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Registration forms for the Summer Youth Park Program are available on our website and in the lobby of the Butler Township Municipal Building located at 83 Corporate Drive, Drums. Please return registration forms to the Municipal Office before June 25th.

The program is for children ages 5 to 12 and will begin Monday June 28, 2021 and will run until August 6th· No child under the age of 5 or over the age of 12 will be permitted to participate.

The fee for the program is as follows and due at time of registration:

  • $125 first child - $100 for each additional child in the same family for Bulter Township Residents.
  • $150 first child - $125 for each additional child in the same family for Non-Township Residents.

Daily sign in will be held in the Community Center located behind the Municipal Building at 411 West Butler Drive, Drums. The program will be held at Freedom Park on West Butler Drive in Drums. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and ends promptly at noon, Monday through Friday. Activities include organized play, games and crafts.

In conjunction with this program, the Hazleton Area School District and food vendor, Nutrition Inc., are offering a free lunch program. This federally funded program will provide free lunch to anyone under the age of 18. The cold lunches are distributed between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. beginning June 21st and ending August 19th. The lunch program is at the Freedom Park pavilion. Menus are available there and in the lobby of the Municipal Building.

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Harrisburg, PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that in lieu of in-person free potassium iodide, or KI, tablet distribution the department has provided in previous years, the tablets are available to all Pennsylvanians who live or work within 10 miles of the state’s five nuclear power plants by calling the Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258 (1-877-PA-HEALTH) or at county and municipal health departments or state health centers.

“Emergency preparedness is an important aspect of public health and having potassium iodide tablets for residents who live or work within 10 miles of a nuclear facility is an essential preparedness action in the case of a radiological emergency,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “However, with continuing to efforts to limit indoor gatherings, we want Pennsylvanians to know about alternative ways to obtain these tablets.”

KI helps protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine and can be taken by anyone, if they are not allergic to it. It is safe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, people on thyroid medication, children and infants. Individuals who are unsure if they should take potassium iodide should ask a health care provider first.

“It’s important to remember potassium iodide should only be taken when instructed to by state health officials or the governor, and it is not a substitute for evacuation in the case of a radiological emergency at one of Pennsylvania’s nuclear facilities,” Dr. Levine said.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Tom Wolf’s and Sec. Levine’s Targeted Mitigation Order limiting indoor gatherings to 25 people, the decision was made to cancel the KI distribution events for 2020. KI tablets are still recommended for people living and working within 10 miles of the Three Mile Island Generating Station, which closed in September 2019.

Individuals requesting KI tablets may do so for other family members or those who are unable to get the tablets on their own. School districts and employers within a 10-mile radius can also arrange to obtain their supply of KI tablets from the department.

Information sheets explaining how many KI tablets should be taken, when to take the tablets, and how to store them are provided with the packages. Health nurses can answer questions about the process over the phone as well.

The state’s five nuclear facilities are closely regulated, secure and well-maintained. The facilities are: Beaver Valley Power Station; Limerick Generating Station; Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station; Susquehanna Steam Electric Station; and recently closed Three Mile Island Generating Station.

Additional information on potassium iodide (KI) tablets and nuclear power plant safety can be found on the Department of Health’s website at health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Butler Township Pollutant Reduction Plan - Public Notice

As required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PA DEP’s) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Individual Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Renewal Application, Butler Township has prepared and must implement a Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) for the Storm Sewershed of the Urbanized Area of Butler Township. The purpose of the PRP is to select Water Quality Stormwater Management Best Management Practices (BMPs) to be constructed within the Township to achieve a minimum 10% reduction of Sediment, a minimum 5% reduction of Total Phosphorus and a minimum 3% reduction of Total Nitrogen Pollutant Loads in pounds per year during a five (5) year time period.

The proposed PRP developed by Butler Township can be viewed at the Butler Township Municipal Building located at 83 Corporate Drive in Butler Township, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by accessing the Butler Township Website at www.butlertownship.org. Written comments shall be accepted by Butler Township for thirty (30) days from the date of this Public Notice. A copy of the written comments will be attached to the Final PRP submitted to the PA DEP by Butler Township. Furthermore, Butler Township shall accept and make a record of any oral comments received at any public meeting or public hearing held by Butler Township during the thirty (30) day public comment period. All public comments, whether received orally at a public meeting, or written, will be considered in the Township’s Final PRP submitted to the PA DEP.

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State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) is warning residents of ascam targeting Property Tax or Rent Rebate recipients.

Schwank’s office was notified of a scam that consists of unsolicited calls from a person claiming to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. The caller says an application for Property Tax or Rent Rebate has been approved and then asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account – and asks for his or her bank information.

This is a scam. The Department of Revenue does not make live calls regarding Property Tax or Rent Rebate applications and does not collect applicant banking deposit information over the phone.

The Department of Revenue does contact applicants via automated calls to confirm their information has been received and approved. If the department needs more information about an individual’s Property Tax or Rent Rebate application, it sends a letter through the U.S. Postal Service.

Individuals can request that their rebate be directly deposited; those requests, however, must be made when the signed application is submitted to the Department of Revenue.

If you receive a phone call from an individual claiming to represent the Department of Revenue and is requesting personal bank account information, DO NOT give out any banking information or any personal information (including Social Security numbers) to these callers

If you received one of these calls and provided your banking information or other personal information, immediately call your bank to make them aware of this potential fraud. Additionally, you can file a scam complaint with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov.  Consumer Complaint forms are also available by contacting Senator Schwank’s District Office at 610-929-2151.

Butler Township held a ribbon cutting recently for its new municipal building and police station complex in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums. Pictured are, from left: Walter James, representing American Legion Butler Township Post 795; Atty. Donald Karpowich, solicitor for the Butler Township supervisors; Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO president and CEO; Mary Malone, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce president; Rep. Tarah Toohil; Rev. Michele Kaufman, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church; Jennifer Pecora, Butler Township manager; Dr. Frank Polidora, Butler Township supervisor; Brian Kisenwether, chairman of the Butler Township supervisors; Charles Altmiller, Butler Township supervisor; Brian Sabatini, Butler Township police chief; Senator John Gordner; David Pedri, Luzerne County manager; and William Magnotta, chairman of the CAN DO Board of Directors.

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Halloween1Butler Township hosted an evening of Halloween fun on October 14 at the Butler Township Community Center.

Dozens of area children came dressed in their best Halloween costumes and joined in some ghoulish fun, including a Halloween parade, pumpkin decorating and arts and crafts.

Click below to view more pictures from the festivities.

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