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Pennsylvania briefs

November 17, 2009

Families struggling with fuel costs urged to apply for assistance



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Families struggling with rising fuel costs can apply now for the Pennsylvania's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), according to state Sen. Richard Alloway II, R-Franklin/Adams/York.

LIHEAP provides grants to help low-income families pay heating bills. Applications for cash grants are available now by calling 717-264-6121 or 800-921-8839.

Applications also can be submitted electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us.

"LIHEAP was expanded last year to provide help to more Pennsylvanians, so I would encourage district residents to learn more about this valuable program," Alloway said in a news release.

LIHEAP applicants will be required to submit the following:

o Names of people in their household

o Social Security numbers for all household members

o Proof of income for all household members

o Recent heating bill

LIHEAP also provides crisis grants for families who experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination. The crisis grant program is scheduled to open Jan. 4.

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Cash grants of up to $300 and crisis grants of up to $800 are available through LIHEAP. The amount of each grant is dependent on income, household size, type of heating fuel and region of the state.

A family of four can earn up to $33,075 and be eligible for the program.

Neighbors encouraged to visit local nursing home facilities during holidays



McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- For several years, the Fulton County Medical Center Long-term Care Activities Department has been offering the "Angels On Earth" program to diminish the loneliness experienced by residents and to encourage neighbors to visit their local nursing home facilities.

Many residents have no visitors or family, and become quite lonely, especially during the holiday season, according to a news release.

If you would like more information about this program or wish to donate gifts, call Activities Director Elisha Feight at 717-485-6170 by Dec. 18.

Because of the heightened flu season, hospital officials are asking that donations be dropped off to the Activities Department. Staff will distribute the gifts to residents on Christmas Eve.

Doncheski taking on the role of assistant chief academic officer



MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Mike Doncheski has taken on new responsibilities at Penn State Mont Alto, transitioning into the role of assistant chief academic officer.

A professor of physics and the campus' head cross country coach, Doncheski is in his 13th year at Penn State Mont Alto. He will continue to teach courses while working to provide administrative oversight for the campus' adjunct faculty members and its academic budgets.

Preservation art on display at Franklin County Ag Heritage Building



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- An art show designed to bring awareness to agricultural land preservation is on display through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Franklin County Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane. Featured artists represent several towns in Franklin County.

Special events planned at Oller House following tree-lighting ceremony



WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Historical Society will host special events at the Oller House on Friday and Saturday, following the tree-lighting ceremony and parade.

The historical society is planning its first Holiday Gift Auction and Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Board members have solicited a host of local businesses, individuals and craftsmen for donations for the silent auction, which will be held both days, culminating at 4 p.m. Saturday. At the same time, the winner of the handmade dollhouse crafted by Ray Beard will be selected by random drawing.

Santa's Workshop will be open so children can buy inexpensive gifts for their parents and siblings in the decorated second-floor workshop. Items will include costume jewelry, beauty items, a Sudoku puzzle, books, toys, coffee mugs and puzzle books.

Mrs. Santa will be at the Oller House from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Santa arrives Saturday during the Christmas parade, and following the parade, he will be at the Oller House hearing Christmas wishes and posing for photos with youths. From 4 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, a choral group from Christ United Methodist Church will sing holiday favorites.

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