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LCBoP Statement On Passing Of OFFICER MARK GEHRON

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“It is with a heavy heart that the Lancaster City Police announces the death of active duty Patrol Officer Mark Gehron, 43 years old, city resident and 19-year veteran of the police bureau.  This was not a line of duty death.  Officer Gehron was found deceased in his home and the manner of death was ruled a suicide.

These losses in the Law Enforcement, the First Responder and Emergency Dispatcher Community are a growing but preventable epidemic.  The law enforcement community experiences on average 130 deaths a year related to officers in crisis.  We in public safety have difficult jobs that come with unique challenges and dangers, coupled with regular life stressors make it is easy for us to become overwhelmed.  We are public safety professionals who people turn to in times of crisis or emergency.  So public safety workers often mask emotion to do their jobs on a day-to-day basis helping people and we forget or ignore that we often need help ourselves.  If you are a member of the First Responder Community do a mental health check every year just like a physical wellness check.

Mental Health Check (Badge of Life, 2006)

  1. Visit a licensed mental health professional to develop a relationship that can be relied on later.
  2. It is a confidential visit that does not trigger a report. No information returns to your department.
  3. It is not a Fitness for Duty Evaluation.  It is a check-in to learn new skills and set goals if desired.
  4. The Mental Health Check is part of your normal maintenance routine.  Take it seriously.
  5. It’s a chance to review your current and/or past mental health status, and receive professional support.
  6. The Mental Health Check is fully voluntary and encouraged by agencies, chiefs and all supervisors.

If you are in crisis and need help please contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), local Crisis Intervention, Peer-to-Peer counselors, department chaplain, the referral services or agencies listed below:

Safe Call Now:  https://www.safecallnow.org/   206-459-3020

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  1-800-273-8255

COP2COP:  http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/cop2cop/services.htm  1-866-Cop-2Cop

Seeking help is not a career-ending dilemma, it could be lifesaving and career saving.

The entire police bureau and other city departments are mourning the loss of Officer Gehron, a valued member of our police bureau and city employee family.  Since this was not a line of duty death, the police bureau and his family are asking for privacy at this time of grief.  The city and department have been providing critical incident peer counseling and EAP grief counselors since Saturday.  This was a sudden loss to us and his family and we are trying to grieve and support Mark’s family and our staff in every way possible.  Your consideration and continued thoughts for his family and coworkers is greatly appreciated.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family. ”

Officer Gehron’s Obituary: https://www.snyderfuneralhome.com/obituary/mark-c-gehron/

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Lancaster Bureau of Police

Wolf Administration Testifies at U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Alzheimer’s Hearing

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Washington DC  Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne testified on the steps Pennsylvania has taken to meet the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s hearing, “Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s: Reducing Risk, Detecting Early Symptoms and Improving Data.”
 
“Pennsylvania’s current infrastructure, anchored by our Older American’s Act, required State Plan on Aging and our State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, is in perfect alignment with the recognized need to further invest in a nationwide public health response that will promote better care and support for those living with Alzheimer’s,” said Secretary Osborne.
 
Pennsylvania currently has more than 400,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder. In 2014, the Department of Aging released Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The plan, using public input, outlines seven key recommendations to develop a strategy to mobilize the commonwealth’s response to the anticipated increase in incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Since the plan was developed, the department has held three statewide forums and seven regional roundtable discussions to engage with stakeholders and inspire action at the local level.
 
“Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are among the greatest public health challenges facing older Americans. As our population ages, the number of people living with the disease and their caregivers will only grow,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Ranking Member of the Special Committee on Aging. “That’s why I will continue fighting to increase Alzheimer’s research funding to find a cure. Bipartisan legislation, like the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, is also needed to ensure those living with the disease and those caring for them have the support they need.”
 
Most recently, the Wolf Administration announced the formation of Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. The task force was created to take a lead role in implementing and championing the goals and recommendations of Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
 
Objectives of the task force include:
  • Working with local organizations, entities, advocates, and other stakeholders to identify and share best practices that support the goals and the overall success of the plan
  • Leading efforts to review and revise the state plan, as necessary
  • Developing and facilitating the actions needed to carry out the plan
  • Pursuing research and reviewing any other issues that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Assisting in planning the annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum
  • Assisting in the development of an annual update to the plan
Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly inhibits brain function, and it is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association an estimated 5.7 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
 
To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit alz.org. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov

State Horse Racing Commission Approves Funding to Develop Tests to Detect Gene-doping in Race Horses

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Horseracing Commission unanimously approved $300,000 in funding to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center Equine Pharmacology Laboratory to research genetic markers that will indicate when a horse has been illegally genetically modified to enhance performance. Funding was approved at the commission’s May 31 meeting.

