2019 Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Public Notice

2019 Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Sullivan County Commissioners and the Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency have begun the process of updating the Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Public meetings will be conducted to inform the public about the hazard mitigation plan update and to gather public input and participation during the 2019 hazard mitigation plan update.

The dates, times and locations of these public meetings will be outlined in future public notices and on the county website.  The update process will run from February 14, 2018 to May 1, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Joseph Carpenter, Emergency Management Coordinator for Sullivan County at 570-946-5010 or jecarpenter@sullivancodes.org.  A copy of the current Sullivan County Hazard Mitigation Plan is located at the Emergency Services page on this website.  Please send any comments on the current plan or recommendations for the new plan to Joseph Carpenter.

Sullivan County Library To Offer GED Classes Beginning In April

Whether you are 18 or 80 years of age, if you would like to enrich your live with a General Educational Development diploma (GED), YOU can start making plans to take courses in Dushore in April 2018.   This diploma which is considered equal to a high school diploma can open the world towards new avenues of employment with the possibility of higher income, as well as having the opportunity to pursue higher levels of education: college or technical schools, or the pride of accomplishment that goes along with the diploma.

The Sullivan County Library in Dushore and the Bradford /Wyoming Co Literacy Program, a proud partner of the United Way of Bradford County, will cooperate by offering GED classes to interested students.  Classes will be conducted at the Library and students can call 570-928-9352 to register. 

The GED consists of five different test sections:  Social Studies, Science, Reading, Mathematics and Writing.  A trained tutor will assist the students as a facilitator and provide necessary texts.   While these courses are no charge to the students, a commitment of time and energy is necessary for successful completion.

Students will be pre-tested to gauge their competency level so as to personalize the lessons.   It may be that some students may wish to focus only on certain sections or computer training, or English as a second language.  This can be discussed in the interview.

2018 Sullivan County Conservation District Seedling Sale

The Sullivan County Conservation District's Seedling Sale will begin April 14, 2018. A wide variety of seedlings will be available from trees, wildflower seeds, fruit bushes, and wildlife food mixes. Soil test kits and fertilizer tablets are also available.

Orders and payments must be submitted by March 19, 2018. You can pickup an order form at the Conservation District office on Route 487 in Dushore, various Sullivan County businesses, or by visiting www.sullcon.com.

Please mail completed forms to:
Sullivan County Conservation District
9219 Route 487, Suite B
Dushore, PA 18614

If you have any questions call (570) 928-7057.

Limited Supplies. First come first serve basis. Order pickup will be at the Cherry Township Building, Route 87, Dushore on April 14, 2018 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM.

 

Bradford/Sullivan County To Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Bradford/Sullivan County Office of Mental Health and The Meadows Psychiatric Center
Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Training! 

As Part of National Initiative to Increase
Mental Health Literacy

1 in 5 American Youth have a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use can be difficult to detect. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack; Youth Mental Health First Aid prepares you to interact with a young person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help. Anyone 18 or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have frequent contact with young people ages 12-18; teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens.

Bradford/Sullivan Co Office of Mental Health, 220 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848, will host the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 8 AM to 4:30PM. The Meadows Psychiatric Center is providing the instructors. Kristi Godin, Director of Education and Mary Walsh, Assistant Clinical Director, will deliver this groundbreaking 8-hour training course that gives individuals the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or a substance use problem and how to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

To register or for more information, contact:

Mariah Morgan at mhsecretary@bradfordco.org
or Call 570-265-1760 ext. 2950

The Registration is free and being paid by Bradford Sullivan Co Office of Mental Health as an investment in community service provider training. Lunch, Snacks and refreshments provided.

 

PAUC Lifeline Telephone Assistance Program

The Lifeline Program is a government benefit program that provides eligible low-income consumers with a discount on monthly service for voice (telephone), Broadband Internet Access Service (or BIAS, usually called internet service), or a combined telephone/internet service product from a landline or wireless provider. This helps ensure these consumers have the opportunities and security that telephone and Internet service provide, including being able to connect to jobs, family, health care, schools, and 911 emergency calling services.

For more information on this program and how to sign-up, please see this brochure.

NTSWA Welcomes Electronic Recycling

Certain types of electronic devices have been banned from landfill disposal by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

Effective January 1, 2018 the following electronic devices will be accepted for recycling at NO CHARGE.

Program is for residents of Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga County only!

  • TELEVISIONS (any size or type)
  • COMPUTER MONITORS
  • COMPUTER TOWERS/LAPTOPS/TABLETS
  • PRINTERS/SCANNERS
  • COMPUTER PERIPHERALS (i.e. keyboards, mice, routers, servers, modems & cables)

NO OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR RECYCLING

Materials are accepted Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm & Saturday 8 am - noon at the following locations:

  • Bradford & Sullivan Counties - NTSWA, 108 Steam Hollow Road, Burlington, PA  18814    
    (570) 297-4177
  • Tioga County - NTSWA - 540 Old Bloss Road, Blossburg, PA  16912  
    (570) 638-2017
  • Tioga County - Tiadaghton Area Transfer Station, 10455 Route 6, Wellsboro PA  16901

If you have questions regarding electronic recycling, please contact NTSWA at (570) 297-4177.

