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Welcome to Halfmoon Township

Halfmoon Township is a rural area that has long been a major source of agricultural products. This rural atmosphere, with its low population density and proximity to the cultural attractions of Penn State University, has become appealing to people who have historically dwelled in or near a city; consequently, over the past twenty years, the population has increased dramatically, while the farming population has decreased. Still, Halfmoon Township has maintained its rural feeling, with all the associated pros and cons that come with country living.

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Fake mailers divert donations away from fire department

The pictured mailer from the “Volunteer Firefighter Alliance” was sent to a resident in Winona Lakes, which is a private community in Middle Smithfield Township. The pre-printed envelope instructs the recipient to send his or her donations to the alliance’s address in Topeka, Kansas, but no such organization has shared those donations with East Stroudsburg’s fire company. East Stroudsburg Volunteer Fire Company’s actual fund drive letter is pictured at top. [POCONO RECORD illustration]
By Bill Cameron
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at 6:23 PM Updated Aug 13, 2018 at 8:41 PM

EAST STROUDSBURG — Residents of the Poconos may have received more than one letter this year soliciting donations for Acme Hose Co. No. 1, the fire department of East Stroudsburg Borough, but only one of them is the real thing.

An unknown sender who claims to collect money on behalf of the borough’s firefighters is circulating fraudulent messages via mail, Acme Fire Chief Dale Fetterly said on Monday. No such person or organization has passed those funds along to the fire company.

“These people have never given us any money,” Fetterly said. “We got a picture of the letters they’re sending out. It’s got our name on it, but it’s not us soliciting the donations.”

Coincidentally, Acme is seeking legitimate donations via mail at this time, Fetterly said. The company holds an annual fundraiser with mailers that usually go out the first week of August.

“It’s just uncanny,” he said. “I don’t know if they were watching our mailers the last couple years or what, but they nailed it timing-wise.”

Acme’s authentic mailer — which is sent only to residents within East Stroudsburg Borough limits — provides a pre-marked envelope and clear instructions on how to send funds directly to the fire station’s 380 Chestnut Street address. This year’s version is printed in black and red ink. An image of one of the company’s fire trucks is visible through the mailing envelope’s front window.

The counterfeit mailer, which is also printed in black and red ink, asks donors to make their contributions to a third-party “Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.” The donation envelope included with that mailer is printed with an address in Topeka, Kansas.

“We were given a heads up by Marshalls Creek Fire Company on Saturday night,” Fetterly said. “These fake mailers have showed up in Marshalls Creek, Winona Lakes, all over the place.”

This apparent fraud follows on the heels of a similar scam reported in the area this month.
Stroud Township Volunteer Fire Department warned in early August that someone was falsely claiming to collect donations for the department via phone calls.

It is not the practice of Stroud Township fire department to make such requests over the phone, Assistant Chief David Smalley had said. The department does use mailers to solicit donations, but those are usually sent around the month of November and addressed to the Stroud Township fire station directly.

Fetterly warns recipients of any such communications to be mindful of the actual sender.

“We hate to see this happen,” he said. “That money will probably get used for something — just not for us.”
Community WarningNew

Movie Night

The Halfmoon Township Parks & Recreation Board will be hosting a movie night on Saturday, August 25th at Municipal Park in Stormstown.  The movie featured will be Despicable Me 3.  There will be a bounce house from 6-8 p.m. The movie will begin at dusk.  Snacks and refreshments will be available.  Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair!

Movie Night

It’s the time of the year where fireworks are displayed. Since the Township office is starting to receive complaints and questions here are some basics. 

State law allows consumers to purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum to 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out of state residents. 

“Display fireworks” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place. 

Anyone over 18 years of age can purchase fireworks. 

Fireworks cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without the express permission of the property owner. 

They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building. 

They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building. 

They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure. 

They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug. 

If you feel there is a violation of any of the above, please contact the State Police at 814-355-7545.


