The nation’s largest indoor agricultural exposition, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, wraps up Saturday in Harrisburg. I detail my visit below.
You’ll also find news on an exciting economic development project in Monroe County, help with student aid, and an invitation to use the library at the new Northampton Community College Monroe Campus.
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This week I had the opportunity to attend the 99th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural exposition. With over one million square feet of booths, attractions, animals, and agricultural products, the Farm Show showcases the best of our state and makes one proud to be a Pennsylvanian.
During my time at the Farm Show I had the opportunity to meet with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, George Greig, to discuss the immense positive impact of the agricultural industry on our state economy. As one of our state’s leading sectors, the agricultural industry supports thousands of local jobs, provides food for our families, and makes us an economic player both at home and abroad.
If you have not already, I would highly recommend taking a trip to the Farm Show and seeing all that our beautiful Commonwealth has to offer. The show wraps up Saturday.
I joined representatives from Monroe County’s state and federal legislative offices for a tour of the Kalahari Resort project site in Tobyhanna. At full build-out, the $350 million project will employ more than 1,000 people and include a 1,200-room hotel and an outdoor and indoor waterpark. The resort is scheduled to open this summer.
Kalahari’s commitment to our community and investment in our local economy will greatly enrich our regional tourism industry.
The PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), in partnership with the PA Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is offering free FAFSA Completion Sessions throughout the Commonwealth through April. The sessions inform students and families about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with hands-on access to guidance from PHEAA’s Higher Education Access Partners and college financial aid administrators.
For information on the higher education financial aid process, schedules for upcoming FAFSA Completion Sessions, reminders of financial aid deadlines, and information pertaining to planning for higher education, students can join PHEAA on Facebook.
Additionally, video tutorials explaining the student aid process and types of aid available can be found on PHEAA’s YouTube channel.
My office and the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania are partnering to offer assistance to veterans of the 40th Senatorial District in my Tannersville office.
Office hours to assist veterans will occur the third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 Tannersville, PA 18372.
Gina Svoboda, a Department Service Officer, will be on site to assist veterans with issues including: compensation and pension claims, education benefits, enrollment in the VA health care system, burial and survivor benefits, state benefits, and obtaining military personnel and medical records.
Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services.
Veterans assistance will also be offered at my Northampton office once the location is finalized.
Please contact my office to schedule an appointment at 570-620-4326.
The new Northampton Community College Monroe Campus is extending library privileges to its state-of-the-art library to non-students for a $10 yearly fee.
Members can check out books, CD’s, etc. and have full use of computers, or simply enjoy the open space and academic atmosphere in which to read. The library is open year round (no weekends during summer session). Find new comfortable seating and fully handicapped accessibility.
The new campus is located on Route 715 in Tannersville, about a half-mile south of the Crossings Outlet complex. Registration for membership can be accessed through the library help desk.
Call 570-369-1800 for general information.
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