Trehab Seeking Workers For Flood Cleanup Project

Workers Needed – Flood Cleanup Project

Have you recently been laid off from your job?

Have you been out of work for 27 weeks or more? 

Trehab is seeking crew members to work on a National Emergency Grant project as a result of flooding in the area.  Crew members will be responsible for removal of debris and stream clean up at selected sites in Sullivan County.

This is a temporary position with no benefits.  Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and all candidates are subject to program eligibility requirements.  Work hours per person is contingent on work performance and funding availability and cannot exceed 35 hours per week.

Candidate must be a resident of Sullivan or Bradford Counties and at least 18 years old.  Candidates must also be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.  Must adhere to all safety and program requirements and have reliable transportation.

  • Crew member wage:  $13 hourly          Job order# 12217539
  • Crew leader wage:  $15 hourly              Job order# 12217538

Apply online at www.jobgateway.pa.gov  or contact the PA CareerLink® affiliate site – Trehab at 570-928-2127 or at 570-996-2438.

Trehab is an Equal Opportunity Employer

UncoveringPA: 15 Things To Do In Words End State Park

Without a doubt, one of my favorite outdoor areas in Pennsylvania is Worlds End State Park. In fact, this park, as well as the Loyalsock State Forest that surrounds it, were a major part of the reason why I picked Sullivan County as one of my favorite counties for outdoor adventure in PA.

At less than 800 acres, Worlds End State Park isn’t a large park. However, since it’s surrounded by Loyalsock State Forest, it creates a wide swath of land that’s perfect for exploring. Because these areas of public land are so closely intertwined, I’ve included many things to do in the forest as well as Worlds End State Park.

While Loyalsock State Park is very large, I’ve limited inclusions on this list to the area that surrounds the park and are on the parcel of land that contains the 59-mile Loyalsock Trail. That corresponds roughly to the forest and park land on the southern shores of Loyalsock Creek in Sullivan County.

So, if you are trying to figure out what to do in Worlds End State Park near Forksville, PA, here are my favorite things to do in this great corner of the state.

We're Hiring: Part-Time Security Officer

The Sullivan County Commissioners are seeking applicants for the position of Security Officer for the Sullivan County Courthouse in Laporte, PA. The successful applicant will work part-time on a flexible work schedule, no more than 999 hours per year with no benefits. Duties include but are not limited to checking all individuals entering the courthouse via metal detectors and scanners.

Job Description
Job Application

Interested individuals should submit a resume or application to Chief Clerk, Sullivan County Courthouse, P. O. Box 157, Laporte, PA 18626 or email commissioners@sullivancounty-pa.us 

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on June 8, 2018.  Sullivan County is an equal opportunity employer.

UncoveringPA: Hiking To The Ketchum Run Gorge In Loyalsock State Forest

Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County is home to many beautiful natural features including many great waterfalls. Some of these, like Dry Run Falls, are well-known. Others, are located far from the road on trails or even located off of the main trails.
There are four waterfalls along Ketchum Run in Ketchum Run Gorge. One of these waterfalls is along the Loyalsock Trail, which meanders for a short distance along the creek. Another is just off the trail, but is easy to miss. The other two, however, are off the main trail and only seen by those that know where to look.
Rode Falls is a highlight of Ketchum Run Gorge.
I decided that I wanted to see all four and headed out for a somewhat long, but relatively easy hike to see them. All told, this loop is roughly 4-4.5 miles in length
The Ketchum Run Trail is a lightly trafficked trail that starts behind a gate on High Knob Road. The trail is wide and easy to follow as it meanders its way through the woods. Several trails come off from the side, but continue following the yellow and blue blazes.

