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 The latest news from the State Capitol

This email includes:
  • Have You Taken the Broadband Speed Test?
  • Hunters Can Share Their Harvest
  • Reaching Out to Veterans
  • Attention Small Business Owners
  • Medicare Open Enrollment Period Continues
Have You Taken the Broadband Speed Test?

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and its research partners at Penn State University are continuing to invite Pennsylvania residents to help provide that much-needed information by taking the broadband speed test available by clicking here.
Your participation will help map broadband access in Pennsylvania, providing a valuable tool as lawmakers work to resolve this issue.

The center hopes that more than 1 million consumers will take the test. Researchers will continue to compile results through 2018, and the test will still be available in 2019 to further offer data to the federal government.

If you have previously taken the speed test, thank you! Your results will help researchers better pinpoint what areas of the state are still in need of accessible broadband service.

The lack of rural broadband access is a major problem in both rural and suburban Pennsylvania, impacting our economy, educational opportunities, health care access and more.
Winter Weather Alert

The weekend weather forecast includes some snow. Please remember to visit before you hit the highway if you must travel.

While there, you can:
  • Obtain the latest weather forecast.
  • Check out road cameras to view actual conditions.
  • Monitor the statewide fleet of snow plows.
  • Get access to road closings and incidents that affect traffic flow.
With, you can monitor conditions statewide and access information from anywhere in the commonwealth.
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest

To help families, individuals and seniors who are in need, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program has encouraged hunters from across the Commonwealth to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison.

The program partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations. Since 1991, HSH has distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of donated venison.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries.

In an average hunting season, the HSH program’s goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed venison through the state’s 20 regional food banks, which then redistribute to more than 5,000 local provider charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and churches, as well as individual families.

To find a list of local processors or for more information, please click here.
Reaching Out to Veterans

This Monday, Nov. 19, the Mobile Vet Center will be located at Brady/Cavany parking lot in Eaton Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Accredited veterans service officers will be on hand to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

, as was announced at my Nov. 3 veterans event, admission to Misericordia University Community Choir’s Thursday, Dec. 6, performance entitled “Carols From Around the World” is FREE to all veterans.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater.
If you own a small business….

….a representative from the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center will visit the Tunkhannock district office on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a small business.
The Medicare Open Enrollment period….

….continues through Friday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, has counselors who are specifically trained to answer your Medicare questions.

Please click here to schedule an appointment close to where you live.

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