In this week’s enews, you’ll find an update on our Tele-Town Hall and information on gypsy moth suppression in Monroe and Northampton counties, along with highlights from other happenings in the district
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In this Edition:
Tele-Town Hall Meeting Postponed
Our Tele-Town Hall has been postponed from Tuesday, August 25 to Monday, August 31.
Substantial budget negotiations continue between the governor and legislative leaders, and delaying the Tele-Town hall will allow me to better inform constituents on the latest progress in getting the budget resolved.
I’ll be providing information on how to sign up for the town hall in the coming days.
Hope to See You at the West End Fair Aug. 23-29
The West End Fair begins this coming week and runs from August 23-29. I invite you to stop by my booth this year and say hello to me and my staff.
We will have lots of helpful informational guides, coloring books and other free resources available. Bring your families and enjoy all that the West End Fair has to offer. Check out www.thewestendfair.com for more details.
Gypsy Moth Suppression in Monroe and Northampton
The 2015-2016 Gypsy Moth Suppression plans for Monroe and Northampton counties are underway and both counties are partnering with DCNR to identify high risk areas qualified for treatment in 2016. Gypsy Moth Suppression plans include spray techniques using Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), an organic compound found naturally in the ground. Spray programs have been an effective method for mitigating the damage caused by Gypsy Moth infestation.
In Northampton County, a meeting was held on August 4th at the Bushkill Township Volunteer Fire Co. in Nazareth. The session informed residents of the Gypsy Moth suppression program and how to qualify for treatment in the coming year. Northampton County applications for the 2016 suppression program will be accepted until August 31st. Applications received after August 31st will not be accepted. Please call the Northampton County Penn State Extension office at (610) 746-1970 for more information. You can also download a copy of the application at the County website.
In Monroe County, a similar meeting was held on August 12th at the Monroe County Safety Center in Snydersville to inform residents of the Gypsy Moth suppression program and how to qualify for treatment in the coming year. Monroe County applications for the 2016 suppression program will be accepted until August 30th. Applications received after August 30th, 2015 will not be accepted. Please call the Monroe County Planning Commission office at (570) 517-3905 for more information. Visit the County website to download a copy of the application .
Back to School: PA School Bus Safety Laws
The start of the school year is a good time to brush up on PA school bus safety laws.
Penalties for violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law include a $250 fine, five points on your driving record and a 60-day license suspension. All of us can become a little impatient behind the wheel at times. As the school year gets underway, please make a point drive carefully around school buses.
Mentored Youth Fishing Opportunities Available on Labor Day
Special Mentored Youth fishing opportunities are available on 21 PA waterways this Labor Day, September 7. On that day, adults and children can fish for trout, but only kids with a voluntary youth fishing license or free mentored youth permit may keep up to two trout of 7 inches or greater.
Participating lakes include Bradys Lake and Gouldsboro Lake in Monroe County.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering a 1-day adult resident or non-resident Labor Day license for just $1, providing an affordable way for individuals to take young anglers fishing, to introduce friends to fishing for the first time, or to just enjoy a relaxing day on the water by themselves.
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