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Misericordia University Cuts Ribbon on Sidewalk Project

This week, Misericordia University hosted a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of an exhaustive sidewalk paving project connecting the University to the heart of Dallas.

It was my pleasure to assist in securing the funds for this vital improvement, and I could not be more excited for the University, its students and the local merchants who will benefit as a result of this expansion.
Got Expired Drugs? Dispose of Them Safely on Oct. 26

To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is teaming with local law enforcement to hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The event encourages residents to drop off unwanted or expired prescription medications free of charge for safe and convenient disposal. Take-back events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find a site near you, click here.

Since the twice-a-year disposal events began in the fall of 2010, the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA has reached more than 11.8 million pounds.

Several communities across the Commonwealth have permanent collection sites. Click here for those.
“Stop the Bleed” Event Draws Governor’s Honors

It was my pleasure to deliver a letter of congratulations from Governor Wolf to Tunkhannock Area School District for their “Stop the Bleed” event, designed to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a first-aid emergency before professional help arrives.

Pictured with me is Dr. Kelly Carroll, STEM Academy Principal.
Back Mountain Memorial Library Receives Keystone Grant

I am proud to announce that the Back Mountain Memorial Library in Dallas has been awarded $129,845 to renovate its meeting room to make it more accessible to patrons and to provide additional space to an increasing number of visitors.
As the library board has been planning and budgeting for this project for several years, it is very exciting that it will soon be a reality. I was glad to help secure the funds for this project.
APPRISE Counselor Available Next Week in Dallas

I am proud to announce that my Dallas district office will host a Medicare APPRISE counselor by appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the APPRISE program at 570-822-1158.

APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) for Pennsylvania's Medicare beneficiaries. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging created APPRISE to help residents of Pennsylvania with Medicare understand their health insurance options and assist them in making sound decisions about their health insurance.

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to discover what Medicare benefits might be available to you!
Grand Opening of Memory Lane Antiques

I recently visited Memory Lane Antiques in Laceyville and joined in celebrating its grand opening with owners Heather and Russ Hodgson. The store is located on Main Street in Laceyville.

Here I am pictured alongside Mike Houser, a vendor; Heather Hodgson and vendor Janet Chaffee.

I wish them all the very best!
Thanking Our Volunteer Firefighters

I recently presented House citations to volunteer members from the local Wyoming County Fire companies who have dedicated 50+ years of service to their communities.

Pictured left to right are: Eugene Adams, Mehoopany Fire Department; Harold Hoover, Franklin Township Fire Company; John Decker, Mehoopany Fire Company; Willard Irion, Nicholson Fire Company; myself and Gerald Fritsch and Martin Bonifonti, Lake Winola Fire Company.

Not pictured are: Charles Womer and John Lyons, Noxen Fire Company; Carl Frear and Ed Hawk, Lake Winola Fire Company and William Crock, Richard Lochen and Gerald Herron, Nicholson Fire Company.
Congratulations to Frank Wagner on His Retirement!

Retired Dallas Supervisor Frank Wagner was honored at a surprise party in Dallas this past week. Photographed with me are (from left): Ann Houssock, Dallas district office manager; Carol Sweeney, Tunkhannock district office manager, plus Sally and Frank Wagner.
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