Fire Works


August 10, 2018


Atherton Street Update for mid-August

PennDOT project page available at


State College, PA   The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing a mid-August update for its North Atherton Street project in State College. The entire project will take place through 2019, with phased work zones stretching from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue. Work will include relocation of numerous utility lines, relocation of sewer and water lines, drainage improvements, curbing, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, new concrete median, and paving.


The project page for this work can be found at


Through August 17, motorists can expect the following:


·         From West Aaron Drive to West North Hills Place:



v  There will be no lane closures on Friday, August 17 for PSU student move-in. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic and two lanes will be open for outbound traffic.


v  A long-term traffic pattern heading toward the University remains in place, with the far-left lane closed. While the contractor is not working, two lanes will remain open for inbound and outbound traffic. However, while the contractor is working, traffic will be reduced to a single lane for outbound traffic. Due to the turning lane being used for outbound traffic, left turns will always be restricted through the length of this work zone. Signage indicating “No left turn” is in place. Work in this area will mainly consist of upgrading the existing drainage system.


·         From North Hills Place to Cherry Lane:


v  The contractor will be installing new water line in this area. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane in each direction. Two lanes for inbound traffic will most likely remain in place while this work is being performed.  


·         From Cherry Lane to Park Avenue:


v  The contractor has no work scheduled in this area next week.  


v  Verizon will continue to perform relocation work. Traffic control will consist of daylight lane closures maintaining traffic to at least one lane each direction.


Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures—especially during high traffic volume times. Drivers should allow for extra travel time.


Flaggers may be present in the roadway directing traffic and traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Please use both lanes up to merge points throughout the project. Use of both lanes can minimize delays and travel times. Please be patient and courteous to other drivers. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane. 


Property owners are encouraged to approach workers on the project if they need assistance entering or exiting their properties. The contractor is aware of the necessity to move equipment and/or plate over excavations quickly and safely to allow for access.


All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $12.8 million job. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.


PennDOT has numerous projects taking place in the State College area and is aware of the frustration road work can create. Please be patient and courteous while driving, walking or biking. Practicing safe driving habits keeps road workers and road users safe.


Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.


511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


For regional updates on Twitter, follow



August 10, 2018


Potters Mills Detour to be Lifted


State College, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is issuing an update on the Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project as work continues. Through August 17, drivers can expect the following:


·         The westbound detour using Route 144 north and Route 45 west will be lifted by the end of the day today.


·         Westbound drivers will be able to use Route 322 between Potters Mills and Boalsburg at least through August 26.


·         The westbound detour may return temporarily the week of August 27 so that roadway widening work can take place.


·         During the week of August 13, drivers may experience traffic stops as blasting activity takes place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. These instances will be intermittent and brief.


·         Work will also continue off the roadway and drivers should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting Route 322 through the Potters Mills area.


PennDOT also reminds drivers that a mile east of Potters Mills, the crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road remains in place, with one lane available in each direction. This crossover, along with a 13-foot width restriction, will continue through winter.


This is the third and final phase of a construction project dating back to 2015. Phase One of the project constructed the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road. Phase Two created the new local interchange on Route 322 at Sand Mountain Road. The goal of Phase Three is to reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills – including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection. The completed project will alleviate congestion and allow traffic to move more safely and efficiently from the Centre/Mifflin County line to Potters Mills.


For more on the project, visit the


PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.


511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


For regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL




August 10, 2018


New Signal at Bellefonte Interchange to be Activated Monday


Bellefonte, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists to the installation of a long-term temporary signal on Route 26 at the westbound off ramp of Interstate 80 at the Bellefonte/161 exit.


The signal is being installed as a safety precaution that should help ease the congestion and back-ups on I-80 that occur when traffic volumes in the area are significant.


The signal will be activated Monday, August 13 and will be in “flash” mode until becoming fully operational on Thursday, August 16.


This is a traffic pattern change for the area and message boards along I-80 will alert westbound drivers to expect the new signal. There will also be portable message signs on Route 26 in the area. PennDOT reminds drivers to always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.


PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.


511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


For regional updates on Twitter, follow



Port Matilda Fire Company has been busy this year.  As of August 1st, the company has responded to 25 fires, 71 public service calls (flooding, standbys, etc.), 26 motor vehicle accidents, 19 false alarms, and 18 medical assists with Port Matilda EMS.

Our members have completed more than 96 combined hours of training in Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Ops Refresher, CPR, Basic Fire Police, Emergency Vehicle Driver training, Rapid Intervention Team Basics, Pumps Ops 1, and Highway Incident Scene Safety.

Port Matilda Fire Company is proud of its community service and fundraising activities this year, including the American Legion Parade and Festival, Community Yard Sale, Hall’s Fireworks, and in conjunction with Huston-Porters Youth Baseball a Paint and Sip night.

Upcoming events will be a Fire Prevention program for Port Matilda Elementary School in October, our annual Gun Raffle (October 6th), in cooperation with local churches a free Thanksgiving Dinner (November 17th), Santa Run (December 15th), and Children’s Christmas Party (December 16th).  And as always, our friendly Fire Police will be helping keep our children safe on Trick or Treat night in the Borough.

All of this has been accomplished by our dedicated volunteers.   But we still need YOU as a firefighter, fire police and/or support member.  All required training is provided free for firefighters and fire police.  Support members help with administrative tasks, social events, recruitment, fundraisers, etc.  Please consider giving a few hours a month to help your community.  The satisfaction you get from volunteering is priceless. .  Unlike the EMS, no member receives any remuneration for their service.

Port Matilda Fire Company Update
The Philipsburg State Police Barracks has merged with the Rockview State Police Barracks.  You can contact them with non-emergency calls at 814-355-7545
State Police

Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 4

12:00 – 5:30 PM

Alpha Fire Company

400 W Beaver Ave

(Second Floor Meeting Room)

Blood Drive
The Halfmoon Township Office has moved from the Municipal Office at 100 Municipal Lane and relocated to 1948 Halfmoon Valley Road.  You can access the office by the left side of the Brothers Pizza building. 
New Location
Congressional District Redistricting Map for District 12 & 15 for Halfmoon Township.
Redistricting Map
The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors meetings air on C-NET, Channel 7 at the times listed below during the five days following the meeting:
Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 12:30 am
The meetings are also available to watch online at
Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors meetings on C-NET
West Penn Power outage information.

Outages should be reported - the more calls we get the more accurate our prediction tool works:
  • Call 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877)  
  • Website:  Visit and click "Report an Outage." 
  • App:  Download West Penn Power's free app and click "Report Outage." 
  • Text Message:  Text OUT to 544487.  New users will be prompted to register their account.  Standard message and data rates may apply.
Power Outages
The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2018-07; A Resolution supporting a Citizen Commission for Legislative and Congressional Redistricting.
Resolution 2018-07

New IOS and Android free Mobile Apps: 

For State College School District closings and other school information:  State College Area School District

For community regional emergency information:  Code Red Mobile Alert (Please note that this uses location services as a background to your smartphone which means 1) will use up battery and 2) will alert you to any Code Red alerts wherever you are located)


SCASD Red Alert
Pension Plan Disclosure Statement
The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2018 budget on December 14th, 2017. 
2018 Budget
The Small Area Plan Committee, after reviewing comments from the Town Hall meeting, provided the following recommendations for the Plan.  This will be reviewed at a joint Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors meeting in 2018.  
SAP Recommendations
Provided below is a link that shows all the EMS Coverage areas in Centre County.  Port Matilda EMS is the Emergency Medical Service for Halfmoon Township. 
EMS Coverage Areas
2018 Dog Licenses are now available at the Halfmoon Township Office.  Lifetime Dog Licenses can only be purchased at the Treasurer's Office in the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.
A .50 fee has already been added to the fee's below.  This fee goes to the issuing agent (Halfmoon Township). 
Regular Fee
Male - 9.00
Neutered Male - 7.00
Female - 9.00
Spayed Female - 7.00
Person with disability or senior citizen fee - must be 65 years or older
Male 7.00
Neutered Male - 5.00
Female - 7.00
Spayed Female - 5.00
Make checks payable to Halfmoon Township.  No credit cards accepted.
Dog License
The Small Area Plan Committee held a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at Way Fruit Farm.  Thank you to everyone who attended and for those of you who could not attend the following link will provide the power point that was presented.  Also linked is the Small Area Plan Document.
If you have any comments or concerns please email the Board of Supervisors at
Small Area Plan
Help us provide a needed service to our community.  We need some community members to volunteer in the following areas on a regular basis.
Ambulance Membership Subscriptions (needed ASAP)
Management of our website and social media
Computer upgrades, updates and security
Building maintenance and landscape work
Assist with weekly/bi-weekly office duties (i.e. filing, running errands)
As always, we are looking for EMT's or people that are willing to become EMT's to run calls.  Tuition assistance and tutoring are available for committed individuals.
Added benefits are available based on level of commitment.  Please email or call Scott Woodring at (814) 692-1035 with any questions. 
Port Matilda EMS
Resolution 2017-1 is a Resolution approved and passed by all six Centre Region Municipalities jointly at their March 2017 General Forum meeting.  The Resolution affirms the regionally shared values of tolerance, mutual respect equity and inclusivity of the Centre Region as a welcoming community to people from all cultures, religious beliefs and ethnicities. 
Resolution 2017-1
C-NET programming for Halfmoon Township - Find out all the ways you can access C-NET services and Township related information.



Resolution 2017-09

Changes made to a program at the PA Housing Finance Agency regarding assistance for repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.

The Agency currently administers the PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program which offers low-interest loans to home-owners to cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.   

More information can be found on the attachment or via this link:

Questions concerning this program can be directed to Roberta Schwalm, Manager of Special Initiatives, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, (717) 780.3838

Septic System Assistance
The Board of Supervisors approved a Master Parks Plan for both Autumn Meadow Park & Municipal Lane Park.  The Board is seeking grants to accomplish the renovations and improvements for these parks.  Autumn Meadow Park will be completed first.
This survey will help identify and assess the needs and interests of residents in Halfmoon Township related to Autumn Meadow Park. To increase its recreational programming as well as strengthen residents’ use of the facility, the township would like to find out which types of events, festivals, and programming people in the community are interested in seeing and participating in.
On January 12th, 2017 the Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 2017-08 affirming the Township Board of Supervisors' Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
Resolution 2017-08

ACT 13 (Natural Gas Impact Fee)

Marcellus Shale Report


Act 13
Attached are the goals of the Board of Supervisors for the years 2016-2020.  
This plan shows proposed future land use for Patton Township and Halfmoon Township. 
Halfmoon Patton Area Plan

The primary purpose of any regional comprehensive planning activity is to develop a plan for the physical growth of the region; to prepare goals, objectives, and policies; and to set forth a program to implement those goals, objectives, and policies. Historically, comprehensive plans have been referred to as “blueprints” for the future.

Over the past 10 to 20 years, however, planners have increasingly recognized that this characterization can suggest a rigidity and inflexibility to change. The Centre Region Comprehensive Plan needs to express the basic values the community wants to see maintained or achieved in the future, while accommodating unanticipated changes or trends in the economy, energy supply and demand, public policy, housing, demographics, and other variables.

Comprehensive Plan
The Port Matilda EMS is seeking non certified volunteers to help with administration within the EMS.  For more information please call 814-692-1035. 
**What's Happening at Port Matilda Fire Company?**
 *Keep an eye out for upcoming meals! Keep an eye on the board outside the Fire Hall and our Facebook page for details!

