January 3rd, 2018 1:11 pm

Toomey: FEMA accepting

firefighters grant applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now accepting applications for the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program.

The application period will close on Feb. 2, at 5 p.m.

These grants are available to eligible fire departments, non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies to assist in funding critically needed resources.

Eligible applicants should apply for AFG funding online via the e-Grants application at: https://portal.fema.gov. For more information, applicants should review the FY 2017 Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) Open Application Period Announcement. In addition, System for Award Management (Sam.gov) registration is required of all AFG Program applicants and awardees.

Mobile Veterans Center

to visit Hazleton Jan. 9

HAZLETON — State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, has announced the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), which provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families, is scheduled to visit Hazleton on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The MVC will be located in the parking lot of Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Road in Hazle Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. It will remain in place until all veterans in attendance are served.

Trained personnel will be on hand to provide a variety of services including individual, marital, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for VA benefits; employment guidance and referrals; alcohol and drug assessments and referrals; and information and referrals to community resources.

Veterans in need of counseling should call Joe May at (570) 344-2676 to schedule an appointment.

The 38-foot Mobile Veterans Center, which resembles a super-sized recreational vehicle, features: 2 private counseling rooms; satellite communication and Internet service with VA Medical Centers; video conferencing and tele-health capabilities; 3 flat-screen televisions for training and educational videos; wheelchair lift and handicapped accessibility.

Sen. Baker announces January

office hours in Luzerne County

DALLAS — Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Twp., announced that Field Representative Tom Yoniski will be available for consultation from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Wright Township Municipal Building, 321 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, on Thursday, Jan. 11. He will also be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that day at the Forty Fort Borough Building, 1271 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

Constituents are encouraged to visit with any questions or problems relating to state matters. Concerns may also be addressed by visiting Sen. Baker’s district office at 22 Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway, Dallas, by visiting her website at www.senatorbaker.com or by calling (570) 675-3931.

Walmart, Sam’s Club associates raise more

than $377K for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

WILKES-BARRE — Walmart and Sam’s Club associates are helping “put the money where the miracles are” again this year with a combined fundraising effort raising $377,995 for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville following the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign.

The fundraising efforts are part of a broader national effort that raised more than $35 million in support of the 170 member hospitals across the country.

Donations will help provide life-saving equipment, programs and services for children treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Geisinger locations throughout the state.

Walmart and Sam’s Club have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 30 years. Funds raised impact each of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat 10 million kids annually across North America. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need most — including lifesaving equipment and research, top therapy programs, charitable care and more.

Turkey Hill announces

proactive security measures

LANCASTER — As part of an ongoing commitment to providing an enjoyable shopping experience for customers and a safe work environment for associates, Turkey Hill Minit Markets has taken proactive steps to enhance security at their stores throughout Pennsylvania.

Recent measures include increased exterior lighting, changes in window signage to make store exteriors more visible from inside, ongoing security training for associates, and various behavioral and technology-based methods and tools to deter, prevent, and detect crime and illicit activity in and around stores.

Matt Dorgan, Division Asset Protection Manager for Turkey Hill Minit Markets, said while the best approach is to prevent adverse events before they happen, Turkey Hill is well prepared when incidents occur.