Sep. 20, 2019


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

Boback reappointed to Commission for Women

This week, it was my honor to be chosen by Governor Wolf to once again serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

As a member of this Commission, I will continue to work on behalf of the women of our Commonwealth, advising the Governor on legislation and supporting economic and civic opportunities for women.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside businesspeople and community leaders in this role, and I renew pledge to be a voice for women and girls across our great state.
Delivering the opening prayer to begin House session

As we reconvened to begin the Fall session, it was my honor to lead the House of Representatives in prayer before the floor opened to House business. During the recitation, I had the opportunity to welcome incoming Representative David Rowe, and to pay tribute to the memory of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. I prayed that we as Americans always remember their sacrifices and that we remain one nation, under God.

Dallas Harvest Festival

I was thrilled to be a part of this this year’s Annual Dallas Harvest Festival! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to have the opportunity to speak with members of our community.

Joining me here are Dallas Township Supervisor Bill Grant, State Senator Lisa Baker, members of the Dallas American Legion, Congressman Dan Meuser, Luzerne County Dairy Maid Juliet Price, Lake Lehman students Colin Mikolaichik and Savvy Conner.

Reading is the gift that lasts a lifetime, and I had so much fun sharing that gift with local children at the Story Tent this year.

While at the Harvest Festival I also had the chance to speak with some of the members from Back Mountain Emergency Medical Services. These folks work day and night protecting us and our neighbors; it was wonderful to hear from them and extend my sincerest gratitude for their service.
Dairy Investment Program Accepting Grant Applications

A grant program created last year to help Pennsylvania’s struggling dairy farmers is now accepting applications for its second round of funding.

Grants support on-farm innovation, research and development, organic transition, and value-added processing of products like cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Act 38 of 2019 established the grant program in statute, meaning it will be offered each year funding is made available. This year’s budget funded the program at $5 million. The program is administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Pennsylvania is home to 6,650 dairy farms, which contribute $14.7 billion in economic revenue annually and support more than 52,000 jobs. However, the industry is currently struggling with some farmers shutting down their operations. The grants are designed to help dairy farmers adjust to current markets.
Congratulations to Darlene Kupstas

The first female Commander of Daddow-Isaacs Dallas American Legion Post 672, Darlene Kupstas was sworn into office by her uncle, Central Vice Commander and 12th District Commander, Jesse Turner. Congratulations, Commander Kupstas!
Attention Students!

Seventh- and eighth-grade students are invited to participate in an art/essay contest that focuses on our veterans. The following three themes can be represented as either a drawing or an essay. The themes are: “What the word veteran means to me,” “A veteran in my life,” and “How veterans help me.”

Entries may be mailed to one of my district offices or hand delivered between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (The addresses are at the bottom of this email.) All entries must be received by Monday, Oct. 21.

Entries will be judged by my Veterans Advisory Committee. Winners and their parents will be invited to attend our annual veterans event, on Saturday Nov. 2, at Insalaco Hall on the campus of Misericordia University, where they will be recognized. All entries will remain on display until Veterans Day.

Students are invited to call one of our offices for more information.
Next Week’s Outreach and Satellite Hours

Kristin Sassi of Wilkes University Small Business will be at the Dallas District Office for constituent outreach on Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. Feel free to stop by with your questions, we look forward to hearing from you.

Additional outreach opportunities and satellite hours for the week ahead are as follows:
    Tuesday, 9/24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – American Legion outreach at Dallas district office; 105 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612.
    Tuesday, 9/24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Satellite hours at Meshoppen Borough Building; intersection of Canal Street and Route 267.
    Wednesday, 9/25, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. – Outreach with Wilkes University Small Business at Dallas District Office; 105 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612
    Wednesday, 9/25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Outreach with the University of Scranton at Tunkhannock district office; 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
    Thursday, 9/26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Satellite hours at Falls Active Adult Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls, PA 18615                        
Applications Open for School Safety Grants

The School Safety and Security Grant Program is now accepting applications for funding from school districts and school entities across the Commonwealth.

The program, created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, offers both meritorious and competitive grants to help ensure the safety of all students in our schools.

Meritorious grants are open only to school districts, while competitive grants are available to school districts as well as other school entities, including intermediate units, area career and technical schools, charter schools and more.

The funding may be used for any of the nearly two dozen school safety initiatives listed in the law, 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.

For more information about the program and how school districts and school entities may apply, click here. 

The deadline to apply for the grants is Monday, Nov. 4.
Game Commission Seeks Input on CWD Response Plan

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released a draft of its new Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Response Plan and is seeking public comment on the proposal through early next year.

The proposed plan outlines the commission’s goals and objectives in managing CWD, as well as actions that could be implemented to achieve those goals. Those actions could include hunting-related changes, such as expanded deer seasons or removal of antler restrictions, and potential small-scale, targeted removal of deer in certain areas.

Public comments on the plan are being accepted through Feb. 29, 2020, and will be considered in the adoption of a final plan, which will be implemented for the 2020-21 hunting seasons.

CWD is always fatal to the deer and elk it infects. It was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2012, and as of 2018, 250 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected within the state. All but four of the CWD-positive free-ranging deer have been found within Disease Management Area 2 in southcentral Pennsylvania, which covers more than a dozen counties and more than 6,700 square miles. Additional disease management areas, established as a result of positive tests within captive deer herds, are located in Armstrong, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Indiana counties, and in Lancaster County.

To read a copy of the report and offer comment, click here.
PPL Warn of Fraud and Deceptive Marketing Attempt

Citizens of the 117th District who are current PPL customers:

Our office has received a notification from PPL Electric regarding recent fraud and deceptive tactics being used by third parties to trick or pressure customers into switching supply service.

PPL suggests customers beware of any suspicious contact from individuals claiming to represent the utility provider. PPL does not market or sell supplier services by phone or door to door. If any solicitor claims to represent PPL, the company suggests calling them directly. PPL also advises customers to only return messages and calls to their official phone number listed below.

Additionally, PPL has suggested customers take the following precautions to protect themselves from fraud:
  • Update your account with a security PIN or password and never give it to anyone who calls you. PPL will only ask for your PIN and password when you call them.
  • Create an online account. You can check your account information and current supplier at any time, from any device.
  • Keep your email address and phone number up to date, so you can stay informed about future fraud attempts.
If you have any questions or believe you may have been the victim of fraud, PPL invites you to contact them immediately at 1-800-342-5775. To learn more about how you can protect yourself from fraud, click here.

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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
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