House of Representatives Scholarship Program
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program is now open to applicants. It was developed to provide educational opportunities for graduating seniors who reside in Pennsylvania. The program is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and provides a four-year scholarship to two high school students per year. Students must maintain eligibility criteria in all four years of higher education in order to receive the ongoing award.
The deadline for the application and other materials is March 1.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
The application and other information is available on the Foundation for Enhancing Communities website.
- Be a graduating high school senior.
- Have legal residency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.
- Maintain an academic achievement level (minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA).
- Display a commitment to community and leadership qualities.
- Engage in extracurricular activities.
- Show financial need.
Summer Employment for College Students at PennDOT
As in years past, PennDOT will sponsor an extensive Summer Employment Program (SEP), which includes government services interns. The program runs April through August 2017 to supplement the permanent workforce. Government services interns primarily perform summer maintenance, sign upgrade services, and/or engage in labor duties in maintenance organizations, as well as worksites along the highway.
Candidates must be enrolled as a full-time college student for fall 2017 and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
The hourly rate is $12.97. Please contact our district office at 975-2235 by Feb. 10 if interested in this summer employment opportunity. Note that interested students must also submit an application online under the student summer employment positions category.
Preparing for a Winter Emergency
We are now in the throes of winter, and so far the weather has been relatively mild. However, we must continue to be prepared for winter storms and the difficulties they entail. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) offers many tips for Pennsylvanians about how best to handle a winter storm. Being prepared for a major winter storm can save your family both money and heartache. Here are some tips on how you can prepare:
• Always keep at least three days’ worth of water and non-perishable food in your home for your family, including pets. Keep in mind any special dietary needs, such as infant formula or baby food.
• Double-check your family’s emergency supply kit and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather: rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment, portable or hand-cranked cellphone charger, battery-operated or hand-crank lights and radios in the event power goes out, and adequate clothing and blankets to keep you and your family safe and warm.
• Make an emergency plan for your family, and review it with all family members.
With the arrival of cold weather, residents are encouraged to take steps to ensure there are no carbon monoxide (CO) accidents in their homes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fuels such as wood, charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, oil, natural gas and propane. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal and symptoms of CO poisoning can include: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.
All homes should have a working carbon monoxide detector, located appropriately in each level of a home, including one in each sleeping area. Residents also are encouraged to ensure that internal and external combustion air vents are clear of obstructions, as a blockage could allow exhaust gas, including CO, to enter a home or workplace. Heating professionals also can be contacted to have equipment, chimneys and flues checked.
Clogged furnace filters also can impede normal furnace operation, so filters should be changed regularly. Filters should also be the proper size and shape for a heating system’s efficient operation.