In this Edition:
Get Outdoors PA Festival
In partnership with DCNR Bureau of State Parks and the Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership, I will be hosting the Get Outdoors PA Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from noon – 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, at the Jacobsburg Environmental Educational Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth, PA . This is an exciting day as it is also National Public Lands Day, National Bike to Park Day, and National Hunting & Fishing Day – the perfect day for family outdoor fun!
The FREE outdoor expo is designed to highlight the Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership’s outdoor experiences. Exhibitors from the Partnership will have hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy. Children and parents can meet Smokey the Bear, Della the Mule and Woodsy the Owl and, practice archery and fishing. Light refreshments and many other activities will be available to enjoy; all free and fun!
An elective scheduled of events include; 12:30 p.m., Live Animal Presentation (indoor) by Wildlands Conservancy; 2:00 p.m., Nature Walk led by Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center; 2:30, Stream Study led by Bushkill Stream Conservancy and; Get Your Tail on the Trail led by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and St. Luke’s Health Network.
All activities are outdoor except two scheduled events; 12:30 p.m., Live Animal Presentation by Wildlands Conservancy and; 1:p.m. to 2 p.m., A panel composed of myself, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn; Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Matthew Hough; and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director, John Arway will present an update and receive questions and comments from the audience.
New Hours for District Offices
My district offices in Tannersville and Pen Argyl will have new hours beginning next week: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Please be sure to stop by if you need assistance with any state agency or department
A Commonwealth Crisis Tele-Townhall in Northeast Pennsylvania
Senator Gene Yaw and I recently discussed an upcoming Tele-Town Hall meeting on the heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. Tele-Townhall meetings will be held around the Commonwealth, with the first serving the northeast region on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. Please join me on this important call to further educate people and bring awareness to the opioid epidemic. To sign up, visit www.ACommonwealthCrisis.pasenategop.com or text TALKHEROIN to 828282. There will be a live audio stream at the time of the event on the website as well.
Additionally, Pennsylvania has established a permanent medication drop box program through the state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. The program will expand the options currently available for households to dispose of discontinued, expired or unwanted medications in a manner that considers public health, as well as the environment.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar
September Episode of Legislative Report
In this episode, I interview Peggy Horwath, Executive Director of the Monroe County Transit Authority (MCTA), and Owen O'Neil, Executive Director of the Lehigh and Northampton Transit Authority (LANTA) to discuss investment in public transportation systems and programs offered to residents in the 40th District.
Special Edition of Legislative Report
In this Special Edition of Legislative Report, I interview Gary Smith from Gary in the Morning on Pocono 96.7 and Mylon Hayde from Sylvester Cleaning Services.
Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning
Please join me at 7 a.m. next Thursday, August 25th on Pocono 96.7 - Gary in the Morning in the car, at work, or in your home. I will be discussing the latest from Harrisburg and answering your questions at 7 AM.
You can listen online at http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WABT
Neighborhood Assistance Program Applications
Businesses have until September 16 to apply for Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts. The 2016-17 budget provides $18 million in NAP funding within the tax code. Find out about the five NAP components and eligibility guidelines here.
Anyone interested in starting a small business in Monroe and Northampton County are advised to check out their local Small Business Development Center for more information and resources to guide you. For Monroe County please click here and Northampton County please click here.
Around the 40th District
Four Decades of Dedication to the Senior Community of Monroe County
Dorothy (Dot) Kaufman has decided to step aside from her board member position at Support Services for Seniors. Reluctantly the Board accepted her resignation and immediately voted to honor her with Board Member Emeritus status in recognition of all she has contributed to the work of Support Services for Seniors (SSS).
Dot was named Executive Director of the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging in April 1975. She served there until her retirement at the end of December 2005. She has also served on several boards related to aging.
Her service to the senior citizen community did not stop in 2005. In 2004 she spearheaded the formation of Support Services for Seniors, a non-profit organization that’s mission is to promote the physical, mental, social and emotional of well-being of older adults in Monroe County by providing funding for services that empower older adults to attain or maintain independence and self-care.
Once Dot retired from the Area Agency on Aging she joined the Board of SSS. Over the past 10 years, working with the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging, Support Services for Seniors has provided financial support to hundreds of senior citizens in Monroe County for home repairs and fuel assistance.
Former Rep. John Siptroth Awarded A. Mitchell Palmer Award
I had the opportunity to present the A. Mitchell Palmer Award to former State Representative John Siptroth. The annual A. Mitchell Palmer Award recognizes Monroe County individuals for their long-term and significant contributions in the field of law, public safety or community service. Rep. Siptroth was also honored by State Representatives Rosemary Brown and David Parker.
East Stroudsburg University Honors 2016 Legislative Fellow
East Stroudsburg University honored State Representative Karen Boback as their 2016 Legislative Fellow. Rep. Boback has been a true supporter of higher education and I am glad to see her as their honoree this year. I attended the event with local State Representatives David Parker, Jack Rader, and Rosemary Brown.
Dedicating her life to improving education, Rep. Boback has been a positive influence on the youth of her community. She taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District for 33 years and served as an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and Misericordia University.
Historical Societies to Host Local Concert
Local 9/11 Memorial Events
I joined several local organizations to honor the American lives lost and those who served as rescue personnel, many of whom were our friends and neighbors, on September 11th, 2001.
Lights of Hope Raises Awareness on Drug Addiction
Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church Hosts Community Day
Art Educators’ Exhibition Comes to the ARTSPACE Gallery in Octoberartspacegallery@poconoarts.org.
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