The Halfmoon Township Public Works Department will be crack sealing Township roads the week of October 29th through November 2nd.
Fake mailers divert donations away from fire department
The pictured mailer from the “Volunteer Firefighter Alliance” was sent to a resident in Winona Lakes, which is a private community in Middle Smithfield Township. The pre-printed envelope instructs the recipient to send his or her donations to the alliance’s address in Topeka, Kansas, but no such organization has shared those donations with East Stroudsburg’s fire company. East Stroudsburg Volunteer Fire Company’s actual fund drive letter is pictured at top. [POCONO RECORD illustration]
By Bill Cameron
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at 6:23 PM Updated Aug 13, 2018 at 8:41 PM
EAST STROUDSBURG — Residents of the Poconos may have received more than one letter this year soliciting donations for Acme Hose Co. No. 1, the fire department of East Stroudsburg Borough, but only one of them is the real thing.
An unknown sender who claims to collect money on behalf of the borough’s firefighters is circulating fraudulent messages via mail, Acme Fire Chief Dale Fetterly said on Monday. No such person or organization has passed those funds along to the fire company.
“These people have never given us any money,” Fetterly said. “We got a picture of the letters they’re sending out. It’s got our name on it, but it’s not us soliciting the donations.”
Coincidentally, Acme is seeking legitimate donations via mail at this time, Fetterly said. The company holds an annual fundraiser with mailers that usually go out the first week of August.
“It’s just uncanny,” he said. “I don’t know if they were watching our mailers the last couple years or what, but they nailed it timing-wise.”
Acme’s authentic mailer — which is sent only to residents within East Stroudsburg Borough limits — provides a pre-marked envelope and clear instructions on how to send funds directly to the fire station’s 380 Chestnut Street address. This year’s version is printed in black and red ink. An image of one of the company’s fire trucks is visible through the mailing envelope’s front window.
The counterfeit mailer, which is also printed in black and red ink, asks donors to make their contributions to a third-party “Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.” The donation envelope included with that mailer is printed with an address in Topeka, Kansas.
“We were given a heads up by Marshalls Creek Fire Company on Saturday night,” Fetterly said. “These fake mailers have showed up in Marshalls Creek, Winona Lakes, all over the place.”
This apparent fraud follows on the heels of a similar scam reported in the area this month. Stroud Township Volunteer Fire Department warned in early August that someone was falsely claiming to collect donations for the department via phone calls.
It is not the practice of Stroud Township fire department to make such requests over the phone, Assistant Chief David Smalley had said. The department does use mailers to solicit donations, but those are usually sent around the month of November and addressed to the Stroud Township fire station directly.
Fetterly warns recipients of any such communications to be mindful of the actual sender.
“We hate to see this happen,” he said. “That money will probably get used for something — just not for us.”
It’s the time of the year where fireworks are displayed. Since the Township office is starting to receive complaints and questions here are some basics.
State law allows consumers to purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum to 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out of state residents.
“Display fireworks” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
Anyone over 18 years of age can purchase fireworks.
Fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.
They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
If you feel there is a violation of any of the above, please contact the State Police at 814-355-7545.
Port Matilda Fire Company has been busy this year. As of August 1st, the company has responded to 25 fires, 71 public service calls (flooding, standbys, etc.), 26 motor vehicle accidents, 19 false alarms, and 18 medical assists with Port Matilda EMS.
Our members have completed more than 96 combined hours of training in Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Ops Refresher, CPR, Basic Fire Police, Emergency Vehicle Driver training, Rapid Intervention Team Basics, Pumps Ops 1, and Highway Incident Scene Safety.
Port Matilda Fire Company is proud of its community service and fundraising activities this year, including the American Legion Parade and Festival, Community Yard Sale, Hall’s Fireworks, and in conjunction with Huston-Porters Youth Baseball a Paint and Sip night.
Upcoming events will be a Fire Prevention program for Port Matilda Elementary School in October, our annual Gun Raffle (October 6th), in cooperation with local churches a free Thanksgiving Dinner (November 17th), Santa Run (December 15th), and Children’s Christmas Party (December 16th). And as always, our friendly Fire Police will be helping keep our children safe on Trick or Treat night in the Borough.
All of this has been accomplished by our dedicated volunteers. But we still need YOU as a firefighter, fire police and/or support member. All required training is provided free for firefighters and fire police. Support members help with administrative tasks, social events, recruitment, fundraisers, etc. Please consider giving a few hours a month to help your community. The satisfaction you get from volunteering is priceless. . Unlike the EMS, no member receives any remuneration for their service.
