Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Honoring Military Veterans for their Service
  • St. Luke’s Monroe Campus Veterans Day Ceremony
  • Military Family Education Program Enrollment Now Open
  • Applications Accepted for Low Income Heating Help
  • Ag and Youth Grant Program Grants Available
  • Around the 40th District

Honoring Military Veterans for their Service

To military veterans in our area and across the nation: thank you for your service.

The U.S. armed forces have been a force for good for generations, defending Americans and people around the globe from tyranny.

Please consider supporting the PA Veterans Trust Fund, which provides grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans.

St. Luke’s Monroe Campus Veterans Day Ceremony

Enrollment is now open for tuition benefits created by the General Assembly this year: PA Guard members who re-enlist for 6 years receive 5 years of tuition-free college education at a PHEAA-approved school for their spouses and children.

It’s a first-in-the-nation benefit to say “thanks” and ensure readiness of the second-largest Guard in the U.S. You can find details about the Military Family Education Program here.

Applications are being accepted for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families pay their heating bills.

Households in immediate danger of losing heat can qualify for crisis grants. Details, including income eligibility requirements and applications, are listed here.

Youth organizations that promote agriculture and vocational training have until Nov. 29 to apply for state grants to help address a 75,000-worker deficit that Pennsylvania agriculture is expected to face in the next decade.

Eligible organizations include PA FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom and others. Funds can be used for training, field trips, equipment and more. Eligibility requirements and applications ​for the Ag and Youth Grant Program are listed here.

Around the 40th District

Thursday evening the Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Person of the Year and Volunteer of the Year dinner.

Carl Tolino of Tolino Vineyard LLC and Tolino Fuel Service was named 2019 Business Person of the Year. Carl and his four children have done an outstanding job in business and service. Since 2007, Carl and his children, Mandy, Carl, Liz, and mark have grown a breathtaking vineyard where they serve excellent wine and customer service. Since then, they have opened stores in Stroudsburg and inside the Easton Public Market. They hold Friday night community events on the property throughout the summer and host fundraising events for non-profits. Carl also operates Tolino Fuel Service which employs over 65 local full and part time workers.

Melissa Hough of the Slate Belt Heritage Center was named 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Melissa has been a driving force behind preserving a historical legacy for the residents of the entire Slate Belt. As President of the Slate Belt Heritage Center she works countless hours obtaining grants, cataloging relics and mementos, setting up displays, speaking at numerous clubs, attending workshops and regional meetings in an effort to enhance the historical aspect of the Slate Belt. Melissa assisted the Borough of Bangor in acquiring “Historical Status” and also assisted them in developing a “Walking Historical” venue.

This week we joined the Nazareth Business Council to cut the ribbon on another new business in the district. Fuze Nutrition in Nazareth offers and array of healthy smoothies, teas, aloe, smoothie bowls, protein coffee and much more. Fuze Nutrition is located at 848 Nazareth Pike. Congratulations to the Fuze Nutrition team and best of luck!

East Stroudsburg High School South recently opened the “CORE Café.” CORE stands for community, ownership, respect and excellence and their slogan is, “brewing success for all”.

The Café will be run by staff who will oversee students that are part of the district’s “transition program” which is a program designed to teach independent living skills, to students receiving special education services. The Café is open to faculty and staff and is available to students at certain times.

Last week we joined with the Pocono Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the grand opening of Your CBD Store located at Fountain Court in Bartonsville (3180 PA-611). We want to offer a very sincere congratulations to owner Meghan Lewin and her staff on this exciting new endeavor. Meghan has a powerful story as to how CBD has helped in her personal health journey and the store offers a variety of products suited to different health needs. We wish you all the best in this new endeavor!


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