News For Constituents
From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office
June 16, 2014
PA’s Top Family-Friendly Places to Fish
The Commonwealth is well-represented in a national poll trying to identify
Top Family-Friendly Places to Fish, according to the
PA Fish & Boat Commission and the
Take Me Fishing initiative.
Coming in at number ten is the
Presque Isle State Park in Erie County, followed closely by
Moraine State Park in Butler County and
Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County. Not to be outdone by Western
Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County places among the top 25.
Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County rounds out the top half of
winning sites across the United States, coming in at number 46. Central PA
steps into the top 100 spots represented by
Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County.
Qualifying parks offer parking and restrooms, as well as playgrounds and
picnic areas to round out the family experience. Each selection is within an
hour’s drive of a major city or town, includes a
public body of water
offering up common fish
species and is conducive to
A Fondness for Birds
The Pennsylvania State Museum is
flying into summer 2014 on the wings of “A
Fondness for Birds,” according to The
PA Historical and Museum Commission.
PA’s original and recently conserved volumes of “American Ornithology” by
Alexander Wilson will join numerous bird prints and specimens, some dating to
the late 19th century, for the first exhibit to debut in the new natural history
gallery adjacent to the
Botany and Zoology Collections.
A decade before John James Audubon chronicled his famous illustrations,
artist and writer Alexander Wilson scientifically captured and documented live
American birds in natural poses, according to the Pennsylvania State Museum.
Hiking throughout Pennsylvania and the eastern U.S., Wilson identified and
compiled his detailed bird portraits in
The 9-volume set of hand-colored engravings was sold across the country and
among many others, landed in the hands of Thomas Jefferson.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday,
noon to 5 p.m. The “Fondness for Birds” exhibition continues through March 15,
2015 and is included in the price of general admission - $5 for adults, $4 for
children and senior citizens. For more information, visit the
2014 Hurricane Season Outlook & Preparation
Hurricane season, according to
national weather forecasters, will see three to six storms with one or two
expected to be major hurricanes. Remembering it only takes one, the PA
Emergency Management Agency is issuing
Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to develop two sets of storm response
plans. First establish plans and an
emergency supply kit to remain in your home. Develop a second set directing
evacuation upon the recommendation of authorities.
Emergency Preparedness Guide can prepare you to respond to and cope with
natural or manmade disasters. Print a copy of “Preparing
Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.” for an easy checklist to organize your
emergency kit and important contact information.
Lyme Disease – Avoiding Exposure
The number of Pennsylvanians with Lyme Disease continues to rise to
approximately 4,000 cases annually since its 1982 discovery, prompting the PA
Department of Health to release a
Lyme Disease Fact Sheet.
What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? Is treatment available? These
are just a few of the questions answered by the
Department. See pages 3-4 of the
EpiNotes Fall 2011 edition for a photo of a deer tick and the distinctive
“Bull’s Eye” rash that frequently accompanies a bite from an infected vector.
From three to thirty days following exposure to a
Lyme Disease-bearing tick, you may present with a multi-stage, multi-state
inflammatory illness that left untreated may progress to late-stage arthritic or
nervous system complications. Consult with your physician if you suspect you
may have been infected by the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi that is
transmitted to people through the bite of an infected tick.
Farmers’ Markets Open at 3 Turnpike Service Plazas
Whether you are looking for a snack for your ride or need some fresh food for
a long weekend or vacation carrying you along the
PA Turnpike, stop by any of the three
Farmers’ Open Air Markets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday
Select PA Preferred in-season
fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, and cut flowers, along with
a few bedding plants to harvest your own produce.
Service Plaza Farmers’ Markets will operate from the
Service Plaza in Lehigh County,
Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County and
Service Plaza in Westmoreland County.
Farm Markets and Farm Stands across the state for the freshest PA produce.
Search by a known market’s name, county, driving distance, or desired product to
plan your next farmers’ market fresh food adventure.
2014 PA Used Vehicle Auctions Schedule Released
Hot deals on cool wheels will be offered every other month for the remainder
of 2014, according to the Pennsylvania
Department of General Services.
Whether you are looking for a Hybrid or a Harley or prefer a Chrysler or a
Chevrolet, a wide selection of vehicles will be auctioned at the
Manheim Central Penn
Auto Auction at 488 Firehouse Road in Grantville on
June 24, August 19, October 21, and December 9, 2014. DGS indicates they
also offer snowmobiles and ATVs at Department auctions.
Registration runs from 8 a.m. until noon for the auctions which kick off at
10 a.m. Vehicles must be
purchased with cash or certified funds including money orders, cashier’s
checks, certified checks or bank checks. Checks are payable to “Manheim Central
Penn Auto Auction”.