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December 2017

Dear Friend,

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Voting Underway for Pennsylvania’s 2018 River of the Year

The public can choose from among five waterways as online voting is now underway for the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

Waterways nominated for 2018 are the Connoquenessing Creek, Lackawanna River, Little Juniata River, Lower Susquehanna River/Susquehanna Riverlands, and the Loyalsock Creek. 

The public can vote for their favorite state waterway beginning today through 5 p.m.  Monday, December 22 at 

The River of the Year has been named annually since 1983 with the Allegheny River taking the honor for 2017. 

State Police Announce Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Results

The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 981 crashes during the recent five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period – November 22 through 26, 2017. The total represents an increase of 5.4 percent from the 931 crashes investigated by the State Police during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday driving period.

Of the 981 crashes investigated this year, 85 were alcohol related, 209 people were injured, and four people were killed. One of the four fatal crashes involved alcohol. During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday driving period, six people lost their lives in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.

Troopers made 629 DUI arrests over the 2017 holiday weekend, up from 610 in 2016. This year they also issued 15,912 speeding citations, 1,125 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 172 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats. 

These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded. 

DCED Accepting Applications for Water/Sewer Grants

The state Department of Community and Economic Development is accepting applications for the Small Water and Sewer Program now through February 28, 2018.

Municipalities and municipal authorities may apply for grants to support the construction, rehabilitation, repair, or expansion of a water supply or sanitary sewer system which they own and maintain. Eligible projects for the PA Small Water and Sewer Program must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000. 

Click here for more information. 

Pipeline Investment Grants Available

The Department of Community and Economic Development is offering grant opportunities through the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE). 

PIPE provides grants to economic development organizations, businesses, municipalities, hospitals, and school districts to construct natural gas distribution lines to connect businesses, industrial sites, municipalities, and residents to natural gas to ensure they benefit from having access to Pennsylvania’s abundant, low-cost energy source. Click here for more information. 

Dog Licenses Now Available at County Treasurers’ Offices

Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2018 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1 of each year.

An annual dog license is $8.50, or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and people with disabilities may be eligible for discounts.

The dog license application is simple and only requests owner contact information and details about the dog being licensed, like name, age, breed and color. For more information, including a list of county treasurers, visit

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