In this Edition:
Honoring the Mission of Martin Luther King Jr.
This Monday, January 16, we take a moment to remember and honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of peace, justice and reconciliation. While MLK has passed, his incredible work and undying mission lives on today as multitudes have stepped forward to take up his torch and fulfill his vision. In his honor, let us all seek to live each day seeking peace with our neighbors and advocating for the fair treatment of all.
“ If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
January Legislative Report
In the January 2017 episode of my Legislative Report, I interview Elizabeth Wise, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, and Geoffrey Roche, Director of Government and Community Relations, at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono (formerly Pocono Medical Center). We discuss recent redevelopments, additions and improvements to healthcare in the Poconos region. Elizabeth recently was named Acting President of Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono.
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 Tuesday, February 14th. 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.
LIHEAP Applications Open to Eligible Residents
Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is taking applications through March 31, 2017 for home heating assistance to qualifying low- and fixed-income individuals and families, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Income eligibility for heating assistance for a household of one is $17,820, increasing incrementally with a family of ten’s income eligibility set at $73,815. Each additional person over ten raises the limit by $6,240.
Please contact my office by calling (570) 620-4326 if you need assistance completing an application. All required documents should be brought with you in order to verify accurate information. You can also apply online or download an application through COMPASS, Pennsylvania’s secure website for many health and human service programs. Learn more here.
In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.
Emergency situations include:
Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; please contact the local County Assistance office.
Seniors Ride Free
Pennsylvania residents 65 or order are eligible to receive a county-issued transit card, which entitles you to ride the local transit buses at no cost during off-peak hours. You must supply proof of age (such as driver’s license, birth certificate, Medicare card, etc.) when applying for the transit card.
Monroe County residents can contact the Monroe County Transportation Authority (MCTA) at 570-839-6282. Northampton County residents can contact Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta) at 610-776-7433
PA Historical and Museum Commission Now Accepting Applications for Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and local governments for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program.
The grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and community revitalization. The grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. A total of $1.5 million has been set aside for this program.
Two categories of grants – project and construction – are available for historic resources in Pennsylvania listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants may apply for only one type of grant.
The PHMC will host two webinars about the Keystone Grant program guidelines and application process. Webinars are scheduled on Thursday, January 19 at 2 PM and on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 AM. To register, contact Karen Arnold by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 717-783-9927.
Grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process and are contingent on availability of funds. You can access more information and applications online.
Hallet Road Bridge Work to Begin
Many constituents have reached out to my office to inquire about the status of Hallet Road Bridge in Stroud Township. I received confirmation this week from PennDOT that the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas has officially signed off on the legal paperwork for the condemned land parcels adjoining the bridge and work is approved to begin next week.
The rehabilitation project will restore the structural integrity of the one-lane bridge.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any further questions or concerns.
Around the 40th District
Patricia Fretz is retiring from the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging after 41 years of service and dedication to the Seniors of Monroe County. Patty's tireless work and extensive volunteer efforts have impacted countless lives in our community. I wish Patty the best in her future endeavors and congratulate her upon her retirement.
I was honored to recognize the Pocono Summit Volunteer Fire Company at their Installation Dinner on January 7. PSVFC serves eastern Tobyhanna Township and includes the Village of Pocono Summit, Stillwater and Emerald Lakes Developments. They respond to fires, motor vehicle accidents, missing person searches, downed powerlines and many other crises. Through the dedicated work of many PSVFC volunteers, they continue to provide the highest quality emergency service possible. Thank you all for the work you do. You can take great pride in the many ways you serve our community.
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Senate Box 203040
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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