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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

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* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations
  up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze.

* WHERE...Parts of southern New Jersey, southeastern
  Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland and northern Delaware.

* WHEN...This morning into early this afternoon. The leading edge
  of the mixed precipitation will continue progressing slowly
  northward through the region through the morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Expect slippery road conditions, which
  may affect part of the morning commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 AM EST FRIDAY…

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* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of
  2 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an
  inch are expected.

* WHERE...Adams, York and Lancaster Counties.

* WHEN...From 8 AM Thursday to 8 AM EST Friday. A 2 to 4 hour
  period of moderate to heavy snow and sleet will move in from the
  south during the morning then turn to a mixed bag of
  precipitation for the afternoon hours. The heaviest period of
  precipitation will be during the daylight hours. The
  precipitation will probably turn to plain rain overnight with
  areas of freezing rain possible. The precipitation should end
  as a second brief period of snow early Friday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The ice will result in difficult travel
  conditions, including during the evening commute on Thursday.
  Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

Thirty-Eight Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease on Fulton and Bedford County Deer Farms

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that 36 captive deer from a quarantined breeding farm and hunting preserve in Fulton County have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two additional deer from a quarantined Bedford County hunting preserve also tested positive. Both farms will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive tests were confirmed.

The 36 white-tailed deer were from a herd euthanized on September 24, 2018 after the Fulton County farm applied for and received federal indemnity for their losses. None of the deer tested showed signs of CWD prior to their deaths.

The department’s Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg tested the deer, as required by the department’s CWD program. Positive test results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

CWD attacks the brain of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal or contaminated environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.

Clinical signs include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling, and depression. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine.

The infectious agent, known as a prion, tends to concentrate in the brain, spinal column, eyes, spleen, and lymph nodes. To prevent disease spread, these high-risk parts must be properly handled and disposed of where the animal is killed. Parts such as deboned meat, clean skull caps and capes present little risk and may be taken home.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for the disease for 896 breeding farms, hobby farms and hunting preserves across the state. Since 1998, accredited veterinarians and certified CWD technicians have tested more than 35,000 captive deer in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer, and elk and wild deer that appear sick or behave abnormally.

Find more information about Pennsylvania’s captive deer CWD programs, and the department’s broader efforts to safeguard animal health, at agriculture.pa.gov.

Wolf Administration Announces Investment for Lititz Springs Pool in Lancaster County

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Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the Wolf Administration’s investment for the renovation of Lititz Springs Pool Complex. DCNR is providing a grant of $500,000 for the pool rehabilitation project that will include replacing the aging structural and mechanical components of the 55-year-old facility, and making it ADA compliant.

“Local parks are cherished public spaces and provide experiences that strengthen our sense of community,” Dunn said. “We are happy to assist the Lititz Borough by investing in its pool, which is an important part of the community and residents’ well-being as a source for summer outdoor recreation.”

The Lititz Springs Pool draws about 17,000 visitors annually. It serves multiple municipalities in northcentral Lancaster County, drawing multiple generations of users and offers a wide variety of programs, events and recreational swimming opportunities.

The 3-acre pool complex is centrally located in Lititz Borough. It is part of the 100-acre recreational corridor that includes the Warwick School District campus, athletic fields, and Lititz Springs Park.

The source of funding for the DCNR grant is the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.

Through its grant program, DCNR has provided financial and technical assistance support for local park and recreation improvement projects in all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties.

For more information about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants visit the DCNR website and choose “Grants.”

Wolf Administration and Penn State Health Highlight Concussion Dangers, Treatment for Student Athletes

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Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Penn State Health officials today emphasized the dangerous impact of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on student athletes as preparation for the winter sports season takes place.

“Student athletes need to be aware of the dangerous effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Taking precautionary measures to protect themselves during play is vital to their overall health and academic performance. TBIs can occur in any sport, but collisions in sports such as basketball, ice hockey and wrestling are common during the winter sports season.”

