Over the past few weeks there have been a number of black bear incursions into residential areas of Shamokin Dam Borough, most notably the Orchard Hills section and even one on the east side of Routes 11/15. The bears are looking for food sources and homeowners reported bears taking their bird feeders and looking through trash. The State Game Warden has suggested that all bird feeders in the borough be taken in until December, when the bears begin hibernation. He also suggested spraying the top of your trash cans/bags with a mixture of clorox and water when placed curbside for pickup. Any other outside sources of food should be removed. The Game Warden is attempting to trap and relocate this bear family...until they do, it would be wise to follow the advice above. Shamokin Dam's police are keeping an eye out for the bears and any sightings should be reported to the Shamokin Dam Police Department (570-743-2671) and the Game Commission (570-398-4744). While these bears usually turn away from people, it is better to be safe than sorry. State Representative Lynda Culver's office has detailed information available on how to deal with bears and will provide it to anyone interested or follow the link below:
Spring cleaning: Ditch your inefficient fridge, freezer
That old fridge in your garage or basement could be costing you an extra $150 a year in electricity.
Through PPL’s energy-efficiency programs, you get free pick-up of your old, working refrigerator or freezer, and a $35 check. As an added bonus, if you recycle an old room air conditioner or dehumidifier at the same time, you’ll receive another $10. The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size and be clean, empty and defrosted. Visit pplelectric.com/recycle for more program details.
Recycling your old appliance is good for the environment. Under PPL’s appliance recycling program, up to 95 percent of your appliance’s components are used in new products and don’t end up in a landfill.
Visit pplelectric.com/recycle or call 1-877-486-9204 to schedule your free pick-up today.
Work Zone Safety
We want workers to return home sefely to their families. The following tips are ways you can help keep workers safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. Motorists can make trips a little safer by remembering the following work zone safety tips.
Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.
Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
Watch for workers; drive with caution.
Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.
The following are natural ways to deter stray cats from your landscaping: