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Award Nominees Are Being Sought November 9, 2018

The Manheim Township Community Life Task Force and the Manheim Township Commissioners are seeking nominees for their Community Service Award program, which honors and recognizes individuals for their impact on the community. Two service awards, the Community Spirit Award, presented to a township resident, and the Youth Service Award, presented to a township youth in grades seven to 12, are available.

While nominees must be Manheim Township residents, their service may be for an organization outside of the township. Examples include an individual's service to civic organizations, youth sports teams, Scouts, church groups, PTOs and more.

The nomination form for these service awards is available at www.manheimtownship.org. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The presentation of awards will be made at a commissioners public meeting in March 2019.

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CCAP To Hold Conference November 9, 2018

Leaders from counties in Pennsylvania will meet on Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, at The Hotel Hershey to discuss issues of interest to counties during the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) fall conference.

On Nov. 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the opening general session will be presided over by CCAP president and Lancaster County commissioner Dennis Stuckey. The first scheduled speaker, Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center, will discuss cases currently being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. Matthew Knittel, director of the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office, will then speak about fiscal and demographic trends and the Pennsylvania economy.

On Nov. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the closing general session will feature Matthew Baker, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discussing the role of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Also, corrections secretary John Wetzel will discuss contraband efforts and veterans units opened in state correctional institutions.

More information may be found at www.pacounties.org.

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Nominations Sought For Women's Hall Of Fame November 9, 2018

The Lebanon County Commission for Women is seeking nominations to the 2019 Women's Hall of Fame. The goal of the commission is to seek out hidden heroines - women who have quietly used their talents to increase the quality of lives in Lebanon County - and hear their stories. Nominations will be accepted by the commission through Friday, Nov. 30.

The categories for which a woman can be nominated are leadership, community, agriculture, athletics, justice, healthy lifestyles/health care, arts, education, military, and science/technology. The nominee must live and/or work in Lebanon County and should excel in one of the categories. The commission invites everyone to submit nominations for women they believe should be recognized and honored for their work or volunteer activities.

Nomination forms and information about the Women's Hall of Face can be obtained at www.lebcounty.org/depts/womens_commission or via email at womenscommission@lebcnty.org. The nominee's accomplishments and contributions to the community should be detailed in the nomination. Persons developing the nomination can also include their thoughts as to how the woman has served as a role model. Awards will not be presented in categories were fewer than three nominations have been received. Nominees that are not selected for induction to the 2019 Hall of Fame will automatically be submitted for nomination the following year.

Current members of the Lebanon County Commission for Women, previous inductees, and members of the Hall of Fame committee are not eligible for nomination. The list of these persons is available on the website. Individuals with questions may direct them to the commission via email or by visiting the Lebanon County Commission for Women's Facebook page.

The luncheon and induction will be held on Wednesday, March 27, during Women's History Month. This spring will mark the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Women's Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the Women's Hall of Face luncheon support the various projects of the commission, which in past years have included contributing to the Memory Garden for Susan Funk Klarsch at White Deer Run, the H.O.P.E.S. Family Shelter project, and the Lebanon Historical Society.

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County Parks Programs Set November 8, 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. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Discover Money Rocks will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Money Rocks County Park, 936 Narvon Road, Narvon. The program, open to children age 6 and older, will explore the park with a naturalist during a 2- to 3-mile hike over rough, rocky, and hilly terrain.

Native American Games will be offered to children age 3 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The event will feature an afternoon of fun playing a variety of games once enjoyed by Native American children. Participants will learn the significance of the games in the lives of the children and practice the same skills the Native Americans learned.

Munchkin Science - Predator-Prey Relationships, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with adults, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. After hands-on learning inside, attendees will go outside to play predator-prey tag games in which the children will represent different animals and learn the animals' relationships to each other.

Fun and Fascination: Owls will be offered to students ages 6 to 10 with adults from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Children will be introduced to common local owls and explore owl pellets.

An Owl Prowl will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21. Participants will join a park naturalist for a night of looking and listening for owls.

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Gift Card Donations Sought For Holiday Program November 8, 2018

Lancaster County Office of Aging's 2018 holiday program is underway. Again this year, the agency plans to distribute grocery store gift cards to its low-income clients who are in need of assistance.