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association proposed funding the research with an allocation from its portion of the State Horseracing Fund, which is managed by the commission and typically used for enhanced breeder incentives.

“This funding will help Pennsylvania’s horseracing industry stay ahead of those who would undermine its integrity,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, who sits on the commission. “It falls squarely within the purpose of the State Horseracing Fund to find owners and breeders who gain unfair advantage by illegally manipulating their horses’ genetics. Eliminating bad actors serves as an incentive to those who run a clean race and treat their animals ethically.”

PennVet’s New Bolton Center is one of three labs making up the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System, or PADLS, a partnership funded by the commonwealth with a mission of controlling and eradicating livestock and poultry diseases in Pennsylvania. Funding will enable the lab to establish a bank of genetic samples from healthy horses, or equine biomarkers. This bank will aid in the research to develop pre- and post-race blood tests to determine markers for doping.

For more information on the State Horseracing Commission or PADLS, visit agriculture.pa.gov

Planting The Seed Tour Pitches Strategic Investments in Agriculture Workforce at Lancaster Barnstormers’ Farm Show Weekend

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Lancaster, PA – Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding visited the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Farm Show Weekend Saturday on the Planting the Seed Tour, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to highlight career and educational opportunities in agriculture. Prior to throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game, Redding addressed 150 area agriculture leaders, emphasizing the importance of investing strategically in building the skilled workforce the industry needs in the coming decade.

“Lancaster County’s agriculture industry feeds the nation and the world,” Sec. Redding said. “To maintain the county and the commonwealth’s position as a leader in the world’s agriculture economy, it’s crucial for both government and private industry make strategic investments today. By investing in a strong workforce through agriculture education and apprenticeships, we can ensure that the next generation is prepared for meaningful careers and equipped with the skills to meet the needs of agriculture employers.”

Pennsylvania agriculture is a $135 billion industry facing several challenges, including an aging workforce. Attrition and advancing technologies will result in a workforce deficit of nearly 75,000 over the next decade. The Planting the Seed Tour aims to engage and educate the next generation about the many career opportunities available in Pennsylvania agriculture.

Redding commended area agriculture leaders, noting that the state’s first initiative to address a growing demand for technicians to service high-tech agricultural equipment is the result of ongoing partnerships in Lancaster County.

He also discussed Pennsylvania’s competitive advantage, and some of the additional challenges the industry must tackle to remain competitive, reviewing an economic impact study released earlier this year, along with the department’s strategic recommendations for continued success. Those recommendations include: capitalizing on branding and marketing opportunities; expanding infrastructure, including processing and manufacturing capacity, broadband, and transportation; broadening workforce development and education opportunities; and diversifying products to strengthen markets and build resiliency.

Redding also outlined immediate and short-term strategies the department is undertaking in partnership with private sector partners to address the current challenges faced by the dairy sector.

Over the past three years, the Wolf Administration has invested more than $50 million in agriculture-related economic development projects; increased support for workforce development and agricultural education to help prepare students and workers for the thousands of anticipated job openings in the industry over the next decade; and signed historic legislation that has created new markets for farmers and lowered their tax burdens. The administration is also working to expand broadband access to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, creating jobs and improving infrastructure statewide, especially in rural communities.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s programs and services, or to read the state’s Agriculture Economic Impact Study, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

 

 

 

 

Financial Education Conference for Military, Vets on August 8 in Johnstown

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance announces a free conference in Johnstown to educate members of the military, veterans, and their families on the unique financial and investment decisions they will face. The “Making $ense of Finance” conference will take place on August 8, 2018, at the Hiram G. Andrews Center, Commonwealth Technical Institute, 727 Goucher Street in Johnstown from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Programs offered at the conference include:

  • Scambusters: An interactive game designed by the Better Business Bureau to help you tell the difference between a legitimate deal and a scam.
  • Dream Big Plan Now: Making Your Ideal Retirement a Reality: This presentation covers five steps to retirement planning; income sources in retirement; military retirement pay; saving and investing with employer plans, Thrift Savings Plan, IRAs; military retirement benefits.
  • Investing BasicsBuilding Your Cash Snowball: This presentation covers ways to invest, misconceptions about the amount of money needed to start investing, the effect of compounding interest, and how to protect your investment.
  • Credit Reports and Credit Scores: This presentation will help people learn how to read and understand a credit report, where to obtain it, what to do about errors, and how to improve your score and creditworthiness.
  • Budgeting for All AgesBuild Wealth not Debt: This presentation is designed to help you set financial goals, build a spending plan, and gain control over your finances.

