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I want to wish all of the hard-working families in the 40th Senatorial District a happy Labor Day weekend. I hope you have a fun, relaxing time with your family and friends! I will be at the Pen Argyl Labor Day parade on Monday and hope to see you there. Please be sure to stop by my office beforehand for complimentary coffee and refreshments!
New Autocycles Registration Law in Effect
A new law I sponsored to establish a legal definition for increasingly popular, three-wheeled “autocycles” is in effect throughout Pennsylvania.
Act 34 of 2016 was signed into law May 25 and took effect over the following months. It makes clearer the distinction between these newly developed three-wheeled vehicles with two forward wheels and the more recognizable three-wheeled, trike-style motorcycles which have been around for many years. Models of the newer vehicles include the Polaris “Slingshot” and the Tanom Motors “Invader.”
Specifically, the new law defines these vehicles as an autocycle and register and title them by creating a special designation under the existing motorcycle definition. However, individuals wishing to operate an autocycle will be permitted to do so with a Class “C” driver’s license.
This law will help to clarify crash reporting statistics, assist law enforcement with determining which laws to enforce, and ultimately, provide a safer environment on the road. Additionally, under this measure the autocycle may be operated with a motor vehicle license instead of a motorcycle license, due to the likeness in vehicle configuration and driving experience with a traditional motor vehicle.
The law was the result of recommendations issued by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, an internationally respected group of motor vehicle administrators and law enforcement officials.
September Episode of Legislative Report
In this episode, I interview Peggy Horwath, Executive Director of the Monroe County Transit Authority (MCTA), and Owen O'Neil, Executive Director of the Lehigh and Northampton Transit Authority (LANTA) to discuss investment in public transportation systems and programs offered to residents in the 40th District.
A Commonwealth Crisis Tele-Townhall in Northeast Pennsylvania
Senator Gene Yaw and I recently discussed an upcoming Tele-Town Hall meeting on the heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. Tele-Townhall meetings will be held around the Commonwealth, with the first serving the northeast region on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. Please join me on this important call to further educate people and bring awareness to the opioid epidemic. To sign up, visit www.ACommonwealthCrisis.pasenategop.com or text TALKHEROIN to 828282. There will be a live audio stream at the time of the event on the website as well.
Healthy Living Series: A1C-Diabetes Screening
In partnership with Pocono Medical Center, free A1C diabetes screenings will be provided at our Pen Argyl District Office on Tuesday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past three months. Sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test, the A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
Appointments are necessary. Please call 610-863-1200 to make an appointment.
Senator Scavello to 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 September 13th. 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.
Get Outdoors PA Festival
Senator Mario Scavello, DCNR Bureau of State Parks, and Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership are hosting the Get Outdoors PA Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from noon – 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, at the Jacobsburg Environmental Educational Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth, PA . This is an exciting day as it is also National Public Lands Day, National Bike to Park Day, and National Hunting & Fishing Day – the perfect day for family outdoor fun!
The FREE outdoor expo is designed to highlight the Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership’s outdoor experiences. Exhibitors from the Partnership will have hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy. Children and parents can meet Smokey the Bear, Della the Mule and Woodsy the Owl and, practice archery and fishing. Light refreshments and many other activities will be available to enjoy; all free and fun!
An elective scheduled of events include; 12:30 p.m., Live Animal Presentation (indoor) by Wildlands Conservancy; 2:00 p.m., Nature Walk led by Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center; 2:30, Stream Study led by Bushkill Stream Conservancy and; Get Your Tail on the Trail led by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and St. Luke’s Health Network.
All activities are outdoor except two scheduled events; 12:30 p.m., Live Animal Presentation by Wildlands Conservancy and; 1:p.m. to 2 p.m., A panel composed of myself, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn; Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Matthew Hough; and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director, John Arway will present an update and receive questions and comments from the audience.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar
Around the 40th District
Senator Scavello tours local manufacturing facility
This week I had the opportunity to meet with Bob Deinarowicz and George Strunk, both of Fabricated Components Inc., for a tour of their manufacturing facility in Stroudsburg. It's great to see area manufacturers employing local residents and distributing products on a national and global scale. Thank you for your commitment to Monroe County and I look forward to continuing to promote policies that allow you to expand into the future.
New Eagle Scouts Honored for Their Achievement
Congratulations to Wes DeGiulio, John Zemanek, and Michael Couch of Troop 3 and Joseph Muretta of Troop 74 in Nazareth upon earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Your commitment to Scouting and our community is evidenced in your strong friendship that propelled each of you to reach this achievement together. Congratulations to you and your families and best wishes in the future!
Join the Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit on September 14th & 15th!
Registration is now open for the Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit. The conference will be held at the inspiring Artsquest Center @ Steel Stacks in the City of Bethlehem, located along the Lehigh River and adjacent to the South Bethlehem Greenway and the D&L Trail.
This year’s panelists will speak on trial and greenways issues ranging from health, safety and funding topics to an international tourism project. The two-day summit is at a low price of $75 for both days, with food mobile workshop and evening social event included. Sign up now and be part of the fun.
State Reps. Rosemary Brown and Mike Peifer to Host Senior Expo
State Rep. Rosemary Brown will be co-hosting her annual Senior Expo with State Rep. Mike Peifer. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting unused or unwanted prescription drugs at the event to be safely disposed of. The expo will take place tomorrow Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Road, Milford (off Route 739.
Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning
Please join me at 7 a.m. next Thursday, August 25th 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.
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