Aug. 11, 2017


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State Reports Increase in Lyme Cases in 2016

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, which was confirmed by an approximate 20 percent increase in people infected by the tick-borne illness last year. In total, more than 11,443 cases were reported in 2016, according to a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Locally, Lackawanna County reported 105 cases, Luzerne County reported 168 cases and Wyoming County 72 reported cases. Each county in the Commonwealth is confirmed to have a high risk of Lyme.

Legislatively, the House passed House Bill 174, which would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. The bill is now with the Senate.

The best prevention against Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses is to avoid tick-infested habitats, such as areas dense with shrubbery or tall grass. Proper use of personal protective measures such as repellents and protective clothing, and checking for and removing attached ticks are also important deterrents to tick-related complications. Other prevention tips are available here.

Here are some additional tips for Lyme's Disease prevention. Click on either image to view larger.


Protecting You from Scams

To better protect consumers from financial scams, the Office of Attorney General has created a unit dedicated to consumer financial protection.

The effort will focus on lenders that prey on seniors, families with students, and military service members, including for-profit colleges and mortgage and student loan servicers.

If you think you’ve been scammed, call the attorney general’s office at 1-800-441-2555 or send an email to

In 2016, the Office of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau handled 19,727 consumer complaints and returned a total of $8.5 million in restitution to consumers.
Live Free, Ride Alive

Motorcycle riders, per vehicle mile traveled, are 35 times more likely to die in a crash than people traveling in cars, according to PennDOT.

The Live Free, Ride Alive website offers valuable information, resources, videos and tips for riding and equipping a bike to both beginning and expert riders, along with a list of rides and other events.

The site also includes information on permits and licenses, along with details about free training courses that are available through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP). Sample tests are also included on the site.
Ag Progress Days Hosts Fun, Education for All Ages

One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions will draw more than 45,000 people to central Pennsylvania next week to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production during the annual Ag Progress Days near State College.

Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event attracts nearly 500 exhibitors from 34 states and Canada, with more than 60 percent directly or indirectly involved in agricultural production.

In addition to the exhibits and trade show, attendees can participate in crop displays, machinery demonstrations, guided research tours, family and youth activities, horse exhibitions and workshops.

While there, the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will hold an informational briefing on watershed improvement plans related to the federal Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, visit the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences website.
Outreach and Satellite Hours Offered Next Week

A member of my staff will be available at the following locations:

Veterans outreach hours will be offered on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Dallas district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A claims consultant from the Wilkes-Barre Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be on hand to address questions and concerns of local veterans and their families.

Also on Tuesday, Aug. 15, a representative from the Center for Independent Living is available for appointments at the Tunkhannock district office. Please call the Tunkhannock office at 570-836-4777 to make an appointment.
Around Our Community

It was my pleasure to attend the Triton Fire Company Annual Parade and Carnival last weekend.

Pictured with me are Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Petrillo along with Mike Rush, at the Harveys Lake Festival. 

I’m pictured with Nate Searfoss, from Boy Scout Troop 154 in Kingston. Nate is working on his Eagle Scout project.

Stephanie Gleko and her son, Collin, a member of my Leadership Academy at Dallas School District, visited with me at my Wellness Expo held at Misericordia University on Wednesday.

I presented a House citation to Justin Marshall to recognize him at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Pictured with me are Justin Marshall, and his family, Lori Marshall, Ryan Marshall, Colin Marshall and Scott Marshall.
I presented a House citation to Jason Zubris to recognize him on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Pictured with Jason and me are his parents, John and Karel Zubris.

I joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis for a press conference announcing the break-up of a drug ring that sold $1 million in heroin and crack cocaine in Wilkes Barre and Luzerne County over the last year.

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