In this Edition:
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.
Additionally, Pennsylvania has established a permanent medication drop box program through the state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. The program will expand the options currently available for households to dispose of discontinued, expired or unwanted medications in a manner that considers public health, as well as the environment.
The below agencies are participating in the Medication Drop Box Program.
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.
Special Edition of Legislative Report
In this Special Edition of Legislative Report, I interview Gary Smith from Gary in the Morning on Pocono 96.7 and Mylon Hayde from Sylvester Cleaning Services.
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.
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
PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Committee
A special committee is investigating ways to improve Pennsylvania's system of school building construction.
The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee was established pursuant to Act 25 of 2016 to review and make recommendations related to the program for state reimbursement for construction and reconstruction and lease of public school buildings (commonly known as PlanCon).
The Committee will hold multiple statewide hearings and must issue a report on its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than May 15, 2017.
To learn more or watch hearings live, please visit: http://plancon.pasenategop.com/.
Women’s Resources Hosts Butterfly Release
Last evening was the Butterfly Release for Peace at Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc. With the gracious help of others, PA State Rep. David Parker was able to save one of the butterflies that became stuck. I appreciated participating with everyone who attended and pleased to see McKenzie and many others enjoy seeing all of the butterflies.
The butterfly release brings awareness to the charitable mission to end domestic and sexual violence in our community and recognizes the hope and healing, freedom and remembrance of a loved one or survivor of abuse through a beautiful release of butterflies. Sponsors and attendees had the opportunity to release a butterfly in honor of their loved one.
The mission of the organization is to end domestic and sexual violence for all women, children, and men in our community. They are a nonprofit, community based agency in Monroe County, Pennsylvania that provides free and confidential comprehensive support services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, their families and significant others; prevention education and risk reduction programs in schools and the community, and training to the professionals who work with the victims of these crimes.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.wrmonroe.org/.
Big-Buck Trail Cam Photo Contest
The PA Game Commission’s Big-Buck Trail Cam Photo Contest is underway. Summer and fall trail cam photos are being accepted for consideration. The PGC will select from a number of whitetail trail cam photo entries to be released on its Facebook page for users to pick a monthly winner, with one overall victor chosen on December 5. Learn more here.
Update to State 12-Year Transportation Plan
The State Transportation Commission recently adopted an updated 12-Year Transportation Plan. State law requires the commission to review and update the 12-Year Plan every two years. No capital project can move forward unless it is included in the plan. You can view a list of projects by county here: http://www.talkpatransportation.com/typ.html.
Neighborhood Assistance Program Applications
Businesses have until September 16 to apply for Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts. The 2016-17 budget provides $18 million in NAP funding within the tax code. Find out about the five NAP components and eligibility guidelines here.
Around the 40th District
Summit School of the Poconos Grand Opening
I attended the grand opening of Summit School of the Poconos in Stroudsburg, the area's first project-based school. Congratulations to all involved in starting this school and best wishes as you work to educate students for a successful schooling and future career.
Local Church to Provide Meal to Emergency Personnel from 9/11
The Valleyview Baptist Church will be providing lunch to anyone who served our country as an emergency responder in the aftermath of the September 11 th, 2001 attacks. The church is located at 2870 Pheasant Drive in Northampton, PA. Please mention Anna Smith at the registration table.
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.
Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning
Please join me at 7 a.m. next Thursday 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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