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NOTICE: The Township Office will be closed on the following days: Thanksgiving - Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 and Friday, Nov. 23, 2018
17th Annual Day of Caring — See Story, Page 4
IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING Sshhh... We’re Not Supposed To Talk About It House Committees Vow To Help Aging Veterans 17th Annual Day of Caring Coming Home to Pike County PennDOT Making Plans to Roll Out REAL ID Townships Today: Recycling Reversal
DAILY LIVING Public Notices — Page 5
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 2 3 4 5 8 14
DTVAC New Ambulance Now in Service Pike Co. Fire Dept. Listing Fall Fire Safety Tips Volunteer Advocate Training
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DIG DELAWARE Ferns For Your Garden
MEETINGS & EVENTS Township Misc. Boards Meetings 2018 Bulk Disposal Dates & Recycling Annual Harvest Festival
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LEGISLATURE News for Constituents
PARKS & REC NPS Seeks Public Input
PARKS & REC
Trunk or Treat — Page 10
Ask the Sensei — Page 13
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DAILY LIVING Sshhh… We’re Not Supposed To Talk About It… Domestic violence and sexual abuse are two topics that have historically been taboo topics and, as a result, no one thinks it’s happening in their community. But the truth is that more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. 1 in 3 high schoolers report experiencing physical or sexual abuse from a dating partner and it is believed that less than 30% actually report this violence. For the love of our children and the safety of our community, we can no longer remain silent. DELAWARE TOWNSHIP 116 Wilson Hill Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Phone: 570-828-2347 HOURS OF OPERATION: Building Inspector: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Safe Haven of Pike County, an agency that provides free services and support to victims of crime and abuse, aims to change that. We believe that by raising awareness around such important and prevalent topics, we as a community can prevent violence of all forms. Safe Haven offers a variety of free awareness and prevention programs for children, teens and adults to educate them about healthy relationships, violence in the media, gender-based violence, recognizing signs of abuse, what to do if you suspect abuse, and how to respond after you discover a loved one has been abused. In addition to our educational prevention programs, we also offer free and confidential services to victims and survivors of crime/abuse. These services include individual sessions, support groups, legal & medical advocacy, a 24-hour 365-day crisis line, emergency shelter, and more. Safe Haven of Pike County. 402 Broad Street. Milford, PA. 570-296-HELP (4357)
Sewage Officer: By appointment only
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to promote awareness and prevent child abuse, Safe Haven is hosting a free event for parents, teachers and caregivers on recognizing and responding to signs of abuse.
Zoning Officer: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Recognizing & Responding to Signs of Child Abuse Monday, October 15th, 2018 5:45 – 6:45 pm United Methodist Church: 115 Myck Rd, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
Office: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Public Works: Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
No RSVP necessary, but feel free to call our office with any questions: 570-296-2827
Akenac Park: Open daily from dawn to dusk. Closed every Tuesday for maintenance
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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: MEETINGS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building WORKSHOPS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building
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House Committees Vow to Help Aging Veterans At a joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, members learned more about initiatives to raise awareness of programs and assistance for Pennsylvania’s aging veteran population. Testifiers included officials with the Pennsylvania Southeastern Veterans’ Center; Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Pennsylvania American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars at Pennsylvania State Headquarters; and Veterans Home Care NYJ, LLC. They focused their testimony on the need to invest state dollars wisely into programs that will benefit Pennsylvania’s veterans. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reported that every $1 that the Commonwealth invests in our veterans results in $35 for Pennsylvania in federal funding and saved Medicare costs. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is engaged in a pilot program that provides a budget for veterans to spend how they wish on their care.
