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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.

email: kboback@pahousegop.com

Beware of the Spotted Lanternfly
9/20/2018

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New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly, a pest native to China and Vietnam, was first discovered in Berks County in 2014 and presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The insect has since spread to 13 counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website, click here
 
 
Are You Prepared?

With remnants of Tropical Depression Florence hitting much of Pennsylvania this week, state and national officials remind residents that September is National Preparedness month, an opportunity to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

As part of the awareness month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents to make and practice a preparedness plan, learn life-saving skills, check your insurance coverage and save for an emergency.

Residents should adapt their plans for all types of emergencies and disasters – residential fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, earthquakes, natural gas leaks and other events involving evacuations.

Tips and checklists are available online here
 
 
Nate’s Big Night
 
It was my pleasure to present 6-year-old Nathan Welby of Dallas with a House certificate on Monday evening recognizing him as an honorary police officer. Minutes earlier, he had been sworn in by Lehman Township officials. Nate is battling a brain tumor and is a big fan of the police. In the second photo, we’re joined by his brother, Brian, and Sen. Lisa Baker. 
 
 
Reserve Your Seat at My Fire and EMS Seminar


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.

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.

The deadline to register for this free event is Friday, Sept. 28. If you are interested in attending, please call my Tunkhannock district office at (570) 836-4777, or visit my website, RepBoback.com, to reserve your seat. 
 
 
State Grants Available to Dairy Farmers

A $5 million grant program approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget is now accepting applications through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 to help dairy farmers overcome falling milk prices and other market challenges. The grants may be used for researching new technologies, products and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

For more information about how to apply, click here
 
 
Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available

To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here
 
 
 
Deadline is Friday in 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. 
 
 
New Webpage Dedicated to Unclaimed Military Medals

The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new website that reunites military decorations with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. The department continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

Search for unclaimed military decorations here
 
 
Reaching Out to You

Do you have questions about federal government programs? A representative from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office will visit my Tunkhannock district office this Monday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., a staff member from my office will be at the Laceyville Borough Building to handle your state-government related questions.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, Keith Yurgosky from the University of Scranton Small Business office will be at the Tunkhannock district office. 
 
 
Scenes from the Dallas Harvest Festival

I had the opportunity to take a ride on a fire truck at last Sunday’s Dallas Harvest Festival. What a wonderful community event! 

 

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Office Locations
105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
314-C Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117
Email: kboback@pahousegop.com
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