May. 31, 2019


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Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

I had the privilege of spending Memorial Day weekend in several area communities, where we gathered to pay tribute to our veterans and to those who gave their lives on the battlefield in service to our great nation.

Memorial Day celebration in Exeter Township, Wyoming County, sponsored by the Falls Lions Club. I was honored to be the guest speaker.

The “Ride for Honor,” sponsored by American Legion Post 672 in Dallas, was a great success.

Memorial Day celebration at American Legion Post 672 in Dallas.

Congressman Dan Meuser, Sen. Lisa Baker and I had the privilege of speaking at the annual American Legion Post 672 parade. This year, the veterans’ monument was rededicated.

A special THANK YOU to Back Mountain resident Willis Ide. He’s a World War II veteran who was a double bronze medal recipient for the Battle of the Bulge. Willis will celebrate his 95th birthday this year. God Bless!

Thank you to our local Boy Scout troop for placing flags on veterans’ graves in honor of Memorial Day. The celebration at Chapel Lawn Cemetery was a testament to the deceased members of American Legion Post 672 as well as all veterans.

The monument located at the Jonathan R. Davis Fire Company in Idetown was rededicated on Memorial Day. Thanks to the efforts of Harveys Lake resident Clarence Hogan, the monument was refurbished and brought back to its original glory!

American Legion Post 967 of Harveys Lake celebrated Memorial Day with an annual ceremony.

The annual Sweet Valley Parade was another great success. Locals and visitors lined the parade route to celebrate the holiday. Sen. Lisa Baker and I visited with the Lake-Lehman High School cheerleaders.

As host of the parade, the Sweet Valley fire engine took center stage.

This Sweet Valley ambulance made its last run. It will be retired in honor of Bob and Alice Walsh, who were renowned, dedicated first responders in the Sweet Valley area.
State Program Provides Free Produce to Seniors

Area seniors are encouraged to take advantage of a state program that provides vouchers worth $20 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.

Vouchers are provided on a first-come, first-served basis by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. Four $5 vouchers will be handed out per person. Learn more here about eligibility requirements.

Vouchers will be distributed at the following dates, times and locations during the months of June and July:
  • Thursday, June 27, Dallas Active Adult Center, 1158 Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 8, Wyoming County Active Adult Center, 101 Dymond Terrace, Tunkhannock, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 9, Church of Christ (Sweet Valley Area), 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Wednesday, July 10, Falls Active Adult Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Bringing State Government to You

This Wednesday, June 5, a member of my staff will be holding satellite office hours at the Dalton Borough Building, 105 W. Main St., from 9-11 a.m.; then at the Factoryville Borough Building, 161 College Ave., from noon to 2 p.m.

Please feel free to stop by with any state government-related issues or questions you may have.

Also please note, there will be no American Legion office hours next week. It has been moved to Friday, June 14, at our district office in Tunkhannock, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
State Budget Update

The House returns to session next week as work continues on the state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. We will be in session for most of next month to finalize a spending plan, along with other critical legislative priorities, before the June 30 deadline.

Our goal is to develop a responsible budget which funds the Commonwealth’s needs but spends within its means.
Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion Advance

The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.

Recognizing that some young people are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

The bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Explore Summer Fun Opportunities in PA

Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summer fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide, now available for download here, is a great tool to help you plan!

Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.

Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $41 billion annually in the state’s economy and supporting nearly half a million jobs.

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