Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • Around the 40th District
  • Veterans Shouldn’t Pay for Help with Benefits
  • Free Motorcycle Safety Program
  • May 27 is “Fish for Free Day” in PA
  • Pennsylvania Historical & Archival Records Care Grants Available

Around the 40th District

Congratulations to recent Eagle Scouts Thomas Nichols III of Troop 242 in Cherryville and Jared Cziko of Troop 85 in Tannersville.

For his service project, Thomas cleared the overgrown and defunct Chestnut Bur Trail at Bear Creek Camp in Wilkes-Barre. He cut trees, cleared the trail and replaced plaques to make the trail operational for the community to enjoy.

For his Eagle project, Jared constructed a burn pit for flag retirement ceremonies near the baseball fields behind Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Department. He installed a flag pole and landscaped the area with timbers, shrubs, and stone. As part of the project, there is now a clothing drop bin in the parking lot for members of the community to drop off their old, damaged flags for retirement.

Congratulations to both of you on this well-deserved achievement.

A special congratulations to the winners at this year’s Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau Tourism Achievement Awards. The awardees are a diverse representation of the Pocono’s vibrant tourism industry and include the following:

  • Pocono Mountains Chairman’s Award: Donna Smith for 50 Years of Service in the Hospitality Industry at Bushkill Falls
  • Pocono Mountains Chairman’s Award: Nancy Pilecki for 35 Years of Service in the Hospitality Industry at Whitewater Challengers
  • Pocono Mountains Brand Hero: Terri Klee of Great Wolf Lodge
  • Pocono Mountains Green Award: Stephanie Rath of Barley Creek Brewing Company
  • Pocono Mountains Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year: Brian Dye of Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Congratulations everyone on your outstanding achievement.

Veterans Shouldn’t Pay for Help with Benefits

Veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans’ benefits. That’s because federal and state law makes provisions for accredited veterans service organizations to provide free advice and assistance to veterans as they apply for veterans’ benefits.

Unfortunately, there are individuals and businesses who try to take advantage of veterans by charging them to apply for the benefits they have earned by their military service.

Don’t be fooled. The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has more information.

Free Motorcycle Safety Program

The warmer weather means more motorcycles on the roads. The free Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers training to PA residents and active duty military with a class Motorcycle Learner’s permit or motorcycle license.

Training is offered for all levels of experience: aspiring new riders, semi-experienced, three-wheeled, and advanced riders. Motorcyclists taking PAMSP courses may receive insurance savings.

There were nearly 378,000 registered motorcycles and nearly 846,000 licensed motorcyclists in Pennsylvania in 2017. Motorcycle crashes decreased from 3,450 in 2016 to 3,187 in 2017, resulting in a corresponding drop in fatalities – from 191 in 2016 to 185 in 2017.

May 27 is “Fish for Free Day” in PA

The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27, marks the first of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. The second is Independence Day – Wednesday, July 4.

Fish for Free Days” allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license (or Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permits.) All other fishing regulations apply.

To make the fishing experience more convenient on the Fish-for-Free days, people can borrow equipment from dozens of fishing tackle loaner sites across the state.

Pennsylvania Historical & Archival Records Care Grants Available

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1 for grants to help historical societies, libraries, universities, local governments and school districts improve the preservation and accessibility of historically valuable records. 

Pennsylvania Historical & Archival Records Care grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Applicants may apply for up to $15,000 with a 50/50 cash or in-kind match. Smaller grants in amounts up to $5,000 are available with no match required.


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