Community members can help with the program by purchasing a gift card in any demonination up to $25 to Giant or Weis Markets. The Office of Aging is also accepting monetary contributions in the form of checks.

Donations for this year's holiday program will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 10, and can be dropped off at the Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St., Lancaster, during regular business hours, which are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, including details on making a monetary contribution or on mailing donations, readers may call Derek Bendetti or Lisa Paulson at 717-299-7979.

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Applications Available For LIHEAP November 8, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP provides assistance with home heating bills and is available to renters and home owners who meet designated income guidelines.

Crisis and regular grants began on Nov. 1. Online applications can be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are available from the Lancaster County Office of Aging or at the local county assistance office at 717-299-7543. Applications can also be downloaded and printed from the Department of Human Services website, which is available at www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm.

For tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, readers may visit www.energysavers.gov.

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Fall, Winter Walks Planned November 7, 2018

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Gifford Pinchot State Park will host fall and winter walks during the 2018-19 season. Easy to moderate walks will be led by a park naturalist and will last about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on weather conditions. Atttendees are asked to meet at the main day use building in the Conewago Day Use Area off Alpine Road.

All walks will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Walk dates are Saturday, Nov. 17; Friday, Dec. 7; Tuesday, Jan. 1; Friday, Jan. 18; Saturday, Feb. 2; and Friday, Feb. 22.

Attendees are asked to bring their own water bottle and/or snacks as desired. For more information, readers may call the park office at 717-432-5011.

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Bird Watch Program Slated November 7, 2018

York County Park's FeederWatchers will catalog the birds that visit the feeders at Nixon County Park from November until early April. Individuals who would enjoy joining this citizen science effort may contact Andrew Wolfgang, park naturalist, at 717-428-1961 to learn what it takes to become one of the 20,000 FeederWatchers participating in this program across the nation.

All data from this program are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which has been using this project to log the movements of winter birds in Canada and the United States for more than 30 years. Beginners are welcome to participate, and the feeders are ADA accessible.

There is no fee, but registration is required by contacting Wolfgang. For information on other programs, readers may visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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DMVA Shares News For Veterans November 5, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) appreciates the sacrifices made by all veterans and wants to see that everyone leaving the military receives every benefit they earned with their service to America. To prepare for the future, veterans are encouraged to register with the DMVA, apply for federal health care benefits, and safeguard important military paperwork. Taking these steps when transitioning back to civilian life may help to make accessing military benefits easier going forward.

Veterans can sign up for the DMVA Veterans Registry at www.register.dmva.pa.gov. In addition to veterans, family members and people who work with veterans can sign up for the registry to receive helpful information about programs, benefits, and services. Information about how to apply for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits can be found by going to www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/apply/.

It is also important for veterans to safeguard their DD-214/215 and other military documents by filing them at their county courthouse of record. The DD-214 is an official document that contains the information needed to verify military service and help to avoid verification issues later in life. The DD-215 is used to correct errors or make additions to a DD-214.

Additionally, any National Guard member who has not been ordered on active duty will not receive a DD-214. The discharge documents for National Guard members are the NGB-22 and NGB-23.

The easiest way to manage military documents is to make sure they are filed in a safe place immediately upon leaving the military. However, veterans who need help should never hesitate to contact the DMVA for assistance with searching for any military documents.

Anyone needing assistance from the DMVA to locate their DD-214/215 or other military documentation may contact 717-861-8910 or ra-req@pa.gov.

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Archery Hunts Rescheduled For Silver Mine Park November 1, 2018

Permits Established For Hunting, Vending, And Firewood Collection

The response to the archery hunts scheduled for Pequea Township's Silver Mine Park, 200 Silver Mine Road, Conestoga, was predominantly positive. However, as a result of a legal challenge, the hunt was canceled, and all participants' entry fees were refunded. Hunters may rejoice, though, as another hunt has been scheduled and a new permitting process has been established.

The hunt will be held during the Pennsylvania Game Commission's late archery season on Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Hunting will be authorized with a Pequea Township Wildlife Management Archery Hunt permit, and only 96 permits will be issued through a random drawing. Successful applicants must be properly licensed to participate on the days of the hunt. Archery hunters must possess a valid archery license and a valid antlerless deer license for Wildlife Management Unit 5B. A fee for the wildlife management permit was established by the board of supervisors during the Oct. 17 public meeting.