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Delaware Township Participates in the 17th Annual Day of Caring The United Way of Pike County held the 17th Annual Day of Caring on Saturday, September 9, 2018 at Delaware Valley High School. The United Way Day of Caring is a day when volunteers join together and travel to local non-profit human service agencies to help clean up, clean out and refresh for the coming months ahead. Even more importantly, friends and neighbors are giving and sharing while carrying on the tradition of giving back to the community. Delaware Township was fortunate enough to be a participating agency in this year’s event. The Township received eighteen (18) volunteers from Delaware Valley High School. The volunteers stained thirteen picnic tables and painted two small buildings located at the Municipal Building complex located on Wilson Hill Road. Township Supervisor Jane Neufeld, Administrator Krista Predmore and Road Master Vincent Flatt worked alongside and supervised the volunteers throughout the day. Delaware Township is looking forward to being a participating agency in next year’s event.
Thank you to the following student volunteers for working hard, having fun and accomplishing the tasks assigned at Delaware Township:
Tarna Batelman Brenna Cavallaro Shannon Croll Oran Dowd Emily Festa
Henry Hamill Nash Hamill Trevor Harvey Cassie Kielty
Dan Krisanda Morgan Lee David Marcial Stephen Nackman
Olivia O’Grady Skyler Padgett Alexis Sickler Nathanial Smyser Sophia Wood
A special thank you to Good Time Pizza located on SR 739 for donating lunch for the volunteers and this wonderful event.
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PUBLIC NOTICES • NOTICE is hereby given that the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will accept letters of interest for a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Residency in Delaware Township is required. The Planning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30p.m. The position is volunteer, and appointment will become effective immediately. Letters of interest can mailed to the Delaware Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• NOTICE - The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors have canceled meetings
scheduled for December 12, 2018 and December 26, 2018 and will instead hold workshops and regular meetings on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 and Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328. Workshops will begin at 6:00 p.m. and regular meetings at 7:00 p.m.
• NOTICE is hereby given that the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will
hold workshops to discuss the FY 2019 budget on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328.
Coming Home to Pike County People collect all kind of things. There’s a fellow in Utica NY, Tim LaFountain, who has been collecting Adirondack theme park memorabilia for years. About 15 years ago he was checking Ebay hoping to find some new additions to his collection when he came across a group of vintage cardboard bumper stickers and thought he’d take a chance. So he sent away $21.50 to a fellow who lived in a small town in Pennsylvania called Milford. He was rewarded with some Theme Park items and he put the rest aside for another day. Well that other day came around last month when he looked through the lot again and pulled out two interesting ones. A bit of investigation with the help of Google and Facebook led him to Dingmans Ferry. Contacting the Dingmans Ferry - Delaware Township Historical Society Facebook page, Tim generously offered to donate these two items to our museum at Akenac Park. So today’s mail brought these long lost mementos of Moon Valley and Dingman Falls back to Pike County!
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• NOTICE is hereby given that the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will accept letters of interest for a vacancy on the Recreation Committee. Residency in Delaware Township is required. The Recreation Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00p.m. The position is volunteer, and appointment will become effective immediately. Letters of interest are due by Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DTVAC New Ambulance Now in Service Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp’s newest addition to their fleet is now in-service and responding to emergencies in Pike County. The 2008, Ford F-450 SuperDuty American Emergency Vehicles ambulance, was purchased used earlier this year from an ambulance dealer in Maryland. The ambulance, unit 28-7 is equipped with dual rear wheels, 4-wheel drive, and On-Spot® chains to help battle the rough Pocono Winters. Additional features include a backup camera, LED lighting, and a Stryker Power Lift® system used to lift the stretcher into the ambulance with less back strain on EMTs and paramedics. Delaware Valley Emergency Services assisted in the Department of Health inspection process. Ambulance 28-7 will become the workhorse of the fleet and will rack up thousands of miles traveling to local and specialty resource hospitals over the next few years. (Photo credit: Sarah Ann Welsh Photography)
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FALL FIRE SAFETY TIPS By Stacy Hughes
Fall is here. Leaves will be falling, the weather will be cooler, and the potential for fire risk increases. Here are a few tips to help keep your family safe during this time of year.
Check your detectors. Spring forward, fall back, and check your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. This is a great habit to get in to and a great way to remember to check your detectors. Change your clocks, change your batteries. A simple idea that could save your life.
