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Congratulations to Benjamin Nutt

I recently had the honor of presenting a citation to Benjamin Nutt recognizing his recent achievement of Eagle Scout. Benjamin is a member of Troop 31 in Youngsville, and he has served as a Scribe and Senior Patrol Leader. For his Eagle Scout project he constructed a picnic table and two benches for a site that overlooks the river along the Youngsville bicycle trail. Congratulations Benjamin on your outstanding achievement.

Two new U.S. Bicycle Routes Designated in PA 

Two bicycling routes in Pennsylvania are now officially part of the nationwide U.S. Bicycle Route system.

USBR 30 extends 46 miles along the shore of Lake Erie from Ohio to New York (locally known as BicyclePA Route Z) and runs along the nationally designated Seaway Trail Scenic Byway. Riders will enjoy sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, ecological diversity – as well as Presque Isle State Park, which is ranked as the #1 Freshwater Beach in North America. 

USBR 36 extends 398 miles through the center of Pennsylvania from Ohio to New York (locally known as BicyclePA Route Y) and follows much of U.S. Route 6 — which was one of the first highways used to move natural resources, people, and products across the country. The route showcases industrial history, including the first underground mine, the first steam locomotive, and the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Cyclists will also experience the Allegheny National Forest, Lake Erie, and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. 

More than 13,000 miles of USBRs have been approved in 25 states. When complete, the system will encompass 50,000 miles of routes and provide expanded opportunities for cross-country travel, regional touring, and commuting by bicycle. 

The new routes join the portion of existing USBR 50 that passes through Southwestern Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. Planned routes include two (USBRs 11 and 15) along the eastern and western edges of the Appalachian Mountains and one (USBR 1) along the Route 1 corridor in Philadelphia.

State Police Announce Independence Day Holiday Enforcement Stats

Pennsylvania State Police troopers investigated a total of 581 crashes that resulted in injuries to 146 people during the three-day Fourth of July holiday driving period of July 3 – 5. Alcohol was a factor in 37 of the crashes investigated.

Troopers responded to two fatal crashes, in which three people were killed.

State Police arrested 316 motorists for driving under the influence and issued 8,577 speeding citations during the holiday driving period. Troopers cited 778 people for not wearing seat belts and issued 173 citations to drivers for failing to secure children in safety seats.

A total of 13 people were killed and 259 others were injured in the 741 crashes that state troopers investigated during last year’s four-day holiday driving period.

More information on 2018 Independence Day enforcement, broken down by troop, is available here. These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers Now Available

Now through November, low-income seniors and eligible participants in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program can receive vouchers to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs from approved farm markets and farm stands across the Commonwealth.

Eligible seniors — at least 60 years old with incomes that do not exceed $22,459 per-year for a single person or $30,451 for a household of two — can contact their local Area Agency on Aging for information on the program and times and locations of voucher distributions. Women and children ages 1 – 4 who are participating in WIC are eligible to receive vouchers at their quarterly WIC clinic visits.

Participating markets can be found at Participants may redeem vouchers through November 30.

2018-19 Hunting Pocket Guide Now Available Online

The 2018-19 hunting and trapping pocket guide is now available online on the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest homepage at The pocket guide can be printed at home on 8 ½ by 14 inch (legal) paper. Pocket guides also are available at the Game Commission’s headquarters and regional offices. The 2018-19 license year opened on July 1.

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