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Thursday, July 2, 2015
“Fire Prevention” – Come to Chapman State Park with your family to learn about fire prevention techniques as well as meet Jay Lindemuth, from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry. He will be bringing in some of the equipment used to fight forest fires and his good friend Smokey Bear will also make an appearance!
What: Fire Prevention
When: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Pavilion #4, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to Public

Friday, July 3, 2015
“Geocache Dash” – Discover the fascinating challenge of geocaching and how you can use it to explore Pennsylvania State Parks. You will receive hands on training before embarking on a journey to find as many caches as possible before time runs out.
What: Geocache Dash
When: Friday, July 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Amphitheater, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the Public

“Movie Night” – Pennsylvania Bald Eagles – Celebrate the 4th of July while watching the nation’s symbol celebrate 30 years of restoration.
What: Movie: Pennsylvania Bald Eagles
When: Friday, July 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: Amphitheater, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA
16313
Who: Open to the public

Saturday, July 4, 2015
“Fish for Free Day” – No fishing license needed. All other regulations apply.
What: Fish for Free Day
When: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Where: Lake, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Time: All day
Who: Open to the public

“Family Fishing” – Join the Park Naturalist for a morning of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license required.
What: Family Fishing
When: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Pavilion #1, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA
16313
Who: Open to the public

“Canoe Chapman” – Come to the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a canoe tour on the lake and the creek. Pre-registration is required as canoes are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, but you must still register. The non-refundable program fee is $5.00 per adult and $2.00 for youth ages 12 and under. Payment is due at the time of registration. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Friday, July 3, 2015.
What: Canoe Chapman
When: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Where: Beach Concession Stand, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road,
Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to the public, must register by July 3, 2015

“Non-Denomination Chapel Service” – Non-denominational worship service held in the Park Amphitheater.
What: Worship Service
When: Sunday mornings
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Park Amphitheater, Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon,
PA 16313
Who: Open to the pubic

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With adequate notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information about the Bureau of State Parks, visit BSP directly at visitpaparks.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jen Moore, 814-723-0259.

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Friday, June 26, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – “KAYAK CHAPMAN” – Come to the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a kayak tour on the lake and the creek. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. The program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Friday, 6/26.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Noon – Midnight – “PA FIREFLY FESTIVAL” – The PA Firefly Festival is a celebration of the annual displays of the “Synchronous Firefly” in the Allegheny National Forest Region. This is a FREE event from noon-midnight with live music, educational exhibits/demonstrations, arts/crafts and FOOD. The firefly displays will be most active after 10 pm. Bring a Lawn Chair or blanket, dress appropriate for the weather and walking in the forest at night. This is a family-friendly event, no alcohol or drugs. The festival is held at the Black Caddis Ranch B&B, 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa. 16356.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM – “FIRE PREVENTION” – Come to Chapman State Park with your family to learn about fire prevention techniques as well as meet Jay from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry. He will be bringing in some of the equipment used to fight forest fires and his good friend Smokey Bear will also make an appearance! Pavilion #4

Friday, July 3, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 PM – “GEOCACHE DASH” – Discover the fascinating challenge of geocaching and how you can use it to explore Pennsylvania state parks. You will receive hands on training before embarking on a journey to find as many caches as possible before time runs out. Amphitheater
8:30 – 9:30 PM – “MOVIE NIGHT: Pennsylvania Bald Eagles” – Celebrate the 4th of July while watching the nation’s symbol celebrate 30 years of restoration. Amphitheater (Pavilion 4 in case of rain)

Saturday, July 4, 2015
All Day – “FISH FOR FREE DAY” – No license needed. All other regulations apply. Lake
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “FAMILY FISHING” – Join the Park Naturalist for a morning of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license required. Meet at Pavilion #1
1:30 – 3:30 PM – “CANOE CHAPMAN” – Come to the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a canoe tour on the lake and the creek. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as canoes are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. The non-refundable program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth ages 12 and under. Payment is due at time of registration. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Friday, 7/3. Meet at Beach Concession Stand

Sunday, July 5, 2015
10:00 AM – CHAPEL SERVICE-NON-DENOMINATIONAL. Amphitheater (Pavilion 4 in case of rain)

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(HARRISBURG) – The State Senate has unanimously passed bi-partisan legislation to improve access to lobbying disclosure data, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati, the sponsor of Senate Bill 695, explained that the bill requires lobbyists and lobbying firms to register and file reports electronically through the computerized system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of State. In addition, the Department will be required to post on its Lobbyist Disclosure website all lobbying registration and reporting documents it receives within a week of the filing.

“In the past, it has often taken months after lobbyist disclosure documents were completed and filed before the information was posted on the Department’s website,” Scarnati said. “Timely internet publication of all lobbying documents is an important part of improving transparency in state government and providing taxpayers with increased access to information.”

