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In this Update:

  • Company Helps Patients Receive Dialysis at Home
  • Public Meeting Helps Residents Navigate the Permitting Process in PA
  • $36 Million in Grants Will Improve Traffic Safety
  • Call 988 for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support
  • Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat
  • DMAP Permits for State Game Lands on Sale Now
  • Celebrating Back to School Month by Brushing Up on School Bus Safety

Company Helps Patients Receive Dialysis at Home

I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house yesterday at DaVita Selinsgrove at Home, where the theme “there’s no place like home” was prominently displayed on cookies and the staff shirts.

DaVita helps patients like these receive dialysis care in the comfort of their own homes. DaVita’s new facility, located at 1026 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, was recently remodeled and furnished with new equipment.

Public Meeting Helps Residents Navigate the Permitting Process in PA

I hosted a meeting this week with Rep. Michael Stender at Shikellamy High School to help interested residents understand the permit application process in Pennsylvania.  Attendees had the chance to learn about the regulatory and permitting procedures required for businesses or projects in Pennsylvania.  Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Northumberland County Conservation District, Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission did an excellent job explaining the permitting process and answering questions from those in attendance.  These organizations and agencies play a very important role in monitoring projects from start to finish and enforcing laws and regulations that are critical in protecting our environment.  Thank you to all who took the time to attend this meeting and thank you to the state agencies and organizations for simplifying an often complex process.

$36 Million in Grants Will Improve Traffic Safety

Nearly $36 million will be used to relieve traffic in 77 Pennsylvania municipalities through traffic signal upgrades and measures to increase safety and mobility.

The Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. They may be used for LED technology installation and traffic signal retiming.

Montour County

  • Danville Borough – $431,289.60 for updated signal equipment at Mill St. (SR 2054) & Market St. (SR 2006). 

Snyder County

  • Middleburg Borough – $382,761.80 for updated signal equipment at Market St. (Route 522) & Main St. (Route 104). 

Call 988 for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support

Pennsylvanians facing mental health challenges need our support. Funding has been dedicated to mental health services in schools and more support staff in nursing facilities. The budget would provide $100 million for student mental health.

This effort complements other resources. Dialing 988 connects callers considering suicide, self-harm or any behavioral or mental health need with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It can also assist people looking for help for a loved one. Lifeline services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost to the caller.

Trained professionals can provide therapeutic interventions, make referrals for outpatient services or transportation for further evaluation and even activate a mobile mental health crisis team to arrive on site. Learn more here.

Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat

As the dog days of summer drag on, we have to protect our pets from the heat. The American Red Cross has tips to help your pets stay safe:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle.
  • Limit exercise on hot days.
  • Walk your pet in the grass.
  • Make sure they have access to shade and plenty of water.

Even taking proper precautions, pets can overheat. Heat stroke is a common problem for pets. Learn the signs and what to do if you suspect your pet has heat stroke here.

In addition to elevated temperatures, summer brings other potential safety issues for pets. Swimming in a pool is a great way to stay cool, but it can be dangerous for animals. Never leave your pets unsupervised around a pool. Barbecues can also be unsafe, so keep your pets away from the grill and know what foods can be poisonous to them.

DMAP Permits for State Game Lands on Sale Now

Permits are on sale now for hunters to harvest antlerless deer – one per tag – on some state game lands through Pennsylvania’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) to enable successful forest management. Overbrowsing by deer is hurting those efforts.

While DMAP has been around for years, it was previously offered only on other public lands and private lands to help landowners achieve land use goals or to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease.

DMAP permits cost $10.97 for Pennsylvania residents and $35.97 for nonresidents. They can be purchased from any license issuing agent or online here. Learn more about the DMAP permit expansion here.

Celebrating Back to School Month by Brushing Up on School Bus Safety

Parents, students and teachers are preparing to head back to school to start the new academic year. Soon, school buses will be transporting students again, and that requires additional caution from all drivers.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Read more about school bus safety here.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.


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