The decision to host the hunt in the 67-acre north portion of the park was approved unanimously by the board of supervisors. Cynthia Evans-Herr, vice chair of the board of supervisors and secretary of the Pequea Township Parks and Recreation Board, noted that the park and the surrounding community are overrun by deer. According to her research, 640 acres of land are needed to healthfully sustain 30 deer. In comparison, more than 30 deer have been counted in the park. When the deer are not destroying farmers' corn and soybean crops, they are eating the native plants in the forests, making room for the invasion of nonnative species.

"Our forest is full of invasives," Evans-Herr lamented. "We need to do what is necessary to manage our resources."

Hunters who want to purchase a wildlife permit must submit a standard postcard with their name, complete mailing address, phone number, hunting license number, and anterless deer license number for Wildlife Management Unit 5B, as well as the words "Wildlife Management Archery Hunt - Late Season." Only one application per hunter may be submitted. The cards must be mailed to Pequea Township, 1028 Millwood Road, Willow Street, PA 17584 by Monday, Nov. 19. A drawing will be held at the park barn at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, with Lancaster County treasurer Amber Martin participating. Successful applicants will be notified by mail; those in attendance may obtain their permits that night; at the barn at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26; or on the morning of each hunt day.

In addition to establishing the hunting permit, Pequea Township has created permits for firewood and vendors. With a firewood permit, folks may collect downed wood in the park for their personal use. Standing trees may not be cut, and each permit will allow up to two cords of wood for one fee. Gleaners may not drive into the forests, but wheelbarrows will be allowed.

"There's a lot of hardwood along the roads," Evans-Herr remarked. "It's a lot of wood if someone wants to be industrious."

The vendor permit will give permission for sellers to offer food, beverages, or other items at the park. Evans-Herr noted that of the three, this permit has received the most attention on the park's Facebook page.

For more information about the hunt or the permits, readers may call Pequea Township Parks and Recreation Board chair Tim Weaver at 717-672-1479.

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Parks Department Plans Events November 1, 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. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Family Campfire - Creatures of the Night, a program for all ages, will run from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. A naturalist will offer a talk about animals that love the night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and supplies for s'mores.

Afraid of Snakes? will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. The presenters will discuss Pennsylvania's venomous and nonvenomous snakes and tips to recognize them as well as truths and myths about snakes. A park ranger will also speak about Pennsylvania's snake hunting regulations and treatment for venomous bites. Participants will have the opportunity to see snake skins, including that of a copperhead.

Nature Parachute Play, designed for children ages 1 to 3 with an adult, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Children will learn about colors, the weather, ecosystems, animals, and more all while playing with a parachute. Introducing a new theme each meeting, the games will vary and will include a short picture book. Older siblings may attend, but the program is geared for ages 1 to 3 years.

A Build a Bluebird Box program will be offered to all ages on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will build bird houses to attract wildlife to their own backyard and learn about other cavity nesting birds.

Letterboxer Badge for Brownie Girl Scouts will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Environmental Center. Girls will complete all badge requirements with naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, and attendees should dress for both indoor and outdoor activities and bring a snack if desired. Interested participants should register online or call 717-295-2055 to register and prepay by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Separate fees have been set for Scouts and for adults; badges are not included.

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Recovery Home Planned For Veterans October 31, 2018

The York County Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Bell Socialization Services Inc. have teamed up to create The Higher Standard Project, a privately funded recovery home for veterans undergoing treatment for substance abuse or trauma.

The Higher Standard will be home for up to six veterans capable of self-support while undergoing treatment in York County Veterans Wellness Court or veterans released from York County Prison by way of long-term, inpatient treatment at a VA Medical Center. Priority will be given to combat veterans. The home's aim will be to provide veterans the opportunity to recover together in a residence that promotes wellness and the values of military service.

The project will seek the highest standard of national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Following accreditation, the project will expand into other communities to meet the needs of veterans throughout York County.

The project advisory board was formed in August to oversee the project. The board consists of Veterans Wellness Court mentors, alumni, and adult probation staff, along with representatives of the federal VA judicial outreach program, Bell Socialization, York County Veterans Outreach, and York County Veterans Affairs.

