Lunch & Learn Seminar - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Join your local economic development partners for a no-cost ‘lunch and learn seminar’ that will highlight available partner services and how they can help you start, grow and manage your business.


Wednesday, November 7th 11:00am - 1:00pm


The Living Room in Estella, PA 3299 State Route 4008, Forksville
GPS: 41.5114760° -076.6231599°


By October 31, 2018 to Mark Haas

If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this event, please indicate by contacting Mark Haas at by October 29th.

Open House Series to Feature Transportation and Economic Development

The Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission will host an open house in each of its member counties—Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming—to take public comments on its updated priorities for bicycle and pedestrian mobility, transportation services (bus, shared ride, and other transportation assistance), and economic development.

Stop in to learn what the Commission has prepared as priorities for the next five years, then give your perspective on their value to your community and to our region. Your input strengthens our understanding and decision-making!

Open House Schedule

  • Mansfield, Tioga County on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 2-4pm at the Mansfield Borough building, 14 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933.

  • Dushore, Sullivan County on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 9-11am at the DCNR District Office, 6735 US Highway 220, Dushore, PA 18614.

  • Towanda, Bradford County on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 2-4pm at the Stoll Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Rd #E, Towanda, PA 18848.

  • Tunkhannock, Wyoming County on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 9-11am at the Wyoming County EMA Building, 3880 Sr 6 Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

  • Montrose, Susquehanna County on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 2-4pm at the Susquehanna County Office Building conference room, 81 Public Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801.

Each facility is accessible and has convenient parking. If you need special accommodations, please contact Brian Baker at 570-265-1540 or Katie Prichard at 570-265-1532.

Summary priorities and recommendations will also be available on the Northern Tier website,, under New Updates beginning September 14, 2018. Public comments received by October 15 will be considered prior to the Commission’s approval, which is scheduled for Friday, October 19.

Northern Tier Disaster Recovery Loan Fund (DRLF)

The northern tier region of Pennsylvania is suffering from the aftermath of recent heavy rains, leaving homes and businesses destroyed by flood waters.  Communities have come together to salvage what they can.  Businesses are making pledges to come back, but they will need an enormous amount of help along the road to recovery. 

Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission (NTRPDC) provides economic development services to small businesses in five counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Four of those five counties have received the most damage – Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming

The NTRPDC Loan Program, through funds provided by the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant has developed the NT Disaster Recovery Loan Fund (DRLF), a micro loan fund to help small business on their road to recovery. 

Northern Tier Disaster Recovery Loan Fund (DRLF)

Micro loans up to $25,000 with or without a private match

Interest rate of 0%

Term of 3 to 5 years

Payment Deferral up to 3 months, giving businesses time to establish cash flow

For more information, please contact:
NTRPDC – Stacey Urban, Loan Program Manager

For additional assistance and coordination, please contact:
Sullivan County - Mark Haas, Economic Development Director
570-946-5201 extension 733


Northern Tier is an Equal Opportunity Lender/Provider

Wolf Administration Opens Public Inquiry Hotline to Coordinate Volunteers for Flood Clean-Up

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said a public inquiry hotline is now available to citizens who need assistance cleaning up after devastating flooding in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

“We’re working with volunteer organizations that have offered to help residents in these communities,” said Governor Wolf. “I know that some of these survivors have been hit multiple times in the last few weeks, and the willingness of these volunteers to do this hard work is greatly appreciated.”

Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends through August 31. Volunteers will provide physical labor, such as mucking out basements, removing damaged flooring and drywall, and removing debris.

A variety of organizations make up the PA VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters).They provide assistance that complements the efforts of municipal, county and state governments. Their members active in this recovery mission include the American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Convention, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Lions Club International, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, A.G.A.P.E of Columbia County, Mennonite Disaster Services, United Church of Christ, LDS Charities, Lend-a-Hand of Lebanon County, and Lutheran Disaster Response.

Callers will need to provide basic information, including but not limited to their address, the type of work they need help with, and the status of utility services at the site. Callers will also need to verbally give their permission for call takers to share their information with the volunteer organizations.

PEMA Director Rick Flinn said that while every effort will be made to help those who need it, the responding organizations will prioritize service delivery according to their own criteria and ability to assist. It may take several days for volunteer teams to respond.

