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Expo in Doylestown to Demonstrate New Voting Systems with Advanced Security and Paper Trail

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Doylestown, PA – As Pennsylvania counties prepare to replace aging voting systems, the Department of State is inviting the public to view several new voting systems that offer 21st-century advanced security and a paper trail.  The expo is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bucks County Administration Building, 55 East Court Street.

“These new voting systems will strengthen election security and ensure the integrity of each vote,” said Jonathan Marks, commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation. “This is an opportunity for voters to try the new technology and see how a paper record lets them verify their choices are correct before casting a ballot.”
In April, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres informed counties they must select new voting systems that provide a paper record by the end of 2019, and preferably have a system in use by the November 2019 general election or no later than the 2020 primary.
Nationwide, there is bipartisan and near universal agreement that, in the interest of security, Direct Recording Electronic voting machines (DREs), still in use in many Pennsylvania counties, should be replaced, and all voters should be voting on paper ballots they can verify. The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and many experts have urged states to switch to new systems that produce paper records.
Ultimately, counties will have their choice from among any of the voting systems that achieve certification from both the federal Election Assistance Commission and the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Two of the systems to be displayed at the expo have already received both federal and state certification and one system has successfully completed certification testing. The department expects a total of six systems will be certified.
Governor Wolf has committed to seeking state funding for at least half of the counties’ cost for new voting systems. He will work with the General Assembly in 2019 to develop specific proposals for state funding and financing.
Earlier this year, Pennsylvania received nearly $13.5 million in federal funding for election security. With Pennsylvania’s required 5-percent state match, the package totals $14.15 million and will be allocated to counties for replacement of voting systems.
The department is currently revising and will reissue this month a statewide purchasing contract that vendors and counties can leverage to support voting system purchases. The department also is pursuing funding from a variety of sources, including additional federal aid, grants, low-interest financing, leases, cost-sharing and other means.
The Doylestown expo is one of five expos the department has scheduled across the state. Expos will be held in Moosic on Tuesday, December 11, and Carlisle on Wednesday, December 12. An expo was held in State College on November 29. An Erie expo was postponed in late November due to inclement weather but will be rescheduled in January. These events are a continuation of the department’s public education campaign to inform voters and local officials about new voting systems and to allow them to test the systems’ features.
Vendors participating in the demonstration are Unisyn Voting Solutions, Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Hart InterCivic and Clear Ballot Group.

Insurance Commissioner: Time is Running Out to Enroll for 2019 Individual Health Insurance

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Harrisburg, PA – Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman today reminded Pennsylvanians that the deadline to enroll in 2019 individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fast approaching.

The deadline to enroll is Dec. 15. Once again, the open enrollment period is just six weeks long. The only place to enroll in coverage is at Healthcare.gov (1-800-318-2596).

“This is the only time of year that consumers can enroll or re-enroll in the marketplace or in an off-exchange plan to obtain comprehensive health coverage under the ACA. After Dec. 15, consumers must wait until next November to enroll unless they experience a certain life event,” Altman said. “Forgoing health insurance is a significant risk, even for healthy individuals. We are all just one diagnosis or accident away from needing costly medical care. These plans provide comprehensive health care and are required to cover essential health benefits, so I urge folks to explore their coverage options and shop around for comprehensive coverage under the ACA.”

Information on the various plans available in Pennsylvania and where to seek enrollment assistance are available at www.insurance.pa.gov. Consumers may also visit Consumers’ Checkbook at https://pa.checkbookhealth.org to view plan options, estimate monthly premiums and total annual out-of-pocket costs for each plan, and learn how to buy a plan.

“Many Pennsylvanians qualify for a subsidy to offset their monthly premium. Also, assistance is available to help individuals sign up for coverage,” Altman said. “Our department is ready to answer consumers’ questions and concerns, and guide them to the right resources.”

The Insurance Department, in partnership with other state agencies, consumer advocacy organizations, insurers, hospitals, libraries and academia, also created a series of short videos on “Health Insurance Literacy” detailing the important aspects of buying and using health insurance at www.insurance.pa.gov/literacy.