The Higher Standard is privately funded through donations to York County Veterans in Need Fund. Donations may be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/the-higher-standard-project. For information about contributing by check, readers may contact Veterans Affairs at 717-771-9218 or yorkvet@yorkcountypa.gov.

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Commission Sets Public Meeting October 31, 2018

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the York County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to provide information about an initiative to combat flooding and water pollution in York County. The meeting will be at the York Learning Center, which is the old Central High School, 300 E. Seventh Ave., York, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

This meeting will provide information about a proposal to create a countywide stormwater authority and, if created, how it would operate, what services would be provided, what fees would be assessed, and how it would be governed. Officials and staff will provide updated information on the process, and there will be a time for comments from the public.

Residents can get the latest information about this initiative and submit comments at www.yorkstormwater.com.

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Health Insurance Enrollment Opens October 31, 2018

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs through Saturday, Dec. 15, with coverage beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Pennsylvanians looking to enroll in a health insurance plan for next year can compare plans and sign up on www.healthcare.gov, and returning enrollees can shop for a plan.

Individuals seeking information on enrollment assistance or primary health care can locate a local community health center using the Need Health Insurance Help link at http://bit.ly/enrollment_assistance or by calling 866-944-2273.

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PennDOT Posts Real ID Details October 31, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) showcased its new Real ID Mobile Verification Unit at the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania's 38th annual conference. Attendees brought their Real ID documents, and PennDOT staff imaged the documents to the customer's driving record without the customer having to visit a PennDOT Driver License Center. Once Real IDs are available in March 2019, these customers will be able to apply for a Real ID online, and it will be mailed to them within seven to 10 business days.

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, a federally accepted form of identification, such as a Real ID driver's license or ID card, must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building. Pennsylvania does not require Real ID, and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver's licenses and photo IDs.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a Real ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify the following documents: proof of identity, including an original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport; proof of Social Security number (unlaminated Social Security card); proof of all legal name changes (such as a marriage certificate or court order issued by a county's family court); and two proofs of current, physical Pennsylvania address, such as a current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address.

To obtain a Real ID, customers will pay a one-time fee, plus a renewal fee for a four-year non-commercial driver's license or a photo ID. After the initial Real ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a Real ID product.

More information about Real ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for Real ID, may be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

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Board Announces Township Manager Update October 26, 2018

At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Township of Derry board of supervisors informed the public that it has conducted a search to fill the position of township manager that will be vacant on Monday, Nov. 5, as the result of the retirement of James Negley.

The board of supervisors is in the final stage of the hiring process and contract negotiations with candidate Christopher Christman for the township manager position.

Christman has 19 years of experience in county and local government and most recently has served as the township manager of Palmer Township in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 2011. He earned his Master of Arts in political science from Lehigh University and is a graduate of Penn State University, State College.

His professional affiliations include membership in the International City/County Managers Association, Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Managers, Government Finance Officers Association, Pennsylvania Municipal League, Northampton County Association of Township Officials, and Delaware Valley Health Trust Trustee & Executive Committee.

The board is tentatively hoping to be able to make the appointment at the Tuesday, Nov. 13, public meeting, provided that remaining details have been satisfactorily addressed.

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App Created To Address Opioid Addiction October 22, 2018

The winners of the 2018 Code4PA codeathon have created a mobile app that provides users with personalized recommendations for opioid addiction treatment. The winners were selected from 28 projects developed by teams of participants from across the state. More than 350 technology professionals, addiction and recovery experts, college students, state officials and others took part in this year's Code4PA, which kicked off on Sept. 20 in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The teams returned on Oct. 20 to demonstrate their projects for judging.

The app, called Care4PA, suggests services and treatment providers based on information provided by the user such as his or her location and insurance provider. Users can also view other patients' ratings of providers. Over time, the app will use this feedback to refine and improve recommendations. The app also provides state officials with insight into provider performance and utilization.

Participants used opioid data from the state open data portal and other sources, as well as mobile, GIS and other technologies to develop app prototypes, data visualizations and other tools focused on prevention, rescue and recovery.