Have your chimney inspected annually. Before you “fire” up the wood stove or fireplace, have it inspected. Fireplaces are one of the main causes of fire in homes every year. A thorough cleaning and inspection will remove any animal nests, creosote buildup, and detect any cracks. Creosote buildup is one of the main causes of chimney fires. Cracks in the flue or chimney pipe can allow poisonous carbon monoxide gas to get in to your home. If you have a gas
fireplace, have all lines and connections checked.
Space heater safety Remember to leave a minimum of 3 feet of space around your space heater. Unplug it when not in use.
Have a family escape plan Draw up a map of your escape plan, and practice it regularly. Make it easy for both adults and children to understand. Teach everyone to stay low to the ground when escaping.
Outside safety Never park your car or truck over a pile of leaves. The heat from your vehicle’s exhaust system can ignite the leaves under your vehicle. Remove fuel from any equipment you plan to store for the winter. If you have a fire pit, fire table, chiminea or an outdoor fireplace, clear leaves 20 feet away. Keep any flammable materials away from the fire while it’s burning.
Halloween Safety Use a battery light instead of a candle in your jack o’ lantern. Be sure that your children’s costumes are flame retardant.
Volunteer Advocate Training Make a Difference! November 2018 If you want to make a difference in the lives of victims and expand your knowledge, then Safe Haven has the perfect opportunity for you! This class is great for internship/volunteer hours or anyone who is interested in a career in human services or social work! After completing this training, you will be able to:
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PennDOT Making Plans to Roll Out REAL ID
Toll Free Numbers
Starting Sept. 4, eligible Pennsylvania residents who wish to obtain a REAL ID may begin the pre-verification process.
Customers who received their first license before September 2003 and want to obtain a real ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver License Center so they can be verified in person. (Residents who received their first license after September 2003 have been able to pre-verify since March.) Those documents include:
Auditor General’s Tipline
Child Abuse Hotline
Consumer Protection Bureau
Elder Abuse Hotline
• Proof of all legal name changes (marriage certificate or court order).
• Two proofs of current, physical Pennsylvania address (current, unexpired PA license
Military and Veterans Affairs
PennDOT – Motor Vehicles
PennDOT – Potholes
PennDOT – Roadway and Weather Conditions
Property Tax/Rent Rebate
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Senator Pat Toomey
Congressman Lou Barletta
Congressman Tom Marino
• Proof of identity (original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport). Please contact my office if you need one. Processing times can take several months.
• Unlaminated Social Security card.
or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address).
PennDOT staff will scan the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail. To obtain a REAL ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over age 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time for which they’ve already paid. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product. When REAL IDs are available, customers will have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: pre-verified customers may order their REAL ID online; they can visit a PennDOT Driver License Center, have their documents verified and scanned, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within seven to 10 days; or they can visit one of up to 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service. PennDOT is in the process of retrofitting six of its existing driver’s license centers to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Centre County, Erie, Altoona and South 70th Street in Philadelphia) and adding five new locations in the following regions: Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, Allentown, Harrisburg and Lancaster. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. A federally accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after Oct. 1, 2020. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standardissue driver’s licenses and photo IDs. More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.
