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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Maggie and Wolfgang
Maggie and Wolfgang, my two Kerry Blue Terriers, would like to wish all of their Irish friends a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Kerry Blue Terriers hail from Kerry County in Southwestern Ireland. While not officially the National Dog of Ireland (no breed gets this distinction), Irish politician Michael Collins introduced a proposal to name the breed the National Dog of Ireland in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, Kerry Blue Terriers accounted for 25 percent of registrations at kennel clubs across Ireland. If you ever visit our Mahanoy City office, you may be greeted by these two Irish descendants.
PUC hosts “Smart Hearings”
In an effort to provide customers with the opportunity to voice their feedback, comments and concerns regarding a proposed natural gas rate increase by UGI Utilities Inc., PUC will be holding two online “Smart Hearings” that will be aired on their website on March 31st at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
UGI Utilities Inc., current provides service to approximately 390,000 customers in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Due to the large number of customers UGI serves, the Commission believes it is important for the public to have a convenient outlet where they can offer their input regarding rate increases, which is through these hearings.
If you are interested in providing testimony by telephone during the hearing, please contact the Office of Consumer Advocate at 717-783-5048 or 800-684-6560. The deadline to register for a testimony by telephone is Tuesday, March 22 by 5 p.m. If you would like to attend the hearings in Harrisburg, you can sign-in during the time of the hearing.
For more information about UGI’s rate increase request and the “Smart Hearings” click here.
Out With Litter campaign
Keep Schuylkill County vibrant and litter-free by joining with your friends, families, neighbors and fellow Schuylkill residents for a spring clean-up effort hosted by SKIP, PennDOT and Great PA Cleanup on April 21 – April 24.
Schuylkill County’s Out With Litter (OWL) campaign seeks to gather residents together to dedicate their time and effort towards picking up litter and cleaning up the community, as well as educating the public about the importance of recycling and its positive impact on the environment.
If you are interested in participating in this campaign, please click here for more information and to sign-up.
Legislative bear research trip
Last week, I joined the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee for a legislative bear research trip hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in Shawnee on the Delaware River in Monroe County.
During this trip we had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Pennsylvania’s bears and observe the tagging process that occurs each year in order to look at population estimates and examine important features such as the growth, development and survival of these animals.
2016 Schuylkill Acts & Impacts watershed expedition
Students in grades 9-12 who live within the Schuylkill River watershed are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Schuylkill Acts & Impacts expedition hosted by the Schuylkill Headwaters Association and Fairmount Water Works which is set to take place on June 18 to June 25.
Entering its 3rd season, the Schuylkill Acts & Impacts watershed expedition provides students with an educational, first-hand learning experience from environmental experts about the various water quality impacts in the watershed. Participants will also get to enjoy several other recreational activities such as kayaking and camping.
The deadline to submit an application is March 24th. For more information or to apply for the program, please click here. Should you have any additional questions about the expedition, please contact Alexa Kramer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-622-3742 ext. 124.
Spring 2016 Job & Education Fair
The PA CareerLink Schuylkill County and T-102 Radio will be hosting the Spring 2016 Job & Education Fair on Wednesday, March 30 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville.
This fair provides job seekers with the opportunity to fill out job applications and explore potential career and educational opportunities from the area’s employers.
More information about CareerLink can be viewed here.
Protecting your family from radon
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported that nearly 20,000 annual lung cancer deaths are caused by exposure to radon. A heightened awareness of radon problems in Pennsylvania homes occurred in the 1980’s, with the highest radon level ever recorded in 2014 in a home located in Lehigh County.
Homeowners are encouraged to purchase a radon test kit in order to check for potential radon levels and exposure and keep their loved ones safe. A kit can be purchased at your local hardware store, and there is a limited supply of free radon test kits available from the DEP and the American Lung Association.
For more information about radon exposure, please click here.