The winning team is made up of Chaitanya Dedhiya, Aniket Gode, Ilsa Snyder, Jahnavi Deshmukh and Pratik Sawant from the Harrisburg area. They will receive special recognition, including a meet-and-greet with Gov. Tom Wolf, networking with commonwealth executives and publicity through press and social media. In addition to the grand prize winner, special prizes were awarded for Best Use Innovation, Best Team, Best Use of Dataset/API, Best Use Case, Best Use of Geospatial Technology and Best Prototype or App Design.

Code4PA is hosted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in partnership with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Code for Philly, Technology Council for Central Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Heinz College/Carnegie Mellon University and industry sponsors.

For more information, readers may visit www.code4pa.tech.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips October 22, 2018

With the winter season approaching, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) shared the agency's plans for winter services and highlighted tools members of the public can use through the winter and how they can prepare for the coming season.

PennDOT's top priority is safety, and that guides winter preparations and operations. To help the public prepare for the season and share information about winter services, 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.

The public can also access travel information on nearly 40,000 roadway miles year-round at www.511PA.com, and during the winter, they can find plow truck locations and details of when state-maintained roadways were last plowed. The information is made possible by PennDOT's Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which uses units in each of the more than 2,200 department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cellular signal showing where a truck is located.

The 40,000 miles for which PennDOT is responsible translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles - enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. A snow lane is calculated as the miles of road multiplied by the number of lanes, which means a 1-mile section of four-lane roadway would equal 4 snow-lane miles. The department maintains roughly the same number of miles maintained by the state in New York, New Jersey, and all the New England states combined.

With $228 million budgeted for this winter's statewide operations, PennDOT deploys about 4,500 on-the-road workers, has more than 620,000 tons of salt on hand across the state, and will take salt deliveries throughout the winter. Winter maintenance is a critical and difficult task, and drivers should always think safety first and be sure that they are giving plenty of room to PennDOT operators and other motorists.

When winter weather hits, PennDOT's primary focus is on interstates and expressways, and equipment may be redirected to those routes during significant winter events. The more traffic a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows, so motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in one fatality and 221 injuries on snowy, slushy, or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

In addition to planning for winter travel conditions, motorists should prepare their vehicles for the season. Tires should be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire tread depth to perform on ice and snow. A quick way to check tread depth is to insert a penny in the tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down. If the entire head can be seen, the tires are worn and traction will suffer. If the driver lives in an area prone to heavy snow, he or she may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should be rated for use in mud and snow.

Once vehicles are travel-ready, drivers should be prepared for winter or vehicle emergencies, especially if long-distance travel is planned. PennDOT urges motorists to carry an emergency kit. An emergency kit should include items such as nonperishable food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, a cellphone charger and a small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. Drivers should consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children's games.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more information on PennDOT, winter preparations, and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, readers may visit www.penndot.gov.

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YCSWA Approves 2019 Budget October 22, 2018

The York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) has approved its budget for fiscal 2019. The tip fee or cost for disposal for York County processible municipal solid waste at the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC) for 2019 will remain at $62 per ton. The tipping fee and revenue from the sale of electricity support YCSWA operations, which include the York County Resource Recovery Center, the Small Load Drop-off Facility, the Recycling Drop-off Center, the Education Center, the York County Sanitary Landfill/Hopewell Area Recreation Complex, electronics recycling and community outreach efforts, and other programs aimed at waste reduction and recycling.

The tip fee does not include collection costs charged by waste hauling companies hired to provide trash removal services. In most cases waste hauling companies charge customers a fee that covers the YCSWA's tipping fee, as well as costs for waste collection, hauling, and curbside recycling.

The cost of waste disposal alone for an average York County household is approximately $1.37 per week, based on an average household waste generation rate of 1.14 tons of trash per year. The household annual average cost to York County residents for waste collection and disposal services is approximately $240 a year, of which, just $71 accounts for the disposal portion of those fees.

The YCSWA facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and resource recovery. The operations of the YCSWA are supported by its two revenue streams: the cost of disposal or tipping fee at the York County Resource Recovery Center and the sale of electricity generated by the facility.

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Military Decorations Website Launched October 22, 2018

The Pennsylvania Treasury has launched a new state website dedicated to reuniting military decorations that have been reported as unclaimed property with their rightful owners. The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners.

Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned. Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury's custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. Treasury continues to search for the owners of more than 500 unclaimed military awards.

To search for unclaimed military decorations, readers may visit www.patreasury.gov.

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