In addition, the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

“We know that this has been a stressful time for flooding survivors as well as first responders who have been doing stressful and dangerous work to help their neighbors,” Flinn said. “Please reach out if you need someone to talk to. Free help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

A Message From The Commissioners Regarding Recent Flooding In The County

Flooding has once again impacted areas in Sullivan County.  The Commissioners have visited many of the worst sites and have been in routine contact with elected officials and agencies at state and Federal levels.  This communication is essential for managing recovery efforts and to obtain information on potential funding sources.  County personnel are conducting field surveys to ascertain damage to bridges and residential properties impacted by flooding.  These efforts begin the recovery process and are critical for establishing damage totals which will be reported to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Useful information has been posted to the Sullivan County website regarding flood response under the Public Notices section.  It can also be found on the Sullivan County Facebook page.  For example, you will currently find Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) guidelines for maintaining streams posted to our social media.  The county serves primarily as an information center to direct you to the appropriate local, state, and Federal agencies.

One way everyone can help is to keep track of damage and damage mitigation costs and report it to your local municipality.  Total municipal expenses are combined at the county level, and the county then reports figures at a regional level.   The damage totals from a regional perspective will help determine our eligibility for state and Federal disaster recovery aid programs.  Since there is a minimum amount needed to reach, it is very important that everyone reports their damage.

While the county has no direct funds to assist property owners, we are more than willing to help direct impacted property owners to the appropriate resource.  Once again, the Commissioners would like to thank our Fire and EMS volunteers for responding to those in need.  Your dedication is unmatched and so critical at times like this.

Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in Your Community

DEP wants to help Pennsylvania communities complete all necessary stream work in a way that is environmentally-responsible, reduces the likelihood of future ooding problems, and complies with regulations. When in doubt, contact PA DEP for assistance before you start stream work projects.

Green Light-Go!

Proceed—These actions do not require DEP notification, pre-approval, or additional permits:

  • Removing woody debris and manmade debris materials from the stream, banks, and riparian areas by hand or using handheld equipment
  • Removing above items using heavy equipment from the bank; equipment should not enter the stream or dig into the streambed
  • Removing gravel and debris in and close to bridges and culverts (Note: review permit conditions first)
  • Crossing a flooded stream for emergency access to your property, if conditions are safe

Yellow Light-Slow Down!

Call DEP first—Notification, pre-approval, or emergency permits may be required:

  • Rebuilding roads and bridges across streams
  • Streambank stabilization projects, including riprap
  • Removing gravel bars from the stream channel using heavy equipment
  • Repairing a bridge or culvert, or removing one in danger of failure

Red Light-Stop!

These actions require permits from DEP, and possibly from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or other agencies:

  • Redirecting the flow of a stream by reshaping gravel bars, or moving gravel to the streambank
  • Moving/relocating a stream
  • Dredging or damming streams, or creating dikes Building a new bridge or culvert

For more detailed guidelines, please see the following DEP PDF Resource.


Documentary Mimi & Dona

Please consider attending this impactful documentary about 92 year old Mimi who is still taking care of her 64 year old intellectually challenged daughter Dona. The documentary shows their story as they navigate their next steps. It’s their story but also the entire families story. It touches on siblings, a 20 something with a diagnosis and the parents plan and a newly diagnosed 5 year old.

An unforgettable story
of love and tough choices,
exploring issues of disability, 
long-term care and the realities of aging.

A film by Sophie Spartain

WHEN:  September 20, 2018 at 6:30PM
WHERE:  Penn State Conservation Center, 9219 Rte 487 Dushore, PA.

 Free screening and discussion and open to the public.

Limited seating/Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!
Register at Sullivan Library 570-928-9352 or Tammy Pursel at

Sponsored by:

Friends of the Sullivan County Pa. Library & The United Way of
Lycoming County & B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging
The Special Kids Network
Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program

Loyalsock Love Continues to Flow at Worlds End State Park

FORKSVILLE (August 10, 2018) – The year-long series of special events to recognize the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year heads to the Endless Mountains at Worlds End State Park on Saturday, August 25, for a day-long celebration.

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association in partnership with PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at Worlds End State Park announces Worlds End Day! , bringing art, music, history, nature, and more to the banks of the Loyalsock Creek and to residents and visitors who cherish this 64-mile mile long natural resource.