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DIG DELAWARE Ferns for Your Garden By Carol Padalino Ferns are among the oldest known plants. Fossil remains in rocks record their past and illustrate their grandeur. Today they are admired by nature-lovers but are also chosen by gardeners as a low maintenance plant for their gardens. Fortunately, there are many native ferns suitable for different locations in the landscape. Their subtle shades of green are able to harmonize with more colorful flowers. While small ferns are always pleasing in a rock garden, larger ones can serve many purposes. Numerous ferns grow best in spots where flowers would fail; therefore, in the absence of flowers, ferns can be a garden highlight. When creating an outdoor fern garden, consider three things: shade, soil and moisture. What suits ferns best is partial or mild shade with a few hours of sunlight daily. In a wooded area set them in a place where patches of sunlight will reach them sometime during the day. Know that outdoor ferns are not fussy about soil. They like moderate drainage but cannot tolerate being bone dry. Ferns need very little maintenance. For the first few weeks after planting, water liberally and frequently to assure early growth. Spring is a good time to add some well-rotted compost or mulch to the soil. A small amount of bone meal once or twice a year is also helpful. In the autumn add more compost or mulch and allow fall leaves to lie on the ferns as additional insulation over the winter. There are many eastern North American native ferns available for your gardens. Following are some popular varieties to complement your landscape. The cinnamon fern grows 24-36 inches tall in a symmetrical clump. It does best in a shady, moist location. One of the few evergreen ferns native to the eastern United States is the Christmas fern. Reaching 18 inches in height, this fern is not an aggressive spreader and is easy to grow in a moist, shady garden. The interrupted fern has three feet tall fronds and grows best in a shady, moist location. This fern tolerates more light and drier soil than most and is easy to grow. The dainty maidenhair fern grows to 18 inches and has fan-like leaves on delicate, curving black stems. This fern does best in filtered light and well-drained soil. The ostrich fern produces graceful arching fronds that can reach to 40 inches or more. Because of its underground runners, this fern is able to colonize large areas and needs abundant space. Ostrich fern likes some sun to partial shade and is native to marshy areas. The royal fern is formed by a vase-shaped clump of bright green fronds. It grows best with some sun and shade
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April 7, 2018 (Electronic Recycling Day) and April 21, 2018
Board of Supervisors Meetings Notice is hereby given
that the meetings for the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors for 2018 will be on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month on the following dates: January 10th and 24th, February 14th and 28th, March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th, May 9th and 23rd, June 13th and 27th, July 11th and 25th, August 8th and 22nd, September 12th and 26th, October 10th and 24th, November 14th and 28th, December 5th and 19th. All meetings to be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building(s), located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328. Workshops will begin at 6:00 p.m. and regular meetings at 7 p.m.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS: The Delaware Township
Planning Commission will hold regularly scheduled meetings on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m.; with the fourth (4th) Tuesday as a workshop on an as needed basis. These meetings will be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.
June 2, 2018 and June 16, 2018 July 7, 2018 and July 21, 2018 August 4, 2018 and August 18, 2018
September 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018
2018 Bulk Dump Disposal Dates The Delaware Township Bulk Disposal will be open the first and third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Bulk will only be available one Saturday per month during the winter months.
May 5, 2018 and May 19, 2018
October 6, 2018(Electronic Recycling Day) and October 20, 2018 November 3, 2018 and November 17, 2018 December 1, 2018
Delaware Townships Annual Trunk or Treat October 27, 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
PennDOT 2018 Holiday Schedule A number of holidays appear on the 2018 autumn calendar. The following list will help avoid delays in meeting critical deadlines for staterelated business, including Driver and Vehicle Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: •November 10 & 12, 2018 Veterans Day •November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Day •November 23, 2018 Day after Thanksgiving •December 25, 2018 Christmas Holiday
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•January 1, 2019 New Year’s Holiday •January 19 & 21, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day PennDOT’s Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg and Driver and Photo License Centers statewide will be closed in observance of those holidays. Go to the Locations Info Center and enter your zip code or county to locate available services.
BOARD OF AUDITORS MEETINGS: The Delaware Township
Board of Auditors meetings in 2018 will be held quarterly, as needed, at 10:30am on the 3rd (third) Saturday of March, June, September and December 2018. These meetings will be held at the Delaware Township Emergency Management Building, located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.
