Wednesday, November 29, 2017


More than a year after Pennsylvanian rolled out a simplified SNAP application process for senior citizens, more than 350,000 elders have used the new tool. The Department of Human Services introduced the easier application in June 2016, changing from a 24-page form that covered multiple assistance programs to a two-page application. The streamlined enrollment is available to people age 60 or older who doesn't…. have earned income from employment. Individuals using this simplified application have to renew their application every three years, rather than annually as others must do. Because many seniors have income from Social Security, rather than a job, their income is more stable than someone whose wages, hours, and income might more frequently change.
Between June 2016, when the simplified application was introduced, and June 2017, the state saw a decrease of 1.1% in its total food stamp enrollment, but only a 0.36% decline in adults over age 60.

Source: MSN, 11/13/17, SNAP App for Seniors

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partnersto transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together. 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday

It's Cyber Monday.

While you're shopping for the best deals on line, we hope you'll keep in mind your favorite local charities and consider making a donation to them tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday, or anytime this holiday season.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today is Small Business Saturday

Let's keep some of those holiday shopping dollars local and shop with our locally-owned small businesses!

Support your local economy!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday

A store is the last place I want to be today!

But for those of you who do celebrate by looking for the best deals, I wish you much luck in finding them.

While you are shopping today, or tomorrow on Small Business Saturday, or on Cyber Monday, we hope you will also keep in mind your favorite charities and consider a donation on Giving Tuesday!


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017


6,500--The number of Wampanoag American Indians as of 2010, roughly half of whom lived in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag attended the first Thanksgiving, playing a lead role in the historic event, and were essential to the survival of the colonists during the newcomers’ first year.

244 million--The forecasted number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2016. That is up 4.5% from the number raised during 2015.

4--The number of places in the US named after the holiday’s traditional main course. Turkey Creek, AZ (pop. 405 in 2015), Turkey city, Texas (367); Turkey Creek village, La. (357); and Turkey town, N.C. (280).

859 million pounds--The forecasted weight of cranberries produced in the US in 2016. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 521.0 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 207.0 million pounds).

4--The number of places and townships in the US named Cranberry. Cranberry township , Pa., was the most populous of these places in 2016, with 30,739 residents.