Ed Van Istendal
David M. Hyres
David M. Hyres Pest Control
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Perry Pest Control
Pleasant Gap, PA
Archer Pest Control
Camp Hill, PA
Daly Termite & Pest Mgmnt
Ed Van Istendal
1st Vice Governor
Township Pest Control
Ajax Environmental Solutions
The Pest Rangers
Hanover Twp., PA
Witt Pest Management
Besic Pest Control
Rentokil North America
Ed Van Istendal
State College, PA
Bed Bug Taskforce Chairman
Aardvark Pest Management
Salino Scholarship Chair
Ajax Environmental Solutions
Sharon Hill, PA
Happy New Year and here's to a healthy and prosperous 2015!
As we enter the new year, there are several meetings to add to your radar. Many of you will be heading to Newport, Rhode Island next week for the NPMA Eastern Conference. If you are staying in PA, however, you might want to stop by the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The week-long show boasts hundreds of animal, produce, and product exhibits, various shows daily, and, of course, a lot of good food! Check out more information at
Several PPMA meetings are scheduled in the next few month's including the Central Division's pre-spring seminar on February 24 in Mechanicsburg, PPMA's three-day AWDI course on February 25-27 in Lancaster, and the Eastern Division's spring seminar on March 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Trevose, PA. More details on all of these events are available in the meeting section below.
On a sad note, long-time PPMA supporter and behind-the-scenes contributor Bill Wilson passed away last month. PPMA sends its condolences to Bill's family, especially to his wife Sue. He will be sorely missed.
And Salino Scholarship Chaiman Dana Lown wanted to share the following message:
On behalf of the Salino Scholarship Fund, I would like to thank the following for their recent contributions: Central Division PPMA, Northeast Division PPMA, Eastern Division PPMA, Ed Van Istendal/Ensystex and to all who bought 50\50 tickets and tickets for the door prize at the State Meeting held this past November. A special thank you to Sue Wilson and Debbie Chappell for their help selling the tickets. Thanks to all who have contributed throughout the years so that we may provide scholarships to our members.
Have a great month!
William J. Wilson, Sr., passed away on Dec. 11, 2014. He was a Naval Veteran and beloved husband of Susan V. Wilson (nee Corridon). Bill was the Comptroller of the PPMA Eastern Division and a devoted father of Thomas D. (Diane) and the late William J. Wilson, Jr.; Pop-Pop of Jessica, Dylan and Colin; brother of Carl D., Jr. and Robert G. Wilson.
Bill was a member of Local #628 Retiree's Club and Liberty Bell Friends of the NRA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, KA 66675.
Together with Dr. Stanley Green and Dave Steiger, Bill was the typist, editor, and lay-out man for the first editions of the PPMA's Accredited Wood-Destroying Insects Manual. He was also the man behind the imaginative Eastern Division Monthly Meeting announcements and seminar mailings.
His friendship and constructive criticism are already sorely missed, as are his butter cake and home-made pickles.
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
in Mechanicsburg, PA.
PPMA's Accredited Wood Destroying Insect course is scheduled for Februay 25-27 in Lancaster. Get the details here
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 technician training seminr. Early vendor registration
is also welcomed and encouraged!
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
Lawmakers returned to Harrisburg earlier this week as the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives held swearing-in ceremonies for the 2015/16 legislative session. As noted last month and offically confirmed, Senator Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) will lead the Senate as President Pro Tempore with Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) as Majority Leader.
In the House, Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) moved up to Speaker of the House with Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana) assuming the position of Majority Leader. The ratio of Republicans to Democrats stands at 119-83 in the House (one resignation) and 30-20 in the Senate.
Governor-elect Tom Wolf will assume the top leadership post upon his inauguration on Tuesday, January 20. For information on inauguration day activities, go to www.wolfinauguration.com.
Articles of Interest
District: 3 schools served rice contaminated with insects
OAKDALE, Pa. - School officials in western Pennsylvania say students were served rice contaminated with insects but don't believe anyone was harmed. Authorities in the West Allegheny School District say the brown rice was served Monday to about 130 children at three elementary schools.... - AP
Foresty officials seek to protect state trees from damaging insects
HARRISBURG - An insect with the ungainly name of Hemlock woolly adelgid poses a grave threat to the eastern hemlock tree and state forestry officials are mounting an effort to combat it. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is honing a conservation plan to save the eastern hemlock, the official state tree... - Hazleton Standard-Sp