The Philipsburg State Police Barracks has merged with the Rockview State Police Barracks. You can contact them with non-emergency calls at 814-355-7545
The Halfmoon Township Office has moved from the Municipal Office at 100 Municipal Lane and relocated to 1948 Halfmoon Valley Road. You can access the office by the left side of the Brothers Pizza building.
Congressional District Redistricting Map for District 12 & 15 for Halfmoon Township.
The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors meetings air on C-NET, Channel 7 at the times listed below during the five days following the meeting:
Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 12:30 am
West Penn Power outage information.
Outages should be reported - the more calls we get the more accurate our prediction tool works:
- Call 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877)
- Website: Visit www.firstenergycorp.com and click "Report an Outage."
- App: Download West Penn Power's free app and click "Report Outage."
- Text Message: Text OUT to 544487. New users will be prompted to register their account. Standard message and data rates may apply.
The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2018-07; A Resolution supporting a Citizen Commission for Legislative and Congressional Redistricting.
New IOS and Android free Mobile Apps:
For State College School District closings and other school information: State College Area School District
For community regional emergency information: Code Red Mobile Alert (Please note that this uses location services as a background to your smartphone which means 1) will use up battery and 2) will alert you to any Code Red alerts wherever you are located)
The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2018 budget on December 14th, 2017.
The Small Area Plan Committee, after reviewing comments from the Town Hall meeting, provided the following recommendations for the Plan. This will be reviewed at a joint Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors meeting in 2018.
Provided below is a link that shows all the EMS Coverage areas in Centre County. Port Matilda EMS is the Emergency Medical Service for Halfmoon Township.
2018 Dog Licenses are now available at the Halfmoon Township Office. Lifetime Dog Licenses can only be purchased at the Treasurer's Office in the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.
A .50 fee has already been added to the fee's below. This fee goes to the issuing agent (Halfmoon Township).
Male - 9.00
Neutered Male - 7.00
Female - 9.00
Spayed Female - 7.00
Person with disability or senior citizen fee - must be 65 years or older
Neutered Male - 5.00
Female - 7.00
Spayed Female - 5.00
Make checks payable to Halfmoon Township. No credit cards accepted.
The Small Area Plan Committee held a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at Way Fruit Farm. Thank you to everyone who attended and for those of you who could not attend the following link will provide the power point that was presented. Also linked is the Small Area Plan Document.
Help us provide a needed service to our community. We need some community members to volunteer in the following areas on a regular basis.
Ambulance Membership Subscriptions (needed ASAP)
Management of our website and social media
Computer upgrades, updates and security
Building maintenance and landscape work
Assist with weekly/bi-weekly office duties (i.e. filing, running errands)
As always, we are looking for EMT's or people that are willing to become EMT's to run calls. Tuition assistance and tutoring are available for committed individuals.
Added benefits are available based on level of commitment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Scott Woodring at (814) 692-1035 with any questions.
Resolution 2017-1 is a Resolution approved and passed by all six Centre Region Municipalities jointly at their March 2017 General Forum meeting. The Resolution affirms the regionally shared values of tolerance, mutual respect equity and inclusivity of the Centre Region as a welcoming community to people from all cultures, religious beliefs and ethnicities.
C-NET programming for Halfmoon Township - Find out all the ways you can access C-NET services and Township related information.
A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HALFMOON, CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AFFIRMING THE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMITMENT TO THE AMERICAN AND PENNSYLVANIAN FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY AND TOLERANCE AND AGAINST THREATS OR ACTS OF INTOLERANCE AGAINST ITS RESIDENTS
Changes made to a program at the PA Housing Finance Agency regarding assistance for repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.
The Agency currently administers the PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program which offers low-interest loans to home-owners to cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.
More information can be found on the attachment or via this link: http://www.phfa.org/programs/repairs.aspx.
Questions concerning this program can be directed to Roberta Schwalm, Manager of Special Initiatives, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, (717) 780.3838
The Board of Supervisors approved a Master Parks Plan for both Autumn Meadow Park & Municipal Lane Park. The Board is seeking grants to accomplish the renovations and improvements for these parks. Autumn Meadow Park will be completed first.
This survey will help identify and assess the needs and interests of residents in Halfmoon Township related to Autumn Meadow Park. To increase its recreational programming as well as strengthen residents’ use of the facility, the township would like to find out which types of events, festivals, and programming people in the community are interested in seeing and participating in.
On January 12th, 2017 the Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 2017-08 affirming the Township Board of Supervisors' Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
Attached are the goals of the Board of Supervisors for the years 2016-2020.
