Pudlowski Jr., retired Command Sgt. Maj. Nicholas "Chip" Gilliland, and Helen Sajer.

The DMVA Hall of Fame, established in 1998, recognizes unique and exemplary contributions and significant achievements by an individual in service and support of DMVA. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor conferred upon an individual by the department.

Pudlowski, of Grantville, entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier in October 1965 and was later commissioned through the Army Officer Candidate School program. He served in the United States and Panama and was a platoon leader in Vietnam.

After leaving active service in 1972, Pudlowski served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He served in leadership assignments in the 1st and 2nd Battalions 109th Infantry and Headquarters 55th Brigade and as the 28th Divisions G3, chief of staff and deputy commanding general for Maneuver. From October 1998 to October 2003, he commanded the 28th Infantry Division, preparing troops for various combat and peacekeeping missions throughout the world.

In his final assignment before retirement in November 2005, Pudlowski was the special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard and was called upon to serve as the acting director of the Army National Guard and as the National Guard Bureau J3 operations officer during Hurricane Katrina. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. Army War College.

Gilliland, of Palmyra, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1986, completing basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Va. He was then assigned to B Company, 159th Aviation, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. In 1988, he was reassigned to B Co, 7/101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He left active duty and served in the Individual Ready Reserve. In 1991, he was called back to active duty to support Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

After briefly returning to the Individual Ready Reserve, Gilliland joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1994 and was assigned to Company G, 104th Aviation. He served in Company G until May of 1996, when he was hired as a CH-47 instructor at the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site.

In November 2009, Gilliland was selected as the state command sergeant major, Pennsylvania National Guard, and served in that position until May 2012. In May of 2012, he resigned as the state command sergeant major to serve as the senior non-commissioned officer, B Company, 2-104th Aviation, Task Force Nomad, for a 17-month train-up and deployment to Afghanistan. Upon returning from his deployment, Gilliland was assigned to the State Aviation Office as the senior aviation sergeant major until his retirement in February 2014. He currently works as chief, Division of Reintegration and Outreach, within the Office of Veterans Affairs at DMVA.

Sajer, of Camp Hill, is the president and founder of Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc., an all-volunteer, statewide nonprofit corporation formed to assist wounded and disabled veterans of the commonwealth to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sajer and her husband, the late Maj. Gen. Gerald T. Sajer, established the nation's first Family Support Program for the Pennsylvania National Guard, which created networks to inform and support the families of National Guard soldiers and airmen as the frequency and length of their deployments to support the war efforts in Iraq increased.

Sajer also conceived, established, and operated an annual youth camp at Fort Indiantown Gap for the children of National Guard soldiers, serving for six years as the camp nurse. This program served as a model for many other states. She also undertook major organizing and fundraising activities for Sergeant's Grove and the Keystone Lodge at Fort Indiantown Gap, a meeting and recreation site dedicated as a living memorial to those who have served in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Sajer graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and is a retired registered nurse.

For more information about the DMVA, readers may visit www.dmva.pa.gov.

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Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Information Posted December 17, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is encouraging businesses to obtain the required spotted lanternfly permit to ensure they are complying with the spotted lanternfly quarantine orders. As the next phase of the spotted lanternfly life cycle gears up, now is an ideal time for businesses to learn how they can jumpstart this spring's fight.

There is no cost to businesses to obtain a permit. Under the law, businesses in Pennsylvania need to take the online permit training and exam and receive a permit for their vehicles. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture continues its work to contain and minimize the spread of the spotted lanternfly while also keeping commerce flowing in Pennsylvania.

In November 2017, 13 Pennsylvania counties - Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill - were placed under quarantine to help stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly. States with spotted lanternfly populations are also required to follow the permit requirements for Pennsylvania. This will help prevent the movement of the pest from other states into Pennsylvania.

The spotted lanternfly permit training teaches business owners, managers, and designated employees how to comply with the quarantine - an important legal designation to help stop the spread of spotted lanternfly - to ensure each of their employees are complying with the law. The quarantine order directs businesses, residents, and county authorities to follow guidelines to prevent the movement of the certain articles that contain any living stages of the spotted lanternfly, including egg masses, nymphs, and adults such as logs, stumps, or any tree parts; nursery stock; crated materials; and trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.

By investing time and personnel to inspect vehicles to safeguard against transporting insects, people can help to ensure this pest does not reach farther beyond those counties that are already quarantined.

