The Pennsylvania State Police is seeking donations of a few good horses, of quiet, sound dispositions and free of serious stable vices, to supplement the force’s 26-horse mounted patrol unit stabled at the Academy in Hershey. The equines will be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol operations in remote areas, and participation in parades, demonstrations and other community events.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Feb. 17-19 in observance of Presidents Day.
Customers can still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day without an additional online services fee.
The Center for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS), has released its 2017 third-quarter ratings for nursing home facilities, and Cedarbrook received five out of five stars for overall quality, as well as four out of five stars on both quality measures and registered nurse staffing.
“I want to commend and recognize the hard work and commitment of the Cedarbrook staff,” Lehigh County Executive Philips Armstrong said. “Their everyday efforts, from caring for residents and running the facility, are the reason we’ve been rewarded with this distinction.”
Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association (LVMTA) announces its 36th annual Hannah Young Play-A-Thon. This once-a-year fundraiser will take place at Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25. Hundreds of Lehigh Valley music students will perform at three locations within the mall in this special event, which is free and open to the public.
Special guest will be Miss Pennsylvania 2018, Katie Schreckengast, a saxophonist and current member of Penn State’s Blue Band. She will be at the mall noon Sunday.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown, is having a Fat (Shrove) Tuesday pancake supper 5-7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the parish hall to enjoy the last day of feasting before Lent.
There will be pancakes, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea.
There is a cost; children 3 years and younger eat for free.
The hall is handicapped-accessible.
For more information, visit the church’s website, standrewsbethlehem.org; email email@example.com; or call 610-865-3603.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and ArtsQuest will host the annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch fundraiser 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The event benefits both the Girl Scouts and ArtsQuest’s art education fund, which provides arts and education programs for area students.
Regional chefs and restaurants will create dishes made with Girl Scout Cookies. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorites.
For tickets and information, visit steelstacks.org or call 610-332-3378.
Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association will hold a four-session “Introduction to Beekeeping” class 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings, Feb. 7 and 21 and March 7 and 21. All classes will be held in room 107/108 of Rothrock Library/Alumni Center, Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville.
Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, are eligible to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.
Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018.
The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum.
Older adults and people with disabilities have until Jan. 2, 2018, to apply for Pennsylvania’s property tax/rent rebate program for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2016. The deadline was extended from June 30, 2017.
The free rebate application forms for 2017 payments will be available early next year. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The income limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.
As the holiday season continues, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on festivities. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go directly to the website rather than clicking on a link.