*We are looking for volunteers! Firefighters, Fire Police, Admin, Social Members, Kitchen help. Meet new people! Help your neighbors! (If you decide you want to be a firefighter or fire police, we pay for your training) Give us a call (692-4074)! Come on down! We look forward to talking with you!      
Port Matilda EMS & Fire Company Information
Halfmoon Township would like to remind citizens the speed limit on local Township roads, such as Smith Road, is 35 mph.  All other Township Roads have a speed limit of 25 mph. ATV's and off road motorcycles are not permitted on any Local or State road (SR 550). 
Township Reminder
Port Matilda Fire Co is looking for Volunteers (Firefighters, Fire Police and Social Members)
IS THERE MORE TO YOU? Learn more about becoming a Port Matilda Fire Co Volunteer
Call us: 814-692-4074
For more information on E-Bikes please see flyer below.
E-Bike Flyer
The Municipal Building at 100 Municipal Lane in Stormstown will be closed to the public beginning May 1, 2016 until further notice. If your organization meets at this location you will need to find another facility to hold your meetings. If you have planned a reunion you will need to find another facility to hold your reunion. The pavilion and park will remain open at this location. We will be completing mold remediation in the Municipal Building so we must close the building until this can be completed and further direction can be provided from the Board of Supervisors for next steps. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Municipal Building Closure

Preventing Lead Exposure

Ensuring that your home and water is not exposed to lead is critical. Given the numerous stories we hear throughout the country regarding lead exposure, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent you and your loved ones, particularly children, from being exposed.

The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are responsible for providing Pennsylvanians with information and resources about lead poisoning prevention and what to do in the event that you or someone you know is affected.

Some ways you can reduce the risk of being exposed to lead include:

  • When preparing baby formula or cooking, use cold water.
  • To remove lead, do not boil water as this could increase lead concentrations.
  • Contact your water system provider for more information on getting your water tested for lead.
  • Look over your home’s plumbing fixtures to identify if they contain lead.
  • Run your water to clear out lead before drinking or cooking.

For more information about how to reduce lead exposure, visit this website or click here. To speak with someone over the phone about lead prevention, please call 1-800-440-LEAD.

Lead Exposure
Want to check your water for lead?  The Ag Extension Office will be able to guide constituents to where/how to test their homes for lead contamination in their water.  
Bryan Swistock
 James Clark 
water testing
Provided are attachments outlining services and costs provided by the Centre Region Council of Governments
Centre Region Council of Governments
Halfmoon Township would like to remind citizens that no street parking of vehicles or equipment is permitted.  Your vehicle may be towed if the Public Works Department can not maintain the streets or cul-de-sacs. 
Winter Parking
Supplemental Property Tax Rebate Program
a new rebate program.
For more information, please visit:
or contact the Business Office
(814) 231-1021
131 West Nittany Avenue
State College, PA  16801
Supplemental Property Tax Rebate Program
The Board of Supervisors would like to initiate a Good Neighbor Recognition Program, so if you would like to thank a neighbor or citizen in the Township for a good deed please contact and the Board of Supervisors will mention this recognition at their next meeting. 
Good Deeds
Office Hours:

Municipal Building: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.
Maintenance Bldg: 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon

New Office Hours

Port Matilda Emergency Medical Services is looking for EMTs and Emergency Responders who would like to volunteer their time at a rural Ambulance Service.


Port Matilda EMS is a smaller Ambulance Service that would allow you to utilize the skills you have learned on a regular basis.


All shifts are available, we are particularly in need of individuals who could fill evening or overnight shifts.


Our station offers monthly training, a bunk room, full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and physical fitness equipment.


If you have any questions, would like a tour of the station, or want to volunteer, please contact us at  You may also call the station directly at 814-692-1035.


PMEMS Volunteers
Halfmoon Township Ordinances are now available on-line to view.  Just click on the link below and search the Ordinances by entering a keyword or phrase.
Halfmoon Township Code