WBRE/WYOU Met With Commissioners To Discuss County Broadband Problems

LAPORTE TOWNSHIP, SULLIVAN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - There's a problem in many parts of Pennsylvania and it may be affecting the economy, healthcare industry and public safety.
The lack of reliable internet service, especially in the northern tier, is coming under the microscope by state officials.
Sullivan County is regarded as the "Gem of the Endless Mountains."
The beautiful views in the Laporte area hide a problem that is well-known to locals, the lack of affordable and reliable internet access.
"Broadband touches almost every other issue we're working on in some way, shape or form," Sullivan County commissioner Brian Hoffman said.
While divided by political party, the county's three commissioners are united in tackling dropped calls and spinning wheels of death.
"We have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find alternative technologies for it," Sullivan County commissioner Wylie Norton said.
Norton believes the lack of connectivity is driving many young people away from Pennsylvania's northern tier.
"If we're sitting there and the computer is up-down, up-down, up-down or doesn't have the speed to even look at it or don't have it at all, they're going to get further and further and further behind," Commissioner Norton said.
The broadband problems are more than just annoyances.
Wayne County ranks 59 out of the commonwealth's 67 counties for upload speeds greater than 10-megabits per second.
With the county being only two hours from New York City, county leaders believe it's hurting economic development.
"It's a double-edged sword that right now is really hindering our capabilities," Wayne County commissioner Joseph Adams said.
Nationwide, nearly half of all states have an office dedicated to broadband initiatives and now Pennsylvania is among them.
In March, Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives.
It's being led by Mark Smith, a former Bradford County commissioner, who understands the issue.
"Seventy percent of teachers now assign homework that requires internet access and every child should be able to have some internet access to have the same educational opportunity," Mark Smith, Pennsylvania's Executive Director of Broadband Initiatives said.
Smith's office is now offering incentives to private providers hoping to entice them to help underserved or unserved areas.
"We've inventoried all the state's assets, towers and buildings and all of the infrastructure that may be useful in building out and we're trying to figure out the best way to sort of utilize that to work with the private sector and bring down costs," Smith said.
A 2016 Federal Communications Commission report found that more than 800,000 people in Pennsylvania, roughly six percent of the population, still lacked high speed internet.
The governor's goal is to completely close that digital divide by 2022.
"It's a bold goal," Smith said.
That might sound lofty but Mark Smith believes it can be done.
He looks at other states, including neighboring New York, that have already tackled the issue.
"We have to set big goals if we want to accomplish big things and that's the way Governor Wolf thinks about this," Smith said.
Back in Sullivan County, those words bring hope.
"It's a process. It's slow. I wish we could do it tomorrow but unfortunately it's a slow process," Sullivan County commissioner Donna Iannone said.
For a county with only 6,500 people, Sullivan County actually has four different service providers.
Lawmakers know the solution isn't going to come from just one company but more likely a public-private partnership.
"We're encouraged that the providers are talking to us, they're meeting with us, they're taking us seriously," Commissioner Iannone said.
"There's a sense of urgency to get this done," Commissioner Hoffman said.
While Pennsylvania's northern tier may be rural, commissioners say they're not backwards and the time for change is now.
"Maybe our kids will be telling their kids, I can remember the day when all of a sudden I can watch a video all the way through!" Commissioner Norton joked.
For more information on Governor Tom Wolf's Office of Broadband Initiatives, visit: www.governor.pa.gov/broadband

2018 Election Results Will Be Live Election Night

Beginning on May 15, 2018 after the polls close, election results will be published as they come in to the county website. You will be able to follow the progress by visiting: www.sullivancounty-pa.us/2018-election-results. From there, select your party you would like to view the results for and the results will update automatically every 5 minutes or as they come in.

Results will also be published in The Sullivan Review and on display at the Sullivan County Courthouse after the election.

For any questions on the upcoming election or the results, please call the Election Bureau at (570) 946-5201, option 7.

Upcoming Event: The Geological History of the Endless Mountains

The Geological History of the Endless Mountains
Saturday, May 19 • 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 

At the Sullivan County Conservation District
9219 Route 487, Dushore, PA 18614

Local Geologist, Tim Eriksen, of Endless Mountains Geosciences LLC will be speaking.

Come out and learn:
• How the mountains, valleys and groundwater were formed
• How the waterways were formed
• How the Marcellus gas region was formed

Free Event • Adults & Students Welcome

Please call the library to register 570-928-9352

This program is sponsored by Friends of Sullivan County Library through a United Way grant.

Important Dates For General Primary Election On May 15, 2018.

Important dates for the upcoming General Primary Election on May 15, 2018.

Last day to apply for an absentee ballot is May 8, 2018.

All absentee ballots must be received by the County Board of Elections by Friday, May 11, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Applications for absentee ballot can be found on the county website under the elections tab or you may contact the elections office at 570-946-5201 (option 7) to have one mailed to you.

Mail your completed applications to:
Voter Registrations
245 Muncy Street
P O Box 157
Laporte, PA 18626

Swift911 Weather Alert Phone Calls Notice

On the morning of 4/4/2018 at 3:40am a warning notification was sent to Sullivan County residents from the National Weather Service of a High Winds Warning for all of Sullivan County through the Swift911 Notification system that the county implemented in March of 2018. This notification system (Swift911) was implemented to inform the residents and businesses of Sullivan County of any imminent danger due to weather so the people can take necessary action to the specific weather warning that is issued.