A concussion is a type of TBI that changes the way the brain normally works. It occurs when the brain moves rapidly within the skull from a bump, blow, or hit to the head. A concussion can also occur from an external jolt to the body without directly hitting the head. Once the injury occurs, the brain is at risk of developing further injury and is sensitive to any increased stress until it fully recovers.

Symptoms can show up immediately or may not appear until hours or even days after the injury. Concussion symptoms, such as headaches and disorientation, may quickly disappear but can return. Other symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Seizures;
  • Increased sleepiness;
  • Persistent vomiting;
  • Dazed or stunned appearance;
  • Clumsy movements;
  • Being forgetful or confused; and
  • Mood behavior (personality) changes.

After a concussion, students often report experiencing diminished mental energy and becoming cognitively fatigued more easily. The department recommends that every school district establish a Concussion Management Team (CMT).

A CMT is made up of school personnel who serve as the student athletes’ academic and symptom monitor. The school should follow an individualized approach to meet the athlete’s post-injury needs and monitor progress. If a student is still experiencing symptoms more than four weeks after injury, he/she should be referred to Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS (Strategies, Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Program.

The department created the BrainSTEPS program to provide services to students who have experienced an acquired brain injury (TBI and non-TBI). The program helps students who have a brain injury that is still impacting their performance four or more weeks after the injury. Once referred for services, the student receives program monitoring from the moment of referral until he or she graduates. A referral can be made online at www.brainsteps.net.

Additional resources for TBIs and concussions can be found on the Department of Health’s website at health.pa.gov

Wolf Administration Awards Grants to Support 16 Clean Energy Projects to Improve Air Quality Statewide

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded more than $2.6 million in grant funding to municipalities and businesses statewide for 16 clean energy vehicle projects that will help improve air quality and public health statewide.

“As companies and municipalities look to save money in the long run by converting to less expensive alternative fuels, their good business sense benefits our communities and environment in Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Reducing emissions helps lower the risks of health problems, such as asthma and lung disease, and climate change, such as flooding.”
The funding, which comes from the commonwealth’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program, supports 18 projects to replace older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks, and other vehicles with cleaner natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as install fueling stations for such vehicles.
“Promoting the use of alternative fuels helps businesses lower costs while taking advantage of advances in clean energy vehicle technology,” Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin said. “It’s important for us to support businesses looking to switch to alternative vehicle fuels in order to help those businesses thrive here in Pennsylvania.”
The projects are expected to reduce emissions by more than 2,800 tons and save more than one million gasoline gallon equivalents annually. Nearly half of the projects are first-time awardees, and half are part of ongoing efforts to convert to alternative fuels.
Allegheny County
• Giant Eagle, Inc.: $300,000 to purchase 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, saving more than 355,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Bradford County
• Valley Energy, Inc.: $10,950 to purchase two CNG pick-up trucks, saving 1,200 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Butler County
• Vogel Disposal Service: $286,163 for the purchase of eight CNG trucks, saving 56,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year. Part of the dual-plug station will be open to the public.
Centre County
• College Township: $7,500 to this first-time applicant for the purchase of an electric vehicle and $2,077 for a charging station, collectively saving 640 gasoline gallon equivalents per year. One plug of the dual-plug station will be open to the public.
Clarion County
• Francis J. Palo, Inc.: $37,500 to purchase five CNG powered pickup trucks, saving 18,750 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Delaware County
• Colonial Airport Parking, Inc.: $66,000 for four propane shuttle buses, saving more than 18,800 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Lackawanna County
• LT Verrastro, Inc.: $142,969 to upgrade their CNG fueling station, which is also used by County of Lackawanna Transit System, saving 43,500 in gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Lancaster County
• Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority: $80,000 to purchase two CNG waste transfer trucks, saving more than 17,300 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
• Gorman Distributors, Inc.: $36,795 to convert three cargo vans to CNG, saving 3,300 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Luzerne County
• Eastern Freight Systems: $80,000 to purchase two CNG trucks, saving more than 99,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Montgomery County
• Suburban Transit Network, Inc.: $300,000 to purchase 14 propane shuttle buses and convert seven additional vehicles to propane, saving more than 81,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
• Waste Management: $300,000 to purchase eight CNG powered vehicles, saving more than 68,500 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
• Borough of Lansdale: $22,500 to purchase three electric vehicles, saving 126 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Philadelphia County
• First Transit, Inc.: $300,000 for 23 CNG shuttles and $300,000 for 18 CNG buses, saving more than 340,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
Washington County
• Waste Management: $300,000 to purchase eight CNG vehicles, saving more than 68,500 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
• Monark Student Transportation: $76,000 to purchase eight propane school buses, saving more than 22,800 gasoline gallon equivalents per year.
The AFIG program supports markets for advanced, renewable, and alternative energy transportation technologies as a stimulus for opportunities that better manage Pennsylvania’s fuel resources to improve the environment, support economic development, and enhance quality of life. The program is funded by annual gross receipts tax on utilities.