VA Announces Rollout; Application For New Veterans ID Cards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 29, 2017                                         

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”  

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, please report it!

The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hops and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.

If you live outside of the current (quarantine area) in Pennsylvania and find a spotted lanternfly, report it! Use this interactive Plant Pest Quarantine Search to see if you're in the spotted lanternfly quarantine area.

Identification:

The Spotted Lanternfly adult is approximately 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewing is grey with black spots and the wings tips are reticulated black blocks outlined in grey. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black; the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

Signs & Symptoms:

Trees, such as tree of heaven and willow, will develop weeping wounds. These wounds will leave a greyish or black trail along the trunk. This sap will attract other insects to feed, notably wasps and ants. In late fall, adults will lay egg masses on host trees and nearby smooth surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, vehicles, and structures. Newly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like covering which can take on a dry cracked appearance over time. Old egg masses appear as rows of 30-50 brownish seed-like deposits in 4-7 columns on the trunk, roughly an inch long.

The PA Department of Agriculture is asking you to do the following to help minimize the spread.

What to do:

If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. Please report all destroyed egg masses on our website.
Collect a specimen: Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Entomology lab for verification. Submit samples with the Entomology Program Sample Submission Form.
Take a picture: A photograph of any life stage (including egg masses) can be submitted to Badbug@pa.gov.
Report a site: If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call the Automated Invasive Species Report Line at 1-866-253-7189 and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.

Sullivan County Health Fair Coming October 28, 2017

The Sullivan County Health Fair will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:00am until 12:00pm at the Sullivan County Elementary School in Laporte, PA. There will be over 55 exhibitors offering a variety of services!

The Sullivan County Health Fair will offer the following free services and screenings:

  • Free seasonal flu and tetanus vaccines while supplies last.
  • Hearing
  • Oral Exams
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye Health
  • Depression
  • Blood Glucose
  • Skin Cancer
  • Grip Strength
  • Blood Pressure
  • Weight Management
  • Foot Health
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Ultrasound
  • Free Mammograms (*See below)
  • Breast Exams

Children and kids activities include:

  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Child Fingerprinting Rock
  • Climbing Wall
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Great Prizes
  • Grand Prize - Model Train

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital will offer blood screenings at a reduced cost.

  • Multiphasic $42
  • TSH $25
  • PSA $25
  • Lipid $20
  • Blood Type and Rh $7
  • Glycohemoglobin A1C $15
  • CRP $8
  • Hemoccult (fecal occult blood test) $5

Please call Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital at 570-268-2259 prior to health fair to register for these screenings. Walk-ins accepted, if time permits.

* - Free Mammograms Requirements

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Age 40 - 64
  • Have no insurance; limited insurance, or a high deductible
  • Have low to moderate income - example: family of one $30,150; Family of two $40,600; Family of three $51,050; Family of four $61,500, etc.
  • Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call or text 570-772-1697 or email sullivancountyhealthfair@gmail.com to register or request more information.

FEMA Call For Hurricane Assistance

On behalf of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Director, Glen Woodbury

As you are all very much aware, our Nation has sustained severe flooding and damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and we are anticipating major impacts from Hurricanes Irma and possibly Jose. This is the peak of the hurricane season and it is far from over; to this end, we are reaching out to you to help in response and recovery efforts.  FEMA is looking to recruit personnel, with an expected deployment of 30 days, in the following areas:

  • Program Area: Skillset Required
  • Individual Assistance: Survivor outreach and communication, case management
  • Logistics: Load and unload trucks; coordinate and deliver resources; track inventory
  • IT: Establish connectivity for facilities; install, track, and manage equipment; configure communications equipment
  • Disaster Survivor Assistance: Engage directly with survivors; demonstrate understanding of available programs; case management
  • Hazard Mitigation: Floodplain management, mitigation strategies for the built environment, flood insurance, FEMA’s grant programs and authorities
  • Disaster Emergency Communications: Set up, operation, and shut down of communications vehicles; installation of voice and data cables; knowledge of radio protocols
  • External Affairs: Communications, Congressional and intergovernmental affairs, media analysis, media relations, tribal affairs, private sector relations
  • Environmental and Historic Preservation: Knowledge of environmental, historic, and floodplain management processes and regulations
  • Human Resources: Human resources specialists and managers
  • Finance: Travel arrangements and budget controls
  • Acquisitions: Contracting officers, purchasing specialists, and procurement specialists

If you are available to serve in one or more of these areas, please send your résumé to FEMA-CAREERS@fema.dhs.gov, and please put “Higher Ed” in the subject line.  Feel free to also share this request throughout your networks.  This is a great opportunity to serve the Nation and support our survivors in this time of need.

Heather Issvoran Director, Strategic Communications Contract Support for The Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Cell: 831.402.4672
hissvora@nps.edu
1 University Circle, Building 220, Room 064
Monterey, CA 93943