In this Edition:
August Episode of Legislative Report Show with PennDOT
In my August episode of Legislative Report, I interview Ron Young of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 to discuss current and future road and bridge projects in Monroe and Northampton Counties.
Senator Scavello to 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.
Healthy Living Series: Shingles Vaccine at the West End Fair
I will be continuing my Healthy Living Series in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to offer low-cost shingles vaccine shots at the 2016 West End Fair.
On Wednesday, August 24, the Department of Health will administer the vaccines to qualifying individuals at my booth at the West End Fair (570 Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert, PA) between the hours of noon – 3:00 p.m. The vaccines will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The $5.00 low-cost shingles vaccine shots are available to people age 50 or older who are uninsured or underinsured. This service is not available to anyone with Medicare Part D or insurance that already covers the vaccination. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will accept a personal check or money order made payable to “Commonwealth of PA.” Cash will not be accepted.
Sen. Scavello and Sec. Tennis Forum on Opioid Abuse and Drug Overdose
This week I joined Secretary Gary Tennis of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs with several local emergency responders and healthcare providers, law enforcement and community leaders to discuss opioid abuse, drug overdose and the use of naloxone to save lives. I am pleased to have had such an engaging forum and I thank everyone who attended the event.
In addition to this forum, I will be continuing my efforts to address drug and alcohol abuse at my Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar on Saturday, October 15th at Northampton Community College – Monroe Campus (additional details will be provided in my upcoming newsletters so please stay tuned). Thank you Secretary Tennis for speaking at the forum. For more information on state programs, please visit here.
Tobyhanna and Coolbaugh Township National Night Out
I recently attended National Night Out community events in Tobyhanna and Coolbaugh Townships. National Night Out (NNO) is an “annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live." I was pleased to see so many residents participating in this year’s event. Learn more here.
Dept. of Transportation Construction and Travel Advisories
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.
Dept. of Military and Veteran Affairs to Launch Weekly Digest
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.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Grant Applications
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is accepting grant applications for its 25 in 25 grant program. Twenty-five grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to local affiliates and other tax-exempt groups across the state from September 1-September 25. Projects include planting native plants, restoring habitats, restoring our parks, cleaning up our rivers and communities, and providing recycling opportunities. Applications are due August 15, 2016, you can learn more here.
Around the 40th District
Eagle Scout Felix Warren
A special congratulations to new Eagle Scout Felix Warren of Troop 85 in Tannersville. It was a pleasure attending your Eagle ceremony and I wish you all the best as you continue in your schooling and career!
Upcoming Events in the 40th
St. Rocco’s Festival
The Saint Rocco's Roman Catholic Church in Martins Creek holds a parish festival to coincide with the feast day of their patron saint August 11 th – 14th. This four-day event for the entire community features their famous porketta sandwiches, crispellis, and many more summertime favorites, coupled with music, games and fun for all!
West End Fair
The West End Fair will be held from August 21st to the 27th. As one of the largest County Fairs in Pennsylvania, the West End Fair has plenty of fun for all members of the family. Stop by my booth for information on programs and state agencies. Learn more here.
Blue Valley Farm Show
The annual Blue Valley Farm Show, a Northampton County Fair event with rides, live entertainment, food, bingo, competitive exhibits, contests, flea market, arts and crafts, and more will be held from August 23rd to the 27th at 707 American Bangor Road in Bangor.
Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning
Please join me next Thursday, August 11th on Pocono 96.7 - Gary in the Morning in the car, at work, or in your home. I will be discussing the latest from Harrisburg and answering your questions at 7 AM.
You can listen online athttp://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WABT
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Senate Box 203040
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