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Capitol Office 
41-B East Wing, Main Captitol 
P.O. Box 202117
Harrisburg PA 17120-2117
Phone: (717) 787-1117
Fax: (717) 705-1889
Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Offices
105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-6000
Fax: (570) 255-0133
(800) 278-3930
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

133 West Tioga St., Suite 4
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-4777
Fax: (570) 836-4772
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants


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Safety Grants

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Friday, Oct. 12, to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019.

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here.  
Deadline Approaching In Boback Search for Korean War Veterans 


Approximately 200,000 Pennsylvanians served in the Korean Conflict, with nearly 37,000 of them losing their life during their service. I’m looking to recognize residents of the 117th District who are Pennsylvania veterans from the Korean War era.

My district offices are accepting applications for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an expression of appreciation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Eligible veterans must have served between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, or have participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.

Applications are available at my Dallas and Tunkhannock offices and must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 21, along with a Notice of Separation or DD-214 discharge document, signifying service in Korea. The medals will be presented at my annual Veterans Event and Expo on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Misericordia University.

The 117th District includes all of Wyoming County; Dalton Borough and Benton, La Plume and West Abington townships in Lackawanna County; and Dallas, Fairmount, Franklin, Harveys Lake, Hunlock, Lake, Lehman and Ross townships and Dallas Borough in Luzerne County. 
Reaching Out to You

Have questions about federal government programs? A representative from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office will visit my Tunkhannock district office this Monday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, a VFW representative will visit my Dallas district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To answer individual questions for the men and women who serve and have served our country. You do not need to be a member of the VFW to take advantage of this service.

Next week’s additional satellite office hours for state government issues are as follows:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Benton Community Center, 16043 Route 407, Fleetville (10 a.m. to noon).
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Falls Senior Center, Sullivan’s Trail, Falls (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.).
The Impact of Chronic Wasting Disease

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a series of chronic wasting disease (CWD) informational events in areas where CWD has been detected and special rules are in place.

One of the events is set for this Thursday, Sept. 20, at Dickson City Borough Hall; 901 Enterprise St., Dickson City.

First identified in 1967, CWD affects members of the cervid family, including all species of deer, elk and moose. It can be passed from one animal to another by direct contact, or indirectly when a healthy animal comes in contact with the prion that causes CWD, which is shed by infected animals. 
Attention Volunteer Fire and EMS Organizations

My district offices have received several questions regarding grants, mandated hours for training and theft of association funds by trusted members. Because of that, I will be offering a seminar for volunteer fire and emergency medical service (EMS) organizations in the 117th Legislative District.

Featured presenters will be Acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego, Pennsylvania EMS Director Dylan Ferguson, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Research Committee Analyst Sean Harris and Dr. Fred Croop, professor of business and accounting at Misericordia University.

This seminar will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Back Mountain Regional E.M.A. Building, 3593 State Route 118, Lehman Township.

If you are interested in attending, please call my Tunkhannock district office at (570) 836-4777, or visit my website,, to register.

A count of how many companies will attend is necessary for planning purposes. Please respond no later than Friday, Sept. 28.

Thanks for all you do. I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 3. 
Bridge Day Celebration


Sunday’s weather wasn’t ideal, but that didn’t keep away the crowd from Bridge Day in Nicholson. A great big thank you goes out to the Nicholson Women’s Club, which is responsible for the 103rd anniversary of the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct. 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills

Members of the House Professional Licensure Committee this week examined legislation that would allow health care to be more accessible and affordable by offering telemedicine options for patients.

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology, a significant and rapidly growing component of health care. Using telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers are able to expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.

Legislation has been introduced in both chambers (House Bill 1648 and Senate Bill 780) that would define the term in state law and offer clarity for insurance company reimbursement for these services. Although the legislation requires payments for telemedicine services, those payments would be established between the provider and insurer.

Among those testifying at this week’s hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent. 
Grants Available for Job Training

Local workforce development boards can apply for $2.5 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts – all to expand new career opportunities across Pennsylvania.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor and Industry to local workforce development boards, which are regional entities that direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs in their areas.

These partnerships connect schools, employers, parents and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

Last year, nearly 9,000 students throughout the state participated in partnership activities.

Additional details and the grant application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. 
Meeting With Our Municipalities

The Wyoming Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors convention was held Thursday at the Triton Fire Hall in Tunkhannock.

It’s always a great opportunity for local governments to learn about state related programs/issues that directly impact them. It was a pleasure seeing so many townships represented under one roof! 

Ever See an Elk?

People come from all over the world to view the elk in northcentral Pennsylvania, especially at this time of year when breeding season - "The Rut" - is taking place.

If you've never visited Elk County, please click here for a sneak peek into the area, compliments of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s "Elk Cam." 
Stopping Drug Abuse

I am honored to have been asked to speak at Thursday’s kickoff of the Luzerne County Coalition to STOP Overdoses campaign. The group was formed with a vision to create a healthier community by reducing the number of lives lost to overdoses.

Please click here for more information
Remembering 9/11

The 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Harveys Lake Boro paid tribute to our country and honored those who were lost in the catastrophic event of 2001. At the boro’s first memorial ceremony in 2002, the Harveys Lake Police Station was dedicated to the nearly 3,000 individuals who perished in 9/11.

Pictured here (from left) are Boro Council President Clarence Hogan; Police Chief Charles Musial; Boro Councilman Danny Blaine; Fire Department Chief Mike Avery; Mayor Carole Samson; Fire Department President Frank Lutinski; Councilman Ed Kelly; Rev. Charles Grube from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dallas; American Legion Post 672 bugler George Casterline; and soloist Jessica Ferick. 

On Tuesday, Misericordia University held its fourth annual 9/11 Constant Flag Carry ceremony. Members of the campus community took turns carrying the United States flag around campus throughout the day.

Pictured with me are President Dr. Thomas Botzman and students from Misericordia. 

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