Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Pen Argyl Borough Seeks Input for Revitalization Plan
  • Shoveling Tips for Your Driveway and Mailbox
  • Scavello and Toomey Partner to Recognize Korean War Veterans
  • Pennsylvania Christmas Trees
  • Around the 40th District

Pen Argyl Borough Seeks Input for Revitalization Plan

Pen Argyl Borough is currently in the process of working with residents on a revitalization plan. As part of this process, the borough is currently asking for the public to give their feedback through an online survey. You do not need to be a resident of the borough to participate. The survey will be open until March 2, 2020. You can access the survey here and paper copies are available at the borough building for those without computer access. This feedback will be tabulated and help shape the plan that will serve as a blueprint for the borough going forward.

Shoveling Tips for Your Driveway and Mailbox

In addition to providing important information about winter driving preparation and precautions, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding residents about effective shoveling tips to remove snow and ice from driveways and mailboxes which will keep these areas clear following the passage of the plow trucks. 

Snow should be shoveled or plowed to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway.  By piling the snow away from the oncoming direction of the snow plows, the snow will not be pushed back onto the driveway.  However, do not push snow onto roadways at any time, this creates a hazardous condition for all vehicles.

Before undertaking any snow removal activity, review these shoveling safety tips.

Scavello and Toomey Partner to Recognize Korean War Veterans

I want to make you aware of the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal which is available to veterans who serviced served in Korea from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. The Medal was created by the Korean Consul General to recognize and thank our veterans for serving in what is often called “the forgotten war.”

U.S. Senator Toomey has been able to secure these medals and is asking my office to help Korean War veterans apply for and receive this honor. An eligible veteran must have served in Korea at some time during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. Members of the US Navy are eligible if they served aboard a naval vessel that was assigned to Korean waters during the aforementioned timeframe. Veterans who participated in UN peacekeeping efforts in Korea until the end of 1955 are also eligible for this award. Applications for the Peace Medal are available in all of my offices and on my website. We are happy to help any eligible veteran fill out the application and submit it. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2020. Please help us spread the word so that we may honor as many veterans as possible!

Pennsylvania Christmas Trees

The storied history of Pennsylvania Christmas trees finds them gracing the halls of the White House, including the 2019 Blue Room, towering over the Rockefeller Center skating rink, and adorning our grandmothers’ homes for more than a century. 

Whether purchasing and preparing for your first or fiftieth Christmas tree, take note of a few healthy tree tips.  Inspect for hitchhikers, including mantises, gypsy moths, and the spotted lanternfly. 

The Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association interactive map and directory can help you find a convenient vendor and the Selection Guide can help you find your perfect tree. 

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, with more than 1,400 tree farms and nearly 31,000 acres of trees, Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for Christmas tree production.

Around the 40th District

This past weekend the Pocono Irish American Club honored the late Ken Corcoran for his devoted volunteerism to the club over the years. Ken was a committed husband and father; served as a recent President of the club; and is being recognized posthumously as the Grand Marshal for this year’s 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Our thoughts are with Ken and his family as we honor his work and memory. 

Congratulations to Barbara Smith for her 23 years of service the Nazareth Chamber and 10 years of service to local attorneys in the Nazareth area. Thank you for your dedication to the Nazareth community.

The only thing better than attending a ribbon cutting for a local business is attending a second ribbon cutting for the same business when it grows and expands! Congratulations to Tyber Medical as they celebrate the opening of their new manufacturing facility for orthopedic medical devices in Hanover Township. We wish you all the best as you continue to pioneer new technologies in the medical field.

Last week we joined Lehigh Valley Health Network as they broke ground on a new hospital to serve the residents of Northampton County. Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hecktown Oaks will open in the summer of 2021 and is located just off Route 33 along Hecktown Road in Lower Nazareth Township. This new facility is a result of Northampton County residents and officials requesting greater access to LVHN care and services. LVH – Hecktown Oaks will offer a cancer institute, emergency room, heart institute, advanced imaging services, breast health services, rehabilitation services, and a joint and spine center.

Santa visited the Borough of Walnutport over the weekend to meet with children and get their Christmas wish lists for the year! It was a pleasure to hand out toys to the kids who attended. Merry Christmas to all!

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