As consumers look for insurance they should be careful of where they shop for health insurance. Some companies and agents are offering plans they say are compliant with the ACA, but which are not. The federal marketplace’s website ends in “.gov,” so consumers not shopping on Healthcare.gov are not shopping on the federal marketplace.

In addition, consumers buying an off-exchange plan directly from a company should make sure they are on an official website for one of Pennsylvania’s six insurers offering individual health insurance: Capital Blue Cross, Geisinger, Highmark, Independence Blue Cross, UPMC Health Plan and Ambetter/PA Health and Wellness (Centene).

For more information on health insurance or to contact the Insurance Department’s Bureau of Consumer Services, visit www.insurance.pa.gov or call 1-877-881-6388.

 

Wolf Administration Offers Tips on Home Holiday Safety

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Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration is offering home safety and fire prevention tips to citizens in its effort to promote a safe and happy holiday season for all citizens.

“In modern homes, some of our most cherished holiday traditions can pose significant fire risks,” said State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego. “Home decoration fires are surprisingly common, and the most common ignition source is a lit candle. Also, don’t let the holiday season get the upper hand on you by forgetting to water live trees.”

Commissioner Trego offered several other suggestions for keeping your home safe:

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep all holiday greenery, including trees, well-watered.
  • Never leave burning candles or cooking appliances unattended.
  • Always keep children and pets away from open flames and hot surfaces.
  • Replace any string of lights that has worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections and avoid connecting more than three strands of lights on a tree.
  • Be sure to turn off holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives; ensure your home is properly equipped.

Holiday party hosts should be aware of the legal responsibilities that go with holding a gathering in their home, especially if alcohol is being served.

“The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends, but hosting an event comes with legal responsibilities,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. “A good host should consider taking simple steps to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves safely.”

Altman advised Pennsylvanians to make sure their guests are drinking responsibly, offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, stop serving alcohol toward the end of the party, and arrange for a ride or offer a guest to stay overnight if they had too much to drink or are too tired to drive home.

Homeowners and renters insurance often provides some liability coverage, but this coverage varies by policy, Altman explained. She recommended that individuals who are planning to host a party review their policy or discuss their coverage with their insurance professional.

Altman also explained that Pennsylvanians should take precautions when purchasing or receiving expensive holiday gifts, such as jewelry, electronics, or firearms.

“Consumers should review their homeowners or renters insurance to make sure the coverage allotted for contents is enough for recently obtained expensive items. Most policies have specific, lower limits for valuable items such as those just listed,” Altman said. “I also caution consumers about displaying unwrapped expensive gifts. Make sure these items are not visible through windows or doors, where a potential thief could see them. Also, when discarding boxes for bigger items like televisions and computers, be sure to break down the boxes and put them on the curb as close to your trash pickup time as possible, so as not to draw attention to a recently obtained expensive item.”

Altman also encouraged anyone traveling to refrain from posting vacation pictures on social media until they return, to avoid making it known the home is unoccupied.

“It’s incredibly important to make sure your home is properly equipped with smoke alarms,” said Commissioner Trego. “From the moment a smoke alarm sounds, occupants may have as little as two minutes to safety exit the house.”

To follow the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety,” visit the Office of the State Fire Commissioner at www.facebook.com/PAOSFC.

For homeowners’ insurance coverage resources and information, visit insurance.pa.gov.

STUFF AN ANGLER’S STOCKING WITH A 2019 PENNSYLVANIA FISHING LICENSE

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​​HARRISBURG, Pa. (December 10) — Getting the fish to bite isn’t always easy but finding the perfect gift for your favorite angler can be this holiday season!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) offers gift vouchers that allow you to purchase a fishing license and related privileges and permits for someone else. 2019 fishing licenses went on sale on December 1.
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“Whether you are buying for an avid angler with years of experience or you’d like to introduce someone new to the sport, a fishing license gift voucher is a great option,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director. “It takes the guesswork out of shopping for the outdoor enthusiast in your life. They’ll appreciate that you support their passion.”

