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I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! On the state budget stalemate: the situation seems to change by the minute...when it stabilizes, I will provide you with a complete report!
Roadside America celebrates 80th anniversary
Over the last eight decades, Roadside America has provided countless memories for tourists of all ages. Many people think of Roadside America as a place for magnificent train displays, but it’s much more than that -- it is the elaborate display of Americana. Complete with a miniature Statue of Liberty and Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” playing, the attraction embodies the American spirit.
This article in the Reading Eagle provides the improbable start to Roadside America and the concept that started before 1935.
On Saturday, I presented an official congratulatory citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania for being an attraction for generations for 80 years. Due to votes in the House of Representatives, I also presented a citation on behalf of Representative Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks).
You can learn more about Roadside America on their website.
Report welfare fraud – your tips saved the taxpayers $21 million over last year!
Thanks to the efforts of Good Samaritans all across the state, investigators were able to remove 3,000 welfare abusers from public assistance which resulted in saving taxpayers $21 million.
Act 132 of 2014 requires any business or medical facility accepting food stamps or medical assistance to post the toll-free fraud tip line. Over the last year, the state received nearly 17,000 tips of possible welfare abuse.
If you know of welfare fraud occurring, please call 1-844-DHS-TIPS.
2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest accepting entries
Pennsylvania’s young artists, in grades 6 through 12, are being encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to participate in the 2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
The annual Youth Wildlife Art Contest focuses on Pennsylvania’s Endangered and Threatened Species. Submitted artwork may be horizontal or vertical on 12-inch x 9-inch heavy weight paper, which is no more than a quarter inch thick. Accepted mediums include oils, pastels, color pencils, water colors, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, black and white or color.
Artwork must be postmarked on or before January 29, 2016 and submitted along with the 2016 Youth Wildlife Art Contest entry form.
Kick off the New Year with confidence
Kick off the New Year knowing you are prepared for Old Man Winter with a few tips from the PA Insurance Department.
The PA Insurance Department is also encouraging a review of your homeowner’s insurance policy, typically covering personal belongings, the home and its contents, such as furniture, appliances, rugs, clothing, etc. A wealth of information, Your Guide to Homeowners Insurance, offers explanations of factors like replacement versus actual cash replacement.
Renters insurance can protect against the loss of personal belongings due to natural causes such as lightening, windstorm, and hail and manmade damages, such as vandalism, theft, failed plumbing, and falling objects.
Gear up for winter driving conditions
Access the motorist’s checklist to ensure your vehicle is winter-ready:
Be sure to download a copy of “Ice and Snow-Take It Slow” for an Emergency Travel Kit checklist and winter driving tips to make the best of wintertime travel.
Candles are the leading causes of home fires
The gift of a candle for the holidays brings wonderful scents and a warm glow on a cold winter’s night. The Pa Office of the State Fire Commissioner offers a few candle safety reminders to help you savor the memories all winter.
The most common cause of home candle fires is the flame’s proximity to combustible material. Nearly 40 percent of home fires begin in a bedroom. Falling asleep is a factor in 12 percent of those home candle fires and 26 percent of the associated deaths.
The OSFC reveals that home fires peak month is December while the peak day and time are Christmas between midnight and 6 a.m. The Office also points out that young children and older adults are at the highest death risk from candle fires. December through February are peak months for home fires.
Resolve to stop nuisance calls in 2016
If you resolve to stop nuisance marketing calls in 2016, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recommends determining the answer to five questions to facilitate filing a complaint against a PUC-regulated entity.
The PUC will need the following information: