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Date & Time: June 26th through August 4th, 9 AM to 12 PM.

Fee: $5 per day for Butler Township Resident or Non-Resident, or $20 per week (must be paid on Monday to secure the weekly rate).

The program is for children ages 5 to 12. No child under the age of 5 or over the age of 12 will be permitted to participate.

Daily sign‐in will be held in the pavilion near the Valley East Little League Theory Field (behind the OLD Municipal Building). The program will be held at Freedom Park and activities begin at 9 a.m. and ends promptly at noon, Monday through Friday. Activities include organized play, games and crafts.

In the case of rain, the program will be held in the Gym of the Butler Township Community Center.

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Please return registration forms to the Municipal Office, located in 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA 18222.

U.S. Small Business Administration

News Release

From the U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Field Operations Center East

Release Date: Feb. 8, 2023

Release Number: 23-236, PA 17775

Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available in parts of northeast Pennsylvania and New York for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations affected by drought from July 1 through Oct. 1, 2022.

The declaration includes the primary counties of Susquehanna and Wyoming, and the adjacent counties of Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan, and Wayne in Pennsylvania; and Broome and Tioga in New York.

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities, affected by the same disaster,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Apart from aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.935 percent for small businesses and 1.875 percent for private nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ and should apply under SBA declaration # 17775.

Disaster loan information and application forms can also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (if you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services) or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Loan applications can also be downloaded from sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than Oct. 2, 2023.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

Recently, U.S. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced a policy change granting 12 months of no payments and 0 percent interest. This pertains to all disaster loans approved in response to disasters declared on or after Sept. 21, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023. This policy change will benefit disaster survivors and help them to decrease the overall cost of recovery by reducing the amount of accrued interest they must repay. Details are available through the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Individuals with verbal or hearing impairments may dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Frontier is in the middle of an infrastructure build-out called “Building Gigabit America”.

This involves the installation of brand new, high-speed fiber optics in Pennsylvania and other areas, with the goal of providing high-speed “Fiber to the Home” to 10 million households and businesses by the end of 2025.

As part of that build-out, we are installing new Fiber Optic cabling all over Luzerne County, including in Butler Township. Much of that build-out is being done underground, using sophisticated horizontal boring machines, which is why you’ve been seeing all those trucks and heavy equipment in your area lately.

By installing underground as much as possible, we can greatly minimize the surface disruptions, and except for a few plastic boxes that are mounted flush with the ground, and the occasional metal cabinet attached to a telephone pole, you won’t even see the infrastructure once the work is complete.

Naturally, we always try to minimize any disruptions, work as safely as possible, and make a real effort to restore any surface areas we disturb. Good relations with the communities we serve are important to us and we try hard to keep it that way.

Eric Scher
Frontier Project Manager

August 2023

Invitation for Bids

Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA, will receive Bids for the construction associated with approximately 18,100 square yards of asphalt paving, milling, sealing, and line striping to portions of the Butler Township owned roadways of Arrow Road, Woodside Drive and Freedom Road at the Butler Township Municipal Building, 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA 18222, until 12:00 p.m. prevailing time on the 12th day of September, 2023. All such Bids will be publicly opened at the Supervisors Meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Butler Township Municipal Building, that same day. All Bidders must be a PA DOT Prequalified Prime Contractor to be eligible to bid on this project. Federal Davis-Bacon Wages shall apply to this project.

The Contract Documents, pertaining to such Bids, are on file and available for inspection at the Butler Township Municipal Building, 83 Corporate Drive, Drums, PA 18222, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Copies of the contract documents may be obtained by emailing the Butler Township Engineer, Mr. Joseph M. Calabrese, P.E. at . Addenda, if any, will be issued to only those persons whose name and address are on record with the Township Engineer as having obtained a set of the contract documents. All bids should be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check, payable to the order of Butler Township, or a bid bond in an amount equal to 10% of the total Bid. Butler Township reserves the right in its discretion to reject any or all Bids or to waive any irregularities, omissions or mistakes in the Bidding Process. All questions on the Bid must be emailed to the Project Engineer, Mr. Joseph M. Calabrese, P.E., at on or before Friday, September 8th at 12:00 p.m.

Bids may be held by the Owner for a period of sixty (60) days after the date of the bid opening for the purpose of reviewing the bids and evaluating the qualifications of the bidders, prior to awarding any contract. No bidder may withdraw his bid before the expiration of such sixty (60) day period; provided however, that if the award of contract is delayed by a required approval of another government agency, the sale of bonds, or the award of a grant or grants, the Owner shall reject all bids or award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder within 120 days of the date of bid opening, and no bidder may withdraw his bid before the expiration of such 120 day period. Thirty (30) day extensions of the date of the award of contract may be made with the mutual written consent of the Owner and the lowest responsible bidder. Within ten (10) days of the date that the contract is awarded, the contract shall be executed by the Owner and the successful bidder, and the Owner shall issue a notice to proceed unless the time shall be extended by the mutual written consent of the Owner and the successful bidder. Prior to the award of the Contract, the successful bidder shall furnish to the Owner a performance bond and payment bond, in the form contained in the Contract Document and executed by a satisfactory surety, each equal to 100% of the total Contract amount.

The Labor Standards, Wage Determination Decision and Anti-Kickback regulations (29 CFR, Part 3) issued by the Secretary of Labor are included in the contract documents of this project and govern all work under the contracts. Non-discrimination in employment: Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order 11246 and will be required to ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or familial status in employment provisions of services. In addition to EEO Executive Order 11246, Contractors must also establish a 6.9% goal for minority participation in the aggregate on-site construction work force for contracts in excess of $10,000 as per the notice of requirement for affirmative action as contained in the contract documents. Attention is called to Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 USC 179 LU and the Section 3 clause and regulations set forth in 24 CFR, Part 135.

In Compliance with Executive Order 11625 and 12138, the successful bidder must utilize to the greatest extent feasible, minority and/or woman owned businesses located in the municipality, county, or general trade area. The Municipality of Butler Township does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability or familial status in employment or the provision of services. The Municipality of Butler Township is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The Transparency in Coverage Rule issued by the federal government requires health insurers and group health plans to provide detailed pricing data for all covered items and services to the public in the form of Machine Readable Files (MRFs).

Highmark is committed to helping self-funded customers comply with this new rule and will create and publish the MRFs on your behalf. Highmark will make this information available through the link: https://mrfdata.hmhs.com.

Information will be updated monthly. The detailed pricing information must include:

  • In-Network Rates for all covered in-network items and services
  • Out-of-Network historical rates for all covered items, services and prescription drugs
  • In-Network negotiated rates and historical net prices for all covered prescription drugs by plan at the pharmacy location level. This prescription drug information has been delayed pending additional rules.

This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

For additional information, see the guide below:

pdfUser Guide - Navigation of Machine Readable Files Resource - 2022