Most of the residents who received this call received it because Swift911 uses a partner company who can collect public telephone numbers and create a database for users in the public safety field. The residents who received this call have public/listed telephone numbers. Others who have received the notification signed up for the services and this is a field they have chosen.

This was our first use of the Swift911 notification system and we are still working on the content for public notices. We have the best intentions in notifying the public of life threatening weather alerts to try to ensure the safety of the residents and businesses of Sullivan County. Since the notification this morning we have made some changes to how certain alerts will be disseminated. As of now, you will only receive the phone calls if there is a Flash Flood Warning, Flood Warning, Hurricane Warning or Tornado Warning.

Those who do not want these notifications can go to the Swift911 portal on the Sullivan County webpage located here.  www.sullivancounty-pa.us/services/emergency-services/ and remove yourself from these services.

You must click on the add/remove tab on the first page. Then Unsubscribe from phone calls tab and put the phone number that you want removed from the call list. If this is done, you will not receive any notifications in the future.  If you change your mind, you will have to create an account and select which type of notifications you wish to receive.

"What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?" Sullivan County School District

Update: March 28, 2018

 Sullivan County Students with Lewis Lumber

Sullivan County Students with Lewis Lumber

Sullivan County School District won the Viewer's Choice Award for their video. According to Debra Lindner, the Sullivan County video received 12,000 of the 24,000 votes cast. A big thank you to those who participated in the voting. You can view Sullivan County's video on the What's So Cool website.

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Sullivan County School District 8th grade students compiled and submitted a video to WVIA’s contest entitled “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”.  The video can be viewed on the website (https://www.whatssocool.org/contests/central-pa/).  There is online voting for the Viewer's Choice Award starting today! The online voting is only for 3 days (March 21-23) and we are looking for county support.

Sullivan County Homeowner Rehabilitation Contractor Meeting

Sullivan County has federal grant funds for an owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program. Homeowners who meet certain criteria may receive rehabilitation of their homes to meet code deficiencies, health and safety problems, lead paint and radon mitigation, improvements in energy efficiency, and accommodations to improve handicap accessibility.

This meeting is to provide new contractors information regarding the program and to review contractor requirements to assist contractors in participating in this program.

DATE: April 4, 2018
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
WHERE:
Sullivan County Courthouse
Media Room
245 Muncy Street
Laporte, PA 18626


Please confirm your attendance and RSVP to Joel Ruch at jruch@seda-cog.org or (570) 428-4833.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joel Ruch.

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Sullivan County Neighbors Helping Neighbors May 5, 2018

Sullivan County Neighbors Helping Neighbors this Spring is almost here. This program staffed by volunteer workers assists county residents with necessary home repairs and maintenance jobs that the residents, many of them seniors, may be unable to do themselves and do not have the support.  

If you could use assistance with seasonal maintenance, home repair or firewood, please get with Di Newell by email sullivancountynhn@gmail.com or by phone at (570) 202-0347.  You can also follow Neighbors Helping Neighbors on Facebook.

Volunteer workers who are ready to participate in this event are invited to join with us and meet 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Headley Ave. in Dushore for breakfast and to choose a job assignment.

Volunteers: If you have them bring basic yard work materials, 5 gallon buckets, etc.

Looking For Contractors For County Projects

Are you a contractor looking for various different projects? Sullivan County has many projects that need your work! If you're a contractor and would like to sign-up to be notified of future County related projects, and to bid on them, please fill out the form located under Services > Building Contractors Bid Sign-up or by clicking here.

The form will ask you for your name, a good email address to reach you at, along with your company and specialty trade. You will only receive email communications if a county project is up for bid and lines up with your specialty trade.

Are You Confused About the “Ins and Outs” of Medicare? Do You Have Questions?

Not sure what Medicare Parts A and B are? Wondering how Part D fits into it all? Confused
about Medicare Advantage or Gap plans?

Hollie Irvine, B/S/S/T AAA, Inc. APPRISE Coordinator, will provide a presentation on Medicare
basics and how the various parts work together. You will leave with a better understanding of how Medicare works and how to help your consumers and clients when they have questions.

Hollie will have materials and resources on hand, and light refreshments will be provided.

Please come with questions. We hope to see you there!

OFFERED BY:
PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources
There is no cost to attend.
Reservations requested by April 24, 2018 to Kelly Hall – (570) 265-6121 or kahall@bsstaaa.org
Please call 1-800-982-4346 for additional information.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
Sullivan County Library
206 Center Street, Dushore, PA 18614

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.