Sep. 04, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Belle Vernon Concealed Carry Seminar Set for Sept. 12, 6 p.m.

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My latest Mon Valley Moment video is your personal invitation to attend our next Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1314 Axton St., Belle Vernon.

Featured speaker Kim Stolfer, president, Firearms Owners Against Crime, will present the facts and answer questions about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry process; the Castle Doctrine; unconstitutional red flag gun confiscation laws—which were recently adopted in the City of Pittsburgh and also introduced in the state Legislature (House Bill 1075)—and other valuable information regarding firearms safety and state gun laws including:
  • How to obtain a permit to carry concealed firearms.
  • Legal enforcement of the laws.
  • Self-defense and your rights.
  • Reciprocity laws.
  • Firearms safety.
  • State hunting and trespassing laws.
Due to limited seating, interested individuals must pre-register for this FREE seminar as soon as possible by calling the Belle Vernon district office at 724-929-2660.
Fire, EMS Grant Program Application Period Now Open

Volunteer fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Companies Grant Program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner.

The application period starts today and will remain open for 45 days.

Organizations may apply for a grant in up to two of six eligible funding categories. Those categories include: construction or renovation of a unit’s facility and purchase or repair of necessary fixtures and furnishings; purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment, including fuel for company vehicles; debt reduction related to the above categories; training and certification of members; training and education materials about fire prevention for the general public; and, for career fire departments only, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training.

Earlier this year, 23 volunteer fire and ambulance companies throughout the 49th District were awarded approximately $287,657 from this grant program.

The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded by state gaming proceeds.

For more information about the program, click here.
Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program Now Accepting Applications


A new grant program established as part of the 2019-20 state budget to help grow our Commonwealth’s agriculture industry is now accepting applications.

The Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program will provide funding up to $50,000 to meat processing businesses with annual sales of less than $2.5 million and fewer than 10 employees.

The goal of the program is to increase the supply of locally produced meat products for local consumption. The funding is to be used to help small processors meet federal inspection and certification requirements.

The deadline to apply for the Very Small Meat Processor Grant Program is Monday, Sept. 30 and online applications are available here.

More information is available at
Hunter-Trapper Education Courses Available

State law requires all first-time hunters and trappers, regardless of age, to successfully complete Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) training before they can buy a Pennsylvania hunting or trapping license.

Prospective hunters age 16 years or older may complete the study course entirely online. Or you may sign up for one of the classes being offered near you.

For a searchable database of classes currently scheduled, click here.
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