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February 2015

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Local Family Receives “Century Farm Award”

I was pleased to join with Agriculture Secretary George Greig and state Representative Daryl Metcalfe in a ceremony at the 2015 PA Farm Show recognizing the Kummer family of Evans City, Butler County on receiving the Century Farm Award. Pictured (from left) are Rosalyn Kummer, Jean Kummer, Secretary Greig, Nolan Kummer, Lane Kummer, Scott Kummer, and Representative Metcalfe.

Conewango Creek Named Pennsylvania’s 2015 River of the Year

We recently received some great news as the Conewango Creek was voted the 2015 Pennsylvania River of the Year. Conewango Creek flows western New York and 71 miles through northwestern Pennsylvania before linking with the Allegheny River in Warren.

The applicant for the winning waterway, the Conewango Creek Watershed Association, will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund River of the Year activities. The association will integrate “the River of the Year message” in a river sojourn focusing on the watershed’s history, wildlife, local fisheries and related topics. Other creek-based activities may include a poker run, special fall celebration, cleanup, photo contest and public water safety courses.

A total of 9,959 one-time votes were cast by e-mail in the program sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Natural resources. Final tallies showed the Conewango Creek receiving 4,154 votes; Loyalhanna Creek: 2,981; Lackawanna River: 1,469; Neshaminy Creek and watershed: 881; and Ohio River: 474.

To learn more about the River of the Year program, the nominated waterways and past winners, visit To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit (click on “Conserve,” then “Waterways”).

Department of Revenue Opens Personal Income Tax Filing Season

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is offering assistance online and by telephone to help residents file their personal income tax returns.

All taxpayers who received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2014 must file Pennsylvania personal income tax returns by midnight, Wednesday, April 15. Tax forms and instructions are available at

Personal income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center at and by calling (717) 787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

PA Free File software allows taxpayers with federal adjusted gross incomes of $60,000 or less to file state and federal personal income tax returns simultaneously for free through a safe and convenient electronic filing platform available at

The software is available through reputable vendors approved to prepare state and federal filings at no cost to taxpayers or the commonwealth. Free offers vary by vendor, and details of each free offer and a link to each vendor’s free filing product will be available at

Applications Now Accepted for Park/Recreational Grants

Applications are now being accepted for a state grant program that promotes the rehabilitation and development of parks and recreation facilities. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting applications for grants under the 2015 Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

The application period for the upcoming round of C2P2 grants is open until April 16. More information and grant applications are available at Pre-application workshops and webinars will be held across the state beginning in late January.

Over the past 20 years the C2P2 program has funded more than 4,000 projects that have helped plan, acquire, and develop parks, recreation facilities, trails, and conserved critical conservation areas and watersheds; supported education and training on conservation and recreation topics; and built conservation, heritage, and recreation partnerships.

DMVA Offers Grants to Support PTSD Programs

The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for up to $750,000 in competitive grants for programs providing treatment of Pennsylvania veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse.

Veterans’ service organizations and statewide charitable organizations that serve veterans are eligible to apply for the funding. More information and the application are available by clicking here. Applications must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015.

LCB Accepting Applications for 2015-17 Alcohol Education Grants

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is accepting applications from community organizations, law enforcement agencies, colleges and universities and schools for two-year grants aimed at preventing underage and dangerous drinking.

For a grant application, visit and click on Alcohol Education. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Feb. 13.

The grant cycle is two years, with a maximum award of $20,000 per year (a total of $40,000 per organization). Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and are subject to the availability of funds, the amount of which will be determined by the Bureau of Alcohol Education.

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