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Forecast is a Reminder that Winter Looms

State Sen. Tim Solobay talks about getting prepared for winter, as well as a recent event that discussed jobs in the area.

Forecasters are calling for a rain-and-snow mixture as a tropical storm collides with a blast of Arctic air in the next few days—a reminder that winter is just around the corner

It’s a good time to think about getting ready for the season and making sure your aging relatives are prepared as well.  

The first step is to make sure your home is prepared for the weather by fixing drafty windows, checking your insulation and making sure your pipes are protected. 

For general advice about the best ways to weatherize your home, click here.

The blast of ugly weather also happens to coincide with the official opening of Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program provides grants, which are sent directly to utility companies, to help low-income families pay their heating bills. 

There are also “crisis grants” available for households in immediate danger of being without heat. 

LIHEAP is one of those programs that offers valuable services, often to seniors living on a fixed income, that many don’t take advantage of. 

There are too many tragedies every year as the result of someone who is struggling to pay heating bills using some dangerous heat source instead. 

If you or someone you know is worried about how to keep the heat on this winter, please see if you qualify for some assistance by clicking here, or calling your local county assistance office (click here for county list).

Panel Discusses Good News in Local Real Estate

Recently, I participated in the Regional Real Estate Roundtable, sponsored by Millcraft Investments and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

With the local economy outpacing the state and the nation, Washington County is the third fastest growing real estate market in Pennsylvania, and experts think that growth will continue well into the future.

There are numerous job-creating projects pending in the region, and the energy exploration industry is spinning off  other large industrial operations such as steel production and breaking down gas by-products.

Also on the panel were: Brenda Davis, mayor of Washington, William McGowen, executive director of the Washington County Redevelopment Authority, Lucas Platt, chief operator of Millcraft Investments and Mary Stollar, director of business investment for the chamber.

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