Scarnati explained that currently, lobbyists may register and file reports with the Department on paper forms through traditional mail. In some cases this has led to delayed posting of the information on the Department’s publicly accessible website.

“Last session identical legislation was passed by the Senate, but was never considered by the House of Representatives,” Scarnati stated. “Senate Bill 695 will now be sent to the House, where I am hopeful it will receive swift consideration this session.”

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CONTACT:
Drew Crompton
dcrompton@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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From State Representative Kathy Rapp:

My legislation to make Pennsylvania the next state to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other related “vaping” products to minors unanimously passed the state House this week.

According to the latest data, more than 16 million children, ages 17 and under, are living in 10 states where they can purchase e-cigarettes almost as easily as a pack of gum or a candy bar. It is imperative that the Legislature act now to add Pennsylvania to the list of 40 other states that have already taken the necessary steps to keep e-cigarettes, e-cigars and all other similar adult-only products out of our children’s hands by adopting House Bill 954.”

House Bill 954 would add nicotine delivery products to the list of tobacco products that are illegal to sell to minors, including electronic cigarettes. It would still be legal to sell e-cigarettes and vape pens in Pennsylvania – just not to children. The penalties would be the same as under current law for selling cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products to minors.

E-cigarettes, sometimes known as “vape pens,” are used to deliver nicotine and other substances into the body in the form of a vapor. The products come in a variety of flavors and generally resemble the size and shape of traditional cigarettes, which may increase their appeal to minors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have confirmed that calls to poison centers involving e-cigarettes have surged in recent years.

In 2014, the CDC reported a dramatic increase in the number of high school students who indicated they had tried e-cigarettes, including many who previously had never smoked.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Visit RepRapp.com or Facebook.com/RepRapp for the latest legislative updates.

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(HARRISBURG) – The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to December 31, 2015 to allow eligible individuals more time to take advantage of the program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those with disabilities 18 years or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, excluding half of Social Security income. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

“The application period to submit applications is once again being extended until the end of the year,” Scarnati said. “This is a great program that can help make housing more affordable for those on a limited income. With the cost of housing increasing, it’s important for those who qualify to submit their applications.”

Scarnati noted that the program was started in 1971 and is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at Senator Scarnati’s District Offices. In addition, forms and assistance are available at Department of Revenue District Offices (listed in the government section of phone directories), local Area Agencies on Aging, and Senior Centers. It is important for individuals to know that they do not have to pay for this service.

Claimants who already applied for Property Tax/Rent Rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084

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Friday, June 19
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – “STREAM STOMP” – Investigate the stream at Penny Run and look for fish, salamanders, crayfish and other aquatic creatures. Be prepared to get your feet Wet! Meet at Parking Lot #1.

9:00 PM – 10:30 PM – “NIGHT SKY WATCH” – Come out and enjoy the night skies with Tom Traub of Martz Observatory. An introduction presentation at 9:00 P.M. will show current sky events and what’s “up” in the spring skies. If you have a telescope gathering dust or just need a little guidance on using it please bring it to the program. Please bring a chair/blanket and a flashlight. This program will meet at the beach.

Saturday, June 20
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM – “SUMMER’S DAZZLING GIFT: SYNCHRONOUS FIREFLIES” – The PA Firefly Educational Outreach program is a brief presentation about firefly biology, habitat and bioluminescence; Demonstration of flash pattern/communication; Firefly watching etiquette tips; Catch and release if weather and time permits. The synchronous fireflies will begin flashing around 11:00 P.M. but other species of firefly can be seen earlier in the evening. Peggy Butler, from the PA Firefly Festival, will be conducting this program and will be viewing the synchronous fireflies late into the night. Stay as long as you like. Please bring a flashlight, blanket and/or chair. Meet at Pavilion #4.

Friday, June 26
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – “KAYAK CHAPMAN” – Come to the Beach Concession Stand for a short lesson on basic boating safety and then take a kayak tour on the lake and the creek. Pre-registration is REQUIRED as kayaks are limited. You may bring your own canoe or kayak but you must still register. The program fee is $5 per adult and $2 for youth between the ages of 8 and 12. This program is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Youth are required to use a tandem kayak with a responsible adult. Those under 18 must have an adult present to sign a waiver. There are a limited number of tandem kayaks available upon request. Registrations can be made by calling the park office at (814) 723-0250 by Friday, 6/26.