As part of the spotted lanternfly quarantine agreement beginning on Wednesday, May 1, The Department's Bureau of Plant Industry will begin to perform inspections and verification checks to confirm that businesses are properly permitted. Failure to take the permit exam and educate employees could result in possible penalties and fines.

The permit training and testing can be accessed through Penn State Extension by visiting https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training. For information regarding permitting, readers may contact slfpermit@pa.gov. To learn more, readers may visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly, www.aphis.usda.gov/hungrypest/slf, and http://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

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Community Invited To Support Veterans December 12, 2018

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) encourages Pennsylvanians to give to programs that support the commonwealth's veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families. The four tax-deductible programs administered by the DMVA are the Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP), the Veterans' Trust Fund (VTF), Residents' Welfare Funds and the Pennsylvania Veterans' Memorial Trust Fund.

Donations are accepted online or by mail. When an online donation is made, donors may choose to enter honoree information, and a plaque in their honor will be displayed on the Virtual Donor Wall. Online plaques will show that donations have been made in honor of, in memory of or on behalf of someone. To make a donation online or by mail for any of the four programs or to learn more about each one, readers may visit www.donate.dmva.pa.gov.

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Decade To Doorways Program Honors Groups December 5, 2018

Administrators and staff of Decade to Doorways, Chester County's initiative to end homelessness, recently honored a number of organizations that are working to prevent and eventually eradicate chronic homelessness in the county. Representatives from approximately 40 groups attended the event, and 10 Hometown Heroes were nominated by their peers for their dedication to pursuing an end to homelessness within Chester County.

The event included an address by keynote speaker Julia Orlando, who, as director of the Bergen County, N.J., Housing, Health and Human Service Center, led that county to be the first in the nation to successfully reach and maintain what is known as functional zero for chronic homelessness.

Since the inception of Decade to Doorways in 2012, Chester County has served more than 6,200 clients experiencing homelessness, of which more than 1,300 were children. Nearly 225,000 nights of emergency shelter were made available to the most vulnerable in Chester County, and 1,451 people found permanent housing.

Earlier this year, Decade to Doorways published its most recent operational plan to ensure the program continues to prevent homelessness and quickly re-house those experiencing homelessness rather than just manage homelessness. The updated plan will guide the approximately 35 organizations that work to see that the Chester County community is healthy, housed and stable.

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Planning Commission Sets Meeting December 5, 2018

The York County Planning Commission (YCPC), 28 E. Market St., York, will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Those interested in a specific topic may visit the Boards/Committees page at www.ycpc.org for more information.

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Dog License Deadline Posted December 5, 2018

York County residents can purchase 2019 dog licenses at the York County treasurer's office. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

An annual dog license will be discounted if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are 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. People who do not have licenses for their dogs may be fined up to $300.

Licenses may purchased online, by mail or in person at the treasurer's office, which is on the second floor of the York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St., York, or at any one of the 16 satellite sub-agents throughout York County. More information is available by visiting https://yorkcountypa.gov/county-administration/row-officers/treasurer.html and clicking on Dog Licenses or by visiting www.facebook.com/YorkCountyTreasurer.

If a dog has lost its lifetime license tag, the treasurer's office can issue replacement tags. Dog owners who have a change in their contact information should notify the treasurer's office by contacting Ashley Feller at AKFeller@YorkCountyPA.gov or 717-771-9603.

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Officials Graduate From CCAP Academy December 5, 2018

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Academy for Excellence in County Government recently graduated 22 county officials from its program during ceremonies at CCAP's Fall Conference in Hershey.

The academy is a certificate training program specifically designed for county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators and assistant administrators, chief clerks and assistant chief clerks, solicitors and assistant solicitors, and their equivalents in home rule counties. Participants complete required courses in leadership, management, and decision-making; county legal issues; today's trends in county government; county functions and responsibilities; county financial management; risk management; personnel and labor relations; and personal development. They also attain elective credits by attending courses covering a wide range of relevant topics.

CCAP and the academy are committed to training informed and responsible public officials to give Pennsylvania's counties the leadership needed to deal with the challenges of today's county government. Since its inception in 1996, the voluntary program has graduated more than 150 county officials,

The 2018 graduates include Kevin S. Barnhardt, Berks County commissioner, and Christine Sadler, Berks County solicitor.

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