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Robert Tommy Tomlinson
Imagine the Opportunities
This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture invites you to “Imagine the Opportunities” during the upcoming 2020 PA Farm Show. The limits of Pennsylvania agriculture are only bound by one’s ability to imagine.
The 2020 event runs January 4-11 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 5, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 11, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The Food Court in the Expo Hall will be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 3. No other areas or events are open to the public that day.
The Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. We are proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational and entertaining events every year. Our state fair showcases the diversity of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive. The show offers visitors a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $74.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year
Beware of Dog License Fraud
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning dog owners to be wary of fraudulent websites claiming to sell dog licenses online. The Department recently identified a website selling fake licenses – www.padoglicense.online – that shows up in many internet searches for dog licenses and renewals.
The only website where Pennsylvanians can purchase a dog license online is www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov. State residents who are concerned about other third-party websites selling fake licenses are encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 to report these sites for investigation.
Be careful when shopping online
While I am a huge proponent of shopping small and shopping local, I understand many residents may need to turn to the web for certain holiday shopping items. The state Department of Revenue is reminding Pennsylvanians to shop on secure websites (URLs beginning with “https”) and avoid unsecured mall Wi-Fi to avoid ID theft this holiday season.
You can find more information from the department on protecting your ID, credit card information and what to do if it has been stolen here.
Energy savings opportunities this winter
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission highlights Residential Electric Energy Efficiency Measures including rebates available through your electric distribution company for the purchase of energy efficient appliances.
Choose from among those considered the most energy efficient appliances for 2019.
Increase your savings with qualifying replacement windows, home insulation, duct sealing, HVAC, computer monitors, televisions and more.
Energy savings are achievable with a few simple changes, including your choice of light bulbs and smart thermostats.
PennDOT Encourages Students to Explore Solutions to Roadside Litter
PennDOT is encouraging students in 9th through 12th grades to participate in the statewide Innovations Challenge program, which challenges young people to solve real-world transportation problems. The 2019-20 challenge is focused on finding efficient and effective ways to control roadside litter. PennDOT spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter last year.
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