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Annual Harvest Festival Delaware Township held its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Each year hundreds of people from near and far visit the event which is held at Akenac Park in Dingmans Ferry, Pa. From 11 :00 am to 4:00 pm, visitors can enjoy free rides around the park on a hay wagon that was donated by Holy Trinity Church and towed by Wayne’s Lawncare’s 1958 Massey Ferguson tractor. Delaware Township provided free pumpkins for children. The pumpkins were delivered by Anthony at of Luhrs True Value. Pike County Motors wowed the crowd by sponsoring two amazing Magic Shows in the Recreation Hall. A professional face painter was provided by Arnolds Country Mart, Blue Ridge Tree Service, Buzz Cutz, Chris and Gina’s Café, Delaware Auto Parts, Rebecca Gray, Farmers Insurance Agent Chili Contestant winners, Sue Dingmans Flowers, Flair’s, Lifetime Construction, and Mazza, Russ Wallenburg and Bob Skillin Wrenches. Rebecca Gray, Farmers Insurance Agent held a free Chili Contest where everyone could taste and vote for their favorite regular and hot entry. Over 50 businesses, non-profits and crafters were spread throughout the park. As you entered the park, you might have seen the purple pin wheels spinning in the wind. Each pinwheel represented a Pike County resident who has been lost to overdose since 2014. September is National Recovery Month. The Pike County Opioid Task Force were readily available to discuss the addiction and overdose issues and how you can get involved in their cause. Delaware Township Recreation Board wishes to thank its volunteers and extend a special thank you to Vincent Flatt for donating his time. If you are interested in being a part of next year’s Harvest Festival or any other events, please contact Delaware Township’s Recreation Board. Meetings are open to the public and Joseph Samartina of Milford, Pa held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at 100 Mary Lous Way, Dingmans Ferry PA. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rebecca Gray at 570 800 2266.
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LEGISLATURE News for Constituents Pursue Your Scoops Along the Ice Cream Trail
Cover it all before fall or start now and trip your way into autumn along the Ice Cream Trail stretching from Lehigh to York and Lebanon to Montgomery Counties, across some of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful and historic preserved farmlands. Visit six participating creameries and receive a Pursue Your Scoops tee shirt. Visit all 12 stops along the trail and pick up a Pursue Your Scoops ice cream scooper. Download a VisitPA Passport and chart your ice cream experience to win tee shirts and scoops of ice cream along the Trail. Return your completed Passport to the Center for Dairy Excellence, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 1710 by October 31, 2018.
of those exposed to WNV will develop a severe illness, hospitalization for intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care may be necessary. Symptoms may last for weeks and neurological effects may be permanent and severe.
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PA healthcare facilities are licensed and regulated to ensure the safe delivery of services, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. An individual receiving inadequate services through an inpatient healthcare facility, such as a hospital or a nursing home, or an outpatient healthcare facility, like an ambulatory surgical facility, home care agency, or an outpatient physical/speech/occupational therapy clinic, may file a confidential complaint. Healthcare facility complaints Bitten, now what? may be filed by calling the Every summer, outdoor PA Department of Health at enthusiasts are reminded to avoid situations and conditions 1-800-254-5164 or completing conducive to tick and mosquito the online form. Personal Care Home problems should exposure. Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus may be lurking be reported to 1-877-4018835. Complaints about a from those nearly inevitable medical professional, including bug bites, according to the doctors, nurses, and other Pennsylvania Department healthcare professionals of Health. Left untreated, licensed by the PA Department both Lyme and WNV may of State should be submitted lead to serious life-long through the appropriate health concerns including neurological conditions. Lyme online form to initiate an investigation. Disease, caused by a bacteria, may begin with a bull’s eye Boating Transports Aquatic rash, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, Invasive Species Bow to stern and port to and swollen lymph nodes. starboard, carefully examine Following a two- to four-week course of antibiotics prescribed your boat and trailer for any by a physician, recovery usually unintended, unwelcomed hitchhikers known as Aquatic occurs quickly. Untreated Lyme may spread to joints, the Invasive Species (AIS). These heart, and the nervous system. non-native species damage the environment, economy, and West Nile Virus symptoms, typically last a few days, similar our health. Environmental to the flu, may include a fever, damage reduces availability of recreational opportunities, headache, body aches, rash, including swimming, fishing, and swollen lymph nodes. and boating. While less than one percent
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The Eurasian water chestnut, innocently added to a botanical garden at Harvard University in 1877, today is established from Vermont to Virginia, as well as crossing the Canadian border into Quebec. The aggressive water chestnut creates an impenetrable mat restricting sunlight and producing a poorly functioning aquatic ecosystem. One hitch hiking water chestnut seed can produce 10 to 15 rosettes, each capable of producing up to 20 seeds, viable for up to 12 years in sediment, some of which will float away to wreak more environmental damage to Pennsylvania’s waterways. A more recent AIS to threaten PA is the red-eared slider, a turtle made popular by a cartoon and television show between 1987 and 1990. Purchasers accidentally or deliberately released the red-eared sliders into the wild, resulting in an ecological problem now considered one of the world’s worst invasive species.