 

Purchasing a fishing license gift voucher is easy and convenient. The individual buying the voucher must only provide a method of payment. The recipient then redeems the voucher for a fishing license or the specified privilege, such as a trout/salmon stamp, Lake Erie permit or any of the newly-introduced voluntary permits that support specific fishing programs.

Like fishing licenses, vouchers can be purchased in 1, 3, 5 and 10-year increments. Purchasing a multi-year license offers convenience and saves customers money by avoiding processing fees each year.
Pricing for the most popular gift voucher options include:
License/Permit Type:                             1-Year            3-Year:             5-Year:            10-Year:
 
Resident Fishing License (Age 16-64)     $22.90              $64.90              $106.90            $211.90
 
Trout-Salmon Permit                                $9.90               $25.90              $41.90              $81.90
 
Lake Erie Permit                                      $9.90               $25.90              $41.90              $81.90
 
Combo Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit   $15.90              $43.90               $71.90             $141.90
 

Senior Resident (Age 65 & up)                $11.90              $31.90            Lifetime Permit: $51.90

Anglers can also purchase an optional 2019 fishing license button for just $10.
The collectible 2019 button is orange in color and serves as a valid license display requirement. Individuals must purchase an annual or multi-year resident, non-resident, senior resident or senior lifetime fishing license to purchase a license button. Children 15 and younger can also purchase a button if they first buy a voluntary youth license for $1. Delivery of buttons requires special processing and delivery cannot be guaranteed in time for Christmas.
Vouchers and licenses can be purchased at www.gonefishingpa.com, at more than 700 issuing agents, county treasurers’ offices and at all PFBC regional offices.

EAGLE CAM BACK FOR 2018-19 SEASON

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HARRISBURG, PA – The livestream from a bald-eagle nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pa. has launched for a fifth season, with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary joining HDOnTap and Comcast Business as a partner in the project.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission in November awarded a permit to HDOnTap to manage the cameras at the nest and livestream the action.

In the livestream’s first four seasons, the Game Commission had secured permission for audio and video equipment and components to be installed at the Hanover, Pa. nest, and the 24-7 livestream was made possible through services donated by HDOnTap and Comcast Business. This year, HDOnTap secured the permit after the Game Commission decided it would explore a new livestream opportunity envisioned to launch early next year.

It’s the second time a Game Commission livestream from a bald-eagle nest was adopted by a private partnership.

The Game Commission’s first EagleCam in Pittsburgh was continued in its second and subsequent years by PixController and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

In the inaugural run of the Pittsburgh livestream and the first four seasons of the Hanover, Pa. livestream, the Game Commission had provided the project’s primary educational component, with the agency working to explain wildlife behavior viewers see while watching, and answer their questions. This season, Hawk Mountain has taken over that role.

Hawk Mountain and HDOnTap will work together to help educate livestream viewers through a blog to be updated and posted bi-weekly during peak nesting season.

“HDOnTap is thrilled to be partnering with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, leaders in raptor conservation science and education, on the new Hanover Bald Eagle Blog,” said HDOnTap Co-Founder Tiffany Sears. “We hope this adds to the live cam viewing experience.”

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary shares that excitement.

“When you can show close-up footage of nesting bald eagles and their young, you’re going to get people hooked on raptors,” said Hawk Mountain President Sean Grace. “That’s exactly what we’re doing: HDonTap provides the footage and Hawk Mountain shares the science and expertise behind what the eagles are doing and why.

“This is yet another wonderful partnership,” Grace said. “Learning and sharing about raptors is exactly what we do best, so this is a win-win.”

The Hanover, Pa. livestream can be found on HDOnTap’s website.

Meanwhile, the Game Commission still is finalizing plans for its next livestream, which it hopes to announce in the coming weeks.

