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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.


My Oct. 18 Opioid Update Event


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My Oct. 18 Opioid Update Event

Approximately 13 Pennsylvanians die every day from an opioid overdose. That number alone should stop you in your tracks. Our community needs to be fully engaged if we are to defeat this lethal enemy.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, I am sponsoring an “Opioid Update Event” in conjunction with Misericordia University. The event will be held at Insalaco Hall, 301 Lake St., Dallas, starting at 9:30 a.m., and feature Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine as the guest speaker.

Members of the STOP and HOPE coalitions from Luzerne and Wyoming counties will be on hand, along with numerous agencies, to provide information.

To reserve your seat, please call my district office at (570) 675-6000 or (570) 836-4777. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended. 
My Legislation on the Move

This week, the House unanimously passed House Resolution 1084, my legislation that designates Sept. 23-29, 2018 as “Active Aging Week” in Pennsylvania. Active Aging Week is an annual event created by the International Council on Active Aging to promote healthy lifestyles and increase physical activity among older adults.

This year’s theme of “Inspire Wellness” recognizes the contributions that older adults make at the local level and generally, throughout the entire Commonwealth. By setting active examples in their neighborhoods, seniors are encouraging people to participate as fully in life as possible at any age, regardless of health conditions. By encouraging their participation to get up and get active, we are enhancing their quality of life, while also creating a healthier, happier environment that benefits all Pennsylvanians.

As you know, increasing physical and mental activity in older adults helps to maintain their cognitive function which, in turn, prolongs the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias. Studies conclusively show that increased activity among the elderly prolongs and greatly enhances their quality of life. 
Calling All Veterans
A representative from the American Legion will visit my Tunkhannock District Office this Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer any individual questions you may have.

Please call the office at (570) 836-4777 t make an appointment. 
Hurricane Relief in Harveys Lake

Harveys Lake, my hometown borough, is collecting items for victims of Hurricane Florence. Items are collected at the parking lot at the Police Department at Harveys Lake from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until the truck is filled).

Needed items include paper products, water, and personal care products. 
Fall is here! 

Local businesses, community advocates and area residents joined together on Thursday for another successful Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Fallfest.
Pictured with me are Jannet and Bill Goldsworthy, who is executive director for the American Red Cross of Northeast PA. Bill says there are numerous NEPA volunteers now in North Carolina aiding victims of Hurricane Florence. 
Bringing State Government to You

If you have state government questions, a member of my staff will be available to answer them this coming week on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 - Mehoopany Township Municipal Building, 237 Schoolhouse Road, Mehoopany (8-10 a.m.), and the Meshoppen Borough Building, intersection of Canal Street and Route 267, Meshoppen (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Dalton Borough Building, 105 W. Main St., Dalton (10 a.m. to noon). 
Broadband Caucus Looks for Ways to Expand Access, Availability 

More than 30 members of the state House gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol for the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly’s Broadband Caucus. The goal of the group, which includes members from both sides of the aisle, is to bring access to high-speed internet to unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

Speakers included representatives from AT&T, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Pennsylvania State Grange.

Leaders of the caucus have put forward a four-bill package of legislation that would address compliance of non-rural telecommunication carriers, use of existing state communications assets, recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services and audit the existing Educational Technology Fund.

The Broadband Caucus considers addressing the lack of access to sufficient broadband internet service to be critical if Pennsylvania wishes to remain economically, medically and personally competitive.  
Organizations Given Option of Carrying EpiPens

To help save lives in emergency situations, the House unanimously approved legislation this week that would allow law enforcement and a variety of organizations and businesses to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens.

House Bill 126 would permit a number of entities – law enforcement, recreation camps, colleges, universities, day cares, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, places of employment and sports arenas – to stock a supply of EpiPens in the event a patron comes in contact with an allergen and has an anaphylactic reaction, which could be fatal.

Under the bill, a designated employee must receive training in how to recognize signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis; standards and procedures for the storage and administration of an epinephrine auto-injector; and emergency follow-up procedures. Immunity would be granted for those who reasonably administer the EpiPen in good faith.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) reports that as many as 15 million individuals have food allergies, and 6 million of those individuals are children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

The bill has been sent back to the Senate for agreement.  
Keeping Your Septic System Safe 

This past week – Sept. 17-21 – was designated SepticSmart Week and is a good time to check your system to ensure it is in working order.

More than one in five households in the United States depend on individual onsite or small community cluster systems (septic systems) to treat their wastewater. These systems are used to treat and dispose of relatively small volumes of wastewater, usually from houses and businesses located in suburban and rural locations not served by a centralized public sewer system.

In keeping with the national observance, the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) offers the following tips to keep your septic system in good working order: inspect it annually, pump the tank every three to five years, don’t overload the commode, conserve water, plant trees away from tanks, redirect rain water and protect it during cold weather. 

More information is available here.  
Emergency Alert to Sound Test Next Week

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Oct. 3.

The wireless portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once.

The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar.

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. tornado warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of receiving the WEA test. 
A few seats remain….


….for an event I am hosting in October for local volunteer fire and emergency medical service organizations.

While these brave men and women specialize in being there for us in our time of need, there is also a business aspect to emergency response that they need to be aware of. This seminar will serve as a forum for addressing concerns they have about some of the key issues with which they have to deal.

We’re holding the seminar in response to numerous questions my staff and I have fielded on grant writing, mandated training hours and instances of theft of association funds. Scheduled to speak at the seminar are 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 this Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the Back Mountain Regional E.M.A. Building, 3593 State Route 118, Lehman Township. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

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