Kids in Hot Cars “On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle”, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, (SKW) consisting of more than 400 U.S. coalitions, including Safe Kids PA, and representatives from more than 30 countries. “ACT” on recommendations to reduce injuries and death due to heat stroke: AVOID leaving a child alone in a car. Lock all vehicles and store keys out of sight and reach of children. CREATE reminders, such as a stuffed toy removed from the child’s car safety seat and placed in the front passenger seat when the car safety seat is occupied by a child. Place your purse, briefcase, or phone on the back seat when a child is in the car. Create a drop-off
reminder on your phone or computer calendar. TAKE action upon seeing a child alone in a car. Call 911 for trained emergency personnel to respond. Even at 60 degrees, a parked vehicle with closed windows becomes an oven in a matter of minutes. Throw in dark seats and the heating factor increases. In the nineties, a closed vehicle reaches 125 degrees within 20 minutes. During a span of 40 minutes, that same vehicle in 90 degree heat will reach 140 degrees.
Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly Takes On Tree Banding
Tree bands are recommended from May through early November in the arsenal for containment and proper disposal of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly, according to the Penn State Extension. From its 2014 discovery in Berks County, the Spotted Lanternfly infested 174 square miles in 2016 and more than 3,000 square miles of southeastern Pennsylvania by the end of 2017. The Spotted Lantern Fly is responsible for $18 – 20 billion in agricultural losses in Pennsylvania. Uncontrolled, the pest continues to threaten PA orchards, grapes, and logging industries.
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Active Bears Anticipating Autumn
Hiking, taking out the garbage, and enjoying your morning coffee while watching the birds at your feeders, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), are quickly becoming opportunities for viewing black bears preparing for winter. The PGC is eager to prevent unsafe encounters with those omnivorous black bears on their daily 20-hour quest to consume as much as 20,000 calories before starting all over again the next day in anticipation of hibernating. As every county is credited with confirmed bear sightings over time, the PGC offers tips for preventing a confrontation: Store bird feeders inside overnight. Preserve bird seed in a secure shed, garage, or building. Avoid depositing trash prior to the morning of collection. Maintain clean trash cans with a hot water and chlorine bleach scrub. Clean your grill after each use. Dump and dispose of grill grease. Remove pet food dishes. Report to your Regional PGC
Fall is for Fairs and Festivals office any repeated problems Across Pennsylvania with bears.
Farm animals, food, and fun are coming to a fair or fall festival near you, according to VisitPA. Go in search of an old-fashioned greased pig race, an award-winning pie contest, or a milking competition. Look for the bright lights, rides swirling through the air, and live music to accompany the thrill seekers.
Flu Season Preparation
Schools are back in session, workplaces are buzzing with employees, and restaurants are seeing locals return from family vacations contributing to conditions conducive to the spread of influenza.