Attorney General Shapiro Files Opposition to Trump Administration’s Latest Attack on Legal Immigration

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Proposed overhaul would force legal immigrants to risk their immigration status in order to access healthcare, housing and other programs

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro, joined by 23 Attorneys General and Attorneys General-elect, today filed comments opposing President Trump’s latest effort to marginalize lawful immigrants in Pennsylvania and around the country. The Trump Administration has proposed an overhaul of so-called “public charge” rules that could make it easier to deny adjustment of status to legal immigrants, reject green card applications, or remove immigrants from the country if they utilize certain healthcare, nutrition or housing programs.

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule would drastically revise and expand the definition of “public charge” from ‘a person who is very likely to become primarily dependent on government services’, to a person who receives minimal public assistance for a relatively short period of time. This would mean that the percentage of non-citizens who use benefits that could be considered in a public-charge determination would expand from 3% to 47%.  The proposed rule could force lawful immigrants to make a difficult and inhumane choice: protect their immigration status, or risk it by accessing healthcare programs or other programs for which they are legally eligible.

“Once again, President Trump is attempting to implement a policy which will have devastating consequences for immigrants and put the health of immigrant children at risk,” said Attorney General Shapiro.  “This proposed rule change would effectively weaponize public assistance programs and harm the very people those programs were designed to help – most of whom are seeking a hand up to a better life, not a hand-out for the long term.  It’s time for this Administration to stop dividing Americans by attacking those who are most vulnerable.”

Attorney General Shapiro and his colleagues filed official comments today, co-written by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, explaining why the rule is both unlawful and bad policy that would cause significant harm to Pennsylvania, which is one of 25 states that account for 94% of all foreign-born individuals in families receiving benefits.  More than 167,000 children in Pennsylvania live in families that receive benefits, more than 80% of whom are U.S. citizens.

In addition to being bad public policy, Attorney General Shapiro believes that the proposed rule violates federal law because the Trump Administration has not presented appropriate evidence or analysis to justify the radical changes it has proposed. The proposed rule also violates Executive Orders governing the issuance of new regulations.

So-called “public charge” rules have existed in immigration law for several decades. They have been understood to allow governments to deny entry to potential immigrants who are likely to become “primarily dependent” on public assistance.  Once a lawful immigrant has been labeled a “public charge,” he or she may be unable to successfully apply for a green card or adjust immigration status, and may even be removed from the country.

The Trump Administration’s proposal would upend decades of established practice and make lawful immigration much more difficult by:

  • Greatly expanding the scope of services that can be considered in determining whether someone is likely to be “primarily dependent” on public assistance to include Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and housing assistance;
  • Significantly lowering the threshold for declaring someone a likely “public charge” to as low as $150 per month; and,
  • Potentially exposing immigrant children to being labeled a “public charge” if they are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

In their comments, Attorney General Shapiro and his colleagues argue that the proposed changes will be “destabilizing, discriminatory, and will cause harm to immigration populations and to the States,” particularly with regard to healthcare costs, which can be expected to climb as immigrants avoid healthcare programs like Medicaid and instead seek expensive emergency care. For example, in the City of Philadelphia alone, more than 30,000 households with at least one immigrant resident utilize Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   If experts are correct in predicting that this change will result in a 15-35% reduction in benefit enrollment rates among immigrant families, Pennsylvania will see more than 37,000 families lose access to health insurance, costing the Commonwealth $270 million in federal funds.  The proposed rule would also discriminate against people with disabilities and non-English speakers.

Joining Attorney General Shapiro in submitting today’s comments are the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Washington DC, and the Attorneys General-elect of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York.

PARTNERSHIP CONSERVES 77 ACRES IN BERKS COUNTY

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HARRISBURG, PA – Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, The Conservation Fund, Berks Nature, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have partnered to conserve vital acreage for migratory birds, announcing plans to protect and improve more than 77 acres of farmland located in the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge in Berks County. These lands are being conserved, in part, by funding from Williams in connection with the construction and operation of the company’s Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project.

