In this Update:
Broadband Grants Through USDA for Rural Communities Available
The USDA is accepting applications for loan and grant funding through their Rural eConnectivity Program to assist state, local, or territory governments, as well as corporations, LLC’s, Native American tribes, and cooperative organizations with broadband projects that would provide high speed internet service to rural areas. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 22, 2022, please visit here.
Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids happening Saturday! Winter coats, hats, and gloves are available for children in the community. The event is Saturday, December 4th at 11 a.m. until supplies are gone at the Women’s Help Center, Inc., 809 Napoleon St., Johnstown.
Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas
Ebensburg’s 16th annual Dickens of a Christmas is a family-oriented Christmas celebration based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Many vendors and other participants are clad in period costume.
Come enjoy vendors and crafters hawking Christmas wares, wassailing in quaint neighborhoods, antique shopping, a live nativity drive-thru, a Dickens Village display, a Christmas Parade, Breakfast with Santa, children’s events, ice skating, sleigh & carriage rides, Fat Bike Beer Fest, Fezziwig Party, Santa Pub Crawl, Christmas Tree Toss, a holiday production by Cresson Lake Playhouse and more!
A complete schedule of events can be found here.
Bedford Christmas Family Fun
Christmas Family Fun returns to Downtown Bedford this Saturday, December 4th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.!
Clearfield YMCA Christmas Parade
Mark your calendars for the annual Clearfield YMCA Christmas Parade on Saturday December 4th at noon in Downtown Clearfield!
Ribbon Cutting of the Front Street Project
My Clearfield Office staff attended the Ribbon Cutting of the Front Street Project at the intersection of Front and Market Streets. The project featured water line replacement, reconstruction of Front Street, drainage improvements, new sidewalks and traffic upgrades.
Pictured L to R: Mayor-Elect Mason Strouse, Project Superintendent Jeff Muth, Amy Kessler North Regional Planning & Development Commission, Clearfield Borough Manager Leslie Stott and Tom Zurat P.E.,Executive PennDOT District 2
Preparing Sites for Jobs: State Assistance is Available
Municipalities, municipal authorities, redevelopment authorities, industrial development agencies and private developers can apply now for funding to prepare sites for jobs-producing development.
The Business in Our Sites program has no maximum or minimum loan amount. However, the amount of the grant may not exceed $4 million or 40% of the total combined grant and loan award, whichever is less. Private developers are only eligible for loans.
Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2022. The program is overseen by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.
Dealing with the Challenges of Driving in Snow
No one wants to get behind the wheel when it’s snowing, but sometimes we have no choice. PennDOT offers tips for driving in wintry conditions:
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. The surprise strike would cost the lives of more than 2,400 military personnel and civilians.
We mark this date knowing that while the attack decimated America’s Pacific fleet, our resilience and industrial might would allow the U.S. to build a military force powerful enough to defeat the Japanese Empire and Nazi Germany.
“This war will give us much trouble in the future,” said Japan’s Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. “The fact that we have had a small success at Pearl Harbor is nothing.” On Tuesday, we will remember the lives lost 80 years ago, and note the fate that awaits any adversary who questions American resolve.
Hanukkah ends at sundown Monday evening, wrapping up an observance that this year began November 28.
To everyone celebrating Hanukkah, chag urim sameach, “Happy Festival of Lights.”