Oct. 04, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Fall in Love with PA’s Autumn Colors

Fall colors are arriving in many areas of the state. According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.

Both in-state and out-of-state visitors can find the best places to view fall foliage and track the locations of the peak colors throughout the state by checking out the weekly fall foliage report by clicking here.

Additionally, click here to read more about Pennsylvania’s fall tourism activities, including fall festivals, haunted history tours and more.  
America’s 250th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off

I was very pleased last month to celebrate the official kickoff of the America 250 Pennsylvania Commission, in preparation for our country’s 250th anniversary in July of 2026. I am seen here with Speaker Mike Turzai, America250PA Executive Director Cassandra Coleman and Representative Aaron Kaufer.                                   

As we know, America started right here in Pennsylvania. With the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, our founding fathers established the basis for our great society. As we prepare to recognize this milestone, I hope that Pennsylvanians will take part in the festivities leading up to our country’s 250th anniversary in 2026.
Luzerne County GFWC Turns 95

I was honored to present a House citation to members of the Greater Federation of Womens Clubs Luzerne County Chapter on the occasion of its 95th Anniversary. Accepting the citation is Dr. Kelly Moran.
Not Every Hero Wears A Cape!

The Commonwealth will once again join the rest of the nation in marking Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Sunday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 12.

This year’s theme, set by the National Fire Protection Association, is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” The goal is to recognize the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan and to encourage others to implement these basic behaviors that can save lives.

With today’s homes being filled with synthetic materials that burn hotter and faster, residents may have as little as two minutes to safely exit a burning structure.

A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home. Finally, home escape plans should be practiced at least twice a year by all members of the household.

For additional information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, click here.
Another Wonderful Wyoming County Chamber Event

This past week marked another successful event for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce as we celebrated at their annual Fall Mixer. Constituents from the county and beyond came to enjoy the food and camaraderie.
#GoodJobs4PA: Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs

Working to better ensure students’ career success, the House voted unanimously last week on a bill making comprehensive improvements to the state’s career and technical education (CTE) system. The bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature to become law.

House Bill 265 would enhance job training and workforce development, while also providing high school and college students with access to information regarding the transfer policies of other educational institutions, with the goal being to save them time and money.

The legislation would also simplify the process for schools to establish vocational courses; create a Schools-to-Work program to develop employment and training pathways; require guidelines for the application of STEM course credits; require the Department of Education to outline the state’s workforce needs, including training opportunities and future earning potential; and allow representatives from community colleges and CTE schools equal access to meet with students during career and college fairs.
Car Seat Safety Check

Whether on a cross-country road trip or just a trip to the store, there is no cargo more precious than our children. Ensuring a child’s safety in the car is often a matter of securing them in their car seat, but the Traffic Injury Protection Project (TIPP) reports that a startling 73 percent of car seats are not used correctly.

That’s why this Saturday, Oct. 5, the Dallas Borough Police Department is sponsoring a Car Seat Safety Check event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lehman Jackson Elementary School, located at 1227 Market Street, Dallas, PA 18612.

This event is open to the public completely free of charge, no appointment necessary. Car seat technicians will be on hand to check the installation and use of car seats, so you can travel with the peace of mind that your children are secure.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor those who have fought breast cancer or are fighting it now, the fountain at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing was dyed pink on Tuesday for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink fountain is also a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection.

Every day 37 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. In 2019, it is estimated there will be more than 12,000 women diagnosed with the disease. The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 2,000 will die from it.

The Department of Health is also highlighting the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is a free early detection program funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

To learn about the program and eligibility, click here.
Attention, Students!

Seventh- and eighth-grade students of the 117th Legislative District 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.
Voter Registration at Dallas High School

As a former teacher, it was so wonderful to be a part of the recent voter registration event supporting the governor's initiative, held at Dallas High School where, over the course of three days, eligible students were invited to register to vote. When I left on Monday, more than half of those students eligible to register had done so! It is extremely rewarding to see young people taking part in the democratic process; thanks to all involved.
In Memory of Edward Nulton, Sr.

‘Do Not Call’ Updates to Better Serve Consumers

There are few things more annoying in day-to-day life than receiving call after call from spam callers and telemarketers. That’s why we in the House passed legislation to improve and strengthen Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list. I am proud to report that legislation is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting his signature to become law.

House Bill 318 amends the 1996 Telemarketer Registration Act by removing the renewal requirement and providing residents with the ability to register their phone numbers on the Pennsylvania Do Not Call list permanently. Currently, phone numbers must be re-registered every five years.

The bill also aims to reduce the annoyance of telemarketing calls by banning the calls on legal holidays. Computerized auto-dialers (robocalls) would be required to give residents an “opt-out” option at the beginning of the call.

The measure also allows businesses to register their numbers on the state’s Do Not Call list.

For more information or to register your phone number, click here.
Next Week’s Satellite Hours

Members of my staff will be available at the following locations next week. Please note, October is the final month for satellite hours until Spring. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9-11 a.m. - Hunlock Township Building, 33 Village Drive, Hunlock Creek.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to noon - Windham Township Municipal Building, 149 Palen St., Mehoopany.
Congratulations to Tom Brennan!

This Tuesday, I had the opportunity to present a congratulatory certificate to Attorney Tom Brennan upon his retirement as Dallas Twp. Solicitor. I am seen here with Tom and his daughters.
Veterans Views

It was a pleasure to visit the WYOU studios last week to join Judge Tom Munley on Veteran’s Views. Tune into WYOU next Friday, Oct. 11 at 5:30 to watch my segment and hear our discussion.                                    
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