“Cooperation is the keystone of smart conservation, especially when it comes to land,” says Bryan Burhans, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “This project will protect habitat for declining species such as the northern harrier, American kestrel, Eastern Meadowlark, bobolink, grasshopper sparrow and more.”

With assistance from Berks Nature and support from Williams through a grant provided by The Conservation Fund, the Sanctuary purchased the tract, which was under threat from developers. Working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the conservation partners developed a land improvement plan to convert the former fields into native grasslands and meadows. In turn, this work will support migratory birds and other wildlife and expand wildlife diversity and recreational opportunities.

“The Sanctuary is a significant economic driver, and partnering with the Game Commission provides more land for birdwatching, hunting, and hiking,” says Hawk Mountain President Sean Grace.

The Property has long been identified by state and local planning organizations as a top priority for protection due to its location at the base of the Kittatinny Ridge, a mega greenway and migration superhighway, as well as its adjacency to the Appalachian Trail and State Game Lands. To ensure public access, the property was transferred at signing to the Game Commission, as an addition to the adjacent State Game Lands106. Future plans include planting of grasses and other native species and addition of a parking area along Hawk Mountain Road.

“This is public-private partnership at its best,” said Williams Chief Operating Officer Micheal Dunn. “The Commonwealth identified the protection of this property as a top priority, so we are glad to have the opportunity to coordinate with our partners in the preservation of this important wildlife habitat.”

“Protecting this property is a win-win, both for the birds and for the people who enjoy wild places,” said Kyle Shenk, Pennsylvania Director for The Conservation Fund.

During spring and fall, more than 150 species of raptors and songbirds follow the Kittatinny Ridge or “Blue Mountain,” using habitats along its slope and base to rest and feed. The 2,500 acres at Hawk Mountain and the 9,000 acres of adjoining State Game Lands offer healthy habitats for forest wildlife, but field, riparian, and wetland species have declined.

Conservation of this property addresses a critical need for bird habitat locally and along the entire Ridge, as grassland and wetland birds are some of the fastest declining groups in Pennsylvania due to habitat loss. Insectivorous birds such as warblers, vireos, and flycatchers that depend upon the riparian areas or field edges will also benefit, and new foraging habitat will become available for bats, mammals, and migrating birds along with breeding areas for many amphibians.

PA L&I Highlights Importance of Skilled Employees During Tour of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute

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Schnecksville, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), where high school students get skilled training that Lehigh Valley employers need.

“Pennsylvania businesses want skilled workers that schools like LCTI provide,” said Cipriani. “Career and technical centers combine a classroom education with hands-on training on industry-standard equipment that employers must have to grow and thrive.”

Today’s visit also highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which includes $30 million. The recently announced competitive grants will encourage partnerships with private industry throughout Pennsylvania on job training and to support science and technology education in fast growing careers. The governor also secured a $10 million increase in state funding for CTCs this year.
 
Cipriani toured LCTI’s career and technical education program labs including Precision Machine Tool Technology, Exercise Science & Rehabilitation Services, and Supply Chain Management & Logistics Technology. She also visited the IT Academy and met with students learning to build webpages, personal computers, and computer networks.
“We thank Deputy Secretary Cipriani for her initiative to visit and tour LCTI, which is one of the country’s premier career and technical schools,” LCTI Executive Director Thomas Rushton said.
“Our mission is workforce development and the quality of our programs is directly related to our close relationship with our business and industry partners.  The value and future of career and technical education has never been more important to our region, state and country.”
LCTI is Pennsylvania’s largest career and technical school, offering more than 45 skills-based programs of study, as well as academic instruction for approximately 2,700 ninth through 12th-grade students from Lehigh County’s nine public school districts. LCTI also offers industry-relevant training and credentials for working adults.
 
For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2019 ‘CABIN FEVER’ KAYAK GIVEAWAY

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​HARRISBURG, Pa. (December 7) – If the onset of cold weather already has you huddled indoors dreaming of spring, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Bass Pro Shops can help you break out of the winter slump!