DEP to Host Public Hearings Regarding Air Quality Plan Approvals for Proposed Compressor Stations in Delaware, Bucks Counties

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host two public hearings regarding Adelphia Pipeline Company, LLC’s plans to construct two compressor stations, one each in Delaware and Bucks counties, as part of its Adelphia Gateway project. Both hearings will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Lower Chichester Township Municipal Building and the West Rockhill Township Municipal Building.
These hearings are intended to allow residents the opportunity to comment on the draft plan approvals. Air Quality Plan Approvals address air pollution sources and applicable control devices, including monitoring and recordkeeping, that will ensure construction and operation are conducted in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. DEP will record testimony and receive written comments throughout the hearing, as well as accept written comments until December 14, 2018. All comments, whether submitted orally or in writing, are considered equal and will be responded to in a comment response document following the review.
Those wishing to testify in person should contact Community Relations Coordinator Virginia Cain at vicain@pa.gov or 484-250-5808; pre-registration is requested but not required. Written comments may be sent to: Jim Rebarchak, Environmental Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401. Comments may also be emailed to epseroaqpubcom@pa.gov, with the subject clearly stating that the email is intended for public record.
The Air Quality Plan Approval applications, technical review memos, and draft plan approvals are available for review online on the DEP Southeast Regional Office webpage or by appointment between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM at the DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401, 484-250-5910.
WHAT: Air Quality Hearings – Adelphia Pipeline Company, LLC
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: Lower Chichester Township Municipal Building, 1410 Market Street, Linwood, PA 19061 and West Rockhill Township Municipal Building 1028 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960

DEP Advises Homeowners to Inspect Home Heating Oil Tanks and Take Precautions to Prevent Spills, Leaks

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today advised residents to inspect and assess home heating oil tanks before the upcoming heating season to avoid leaks or spills that can be prevented.

Nearly one in five Pennsylvania households uses heating oil to stay warm in the winter. Owners of home heating oil tanks should inspect indoor and outdoor tanks for potential problems.  Leaking heating oil tanks can contaminate drinking water and soils, diminish indoor air quality, create the potential for fires and explosions, and subject tank owners to very expensive cleanups, which may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies. With proper tank management, spills and leaks can be avoided. Tank owners who think their oil tank may have a problem should immediately contact their oil company for help.
DEP encourages home heating oil tank owners to routinely inspect the exterior of the tank and all attached equipment and follow these tips:
• For safety reasons, always assume the tank contains at least some oil.
• Check for signs of rusting on the tank and its structural supports.
• Examine the tank’s fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks.
• Check for signs that the vent line is clogged by debris such as spider or bee nests.
• Recognize that wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem.
• Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground.
• Enlist a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating oil tank system.
Tank owners should make certain that the home address is clearly visible and the tank’s fill line is clearly marked when heating oil is delivered. If a tank owner cannot be home when heating oil is delivered, mark the fill pipe with a red flag or marker and inform the oil company of its location. Residents should ensure that any disconnected fill pipes that remain above the ground are permanently sealed and cannot be opened.
If a leak or spill occurs, tank owners should do the following:
• Find the source of the spill or leak and stop or contain the release, using absorbent material like cat litter, sawdust, peat moss or newspaper to stop the release from spreading.
• Call the heating oil distributor to remove as much oil from the tank as is necessary to prevent further release.
• Immediately notify the municipality and DEP.
• If heating oil odors are getting into the house, ventilate affected areas, and close off unaffected areas.
• Contact environmental professionals to begin the cleanup.
• Keep detailed, accurate records.
• Contact the insurance provider.
For more information on home heating oil tanks, visit the new Home Heating Oil web page on DEP’s website at www.dep.pa.gov/homeheatingoil or call DEP’s Division of Storage Tanks at 717-772-5599.

