News For Constituents
From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office
February 12, 2014
Snowplows and Winter Driving Tips
While winter is waging war on
travel in Pennsylvania, the
Department of Transportation is working diligently to maintain safe,
Even if you have readied your
vehicle for winter and prepared an
emergency travel kit, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
recommends staying off the roads if you do not have to travel.
Motorists who must brave the elements are being reminded to maintain at least
six car lengths behind an operating plow truck, move as far away from the center
of the road as is safely possible when a plow is travelling in the opposite
direction, and never pass or travel next to a plow truck.
17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Spans the Globe
Fall in love with
birding this Valentine’s Day as the number of countries participating in the
17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count exceeds that of the 2014 Winter
Olympics, according to the
Pennsylvania Game Commission.
From Afghanistan to Pennsylvania to Zimbabwe, bird watchers of all ages and
skill levels will be
counting birds from February 14-17, 2014. Reports will be filed from all 7
continents and are expected to include those from 111 countries and independent
Last year’s first
global venture yielded, in just four days, the recording of more than 34.5
million birds and 4,004 species, representing nearly forty percent of the
world’s bird species and seventy-eight percent of the world’s total bird
families. Register now to
include yourself among the tens of thousands of volunteers whose efforts assist
in tracking the health of bird populations worldwide.
Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program
Just in time to clean out the drawers, cabinets, and closets, the
PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
(DDAP) is joining with other state agencies and local communities to help you
dispose of unused and unneeded prescription medications.
Hundreds of secure and permanent
drop-off boxes are being installed
across the state to accept prescription and over-the-counter medications,
tablets, and capsules. Liquid medications, inhalers, creams, ointments, nasal
spray, and pet medicines are also on the list of accepted items for disposal.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is working with local communities to
stem the tide on
prescription drug abuse which has quadrupled in the past 10 years and
results in more deaths than all illicit street drugs combined. The Program is
also intended to prevent environmental hazards, including harm to groundwater,
rivers, and wildlife.
Snow Days Are For Wintertime Fun In PA
There’s “snow place”
like Pennsylvania for wintertime fun, according to
Highlands, fall into
Philadelphia and the Countryside, or slide into
Pittsburgh and its Countryside to make the most of a PA winter.
If you prefer, go off the beaten path this winter to discover unique
opportunities. Check out PA’s myriad of
events and festivals
where you can try out a
zipline experience or warm up to a
handmade quilt competition and display.
VisitPA can direct
you to a quiet little cabin in
the woods, a quaint
bed & breakfast,
or an upscale resort to return
to after your outdoor adventure.
When Is It Influenza?
Seasonal influenza routinely delivers a one-two punch to the chest and head,
along with achiness, fatigue, and a fever or above average temperature,
according to the
PA Department of Health.
Often mistaken for seasonal influenza, a viral infection frequently manifests
with vomiting and diarrhea. This gastroenteritis stems from
noroviruses. Recovery generally occurs following 1 to 2 days of illness
during which hydration is important, especially for the very young, the elderly,
and individuals with underlying conditions.
The Department offers a series of
flu prevention tips emphasizing the use of regular hand washing with soap
and warm water, especially with regard to food handling. Exercise care in
touching potentially contaminated doorknobs, handrails and similar items.
Proper rest, nutrition and winter attire are encouraged. Prevent the spread of
the seasonal virus and norovirus while ill by staying home from school, work,
and other public venues.
Above all else, review
recommendations for receiving the flu vaccine, consult your physician, and
schedule your vaccination before the further spread of seasonal influenza.
PA State Museum Takes You Behind-the-Scenes
Manet, Munch, and Vermeer are the subjects of a fascinating behind-the-scenes
look from Harrisburg at three major European exhibitions featuring these
artists, according to the State Museum of
Pennsylvania and the
Susquehanna Art Museum.
Straight from London and Oslo, by way of cutting-edge digital cinema
technology, watch and listen as the curators and exhibition designers prepare
for each opening. Experts in art history and the humanities will introduce each
show in a three-part series entitled “Exhibitions
fascinating Sunday series will begin in the State Museum’s Doshi Gallery in
Harrisburg at 2 p.m. on February 16 featuring “Manet:
Portraying Life from the Royal Academy of Arts”, London. “Munch
150: From the Munch Museum and National Museum”, Oslo, will be the subject of
the February 23 presentation. Return to the State Museum of PA on March 2 for a
trip back to London and its National Gallery for “Vermeer