This plan shows proposed future land use for Patton Township and Halfmoon Township.
The primary purpose of any regional comprehensive planning activity is to develop a plan for the physical growth of the region; to prepare goals, objectives, and policies; and to set forth a program to implement those goals, objectives, and policies. Historically, comprehensive plans have been referred to as “blueprints” for the future.
Over the past 10 to 20 years, however, planners have increasingly recognized that this characterization can suggest a rigidity and inflexibility to change. The Centre Region Comprehensive Plan needs to express the basic values the community wants to see maintained or achieved in the future, while accommodating unanticipated changes or trends in the economy, energy supply and demand, public policy, housing, demographics, and other variables.
The Port Matilda EMS is seeking non certified volunteers to help with administration within the EMS. For more information please call 814-692-1035.
**What's Happening at Port Matilda Fire Company?**
*Keep an eye out for upcoming meals! Keep an eye on the board outside the Fire Hall and our Facebook page for details!
*We are looking for volunteers! Firefighters, Fire Police, Admin, Social Members, Kitchen help. Meet new people! Help your neighbors! (If you decide you want to be a firefighter or fire police, we pay for your training) Give us a call (692-4074)! Come on down! We look forward to talking with you!
Halfmoon Township would like to remind citizens the speed limit on local Township roads, such as Smith Road, is 35 mph. All other Township Roads have a speed limit of 25 mph. ATV's and off road motorcycles are not permitted on any Local or State road (SR 550).
Port Matilda Fire Co is looking for Volunteers (Firefighters, Fire Police and Social Members)
IS THERE MORE TO YOU? Learn more about becoming a Port Matilda Fire Co Volunteer
For more information on E-Bikes please see flyer below.
The Municipal Building at 100 Municipal Lane in Stormstown will be closed to the public beginning May 1, 2016 until further notice. If your organization meets at this location you will need to find another facility to hold your meetings. If you have planned a reunion you will need to find another facility to hold your reunion. The pavilion and park will remain open at this location. We will be completing mold remediation in the Municipal Building so we must close the building until this can be completed and further direction can be provided from the Board of Supervisors for next steps. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Preventing Lead Exposure
Ensuring that your home and water is not exposed to lead is critical. Given the numerous stories we hear throughout the country regarding lead exposure, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent you and your loved ones, particularly children, from being exposed.
The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are responsible for providing Pennsylvanians with information and resources about lead poisoning prevention and what to do in the event that you or someone you know is affected.
Some ways you can reduce the risk of being exposed to lead include:
- When preparing baby formula or cooking, use cold water.
- To remove lead, do not boil water as this could increase lead concentrations.
- Contact your water system provider for more information on getting your water tested for lead.
- Look over your home’s plumbing fixtures to identify if they contain lead.
- Run your water to clear out lead before drinking or cooking.
For more information about how to reduce lead exposure, visit this website or click here. To speak with someone over the phone about lead prevention, please call 1-800-440-LEAD.
Want to check your water for lead? The Ag Extension Office will be able to guide constituents to where/how to test their homes for lead contamination in their water.
Bryan Swistock email@example.com
James Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Provided are attachments outlining services and costs provided by the Centre Region Council of Governments
Halfmoon Township would like to remind citizens that no street parking of vehicles or equipment is permitted. Your vehicle may be towed if the Public Works Department can not maintain the streets or cul-de-sacs.
Supplemental Property Tax Rebate Program
a new rebate program.
For more information, please visit:
or contact the Business Office
131 West Nittany Avenue
State College, PA 16801
The Board of Supervisors would like to initiate a Good Neighbor Recognition Program, so if you would like to thank a neighbor or citizen in the Township for a good deed please contact email@example.com and the Board of Supervisors will mention this recognition at their next meeting.
Municipal Building: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.
Maintenance Bldg: 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Port Matilda Emergency Medical Services is looking for EMTs and Emergency Responders who would like to volunteer their time at a rural Ambulance Service.
Port Matilda EMS is a smaller Ambulance Service that would allow you to utilize the skills you have learned on a regular basis.
All shifts are available, we are particularly in need of individuals who could fill evening or overnight shifts.
Our station offers monthly training, a bunk room, full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and physical fitness equipment.
If you have any questions, would like a tour of the station, or want to volunteer, please contact us at PortMatildaEMS@gmail.com. You may also call the station directly at 814-692-1035.
Halfmoon Township Ordinances are now available on-line to view. Just click on the link below and search the Ordinances by entering a keyword or phrase.