Registration is required for this “Making $ense of Finance” conference. Complimentary food and drinks and free parking will be provided. Liberty USO will be awarding raffle prizes to those attending the conference. Space is limited. Registration and conference information are available at https://www.secure.dobs.pa.gov//msof/johnstown.

“Making $ense of Finance” is made possible through the Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance, a cooperative effort of the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the PA Department of Banking and Securities, the PA Office of Attorney General, Pennsylvania Military OneSource, Better Business Bureau, Liberty USO, Army Community Service, PA National Guard, and Advantage Credit Counseling Services.

For more information about the conference, call Tina Pelesky at 814-255-0355 or email peletskyt@atlanticbbn.net. Members of the public with questions or complaints about financial products and services can call 1-800-PA-BANKS (or 1-800-600-0007).

Financial Education Conference for Military, Vets on September 7 in Annville

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance announces a free conference in Annville to educate members of the military, veterans, and their families on the unique financial and investment decisions they will face. The “Making $ense of Finance” conference will take place on September 7, 2018, at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Building 8-80, 880 Bearty Avenue in Annville from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Programs offered at the conference include:

  • Scambusters: An interactive game designed by the Better Business Bureau to help you tell the difference between a legitimate deal and a scam.
  • Dream Big Plan Now: Making Your Ideal Retirement a Reality: This presentation covers five steps to retirement planning; income sources in retirement; military retirement pay; saving and investing with employer plans, Thrift Savings Plan, IRAs; military retirement benefits.
  • Investing BasicsBuilding Your Cash Snowball: This presentation covers ways to invest, misconceptions about the amount of money needed to start investing, the effect of compounding interest, and how to protect your investment.
  • Credit Reports and Credit Scores: This presentation will help people learn how to read and understand a credit report, where to obtain it, what to do about errors, and how to improve your score and creditworthiness.
  • Budgeting for All AgesBuild Wealth not Debt: This presentation is designed to help you set financial goals, build a spending plan, and gain control over your finances.

Registration is required for this “Making $ense of Finance” conference. Complimentary food and drinks and free parking will be provided. Liberty USO will be awarding raffle prizes to those attending the conference. Space is limited. Registration and conference information are available at https://www.secure.dobs.pa.gov/msof/fig.

“Making $ense of Finance” is made possible through the Pennsylvania Military Finance Alliance, a cooperative effort of the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the PA Department of Banking and Securities, the PA Office of Attorney General, Pennsylvania Military OneSource, Better Business Bureau, Liberty USO, Army Community Service, PA National Guard, and Advantage Credit Counseling Services.

For more information about the conference, call 717-705-2687 or email informed@pa.gov. Members of the public with questions or complaints about financial products and services can call 1-800-PA-BANKS (or 1-800-600-0007).

Volunteer Scambusters Honored for Service to Senior Citizens

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann recognized 12 senior citizens for their work with the Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing (“Campaign”) and announced the renewal of a $120,000 grant from the Investor Protection Trust (“IPT”) to continue funding for the Campaign. The event marked a 10-year partnership with AARP Pennsylvania and the IPT in protecting senior citizens from fraud and scams.

“With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day approaching on June 15, Governor Wolf and I are proud to support the work of AARP Pennsylvania and its army of volunteers, and we are grateful for the support of the Investor Protection Trust,” said Wiessmann. “Through programs like the Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing, we are creating a network of support for our senior citizens and taking active steps to protect senior citizens from elder financial abuse.”

The AARP volunteers honored today at a ceremony in the capitol include:

  • Mary Bach, Chair of the AARP Consumer Issues Task Force, from Murrysville (Westmoreland County)
  • David Aitken from Beaver (Beaver County)
  • Eileen Mazza from Eighty Four (Washington County)
  • Allan Michael and Paige Michael from Orangeville (Columbia County)
  • Bruce Myers from Seven Valleys (York County)
  • Frances G. Scalise from State College (Centre County)
  • Deirdre Spelman from Scranton (Lackawanna County)
  • Richard Sterner from Mechanicsburg (Cumberland County)
  • Theresa Thomas-Trainer from Philadelphia
  • Anthony M. Wolchasty from Southampton (Bucks)
  • Mary Wozniak from Bethlehem (Northampton County)

The Campaign is a statewide community outreach program offered by the Pennsylvania AARP Consumer Issues Task Force and the Department of Banking and Securities, and funded by IPT, which provides retirees and senior citizens information on how to recognize, avoid, and report financial fraud and abuse. AARP volunteers work with community groups throughout Pennsylvania to provide their peers with information to protect and grow their money in retirement.