“One of the gems of the Loyalsock Creek watershed,” explains Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc., the nominating organization for this waterway distinction, “is Worlds End State Park, a destination location for campers, hikers, paddlers, birders, and photographers. It is the perfect setting to provide opportunities for the public to connect with our Pennsylvania River of the Year.”

The day is divided into three main parts. The morning will focus on The Art of Fly Fishing from 10AM until 12noon. Susquehanna Chapter Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and Lycoming College Clean Water Institute will provide hands-on angler education for all ages, to include fly tying, casting, and macroinvertebrate identification.

The afternoon is filled with a variety of programs. Two-hour workshops from 2PM to 4PM include Nature and Wildlife Photography for Beginners with award-winning photographer Joseph Simons, Quick Sketch Poetry with Ann Keeler Evans, who authored the Loyalsock Creek blessing for the official River of the Year sojourn, Songwriting: Playing with Words and Notes with Adirondack folk musician Dan Berggren, Women in the Mountains with author and historian Peggy Lynn, and Hammered Dulcimer for Beginners with Grammy nominee Dan Duggan.

Additionally, during that same time period, families can rotate among a series of hands-on activities and explore Birds of the Watershed with Lycoming County Audubon, Freshwater Mussels with Bucknell University, Found Instruments and Nature Journaling with PA DCNR Worlds End State Park, and Creek Bugs and Other Slugs with Sullivan County Conservation District.

“Our goal for this afternoon of hands-on activities is to connect our future environmental stewards to our creek and watershed,” offers Jane Swift, DCNR Worlds End State Park Environmental Education Specialist. “They are our future caretakers and we will be leaving this beautiful Loyalsock Creek – and all waterways in Pennsylvania – in their hands.”

Running concurrent with the workshops will be a Loyalsock Creek Watershed Small Business Spotlight, where local business owners will showcase their products and services and engage with the public. The spotlight will conclude at 6PM, when all ears will tune in to a concert along the creek.

The Jamcrackers of the Adirondacks from upstate New York, comprised of Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan, and Peggy Lynn, will bring music to the mountains through their original songs about mountain life and the environment.

“In 1998, this Pennsylvania girl migrated north to the Adirondacks to experience living in a cabin and working in a sparsely populated part of the country. One of my first Adirondack experiences was the music of the Jamcrackers, explains Parenzan. “I quickly grew to love “Mountain Air,’ ‘One with the Water,’ ‘This Planet We Call Home,’ and ‘Power from Above.’ Since returning to Pennsylvania in 2016 to serve as your Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, it has been one of my goals to bring the music of the Jamcrackers here to those who call the Susquehanna River watershed home. The message is universal.”

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before or during the concert. McCarty Mercantile, in Hillsgrove, is offering special Picnic under the Pines take-out dinners for the event. Please contact them at 570-924-3425 for details and to place an order.

All activities will take place in the day use area of Worlds End State Park. Please bring a lawn chair for the workshops and evening concert. In the event of bad weather, the evening concert will be moved to an indoor location.

Worlds End State Park is a 780-acre park situated in a narrow S-shaped valley of the Loyalsock Creek. It is located south of Forksville in Sullivan County.

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper is 1 of 340 licensed Waterkeepers on 6 continents in 44 countries, working to bring swimmable, drinkable, fishable water to all residents and visitors of the Susquehanna River watershed defined by the West and North Branches of the River and her tributaries, including the Loyalsock Creek.

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, using Environmental Stewardship Funds, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and administered by the Pennsylvania Organization of Watersheds and Rivers.

For more information, please contact Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Carol Parenzan at 570-768-6300 or

Stream Maintenance & Flood Intervention Workshop


9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

This one-day workshop is geared toward local municipalities
and emergency flood response professionals. We aim to give
training on stream behavior and how to use basic stream
assessments to design interventions that will work in
cooperation with a watershed’s natural tendencies. Proactive
planning strategies will result in a stream’s capacity to restore
itself after a flood event and reduce the erosion and
sedimentation that occur during repeated reconstruction efforts.

This workshop will include classroom-style presentations in the
Ag. Center meeting room and strengthened with a relevant, onsite
stream demonstration on a local stream. Be prepared to be
outside for part of the day. Pre-registration is required and
refreshments and lunch will be provided at NO Cost.

To register, email Corey Richmond at or call the
Sullivan County Conservation District at (570) 928-7057.

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