Health care providers are receiving shipments of the Locate your preferred event 2018-19 influenza vaccination by region or town, then as we increasingly congregate choose from the list of facility indoors, according to the amenities your family requires. Centers for Disease Control. Select Discounts from the drop Ideally, vaccination against down menu, including AAA, the flu should occur by AARP, group, military, senior, the end of October when and student. The 2018 PA Fair outbreaks can begin, but may Guide also provides a quick list be administered through of fairs by region and date. peak activity in January and beyond. Two weeks are The PA Department of required for the vaccination Agriculture’s interactive fair to become effective. map allows for random choices
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PARKS & REC Ask The Sensei… By Sensei Albert Casale
Q. (Dingmans Ferry) Dear Sensei , I am the mother of two boys 9 and 11 yrs old, They are less active then they used to be. They now spend an average of 6 hours a day using the computer, iPods and watching television. I recently checked their weight and I am concerned they may be overweight. My 9 yr old is 50 inches tall and weighs 139lbs my 11yr old is 53 inches tall and weighs 158lbs. should I be concerned? they don’t look overweight or obese.
A. If you’re worried that your children are putting on too much weight, talk to your doctor, He or she will consider your children’s individual history of growth and development, and where your children land on the growth charts. This can help determine if your children’s weight is in an unhealthy range. Not all children carrying extra pounds are overweight or obese. Some children have larger muscles and above average body frames. But bear in mind childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Childhood obesity often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults , such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of your entire family. “Without the help of parents, we are setting our children up for failure” Childhood Obesity Who’s To Blame? Sensei Speaks... From his school of thought at The Mountain Dojo Martial Art Health, Wellness and Learning Center in Dingmans Ferry P.A. “There is a place of happiness, if you cant find it, Make it yourself.” For questions or comments call 570-828-7386 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NPS Seeks Public Input on Group Campground Fees Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is seeking public input on a proposal to increase fees at Rivers Bend Group Campground and Valley View Group Campground and to add these sites to the reservation system at Recreation.gov that allows for online and call center reservations. The proposed changes would go into effect in January 2019 and include: • Raising the campground fee from $30 to $100 per campsite, per night at Rivers Bend Group Campground • Raising the campground fee from $30 to $100 per campsite, per night at Valley View Group Campground • Changing the means of reserving a group campsite to Recreation.gov or their call center at (877) 444-6777. A campground fee comparability study was conducted in 2018 and based on the results of that study, the park is proposing the fee increase to more closely align with prices charged for other group campsites in the area. At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 100% of the group campground fees stay in the park and are devoted to spending that supports park visitors. Revenue generated by increased campground fees would be used for site upkeep and maintenance to improve visitor experiences at those sites and others. Moving the current group campground reservation system to Recreation.gov will enable campground reservations to be made either online at Recreation. gov or by calling toll free (877)444-6777. Recreation. gov charges a fee for its reservation service: $6.50 for an online reservation and $8 for a call center reservation. The service fee would be included within the overall price of $100 per campsite per night, and will not be an add-on fee. The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes and the addition of these sites to Recreation.gov. How to Comment: You can find additional information about the proposal and provide comments online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ DEWA_GCG_fee_increase_2019 . You can also mail your comments to Superintendent Sula Jacobs, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 1978 River Road, Bushkill, PA 18324, Attention: Public Comments – Fees. Comments will be accepted until October 6, 2018. For questions please contact Johnny Carawan, Fee and Revenue Business Manager, at (570)426-2434. About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
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Overseas Ban on Waste Changes What Most Pennsylvanians Can Put in Their Bin If you’re like most Americans, you probably have not given much thought to what happens to that plastic bottle, glass jar, or newspaper you put in your recycling container. You figure it is being recycled somehow, and by keeping it out of the landfill, you are doing your part to make planet Earth a better place.