“Every day, older Americans become victims of elder investment fraud and financial exploitation. It is part of IPT’s mission to educate older adults to recognize and prevent fraud and to protect their hard-earned financial nest eggs,” said President and CEO of IPT, Don Blandin. “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day gives us a powerful opportunity to raise awareness about elder fraud and to continue efforts to strengthen older adults, their families and the caring communities that support them. In the spirit of building coalitions, I thank all attendees for your leadership and contributions to investor education and protection during these turbulent economic times.”

AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh pointed to several achievements and landmarks during the 10-year partnership:

  • Since the Campaign began, AARP volunteers have made 1,110 presentations.
  • More than 49,000 Pennsylvania senior citizens have received information about “red flags” warning them of possible financial frauds and scams.
  • The Pennsylvania Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing has been recognized as a “best practice” by the Investor Protection Trust.

“At AARP, we’re very pleased to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing that is educating older adults statewide about ways to avoid financial fraud and scams,” Johnston-Walsh said. “We’re especially proud of the AARP volunteers who are leading the campaign’s community outreach component by conducting more than 1,100 investor education presentations for nearly 50,000 state residents over that same time period.”

Wiessmann noted that the cost of financial exploitation of senior citizens in the United States is estimated to be as much as $36 billion each year, and that Adult Protective Services in Pennsylvania reports that financial exploitation is the #1 reported abuse of senior citizens.

AARP is a nonprofit organization with a membership of nearly 38 million. Information about its work in Pennsylvania can be found online: https://states.aarp.org/region/pennsylvania. The Investor Protection Trust is a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Information about the work of IPT can be found online: www.investorprotection.org.

Anyone can contact the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS or 1-800-600-0007 to ask questions or file complaints about financial transactions, companies, or products. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email informed@pa.gov for more information.

July Consumer Outreach Schedule Announced

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Harrisburg, PA – Education and outreach staff from the Department of Banking and Securities will be meeting with senior citizens and the public across Pennsylvania during the month of July to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.

For Senior Citizens

 Department staff will offer a presentation combining several different topics – “About the Department of Banking and Securities,” “Avoiding Scams and ID Theft,” and “Cybersecurity: Staying Safe Online” – at the following locations:

  • LifeSpan in McKeesport (Allegheny County) on July 9 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (Open to Senior Companions ONLY)
  • Human Services Building in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) on July 10 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (Open to Senior Companions ONLY)
  • Human Services in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) on July 11 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (Open to Senior Company program participants ONLY)

Outreach staff will be available at Sen. Mario Scavello’s Senior Expo, being co-hosted with Rep. Rosemary Brown and Rep. Jack Rader, at Pocono Mountain Swiftwater Elementary Center at 135 Academic Drive in Swiftwater (Monroe County) on July 16 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The presentation “Avoiding Scams and ID Theft” – which helps consumers protect themselves from financial scams as well as informs victims of scams on how to get help – will be offered at the following locations:

  • The Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Road in Williamsport (Lycoming County)
    • July 19 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Open to residents of Building A ONLY)
    • July 19 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Open to residents of Building C ONLY)
    • July 20 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Open to residents of Building B ONLY)
  • ​Hamlin Senior Center, 15 Township Building Road in Hamlin (Wyoming County) on July 31 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

For General Public

The department will attend the 2nd Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Symposium at The Inn at Reading in Wyomissing (Berks County) on July 13 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. (Open to invited guests ONLY)

The presentation “Cybersecurity – Staying Safe on the Internet” – covering key topics such as using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and even tips for shopping online safely – will be offered at Lycoming County CareerLink, 329 Pine Street in Williamsport (Lycoming County) on July 18 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Registration is required by calling CareerLink at 570-601-5465.

