Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • Senate Begins Fall Session Monday
  • First Step Seminar Sponsored by Senator Scavello and SBDC Oct. 15 at Pen Argyl Borough Building
  • Concealed Carry Seminar Sponsored by Senator Scavello Oct. 3 at Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Co.
  • Online Absentee Ballot Applications Available
  • PennDOT Survey on Construction Information
  • Preparing for Winter Energy Costs
  • PA Dairy Investment Grants Available
  • Around the 40th District

Senate Begins Fall Session Monday

The Senate returns to voting session on Monday at 1 p.m. You can watch session live at

As always, I’ll keep you updated on legislative action with my Session Wrap Up e-newsletters. You can find previous editions here.

First Step Seminar Sponsored by Senator Scavello and SBDC Oct. 15 at Pen Argyl Borough Building

I’m happy to once again be partnering with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) out of Lehigh University to hold another First Step Seminar. This FREE event is for anyone looking to start a business. Topics will include: requirements for starting a business, obtaining financing, identifying licenses and application, the importance and function of a business plan, marketing plan, and financial plan. There will also be time for Q & A.

This FREE event will be held Tuesday, October 15th from 10am to 12pm at the Pen Argyl Borough Building (11 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl PA 18072). You must register to attend and can do so here. Space is limited so I encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Concealed Carry Seminar Sponsored by Senator Scavello Oct. 3 at Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Co.

I will be hosting a Concealed Carry Seminar for area residents on Thursday, October 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company (2176 Route 715, Reeders).

Representatives from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office will provide an overview of concealed carry laws and answer questions. If you currently have a concealed carry license or are looking to apply for one, this seminar will help inform you as to the responsibilities and laws you must consider.

To RSVP for a spot at the event, please visit
or call 570-620-4326 to reserve your seat.

Voters have until Oct. 29 to apply for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 5 election. You can now apply online and receive the ballot by mail.

The ballot is for voters with illnesses or disabilities, or who will be away on business, attending out-of-state colleges, among others. Completed ballots must be received by county election offices by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.

Do you receive adequate notification of state road construction? What’s the best way to receive notices?

You can tell PennDOT what you think about these and other construction topics in this 16-question online survey. You can also leave comments. Survey ends Oct. 22.

Now is a good time to take steps to reduce winter energy costs.

The PA Public Utility Commission has tips for conservation, cutting costs, shopping for electric and gas, and more. Find information if you need help heating your home, as well.

Business, nonprofits, schools and higher education institutions can apply now for PA Dairy Investment Program grants funding research and development, organic transition, value-added processing, and marketing to support PA dairy.

The General Assembly created the program with passage of Act 38 earlier this year.

Around the 40th District

This week I joined local officials and Bangor Area School District students, staff and board members for a ribbon cutting at Five Points Elementary School to unveil new renovations to the facility. The retrofit added critical upgrades and energy efficiency to a very tired building without the need for new construction. We commend you for providing the highest quality education for our area families. A special thank you to Upper Mt. Bethel Supervisor John Bermingham for the pictures.

I want to offer a sincere thank you to Kinsley’s ShopRite for again sponsoring Grocery Fight Cancer Day this week to raise funds for cancer research. It was a privilege to take part in an outstanding cause and resurrect my bagging skills from my days in the supermarket business. The Kinsley family are incredibly generous and they continuously give back to a number of causes in our community and this event is particularly meaningful to me and other families with family members who have or are fighting cancer.

Congratulations to Crane Group, Inc. as they celebrate the grand opening of their new location in Mount Bethel. They provide a variety of insurance products and financial services for area residents. We love welcoming new businesses to our region. Congratulations to all!

Last Saturday, we honored 5 new Eagle Scouts within the 40th District! Here is a description of each of their respective Eagle projects. Congratulations Matthew, Ewan, Alexander, Daniel, and Josiah!

Matthew Rakus of Troop 84 collected donations to purchase materials and revitalized the Veteran’s Memorial at Hamilton Elementary School. He designed a hard-scape plan, cleaned-up and leveled the area, put in weed barrier and edging and laid stone pavers.

Ewan Moore of Troop 76 Built a “Gaga ball” (a variant of dodgeball) pit in Tuskes Park in Upper Nazareth Township. He also installed a metal rule sign that describes how to play the fast paced game.

Alexander Warner of Troop 44 designed and constructed a visitor kiosk at the Ballas Tract Park. The kiosk displays park rules, hours, and mapping.

Daniel Mikulski of Troop 44 designed and constructed an ADA compliant fishing pier at Heintzelman Tract Park. This fishing pier with a ramp and lowering rail will allow access by wheelchair.

Josiah Snyder of Troop 44 put together and shipped 104 care packages to service men and women overseas and donated extra funding to to help fund the organization.

Congratulations to Cheryl Cloke – Medicare Supplement Services on the recent grand opening of her new business in downtown Stroudsburg. Thank you for investing in our downtown and for providing quality service for our area seniors as they navigate their various insurance needs. We wish you all the best!


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