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December 2014

 

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 PPMA OFFICERS

  

Ed Van Istendal

President

Ensystex

Coatesville, PA

 

Paul Kutney 

President Elect

Orkin

Ashley, PA

 

David M. Hyres

Past President

David M. Hyres Pest Control

Douglassville, PA 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Central Division

Gary Lesher

Governor

Perry Pest Control

Landisburg, PA

 

Chris Anfinsen

Terminix

Mechanicsburg, PA

 

Keith Hamilton

J.C. Ehrlich

Pleasant Gap, PA

 

Keith Jones

Archer Pest Control

Camp Hill, PA

 

Eastern Division

 

Jim Daly

Governor

Daly Termite & Pest Mgmnt

Ardmore, PA

 

 

Ed Van Istendal

1st Vice Governor

Coatesville, PA

 

Mike Snyder

Township Pest Control

Warrington, PA

 

Jim Nase

Moyer Indoor/Outdoor

Souderton,

  

 

Northeast Division

Paul Kutney

                          Governor

Ashley, PA

 

Diane Lown

Ajax Environmental Solutions

Dalton, PA

 

Jeff King

The Pest Rangers

Hanover Twp., PA

 

Western Division

John Morrison

Governor

D-Bug, Inc.

Latrobe, PA

 

Adam Witt

Witt Pest Management

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Eric Herrington

Terminix

Bridgeville, PA

 

John Besic

Besic Pest Control

Transfer, PA

 

Technical Advisor

 

Chad Gore

Rentokil North America

Carnegie, PA

 

AWDII Chairman

 

Ed Van Istendal

Coatesville, PA

 

Legislative Chairman

 

Keith Hamilton

J.C. Ehrlich

 State College, PA

 

Bed Bug Taskforce Chairman

 

Marty Overline

Aardvark Pest Management

Philadelphia, PA

 

Salino Scholarship Chair 

Dana Lown

Ajax Environmental Solutions

Dalton, PA

 

Industry Liaison

 

Brian Smith

Univar

Sharon Hill, PA

 

Executive Director

Versant Strategies

Harrisburg, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends:

 
Thank you to the many sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees who made the 2014 PPMA annual conference a great success!  Mark your calendar now for the 2015 conference on November 9 & 10.
   
The PPMA Board of Directors holds a meeting prior to the first day of the conference and this year President Ed Van Istendal presented Salino Scholarship Committee Chairman Dana Lown with a check for $950 for the fund.  This contribution was a collection of vendor and registration fees from a summer seminar sponsored by Ensystex. Thank you, Ed!
Ed Van Istendal & Dana Lown   
As we close out 2014, Versant Strategies would like to thank the PPMA for the opportunity to work on behalf of the Association.  We look forward to continuing to promote the PPMA in 2015!
 

Team Versant 

 

from NPMA
  
NPMA shared a study from the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene regarding research from Penn Medicine's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics reporting that bed bugs are able to transmit a parasite that causes Chagas disease. Read more at http://npmapestworld.org/news/releases/PR_111914.cfm
  
Upcoming Meetings        

 

The NPMA 2015 Eastern Conference at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel is scheduled for January 14-15. The conference will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive hands-on training, and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. 

 

Interested in taking the ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) Prep Course & Test?  New Jersey Pest Management Association is offering the opportunity on a series of Saturdays beginning January 24, 2015.

 

Looking ahead to 2015, PPMA's Central Division is planning its spring seminar on February 24. More details to come.
  
PPMA's Eastern Division is holding its Spring Seminar on March 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Trevose, PA.  Running concurretly with the pest management agenda will also be a technicia training seminr.  Early vendor registration is also welcomed and encouraged! 
  
Salino Scholarship Application Time!  
  
The application period for applying for a Salino scholarship has opened.  If you are an active member of the PPMA or are an employee of an active member company, your high school student can begin applying for a scholarship.  Applications are due by March 15.  Read more on Joseph Salino in whose name the scholarship was established and get a copy of the application form here.
  
Legislative Update

   

 

Federal News

Earlier this week NPMA Legislative Director Gene Harrington reached out to PPMA leadership regarding HR. 5714, the Pest Management Records Modernization Act.  He indicated that H.R. 5714 unanimously  passed the house via a voice vote.  A big thank you to PA Congressman Glenn Thompson for co-sponsoring this bipartisan supported effort which would allow operators across the country to use electronic records.  Gene asked MeeCee Baker of Versant to contact Senator Casey's office to request the Senator indicate his support and interest in moving the bill quickly as the two year congressional session is poised to end soon.  Senator Casey's office has expressed his support and desire to move this bill as soon as possible.   As of today, H.R. 5714 is well positioned to be considered in the Senate.  A big thank you to Congressman Thompson for his sponsorship on this proposed legislation and Senator Casey for lending his voice of support.