The presentation “Cybersecurity – Staying Safe on the Internet” will be offered with “Consumer Fraud Bingo” – an interactive presentation to help participants learn ways to protect themselves from investment fraud and other financial scams – at Memorial Homes, 1609 Memorial Avenue in Williamsport (Lycoming County) on July 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The presentation “Investing 101” – an introduction to saving and investing for future goals with an emphasis on retirement – will be offered at PA CareerLink Bucks County at Bristol, 1260 Veterans Way in Bristol (Bucks County) on July 25 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The department’s Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff works with state and local government agencies, service providers, community and trade organizations, the General Assembly, the military community, schools, and other partners to help Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth become well-informed about the financial marketplace. There are a variety of free, non-commercial programs [PDF] and presentations [PDF] available, or a program can be tailored to a specific group’s needs.

DCNR Highlights Plan to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change on Public Lands

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Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today is releasing the department’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan (PDF) outlining 123 action steps to be undertaken to make the commonwealth more resilient to potential impacts from a changing climate.

“As the state’s leading conservation agency, DCNR is using the best available science to develop and implement climate change strategies to minimize and adapt to these impacts, and serve as a role model for the citizens of Pennsylvania,” Dunn said.

The secretary will highlight climate change resiliency during keynote remarks tonight at the annual Pennsylvania Environmental Council dinner in Philadelphia.

During 2017, staff members from across all of DCNR’s bureaus participated in a rigorous process to determine and prioritize the department’s greatest climate change vulnerabilities, and identify strategies to address them.

Dunn noted efforts are already underway to implement recommendations, including significant work over the past several years on energy conservation and renewable energy in DCNR’s hundreds of buildings and vehicle fleet, and the department’s leadership of the movement to plant trees along streams to improve water quality and address impacts from climate change.

Getting underway this year is an effort to increase staff knowledge and expertise on climate change challenges and solutions through a newly-formed communication and education team.

To test adaptive management practices on the ground, DCNR will be launching a climate change adaptation pilot project on public lands in the southcentral part of the state, including the 85,000-acre Michaux State Forest, and Kings Gap, Pine Grove Furnace, and Caledonia state parks.

The 53-page plan including the vulnerabilities and recommendations was developed with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and can be found on the DCNR Climate Change web page.

Pennsylvania is experiencing higher temperatures; increased precipitation; higher numbers of storm events; decreased snow cover; and changing distribution of some plants and animals related to climate change.

DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.

Wolf Administration Joins Celebration of Loyalsock Creek’s 2018 River of the Year Honor, Marking PA Rivers Month

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​Williamsport, PA – Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined state and local officials, and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association members in celebrating the designation of Loyalsock Creek as Pennsylvania’s 2018 River of the Year.

DCNR has invested $40,000 to develop a river conservation plan for Loyalsock Creek and has approved a $10,000 grant to the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association for stream-based support events, education and celebrations throughout 2018.

“As Governor Wolf noted in his proclamation naming June ‘Pennsylvania Rivers Month’ and commending the Loyalsock and its supporters, healthy, rebounding waterways are a boon to area communities,” Dunn said. “A major tributary to the Susquehanna, the Loyalsock draws legions of paddlers, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts to its waters, as well as neighboring businesses. Events like this serve economic revitalization by enhancing access to the stream; increasing tourism; and providing additional land and water-based recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors alike.”

Held to commemorate PA Rivers Month, the River of the Year celebration highlights the state’s wealth of rivers and streams, and recognizes their supporters. Its includes a sojourn on a stretch of the Loyalsock, which Dunn will be joining Saturday.

“We are delighted to share time with Secretary Dunn as we celebrate the creek’s River of the Year designation today, and paddle on the Loyalsock to the West Branch Susquehanna River on Saturday,” Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan. “Not only are we connecting community to the creek but the creek to the river. We all live upstream. We are all the first source for clean water. We look forward to seeing the Loyalsock Creek through the eyes of Secretary Dunn.”

Loyalsock Creek flows through Worlds End State Park, a highly popular destination state park encompassing 780 acres, and Loyalsock State Forest. Nearby is the Loyalsock Trail, a well-traveled 59-mile trail providing vistas overlooking the stream below.

Presented annually since 1983, Pennsylvania Organization of Waterways (POWR) administers the River of the Year program with funding from DCNR. A commemorative River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported by DCNR and POWR each year. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of trips on state waterways. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers. For more information about the sojourn program, visit the POWR website.

To learn more about the River of the Year program, the nominated waterways, and past winners, visit the Pennsylvania River of the Year website.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit the DCNR’s Rivers Conservation web page.