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Senator Killion and Senator McGarrigle Host COSTARS Workshops for Chester & Delaware Counties Businesses
Yesterday, Thursday, October 6th, over 50 participants, representing small businesses, attended COSTARS Workshops hosted by myself and Senator Tom McGarrigle. COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local public procurement units and state-affiliated entities are able to leverage contracts established by DGS to cost effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business.
This was a great opportunity for businesses to learn more about the program from a COSTARS representative. I encourage anyone who were unable to attend or those who are interested in more information to visit their online information.
DEP Reminds Pool Owners to Handle Waste Water Responsibly
As we approach cooler weather, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would like to remind private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, how to properly close their swimming pools for the season.
Discharged pool water and waters containing chlorine or other chemicals can be detrimental to aquatic life if not handled responsibly. It is extremely important that these waters are handled correctly. Pool waters must not be discharged to any storm sewer or land in which a storm sewer is accessible. Runoff can cause fish kills and unsafe aquatic conditions.
“Pool owners and professional pool cleaners need to dispose of old water appropriately and conscientiously,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Most of all, we need to make sure the wastewater is going into the sanitary sewer, where it may be allowed – and not into our storm sewers where it could harm aquatic life.”
When draining a swimming pool this year, make sure to protect Pennsylvania by following these tips:
The discharge of swimming pool water to any waters of the commonwealth without a permit is a violation of the Clean Streams Law. Property owners and pool companies that violate this law may be prosecuted and penalized for damages.
PA’s Finest Farmers Markets, Produce and Destinations
Autumn brings a spectacular harvest season in our area of the Commonwealth, and we have many local farmers filling local stands and farmers markets near you. Visit the Pennsylvania Farm Market Guide, organized by county, for a list of hundreds of vendors located across the state and awaiting your visit, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
In addition the “When to Buy Guide,” located on page 277, indicates the availability of a variety of Pennsylvania produce.
Finally VisitPA, the official tourism website of Pennsylvania, helps introduce us to our Commonwealth’s very best destinations, places to stay, trip ideas and much more. Join PA’s popular farm-to-table movement promoting local food being served at restaurants and schools; and attracting consumers who want fresh cuisine.
Last Day to Register to Vote
The last day to register to vote for the November 8th election is Tuesday, October 11th. The Pennsylvania Department of State has all information at on their website.
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