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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Governor Releases Funding for Minsi Lake Dam
  • Senator Scavello will host Veterans Assistance Day
  • Dept. of Military and Veteran Affairs to Launch Weekly Digest
  • Dept. of Transportation Construction and Travel Advisories
  • New Video Helps Seniors Prevent, Identify and Report Elder Financial Abuse
  • Pennsylvania State Police Issues Community Awareness Bulletin
  • Around the 40th District
  • Upcoming Events in the 40th

Governor Releases Funding for Minsi Lake Dam

After many meetings in Harrisburg with the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the Wolf Administration, State Rep. Joe Emrick and I are pleased to announce that Governor Wolf is releasing $3 million in capital budget funding for the rehabilitation of Minsi Lake in Northampton County. We are pleased that Governor Wolf has listened to those who live near and recreate at Minsi Lake and at his positive response to concerns expressed by Rep. Emrick and myself urging him to release the funds necessary to preserve this vital lake in our respective districts.

The Minsi Lake dam was constructed in 1970 and consists of a 3,300-ft long earthen embankment with an outlet structure that allows for continual flow downstream, and a concrete secondary spillway. At an average expectancy of 50 years for a dam, the structure has reached its useful life.

The facility is classified as a “High Hazard Unsafe” dam by the PA Code, as significant infrastructure and loss of life are likely if an uncontrolled breach were to occur. The dam is classified as unsafe due to its limited spillway capacity and other seepage issues. As a high hazard dam, Minsi Lake was placed on the top priority list of dams PFBC is working to rehabilitate.

Schnabel Engineering is the consulting engineer for the rehabilitation project. The design has been completed and permits are being reviewed.

Work is expected to commence in 2017. A public meeting will be held by the PFBC prior to any activity.

Minsi Lake is a 115 acre lake fed by the East Branch of Martins Creek. The primary function of the facility is for recreation, namely fishing and boating.

Senator Scavello will host Veterans Assistance Day

On the second Tuesday of each month, the American Legion holds a Veterans Assistance Day at our Tannersville district office.

The next Veterans Assistance Day is August 9th. The district office is located at 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 in Tannersville.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a service officer with the American Legion Pennsylvania Department will be on site to assist veterans with issues including: compensation and pension claims, education benefits, enrollment in the VA health care system, burial and survivor benefits, state benefits, and obtaining military personnel and medical records.

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services. Please contact the Tannersville office to schedule an appointment at 570-620-4326.

Dept. of Military and Veteran Affairs to Launch Weekly Digest

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Starting next month, DMVA will be launching a weekly digest for veterans of important information on state, national and local news and events for veterans. Sign up today with their Veterans Registry to get a wealth of veteran-related information here.

Dept. of Transportation Construction and Travel Advisories

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Monroe and Northampton Counties are part of PennDOT district 5 and you can receive updates and news on travel advisories and more by subscribing at the following link. Updates include road and bridge closures and openings as well as weather and travel advisories and can be found here.

New Video Helps Seniors Prevent, Identify and Report Elder Financial Abuse

The PA Department of Banking and Securities has released an updated video to help professionals who work with senior citizens prevent, identify, and report elder financial abuse. The video features the stories of victims of elder financial abuse and their families, as well as testimony from medical experts and professionals working to protect senior citizens. You can view the video here.

Pennsylvania State Police Issues Community Awareness Bulletin

Recent concerns by residents and State Police have resulted in the release of a Community Awareness Bulletin regarding ‘Pokémon Go.’ Known as the lure module, a few gamers have become victims of violent crimes as result of other’s criminal intentions. For more information please check out the Bulletin here.

Around the 40th District

Congratulations to Michael Mazzella upon reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. Thank you for your commitment to your troop and our community and I truly wish you the best at the University of Pittsburgh and your future endeavors!

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Shear Envy and Smooch on Main Celebrate Business Milestones

Congratulations to Shear Envy of Nazareth as they celebrate ten years in business. While it's important to recognize new businesses opening in our downtowns, it's also important to recognize those who have established themselves as part of the community and demonstrated their commitment to quality service. We all look forward to many more years of success for Shear Envy and wish you the best.

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Congratulations to Stephanie Varone on the opening of her new business, Smooch on Main. Stephanie has not only brought new businesses to Nazareth Borough as Downtown Manager but has now opened a business herself. Thank you, Stephanie, for your continued commitment to the Borough and best wishes on your new venture!

Upcoming Events in the 40th

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Big Time Festival

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Big Time celebration began Wednesday, July 27th and continues until Sunday, July 31st. The festival features Italian and other foods, rides and plenty of entertainment. Click here for more information.

Next E-News: August Episode of Legislative Report

I filmed my latest episode of Legislative Report for August. I interviewed PennDOT to discuss current and future infrastructure investments and construction projects in Monroe and Northampton counties. The episode will air on local television, my website and my upcoming E-Newsletter.

St. Luke’s Church Summer Festival 

St. Luke’s Church Summer Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30th-31st at Ninth Street and Main Street in Stroudsburg.

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Senate Box 203040
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
FAX (570) 620-4379
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Northampton County Office
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-12001200
FAX (610) 863-1214
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