This “out-of-sight, out-ofmind” mentality came to a screeching halt earlier this year when the recycling industry was rocked by action out of China. What most people did not realize until then was that the items they had been recycling, week in and week out, were likely being shipped to China, the world’s largest
consumer of recyclables. On January 1, in an antipollution crackdown, China implemented a ban on certain recyclables from other countries, most notably mixed paper (such as junk mail) and mixed plastic (those labeled three through seven), and enacted stricter rules about the level of contamination it would accept on other materials. As a result of a decision made halfway across the globe, what can now go in your recycling bin has likely changed, and if it hasn’t yet, it will soon. Without China as a major market, recyclers are being forced to find other outlets, and until new markets pick up the slack, what was once considered a recyclable has become trash.
plastic bottles and jugs with necks, metal food and beverage cans, and glass bottles and jars. Others are exploring whether it makes sense to halt recycling altogether until the marketplace rebounds. Meanwhile, amid these changes, Pennsylvania’s recycling law is celebrating its 30th birthday. The trouble is, the future of recycling has never looked murkier.
A shift in recycling
As a result of a decision made halfway across the globe, communities and consumers are scrambling to adapt to the new realities of recycling.
Communities and consumers are scrambling to Thirty years ago, adapt to the new realities of Pennsylvania developed the most sweeping recycling recycling. program enacted by any state at that time. For some, China’s ban has forced local recycling programs back to the basics Today, recycling has become a way of life for and shifted their focus to most Pennsylvanians. More materials with traditionally than 11.6 million residents strong markets, such as — about 94 percent of corrugated cardboard, the state’s population — PAGE 14
have access to recycling, including about 79 percent who have the convenience of curbside pickup. Over the years, recycling initiatives have faced challenges as markets ebbed and flowed, and despite current conditions, the commonwealth’s program will rebound again, state Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell predicts.
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Still, the latest news out of China has sent a large shock wave through the recycling industry and caused a major disruption to the recycling loop, which consists of the user or sorter, the processor, and the buyer. “Suddenly, the buyer went away, and there was nowhere for the material to go,” Kathryn Sandoe, chief communications officer at the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, says. With limited markets, communities mandated to recycle are re-evaluating what items are valuable enough to still collect and sell. Earlier this year, Lancaster County, one of the first areas in Pennsylvania to react to the market collapse, cut out some long-time recycling staples and trimmed its curbside recycling to four items that it believes have had traditionally strong domestic markets. “We looked at marketability and wanted to ensure that the materials could still be sold six months, a year, two years from now,” Sandoe says.
Reducing contaminants For many years, China’s insatiable appetite for recyclables masked the problems of contamination in the nation’s recycling stream. Part of the problem can be traced back to how easy recycling had become, especially once many programs implemented single-stream collection, allowing all recyclables to be placed together for pickup and sorting later at a processing facility. Too many people made assumptions that just about everything could be recycled — tin foil, drinking glasses, plastic toys, even garden hoses — when in reality, they couldn’t.
market setback, in the short term at least, costs for local programs will almost certainly rise as recyclers pass on increased costs to customers. Some in the industry, however, see this latest crisis as just another blip in the inevitable rise and fall of markets.
Many solid waste handlers have begun asking customers to be more diligent about their recycling habits, and “when in doubt, throw it out” has become the mantra of the new post-China recycling guidelines
Only time, of course, will tell.
And now that China has lowered its boom, communities that still want to recycle — whether because of a state mandate or because they believe it’s the right thing to do — must find ways to provide a clean, quality product.
According to Earth911. com, a website dedicated to encouraging less waste, the answer to U.S. recycling woes starts with With such a major change clear recycling guidance to its program, the authority for consumers, who sort has focused its efforts on recyclables from the rest re-educating people on of their waste. An effective what can be recycled and education program could how to prepare it (flatten help to put an end to what cardboard, empty and rinse the industry calls “wishful containers, remove lids). recycling,” trying to recycle things that aren’t recyclable. “We know we are challenging many longMany solid waste handlers held beliefs of recycling, have begun asking and the initial reaction has customers to be more been surprise and shock,” diligent about their she says, noting that she’s recycling habits, and “when hopeful that curiosity, in doubt, throw it out” has understanding, and finally become the mantra of the adaptation will follow. new post-China recycling guidelines. And while it may seem that the changes took place While it remains to overnight, they were in the be seen how recycling making for a while. rebounds from this latest
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