Latest News & Events
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Cumberland County from 1PM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 to 1PM on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Snowfall predictions are in the range of 4” to 6” with significant ice accumulation expected. Frigid temperatures will follow the storm on Sunday night and Monday.
The Newville Borough Public Works Department requests the cooperation of residents in moving vehicles to off-street parking areas wherever possible through the duration of the storm. This will enable the Public Works Department to clear the streets of snow and ice.
Elderly residents are reminded that the Big Spring Senior Center will operate a warming station for those in need during regular business hours on Monday and Tuesday, from 8AM to 3:30PM. The Big Spring Senior Center is located at 91 Doubling Gap Road, Newville.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Newville Borough Public Works Department will end Christmas tree collections on FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019. Please place your tree at the curbside for collection prior to that date.
Exercise Classes Offered
Zumba Gold – every Monday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church. The cost is $2.00 a class for those 60+/$5.0 a class for those 50 – 59. No need to sign up; just walk in. (no class on February 18th)
Stretching – We stretch, using a video at the Big Spring Senior Center. It is free for those who are members/$5.00 for non-members or those 50 – 59. Call for information on days/times (usually on Fridays).
T’ai Chi for Arthritis –This new program meets on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church. The cost is a $5 donation per week and is also being supplemented by a grant from the Office of Aging and Community Services. (no class on January 1st)
Yoga –This session is held on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Big Spring Presbyterian Church, 25 South Corporation Street, Newville. The cost is $65/member and $55/non-member for a 10-week session which can be pro-rated if you start mid-session.
Thursday, February 14th: As part of celebrating Valentine’s Day and Heart Awareness Month, Barbara Goll of Homeland at Home will be at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. with a snack, blood pressure screening; and a brief talk on heart health. Stay for our Valentine’s Pot Luck Luncheon – The Big Spring Senior center invites all those 50 and better to attend its Valentine’s Day Pot Luck Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Please bring your favorite dish to share; place settings and drinks will be provided by the Senior Center. Sign up no later than Wednesday, February 13th. Entertainment will be provided by Fred and John from Green Ridge Village.
The Senior Center will be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of the President’s Day holiday.
Wednesday, February 20th at 9:30 a.m.: What is Ghost Ranch and what draws Mile and Elaine Fry to make a pilgrimage to this place very year? Come out and learn all about their experiences at this Ranch throughout the years. We guarantee that this talk will be very entertaining. Walk-ins are welcome.
Wednesday, February 27th at 9:30 a.m., WITF/Pennsylvania Department of Aging Mind Matters: Preparing Together for Emergencies: Video presenter Robert Myers, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Eastern PA and Delaware, The Salvation Army. As Disaster Services Director, Mr. Myers is responsible for all preparedness, response and recovery operations in Pennsylvania from State College to New Jersey, and all of the state of Delaware. He manages all volunteers and staff associated with the disaster response program including planning, training, response operations and public relations surrounding disaster relief efforts. Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What can you do to be better prepared? Get tips on creating a personal support network and having the items you need on hand in the event of an emergency.
See our website at http://www.bigspringseniorcenter.weebly.com for an updated listing of our trips and special events.
The Cumberland County Office of Emergency Preparedness has provided information to residents in need of heating assistance this winter. Assistance to qualifying customers is available through the Dollar Energy Fund, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP).
• Dollar Energy Fund is an emergency hardship fund designed to help residential customers restore or maintain electric service. Eligible customers may receive up to $500. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy customers, company employees, and FirstEnergy shareholders. The distribution of funds is administered by the Dollar Energy Fund. For information call 888-282-6816 or visit http://www.dollarenergy.org.
• LIHEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through its network of local county assistance offices. Eligible customers may receive up to $1,000 to help with heating bills. LIHEAP funds may be used to pay an electric bill even if electricity is not the main source of heat. For information about LIHEAP call 866-857-7095 or visit http://www.compass.state.pa.us.
• The Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP) helps residential customers maintain electric service and eliminate their past-due balance by offering a reduced bill that is based on a percentage of income and debt forgiveness. Debt forgiveness credits are applied directly to participants’ electric service accounts in recognition of payments that are made in-full. PCAP participants also are automatically enrolled in the Equal Payment Plan (EPP) – a budget plan that provides the ability to make consistent monthly payments. Enrollment in the EPP is a requirement for PCAP and customers must have a gross household income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For enrollment information call 888-282-6816.
Low-income customers also can reduce their electric bills by making their homes more energy efficient by participating in the WARM Program, which is administered by the Dollar Energy Fund. Available to homeowners and renters with landlord approval, WARM Program participants:
• Receive an in-home energy evaluation
• Work with a trained energy educator to create an energy-savings plan
• Have the opportunity to receive energy-saving light bulbs; caulking and weather-stripping installed in their home; electric water heater inspections; and refrigerator/freezer testing and possible replacement.
The specific improvements that a customer is eligible to receive will be determined during the home energy evaluation. While no payment is required for these installations or services, there are household income requirements and electricity use requirements. For more information, customers can call Dollar Energy Fund at 888-282-6816, or apply online at http://www.energysavepa.com.