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Dairy Ambassadors Visit Hop Bottom

Submitted by Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador Morgan Tweed

Hi everyone, I am Morgan Tweed, a Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador. Did you know October is "Fire Prevention Month?" That reminds me of a promotion fellow Dairy Ambassador Charlotte Quick and I took part in at the Hop Bottom Hose Company. Charlotte and I went to the firehouse to promote getting your "3 Everyday of Dairy" and brought them cheese for their weekly meetings. After we spoke and gave out cheese they let us suit up into fire fighter gear, ride in a fire truck, and use the hose. Did you know that the different hoses produce a different amount of water pressure?

At the end of the night I signed up to be a junior fire fighter! May I suggest you support your first responders and that you get your 3 servings of dairy each day, milk, cheese or yogurt.

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DCNR Has Trail Committee Openings

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams announced her department is seeking applicants for five open positions on the 2021 Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee.

"Never before has there been such an interest in Pennsylvania's outdoors and the state's trail system has been among the strongest magnets, drawing those seeking refuge from these trying times in the solitude of nature," Dunn said. "Incoming committee members will be tasked with not only meeting this strong demand but also charting new paths for new trails devotees to follow."

Committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, DCNR is striving for a balance of composition of the committee, including representation of geographical areas of the state.

DCNR is accepting letters of interest and resumes for committee members to represent People with Disabilities and Snowmobiling user groups and fill three Members-at-Large positions. Members will serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2021.

Cover letter and resume are due by October 31 and must be submitted to More information can be found on the DCNR website.

The advisory committee is charged with implementing recommendations of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to develop a land and water trail network throughout the state to help make outdoor recreation accessible to all Pennsylvanians. The 20-member DCNR-appointed committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises on the use of state and federal trail funding.

Pennsylvania is a national leader in trail development, providing its citizens and visitors with more than 12,000 miles of trails, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state's highest mountains.

Each year, the Trail Advisory Committee selects a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large and small trails and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania's trail network. The Ghost Town Trail in Cambria and Indiana counties was honored for 2020.

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Blind Veterans PA Pension Program

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminds veterans who suffer from service-connected blindness to apply for the Blind Veterans Pension. The program provides eligible Pennsylvania veterans with a $150 per-month pension.

"October is Blindness Awareness Month, a key time to remind everyone that the DMVA offers a Blind Veterans Pension," said Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, deputy adjutant general of Veterans Affairs. "Veterans often pay an incredible price – like service-connected blindness – while serving our country and protecting our freedoms. They deserve this benefit and should apply to start receiving their monthly premium."

Eligibility criteria to receive the pension includes a veteran who: served in the military honorably; was a resident of Pennsylvania upon entering the military; suffered a service-connected injury or incurred a disease that resulted in loss of vision.

Weller said that DMVA continues to process payments for those enrolled in the Blind Veterans Pension program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"When COVID-19 hit, we knew that veterans could be faced with financial hardship, so we pledged to make sure premiums were paid on time and new applications were processed," he said. "Our staff never wavered in its commitment to serve our veterans and make sure they received the benefits they earned."

To apply, veterans should contact the County Veterans Affairs Director in the county they reside.

To learn more about the Blind Veterans Pension program, including eligibility, go to DMVA Blind Veterans Pension. Learn more about the DMVA by visiting us online at or follow us at or

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PPL Efficiency Video Contest Open

The PPL Electric Utilities "Change a Little, Save a Lot" video contest is underway and looking for customers to unleash their creativity for a chance at great prizes, including $2,500 for the top video.

Saving energy means more money in your pocket, and it's good for the planet. We're looking for the best energy saving tips customers have to offer and we want them to tell us why they do it. They could be saving for a lot of things – for more financial security, for one of life's special moments, or something else unique to their lives.

PPL customers can visit for contest details, including the official rules for the contest, and easily upload their video.

PPL employees, their households and immediate families are not eligible to participate.

Contest videos must be a minute or less, but don't let that keep you from your director's chair. That's plenty of time to shine – and win. The contest is open through October 25, 2020.

The first 50 qualified entries will receive a free smart power strip valued at $35.

PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. PPL Electric Utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL). For more information visit

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Master Gardener Annual Fundraiser

Submitted by Kimberly Grace, Master Gardener Co-Coordinator

It's hard to think of a beautiful winter landscape and the joys of Christmas right now, but why not. The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Susquehanna County will be holding their annual premium wreath and poinsettia fundraiser. The deadline to order is November 3rd and pick up will be on Friday, December 4th, or call to make arrangements. Sale will be according to COVID protocols of no contact at pick up-there will likely be time slots for pick up at the Extension Office in Montrose.

These lush wreaths and poinsettias are not your typical small grocery/retail plants… they are large gorgeous premium plants from a local grower. There will be a variety of poinsettia colors for the 6 ½" pot size which usually have 6+ blooms for $15: Red Glitter, Pink, White, and Classic Red. The large 8 ½" pot for $30, red only will boast 14+ blooms. The lush green wreaths come in 2 sizes as well: 12" for $25 and 24" for $30. We encourage you to consider purchasing your poinsettias and wreaths locally through the Master Gardener's poinsettia and Christmas wreath sale. These are the best of the best and proceeds from this sale goes into educational programming for the community. This is our only fundraiser for the year due to COVID-19 and we appreciate your patronage. Educational information about care and maintenance will be included with you purchase.

The Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program supports the outreach mission of Penn State Extension by utilizing unbiased research-based information to educate the public and our communities on best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship.

Your local Penn State Master Gardeners offer the community an abundance of gardening programs through the Montrose Area Adult school, Harford Fair, Salt Springs State Park, Senior Centers and at our several demonstration gardens. They offer a question and answer hotline, a speaker's bureau, 1st grade poison prevention programs and have donated 1000s of pounds of produce throughout the years from their Educational Gardens located at the Penn State Extension Office, 88 Chenango Street, Montrose. Stay tuned for our future virtual educational presentations currently being planned.

For order forms, email us at:, call 570-666-9003, or message us (and LIKE us) on Facebook: Penn State Ext Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County, PA. We can also mail you an order form if you provide your mailing address.

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Free Training For Area Professionals

Submitted by Kelly Hall, Community Services Coordinator

A free, nationally-renowned webinar on generational poverty will be offered to local professionals on two separate dates: October 28 from 8:30am to 3:30pm or October 29, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. This training is offered free of charge through sponsorship from PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources, PA CareerLink®, and the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission.

For more information or to register, please contact either Kelly Hall, Community Services Coordinator for B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-982-4346, by email, or Darlene Wampole, PA CareerLink® Bradford/Sullivan Counties Site Administrator at

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the Lycoming County United Way serving Wellsboro and southern Tioga County; and the United Way of Susquehanna County. For additional information on Area Agency on Aging services, please call 1-800-982-4346.

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