How cold is it?
The low temperature of 46 degrees registered at 6:32 a.m. Thursday tied the 1907 record low temperature for Aug. 15 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton. The high temperature Thursday was 74.
Temperatures will become more seasonal for the next few days, however. Today through Aug. 24, the daytime highs locally are expected to be in the 80s, according to AccuWeather.com. A high of 87 degrees is predicted for Wednesday. Lows for the next week are expected to be in the high 50s and low 60s.
More than $505,000 in grants have been awarded to help rural communities guard against fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Thursday.
The grants were provided through the department’s Bureau of Forestry, with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. The maximum grant awarded was $7,500.
Firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualified to apply for the aid. Last year, the grant program awarded $540,000 to 141 fire companies across the state.
The grants will be used to purchase wildfire-suppression equipment and protective clothing. Grants also were awarded for mobile or portable radios, water supply installations, wildfire prevention and mitigation, wildfire fighting training and to convert and maintain federal excess vehicles the bureau receives and uses for fire suppression.
The following area fire departments received the funding: Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, White Haven, $7,500; Huntington Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Huntington Mills, $4,000; Lehman Township Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Lehman Township, $7,500; Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Inc., Shickshinny, $927; Plymouth Township Fire and Rescue, $3,726; Slocum Township Volunteer Fire Co., Wapwallopen, $5,250; F.W.M. Volunteer Fire Co., Mehoopany, $2,733; Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Department, Meshoppen, $3,400; Triton Hose Co. No. 1, Tunkhannock, $5,925.
for senior citizens
State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, will host a free Senior Citizens Expo 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Laurel Mall.
The expo will feature more than 70 exhibitors from nonprofit agencies, government agencies and businesses, providing information on topics such as health care insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection and hunting and fishing.
Representatives from the offices of state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, also will participate.
In addition, a number of health screenings will be available, courtesy of area health care providers, including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and colon cancer. Please note that the blood work and glucose tests will be performed 8 to 10 a.m. Participants are reminded to refrain from eating after midnight.
For more information, contact Toohil’s district office at 453-1344.
Armory for sale
to highest bidder
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will discuss the sale of the Berwick armory during a public information meeting 6 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 344 N. Market St., Berwick.
Staff will explain the process for disposing of state armories and answer questions. They will provide information about the advantages of acquiring armory property under a historic preservation covenant. The meeting is being held in advance of the sale of the former PA National Guard Armory at 201 Pine St., Berwick.
The Department of General Services will sell this and other properties for fair market value by competitive bids in the coming months. Other armories on the block include those in Scranton, Tyrone and Huntington.