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Senator Mario Scavello

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In this week’s enews, you’ll find an update on our Tele-Town Hall and information on gypsy moth suppression in Monroe and Northampton counties, along with highlights from other happenings in the district

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In this Edition:

  • Tele-Town Hall Meeting Postponed
  • Hope to See You at the West End Fair Aug. 23-29
  • Gypsy Moth Suppression in Monroe and Northampton
  • Back to School: PA School Bus Safety Laws
  • Mentored Youth Fishing Opportunities Available on Labor Day

Senator Scavello
Last week, I filmed an episode of my Legislative Report with Gina Kormanik, Director of Business Development for the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, and John Casella, Director of Monroe County CareerLink. The discussion centered on the job outlook for Northampton and Monroe counties, the role of CareerLink services in matching individuals to available jobs, and the resurgence of manufacturing and technical jobs. Supporting economic development and family-sustaining jobs remains one of my top priorities in the 40th Senate District.

Tele-Town Hall Meeting Postponed

Our Tele-Town Hall has been postponed from Tuesday, August 25 to Monday, August 31.

Substantial budget negotiations continue between the governor and legislative leaders, and delaying the Tele-Town hall will allow me to better inform constituents on the latest progress in getting the budget resolved.

I’ll be providing information on how to sign up for the town hall in the coming days.

Senator Scavello

I joined other Monroe County leaders in attending the Polk Township Historical Society's Jonas Bake Oven Dedication Ceremony. An excerpt from my remarks: "Today we tend to just rip buildings down even though they may have a tremendous amount of memories in their walls and many times, we don't take the time to preserve our history. When a community works together, good things happen and I am glad that our community came together to preserve our history.”

Hope to See You at the West End Fair Aug. 23-29

The West End Fair begins this coming week and runs from August 23-29. I invite you to stop by my booth this year and say hello to me and my staff.

We will have lots of helpful informational guides, coloring books and other free resources available. Bring your families and enjoy all that the West End Fair has to offer. Check out for more details.

Gypsy Moth Suppression in Monroe and Northampton

The 2015-2016 Gypsy Moth Suppression plans for Monroe and Northampton counties are underway and both counties are partnering with DCNR to identify high risk areas qualified for treatment in 2016. Gypsy Moth Suppression plans include spray techniques using Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), an organic compound found naturally in the ground. Spray programs have been an effective method for mitigating the damage caused by Gypsy Moth infestation.

In Northampton County, a meeting was held on August 4th at the Bushkill Township Volunteer Fire Co. in Nazareth. The session informed residents of the Gypsy Moth suppression program and how to qualify for treatment in the coming year. Northampton County applications for the 2016 suppression program will be accepted until August 31st. Applications received after August 31st will not be accepted. Please call the Northampton County Penn State Extension office at (610) 746-1970 for more information. You can also download a copy of the application at the County website.

In Monroe County, a similar meeting was held on August 12th at the Monroe County Safety Center in Snydersville to inform residents of the Gypsy Moth suppression program and how to qualify for treatment in the coming year. Monroe County applications for the 2016 suppression program will be accepted until August 30th. Applications received after August 30th, 2015 will not be accepted. Please call the Monroe County Planning Commission office at (570) 517-3905 for more information. Visit the County website to download a copy of the application .

Senator Scavello

Happy 100th Birthday to Nick Sudak. Rep. Marcia Hahn and I presented Mr. Sudak with a certificate of recognition for this tremendous milestone. Mr. Sudak has demonstrated the highest ideals of citizenship throughout his years and I admire all that he has accomplished. Best wishes for future happiness!

Back to School: PA School Bus Safety Laws

The start of the school year is a good time to brush up on PA school bus safety laws.

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law include a $250 fine, five points on your driving record and a 60-day license suspension. All of us can become a little impatient behind the wheel at times. As the school year gets underway, please make a point drive carefully around school buses.

Senator Scavello

Senator Scavello
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church. Pictured with Pastors Dana Antal and Lynda Keefer.

Mentored Youth Fishing Opportunities Available on Labor Day

Special Mentored Youth fishing opportunities are available on 21 PA waterways this Labor Day, September 7. On that day, adults and children can fish for trout, but only kids with a voluntary youth fishing license or free mentored youth permit may keep up to two trout of 7 inches or greater.

Participating lakes include Bradys Lake and Gouldsboro Lake in Monroe County.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering a 1-day adult resident or non-resident Labor Day license for just $1, providing an affordable way for individuals to take young anglers fishing, to introduce friends to fishing for the first time, or to just enjoy a relaxing day on the water by themselves.

Senator Scavello

I recently had the privilege of joining PA State Rep. Marcia Hahn in honoring Robert Fields for his many years of service to the Borough of Bath. Congratulations, Robert, and thank you for your tireless volunteerism.

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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

Monroe County Office
DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
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9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-1200
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