The 2015/16 legislative session will kick off on January 6, 2015 with swearing-in ceremonies for the 25 members of the Pennsylvania Senate and 203 members of the House of Representatives.  Inaugural ceremonies for Governor-Elect Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Mike Stack are sceduled for Tuesday, January 20. 

  

State News

Prior to the end of the 2013/14 legislative session, members of the House and Senate met one more time to elect their leadership for 2015/16.  Following are those results:

 

Senate Republican Leadership:
Interim President Pro Tempore: Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson)**Full Senate Vote on 1/6/15**

Leader: Jake Corman (R-Centre)

Appropriations Chairman: Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh)

Whip: John Gordner (R-Columbia)

Caucus Chair: Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery)

Caucus Secretary: Richard Alloway (R-Franklin)

Caucus Administrator: Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks)

Policy Chair: David Argall (R-Schuylkill)

 

Senate Democratic Leadership:
Leader: Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)

Appropriations Chair: Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia)

Whip: Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia)

Caucus Chair: Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny)

Caucus Secretary: Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia)

Caucus Administrator: John Yudichak (D-Luzerne)

Policy Chair: Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton)

 

House Republican Leadership:
 
Speaker-Designee: Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny)**Full House Vote on 1/6/15**
Leader: David Reed (R-Indiana)
Appropriations Chairman: William Adolph (R-Delaware)
Whip: Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)
Caucus Chair: Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna)
Caucus Secretary: Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion)
Caucus Administrator: Brian Ellis (R-Butler)
Policy Chair: Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre)

House Democratic Leadership:
Leader: Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny)
Appropriations Chairman: Joseph Markosek (D-Allegheny)
Whip: Mike Hanna (D-Clinton)
Caucus Chair: Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny)
Caucus Secretary: Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia)
Caucus Administrator: Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill)
Policy Chair: Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)

 

REMINDER from NPMA

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Take advantage of the significant marketing opportunity provided to you as an NPMA member and update your Find a Pro listing for NPMA's consumer site, www.pestworld.org, today. Visit www.npmapestworld.org

  1. On the membership dropdown, choose Update Find-a-Pro Listing
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Articles of Interest 

  

12-03-2014

Strange bed fellows
 
Council members listened to skin-crawling testimony on Philadelphia's bed bug problem, ending with promises to form a Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force to plan an attack on the city's apple seed-sized squatters. Wednesday morning a hearing on the extent of the problem included testimony... - Philadelphia Inquirer

 

12-01-2014

Spotted Lanternfly, Emerald Ash Borer and larvae from Africa all raising fears in Pennsylvania
 
It seems like winter arrived early this year, but November saw its share of talk about a generally un-winter-like subject: Insects. Make that invasive insects, with a new nonnative threat to plants -- the Spotted Lanternfly -- emerging this fall in Berks County, where general... - Easton Express-Times

 

11-19-2014

Destructive pest found at Philadelphia airport
 
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal authorities say a destructive agricultural pest was found in the bags of airline passengers at Philadelphia International Airport twice recently. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say live Khapra beetles were found twice in passenger bags in September. In both cases, the insects were... - AP

 

11-18-2014

New discovery pushes mammals' lineage further back in time
 
Small squirrel-size creatures that lived in the treetops of northern China with dinosaurs roaming below left a legacy in their fossils that may challenge textbooks on the origins of the world's first mammals. Indiana University of Pennsylvania paleontologist Shundong Bi says the... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

11-17-2014

Predicting the next gypsy moth devastation
 
There's some chatter about a creature waiting to emerge this spring, perhaps millions of them. These hungry, crawly critters, otherwise known as gypsy moth caterpillars, will set their sights, or more specifically their jaws, on the region's vast forests, in search of tasty oaks leaves and... - Pocono Record

 

11-13-2014

Invasion: Asian moth presence prompts quarantine in parts of Berks County
 
OLEY >> State and local officials are warning residents in eastern Berks County about the invasion of a Southeast Asian species of moth known to ravage fruit and timber crops. The Spotted Lanternfly has been identified in District, Pike, Rockland, Washington and Hereford townships, and Bechtelsville and Bally boroughs,... - Lansdale Reporter

 

11-12-2014

Preserving meat and fish, saving the Chesapeake from pesticides, thwarting beavers, and more: Outdoor Insider
 
Salt, Smoke and Preservation In The Suvivalist blog on the Outdoor Life website, Tim MacWelch examines "how that huge, bone-in, Virginia ham can last for a year, swinging from the rafters at room temperature. He answers his own question, "The biggest reason for this impressive example of food preservation is salt. Salt draws... - Harrisburg Patriot-News