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Trout Stocking Events, Free Fish Days Coming Up
Fishing season is in full swing throughout the area, and thousands of local anglers are already enjoying leisure time on our area’s waterways. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled a number of trout-stocking events in local lakes and streams, as well as two special days that will allow anglers to share their hobby with family and friends who do not have a fishing license.
PFBC plans to stock approximately 3.2 million trout this season, including nearly 600,000 in May alone. A complete schedule of adult trout stocking is available by county here.
The Commission will also offer two Fish-for-Free Days this summer that will allow anyone to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. Fish-for-Free Days are scheduled for May 26 and July 4. More details are available here.
Hotline Available to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse
Many older Pennsylvanians are more vulnerable to financial abuse and exploitation, and unfortunately this crime is on the rise. The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities reported approximately 40,000 cases of elder financial abuse in 2017-18, a 17-percent increase from the previous year.
Anyone who sees signs of potential elder financial abuse is encouraged to call the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-490-8505. More details are available here
May Is Stroke Awareness Month
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death & leading cause of disability in the U.S. By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you can prevent a death from stroke. There are also simple steps to take to avoid a second stroke.
National Nurses Week
PA has more than 217,000 registered nurses, including 51,000 licensed practical nurses and more than 15,500 advanced practice registered nurses, making nursing PA’s largest licensed health care profession. Health care and medical treatment would be impossible without them. This week is National Nurses Week, which runs through May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Residents Can Search for Unclaimed Property
Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property – such as forgotten stocks and bank accounts, uncashed checks, insurance policies, and overpayments – and works to return those assets to their rightful owners.
State residents can find out whether they have unclaimed property on a free website here.
Information Available for Medicare Beneficiaries
Independence Blue Cross and CVS Pharmacies are cooperating on a program to get information out to those on Medicare or will qualify shortly for Medicare benefits. There will be an information kiosk set up from 12 noon to 2:00 PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the CVS Store at 2250 Bristol Rd, Bensalem – located next to the Shop Rite at Hulmeville and Bristol Rds.
There is no cost to get information and ask questions. A local certified Medicare broker will be available for you at this informal event. Stop by and make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to receive. As the Annual Election Period approaches in October, hours will be expanded.
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