PFBC and Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg are teaming up to present the 2019 Cabin Fever Giveaway. The contest features the chance to win the following prizes:

• Ascend 10T sit-on-top kayaks (tan, two prizes)
• Ascend FS10 sit-in kayak (grey/black camo, one prize)

“Any of these kayaks is more than enough to get you on the water,” said Steve Kralik, PFBC’s Director of the Bureau of Outreach, Education and Marketing. “The sit-on-top models put you in a great position to fish, while the sit-in kayak is perfect for a relaxing paddle on any water you choose.”

The public can enter this giveaway by visiting www.GoneFishingPA.com through March 12, or by entering in person by visiting the PFBC booth at one of these upcoming events:

• Jan. 5-12: 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show, Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg
• Jan. 11-13 and Jan. 18-20: Pittsburgh Boat Show, Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville
• Jan. 24-27: Early Bird Sportsman Expo, Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, Bloomsburg
• Jan. 26-28: Pittsburgh Outdoor Expo, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh
• Jan. 25-27: Fly Fishing Show, New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, N.J.
• Feb. 8-10: Washington County Sport Show, Washington Crown Center, Washington, Pa.
• Feb. 2-10: Great American Outdoor Show, Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg
• Feb. 16-18: Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show, Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville
• Feb. 15-17: Valley Outdoors Cabin Fever Expo, Mifflinburg Intermediate School, Mifflinburg
• Feb. 22-24: Philadelphia Fishing Show, Greater Philadelphia Convention Center at Oaks
• March 1-3: Fly Fishing & Wing Shooting Expo, Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony
• March 1-3: Erie Sport and Travel Expo, Bayfront Convention Center, Erie
• March 2-3: Western PA Muskie Max Plus, Embassy Suites by Pittsburgh Int’l Airport, Coraopolis
• March 8-10: Greater Philadelphia Boat Show, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
• March 9-10: Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster

“We would especially like to thank Bass Pro Shops for donating these prizes,” added Kralik. “Through this partnership, several lucky winners will have an opportunity to make lasting memories through fishing and boating.”

Winners will be notified after April 16. Complete rules and eligibility information can be found at www.fishandboat.com.

YORK COUNTY MEN APPREHENDED IN GAME WARDEN ASSAULT

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HARRISBURG, PA – Two York County men have been charged in the felony assault of a State Game Warden in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County.

Wade Michael Winemiller, 57, of Wrightsville, and Thomas E. Kelly Jr., 57, of Glen Rock, have been charged in the assault of State Deputy Game Warden David P. Fidler.

The incident occurred Dec. 1 when Fidler was investigating a complaint of deer possibly being shot from ATVs on Peach Mountain within a Hunter Access Program property that is patrolled by Game Commission officers.

Fidler encountered two men illegally riding ATVs on the property and an altercation ensued in which Fidler sustained injuries requiring medical attention. He was treated and released at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pottsville.

Fidler has been a Deputy State Game Warden for 18 years and was selected as Deputy of the Year in 2013.

Game Commission Wardens, as well as Pennsylvania State Police troopers, the Minersville Police Department and other local police departments responded to the scene to assist. Descriptions of the assailants were released to news media.

Winemiller was arrested Monday at his home by Pennsylvania State Police and State Game Wardens. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker in Shenandoah, placed on a $150,000 straight cash bail and committed to Schuylkill County Prison, where he remained this morning.

Kelly surrendered Tuesday afternoon at Magisterial District Judge David Plachko’s office in Port Carbon, where he was arraigned and posted 10 percent of $100,000 bail to gain his release.

Winemiller and Kelly both face charges that include: aggravated assault, disarming a law-enforcement officer, robbery, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment, and control of property violations.

“I want to thank our Wardens, the Pennsylvania State Police and all responding agencies for the swift and thorough investigation that resulted in the quick identification and apprehension of the suspects,” said Game Commission Southeast Regional Director Bruce Metz.

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