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Veterans Assistance Day – February 14
On the second Tuesday of each month, the American Legion holds a Veterans Assistance Day at my Tannersville district office (2989 Route 611, Suite 103, Tannersville). The next Veterans Assistance Day is Tuesday, February 14th.
A service officer with the American Legion Pennsylvania Department will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. Please contact the Tannersville office to schedule an appointment at 570-620-4326.
Please Register your Dogs!
If you have not yet registered your dog this year, please do so soon. All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. Violators may be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.
Dog licenses are available from your local country treasurer and, in some cases, other licensing agents. Details on license costs and where to go to get licensed can be found on the PA Department of Agriculture website here.
Extreme Danger Posed by Carfentanil
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) has been made aware of the second known and confirmed death in the Commonwealth from the use of carfentanil, an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid drug.
Carfentanil was previously used exclusively for veterinary use with large animals and is not approved for use in humans, as it has been shown to be 100 times more potent than fentanyl in animal studies.
Carfentanil and other fentanyl analogues present a serious risk to public safety, first responders, medical professionals, and treatment and laboratory personnel. These substances can come in several forms, including powder, blotter paper, tablets, patch and spray. Carfentanil resembles powdered cocaine or heroin. Some forms can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled.
The PA DOH asks that individuals exercise extreme caution should they observe any activity related to carfentanil or any other drug. Only properly trained and outfitted law enforcement professionals should handle any substance suspected to contain fentanyl or a fentanyl-related compound. If encountered, contact law enforcement immediately.
Any questions or concerns regarding these recommendations should be directed to the PA DOH (1-877-PA-HEALTH) or your local health department.
Senator Scavello to Host Tdap Vaccine Clinic
On February 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., I will be hosting a Tdap Clinic in partnership with the PA Department of Health at my Pen Argyl District Office (2 N. Robinson Ave, Pen Argyl, PA).
Tdap is a combination booster vaccine that inoculates against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
The vaccine will be administered at no cost if you are underinsured (your insurance does not cover the vaccine) or uninsured (you have no insurance).
If you have further questions or would like to make an appointment, please call the PA Department of Health at 610-250-1825.
AARP - FREE Tax Return Preparation
AARP is offering a number of locations throughout Monroe and Northampton Counties for seniors to receive free tax preparation services. Please see the following information to locate the center closest to you.
Tannersville Municipal Building
Middle Smithfield Municipal Building
Hughes Public Library
Rep. Rader’s Pocono Pines Office/Tobyhanna Township
Northampton Recreation Center
Christ UCC Church
Slate Belt Senior Center
Hellertown Area Library
Nazareth Senior Center/Oliver Border House
Memorial Library of Nazareth
For more information or to locate the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 1-888-227-7669.
Around the 40th District
This week I had the opportunity to visit with students of Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 at Kernsville Elementary school. The I.U. provides extensive support services for students with severe disabilities to ensure they receive the best opportunities for a quality education. I want to offer a sincere thank you to the committed teachers and staff that make this programming possible.
I had the pleasure of attending the Marshalls Creek Fire Company’s Annual Banquet at Wolf Hollow to recognize the volunteers for their service. Rep. Rosemary Brown joined me in honoring William Uhrig and David Mahon for their many years of committed service with the Fire Company.
This past Monday, area leaders, students, and community members came together to recognize and honor the vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I had the opportunity to attend ceremonies hosted by both East Stroudsburg University and the Full Gospel Holiness Church of God in Christ. They served as moments for sincere reflection and coming together as one community.
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Senate Box 203040
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Northampton County Office