MANDATORY LIFE JACKET REQUIREMENT BEGINS NOVEMBER 1

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​​HARRISBURG, Pa.– The beauty of changing leaves can provide an ideal backdrop for a fall paddle down a scenic stream, but things can turn ugly if you don’t wear a life jacket.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, they are required to wear a life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.

“No boating trip should ever begin without wearing a life jacket, especially this time of year,” said Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. “Even on sunny days when air temperatures are comfortable, water temperatures are quickly dropping. Boaters, especially those in kayaks and canoes, are at greater risk for sudden cold water immersion. A life jacket can keep you afloat and alive.”

According to Pennsylvania boating accident reports, nearly 80-percent of all boating fatalities occur because of boaters not wearing life jackets. A disproportionate number of deaths happen between November and April.

When a person is unexpectedly plunged into cold water below 70ºF, the body’s first response is usually an involuntary gasp. Without a life jacket, a victim may inhale while under water and drown. The ability to swim is restricted by shortness of breath or hyperventilation.

Individuals who plan to fish, boat or hunt from a boat this fall or winter should follow these Cold Water Survival Safety Tips:

• Always wear a life jacket, even when not required. Many types also offer insulation from cold air. Read approval labels to be sure the life jacket is appropriate for your boating activity.
• Never boat alone.
• Leave a float plan with family or friends so that someone knows where you are departing from and where you intend to ariive back ashore.
• Become familiar with the waters you plan to boat in advance of your trip.
• Bring a fully charged cell phone with you in case of emergency and store in a waterproof bag or container.
• Wear clothing that continues to insulate when wet, such as fleece, polypropylene or other synthetics.
• If you are about to fall into cold water, cover your mouth and nose with your hands to reduce the likelihood of inhaling water.
• If possible, stay with the boat. Get back into or climb on top of the boat.
• While in cold water, do not remove your clothing.
• If you cannot get out of the water, get into the Heat Escape Lessening Posture (HELP). In this position, individuals bring their knees to their chest and hug them with their arms.
• Once out of the water, remove wet clothes and warm up as soon as possible.
• Seek medical attention when necessary. Err on the side of caution. Some effects of exposure to cold temperatures can be delayed.

To learn more, visit the Water Safety and Wear It Pennsylvania pages on the PFBC website.

PARKESBURG RESIDENT BARRY ROOT ARRESTED FOR RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY (STOLEN VEHICLE) F-3

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Barry Root, 36, of Parkesburg, PA was charged with Receiving Stolen Property after a traffic stop in the 2200 block of North Reading Road on October 16, 2018.   At 0035 hours, an East Cocalico Police Officer observed Root driving a vehicle which had been reported stolen to the PA State Police on September 24, 2018.   A check of the vehicle’s registration confirmed that it was a stolen vehicle.   Root was stopped and taken into custody without incident.   He was taken to Central Arraignment and remanded to Lancaster County Prison after failing to post bail.  Root faces additional charges from the PA State Police.

A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody on outstanding warrants.