Trick or Treat 2016 in Shickshinny

Trick or Treat night in the Shickshinny Borough is Monday, Oct 31, 2016 from 5PM to 9PM.  The borough is also hosting a Trunk or Treat at the Oak St Park – this event will start with a parade from the Municipal Building to the Oak St Park.  Parade starts @ 530PM and progresses to Oak St.  A prize will be awarded for the best decorated trunk.

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Friday, Oct 28, 2016 – Community Heart & Soul Education Event

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation Present Two Community Heart & Soul™ Workshops on Community Engagement

Registration Information & Tickets (click here… this is a free event at the Nichols Village Hotel & Spa, Clarks Summit, PA.

Are you looking for a way to help your community realize its potential and create a better future? Are you interested in uncovering what makes your community unique and using that to empower residents to take action? Do you often think that the true needs of the residents aren’t being heard or reflected in community planning efforts? Are you ready to build a team committed to strengthening your community’s capacity to meet challenges and uncover opportunities?

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) in partnership with the Orton Family Foundation invites you to attend a free workshop on Orton’s Community Heart & Soul™, method. A bottom-up approach, Heart & Soul aims to increase resident participation in local revitalization, using the humanities to gain a deeper understanding of community needs.

The workshops are offered in collaboration with PA Department of Community and Economic Development, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Historical and Museum Commission’s PA State Historic Preservation Office, PA Chapter of the American Planning Association, USDA Rural Development, and North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.

During the day-long workshop, participants will learn more about the method, including:

  • How Community Heart & Soul has been used by communities across the country
  • Howto engage a wide range of residents and activate them to make a difference
  • How residents’ stories unite people, build a framework for planning, and provide a strong foundation for action
  • How to develop a project using the Heart & Soul process
  • How to apply for funding to support a Heart & Soul project.

The grant opportunity is only available to those who attend the workshop and can support the coordination and planning of projects inspired by the Heart & Soul approach.

Who Should Attend

Civic leaders – individuals and representatives of local government, community and economic development groups, civic groups, and other nonprofit and philanthropic organizations — are encouraged to attend with a team. Participants are urged to register with a team of 3 or more individuals who could take a leadership role on a Heart & Soul project. So that we can keep an accurate head count all team members must register.

PHC has limited funds available to help defray travel costs for some teams that need to drive 2.5 hours or more to attend.

Event Details

Workshops will take place at two locations in Pennsylvania during the fourth week of October:

  • October 25 at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, 49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853
  • October 28 at the Nichols Village Hotel  & Spa, 1101 Northern Boulevard, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register now! Seating is limited.

If you would like to learn more about Community Heart & Soul before you commit to a workshop: PHC and Orton staff have prepared an hour-long informational webinar on to provide an introduction to the Heart & Soul method and preview the upcoming workshop. Watch the webinar.


Contact PHC at or 215-925.1005 or for more information.

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Annual Fall Shickshinny Business Association Mixer – Saturday, Oct 1, 2016

The annual Business Association of Greater Shickshinny fall mixer is 630PM on Saturday, October 1 at the Shickshinny Fire Hall.  To purchase a ticket for the event, please contact Jim Bach (

This is always a wonderful reunion of business owners, community members, volunteers, borough council and additional government representatives.  Hope to see you there!

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2016 Aug 6 “Wheels in Shickshinny”

Our annual “Wheels in Shickshinny” show is, as always, the first Saturday in August.  More details on our event page

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EPA recommends radon testing in January

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as national Radon Action Month, a perfect time for you to protect your family by testing your home for radon.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers, hardware stores and online. They cost approximately $20. The kits are simple to use with easy testing and mailing instructions.

“Testing for radon is an easy and important step in protecting the health of your family,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Region Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “By reducing radon exposure, we can make our homes, schools and communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.”

Winter is an especially good time to test because windows and doors are closed and families tend to spend more time inside where radon can be trapped.

Buying or building a new home? EPA recommends including radon testing as part of any real estate transactions and consider having your newly constructed home built with radon resistant features.

Unsafe levels of radon can lead to serious illness. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States with an estimated 21,000 deaths a year. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. By making simple fixes in a home or building people can lower their health risks from radon.

The mid-Atlantic region had a reminder earlier this year about just how important it is to get homes tested for radon when a home in Lehigh County, Pa. recorded the highest radon level ever in Pennsylvania. The concentration measured was 3,715 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Several other homes in the area have had measured concentrations over 1,000 pCi/L. EPA recommends that any dwelling or structure with a radon concentration of more than 4 pCi/L be remediated to lower the radon concentration.

For more information about radon and radon testing see:

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