Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
2/6/2015
Peifer Launches Facebook Page
On Jan. 26, Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) launched an official Facebook page to keep residents of the 139th Legislative District informed on community news and legislative updates from Harrisburg. Residents are encouraged to “like” his page by visiting www.Facebook.com/RepPeifer.

Mentored Youth Fishing Days, Trout Stocking Schedules Announced
In response to requests for more fishing opportunities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently expanded the Mentored Youth Trout Days program to include all trout waters stocked by the PFBC and managed under Commonwealth inland regulations, which substantially increased the number of waters open to the program. The Mentored Youth Trout Day for the 139th Legislative District will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the statewide opening day of trout season. Mentors and children can each keep two trout, which must be at least seven inches. More information about the Mentored Youth Fishing Days program is available by visiting the PFBC website, www.fishandboat.com.

The PFBC also recently announced the 2015 adult trout stocking schedules. Before heading out, anglers should visit www.fishandboat.com and select “2015 Trout Stocking Schedules” to find out what waters are being stocked.

Every year, the PFBC stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in more than 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public fishing. About 53 percent of the trout are stocked prior to opening day; 43 percent are stocked between opening day and the end of May; and the remaining 4 percent are stocked from October through February of the following year.

Recreation and Conservation Grant Program Accepting Applications
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is currently accepting applications for the Recreation and Conservation Grants Program. The grant program assists communities in planning, acquiring and developing parks, recreation facilities, and trails, and conserving critical conservation areas and watersheds. The grant program also supports education and training on conservation and recreation topics. Local communities are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until April 16. For more information on this and other grant programs offered by DCNR, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants.

The Great American Outdoor Show Coming to Harrisburg
The Great American Outdoor Show is a nine-day event celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions. The show will be taking place at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Feb. 7 -15, and will feature over 1,000 exhibitors, ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RV’s, archery and art covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. Kahr Firearms Group, the major handgun manufacturer currently in the process of moving its operations to Pike County, will be in attendance. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

Grants Now Available for Veterans Treatment Programs
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has announced the availability of up to $750,000 in competitive grants for programs which provide treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse, to Pennsylvania’s veterans. Eligible organizations include veterans’ service organizations and statewide 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that specifically serve Pennsylvania’s veterans. Applications are due Feb. 13. To learn more, and for an electronic grant application, visit www.dmva.state.pa.us, select “Veterans Affairs,” then “PTSD Grant Funding Opportunity.”

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