Saturday, June 27
Noon – Midnight – “PA FIREFLY FESTIVAL” – The PA Firefly Festival is a celebration of the annual displays of the “Synchronous Firefly” in the Allegheny National Forest Region. This is a FREE event from noon-midnight with live music, educational exhibits/demonstrations, arts/crafts and FOOD. The firefly displays will be most active after 10 pm. Bring a Lawn Chair or blanket, dress appropriate for the weather and walking in the forest at night. This is a family-friendly event, no alcohol or drugs. The festival is held at the Black Caddis Ranch B&B, 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa. 16356.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
3:00 – 4:30 PM – “ANIMALS, PLANTS AND OTHER LIVING THINGS” – Come join us for an afternoon to investigate what makes up life in the forest. The animals, plants and even slime on the rocks in the creek, has its place in the forest, learn how they all function together. Learn to recognize animals and their tracks as well as some trees and plants. In the Amphitheater.
6:30 – 8:00 PM – “NATURE’S ENGINEER-THE BEAVER” – Join the park naturalist to discover how beaver lodges are made then take a walk to view the newest build near the park. In the Amphitheater.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
All Day “FISH FOR FREE DAY” – No license needed. All other regulations apply. Lake
10:00 AM CHAPEL SERVICE-NON-DENOMINATIONAL. In the Amphitheater. (Pavilion 4 in case of rain)
3:00 – 4:30 PM “ECO-SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION” – Are you up for the challenge? Come out to the beach to learn about ecosystems and enter a nature-themed sculpture into the contest. Small prizes and certificates will be awarded to winners. Please bring your own sand equipment. Beach
6:00 – 8:00 PM “FAMILY FISHING” – Join the Park Naturalist for a day of fishing. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license required. Beach Concession Stand

Monday, May 25, 2015
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM “GEOCACHE DASH” – Discover the fascinating challenge of geocaching and how you can use it to explore Pennsylvania state parks. You will receive hands on training before embarking on a journey to find as many caches as possible before time runs out. In the Amphitheater.
1:30 – 2:30 PM “SALAMANDER SAFARI” – Find out about salamanders of Pennsylvania, where they live, what they eat, what makes them so unique, and also where to find them. We’ll head to Penny Run to catch and identify salamanders and newts. Wear shoes you can get wet. Parking Lot #1

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Xjam Entertainment will be hosting the Voice of White Lion, Mike Tramp, on Monday, May 25th, at Hickory Creek Brewing, 129 Penn Ave E, Warren, PA.

A multi-platinum selling national record artist, Mike will be performing hits from his White Lion years, such as “Wait”, “When the Children Cry” and many more.

Show time is 7:30 PM, with local artist Brian K. Chase opening. Advance tickets available at Hickory Creek Brewing. Cost is $20 for all ages.

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(HARRISBURG) – For a two week period new applications for funding from the State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) will be accepted by the Office of the Budget, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

New RACP business plans from potential candidates will be accepted for the upcoming round of funding beginning May 4, 2015 and must be submitted by May 18, 2015. During this window, those that had previously submitted business plans during calendar year 2015 may also amend those submissions to correct any technical errors or omissions.

“In the past, grants through the RACP program have provided significant investments within our local communities and helped to bring more jobs and services to the region,” Senator Scarnati said. “I strongly encourage those with eligible projects to take advantage of this submission period and send in business plans for new local improvement projects.”

All submissions received by the Commonwealth by May 18, 2015 will receive equal consideration for the RACP funding available in this round.

Before completing a business plan, project eligibility must be verified. A template and guide to verify projects can be found on the RACP Website. In order to receive consideration, the original and 2 CD copies of all business plan materials must then be submitted to:

Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program

C/O Business Plan
Office of the Budget
333 Market Street, 18th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2210

For questions or assistance with submitting an RACP plan, please contact Senator Scarnati’s Harrisburg Office at 717-787-7084.

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
717-787-7084

GO Teach is a series of teacher workshops that focus on cross-curricular connections linked by a common outdoor recreation. This workshop presents a set of standards-based lessons that enable middle and high school students to learn about global positioning system (GPS) technology and how to use it for healthy lifelong recreation. As a part of the workshop, teachers will receive lesson plans, ACT 48 hours, and access to loaner equipment to help facilitate the lessons on their school grounds.

What: Go Teach: GPS Educator Workshop
When: May 16, 2015, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Chapman State Park, 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313
Who: Open to educators teaching grades 6-12
Fee: $20; cash, card, or checks payable to: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
How: To register, contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or by email at jennmoore@pa.gov

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With adequate notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information about the Bureau of State Parks, visit BSP directly at visitpaparks.com.

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CLARENDON – The Chapman State Park campground will officially open for the 2015 camping season beginning Friday, April 10 to accommodate trout fishermen. The April 10 opening includes all campsites in the lower loop, camping cottages, and yurts. Sites in the lower loop are now open to pets. Upper loop campsites will open May 15, 2015.

Reservations can be made online and through the PA State Parks call center up to 11 months in advance, or at the park office the day of arrival only. Facilities available for reservations include campsites, camping cottages, yurts, organized group tenting area, pavilions, and an amphitheater.

Chapman State Park’s campground is a beautiful wooded site and consists of three camping cottages, two yurts, and 82 campsites that vary from secluded tent only sites to 100 foot camping spurs with 50 amp electric hook-ups.

To make a reservation or for more information on any of Pennsylvania’s other state parks, contact the Pennsylvania State Parks Reservation System at 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or visit us online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.