Oct. 18, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Dining Out? Eat Safe, PA

A new app from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is helping individuals and families make their dining out decisions.

EatSafePA provides access to thousands of restaurant and retail food establishment inspection reports, including violations and inspector comments. Users can either enable their location services or manually search by restaurant, business name, city or ZIP code.

Pennsylvania restaurants and other retail food facilities are inspected when they initially open or change ownership, after a remodel, and once annually thereafter via an unannounced inspection. Inspections are also prompted by public complaints.

EatSafePA is available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store. For more information about food safety, click here.
New Law Will Require Use of E-Verify System

A new state law will require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure their employees are authorized to work in the United States.

The law is aimed at going after dishonest employers whose unfair business practices hurt workers by driving down wages, create an unlevel playing field for other employers and deprive government of revenue that could be used to fund programs like unemployment compensation.

Under the law, failure to use E-Verify when hiring new employees will result in action against a company’s licenses required to do business (i.e. corporate charters, as well as any other business license). The law is modeled after Arizona’s statute, which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

It will take effect in one year.
National Drug Takeback Event


Next Saturday, Oct. 26 is National Drug Takeback Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). During this day, area residents are invited to drop off their unused or expired medication at one of the three sites listed below for safe disposal.

The locations are:
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy; 420 Tioga West Plz, Ste 110, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Lech’s Pharmacy; 104 Main St, Laceyville, PA 18623 and 56 Main St, Nicholson, PA 18446; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CVS Pharmacy; 50 Bridge St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fighting Against the Flu

The state Department of Health is urging residents to get a flu vaccine before the end of the month to protect against this potentially deadly illness. Last year, the Commonwealth reported 122,000 cases of flu and 258 deaths.

While vaccination is considered the best method of prevention, residents are also encouraged to practice healthy habits like covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, frequently washing your hands during flu season and remembering to disinfect commonly touched objects such as door knobs, light switches, countertops, cell phones and computers.

Residents who become sick with flu will experience symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

Anyone suffering from flu should stay home and rest to avoid spreading the illness and aid in their own recovery. Additional information about staying healthy during flu season is available here.
Protecting Against Scams and Identity Theft
Last week, Anthony Luker, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, presented a program entitled “Scams and Identity Theft” to members of the Wyoming County Active Adult Center.

Photographed above are (from left to right): Annette Grella, Director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force; Brian McAdarra, Task Force member; Mr. Luker and my Tunkhannock District Office Manager, Carol Sweeney.

For information on how to protect yourself from scams and identity theft, click here.
Watch Me on Veterans Views!                                    

Be sure to tune into Veterans Views on WYOU this Friday, Oct. 18 and next Monday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 to watch my segment and hear me discuss veterans’ issues with Judge Tom Munley. In case you missed it, you can watch my segment from last week by clicking here.
Congratulations to Commissioner Judy Mead!

Leslie Cadden, District Outreach Specialist in my Tunkhannock office presented a certificate to Commissioner Judy Mead last week on behalf of her 21 years on the Board of the Endless Mountains Heritage Association, of which she was a founding member. Congratulations and thank you for your years of service!
Register for My Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 2

Mark your calendars! My 13th annual Veterans Breakfast, Expo and Recognition Ceremony will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in Misericordia University’s Insalaco Hall.

This event is so special to us every year; it is our way of saying “thank you” to the brave men and women who have served our country with distinction. The Veterans Recognition Breakfast is open to any resident of the 117th District who served in the nation’s armed forces. Both non-combat veterans and those who served during wartime are encouraged to attend this event.

Veterans may be accompanied by a spouse or guest to the breakfast at no charge. The breakfast will be followed by a special appreciation program held in the Lemmond Theater, to honor the veterans.

The deadline to register for the breakfast is Monday, Oct. 28. To RSVP, call my offices at 570-675-6000 or 570-836-4777. Residents can also call toll-free at 800-278-3939 or register online by clicking here.

I hope to see you there!
Attention, Students!

Seventh- and eighth-grade students of the 117th Legislative District (which includes the Lake Lehman, Dallas, Tunkhannock, Northwest and Lackawanna Trail school districts) 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.

All 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.
Satellite and Office Hours for Next Week

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, a member of my staff will be at the Meshoppen Borough Building from 10 a.m. to noon.

Also on Tuesday, Oct. 22, a representative from the American Legion will be at my Dallas district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, a representative from Wilkes University’s Small Business Development Center will be at the Dallas district office from 9-11 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, Oct. 23 a representative from the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center will be at the Tunkhannock district office from 10 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, a member of my staff will be at the Falls Active Adult Center from 10 a.m. to noon.

*Please note, the Laceyville Satellite hours will not be held next week
Recognizing Triton Hose Company Volunteers

I presented House citations to 2 volunteers with Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock for years of service: James Welch, Sr., (left photo) who marked 71 years with the fire company, and Thomas Kukuchka, (right photo) who has volunteered for the past 51 years.
Designer Purse Bingo at Back Mountain Memorial Library

I enjoyed myself at the Back Mountain Memorial Library's Designer Purse Bingo last weekend, where I stopped to chat with some of the committee members. Pictured with me are (from left): Mary Ann Finch; Maddy Hughes; Carol Sweeney, from my Tunkhannock district office; Pat Peiffer; and Library Director Martha Butler.
Masonic Lodge 531 Celebrates Service Anniversaries

I was honored to present House Citations to the George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 Free and Accepted Masons for their service anniversaries. Seated are Carl Coates, 50 and Frank Wagner, Past Master, 60. Standing are Robert Besecker, 60; Frank Paczewski, 50; Harold Smith, 50 and myself. Also receiving citations but absent from photo were Thomas VanHorn, 50; James Besecker Jr., 70; Benjamin Jones III, 60; William Hoover, 50 and Robert Dolbear Sr., 50.
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