LCTA changing routes
The Luzerne County Transportation Authority announced the following bus schedule changes effective April 1, given that new bus service will be starting for Courtdale and the Steamtown Mall in Scranton:
• Route 8 will no longer service Pringle Street or the Midway Shopping Center but will service Courtdale and Price Chopper in Edwardsville.
• Route 17 will no longer service Mohegan Sun, Pittston or the Pittston Plaza. Instead, it will leave Wilkes-Barre, service the Wyoming Valley Mall, then follow Route 315 to the Pittston Walmart, then Dupont and Avoca, then follow Birney Avenue in Moosic and end at the Steamtown Mall.
The bus will leave Wilkes-Barre at 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:50 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. on weekdays and at 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. on Saturdays. The last bus will leave Scranton at 5:10 p.m. on weekdays and at 2:55 p.m. on Saturdays.
• Route 3 will no longer service Nicholson Street in Wilkes-Barre.
Recycling grant awarded
The borough has been awarded a $21,598 state Recycling Development and Implementation Grant, Mayor Robert Boyer.
The grant will enable the borough to purchase 2,500 curbside recycling containers and to conduct a community recycling education program. The project aims to increase participation in the borough’s curbside recycling program and to educate the public on the importance of recycling.
Heat help deadline extended
Pennsylvanians who need assistance paying home heating bills have additional time to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday.
The federally funded program was slated to end March 29, but the application deadline has been extended through April 26.
Applicants can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Applications also are available at county assistance offices, utility companies and community service agencies.
For more information, visit the Department of Public Welfare website at www.dpw.state.pa.us and click on “For Adults,” or call 1-866-857-7095.
Older adults workshop set
The fifth annual Educational Workshop for Older Adults will be presented from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center on Market Street.
There will be presentations on the Northeast Highway Safety Program, stroke and recovery, and gambling issues in Pennsylvania, plus a service update by the Area Agency on Aging and a vendor basket raffle.
Presented by the Elder Issues Coalition of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties — a nonprofit group organized to promote awareness of older adult services and issues to the community — the conference is free and includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch.
RSVP by April 15 by calling 714-6000.
Bill backs natural gas autos
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, Friday announced a new bill he is promoting, the Natural Gas Energy and Alternative Rewards Act, to encourage using natural gas to fuel vehicles.
If passed, the act will provide a 30 percent rebate, up to $15,000, to governments and school districts for the purchase of school buses and public transit vehicles that run on natural gas-derived fuel. The act also details a tax credit for selling natural gas and alternative fuels, up to 50 cents per gallon. Tax credits of 30 percent, and up to $30,000, also would be extended for infrastructure developments such as refueling and refinery stations.
According to a press release, the cost of converting vehicles or buying new vehicles that run on natural gas prohibits the transition. The senator’s act would alleviate some of that strain, he said.