In this Update:
Meeting on Aug. 14 to Help Residents Understand the Permit Application Process
My staff and I often hear from local residents and business owners who have questions about various state permitting processes.
I’m co-hosting with Rep. Michael Stender (R-108) an educational meeting about the permitting application process on Monday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m., in the Shikellamy High School Auditorium, located at 600 Walnut St., Sunbury.
Attendees will learn about the regulatory and permitting procedures required for local businesses and projects.
Representatives from the following organizations will give informational presentations and be available at tables before and after the public meeting to answer questions:
This meeting is free to attend and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the agencies’ staff being available to answer questions prior to the start of the public meeting at 6 p.m.
New Mobile Office Hours in Luzerne County
In an effort to provide residents with more access to quality constituent services, my staff will host the following mobile office hours in Luzerne County each week.
My staff will provide the same services at these mobile office hours that we provide at our traditional district office locations.
Luzerne County residents can reach my office at 570-387-4267 for help with state government-related programs, services and issues.
National Night Out Recognizes Importance of Law Enforcement in Communities
National Night Out takes place each year on the first Tuesday in August and helps to create partnerships between law enforcement and residents in the communities they serve. My staff and I spent time on Tuesday, Aug. 1, with law enforcement officers from departments across our district.
Thank you to the brave men and women in law enforcement who serve every day to protect our families and loved ones.
Celebrating High-speed Internet Expansion Project
I recently attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and joined with Sen. Gene Yaw, Rep. Jamie Flick and many others at the Watson Inn to celebrate Kinetic by Windstream’s high-speed fiber internet expansion project. Kinetic by Windstream announced that it is providing 2,600 homes, businesses and schools in the greater Watsontown area with access to broadband internet service. In addition, I was very excited to learn that Kinetic by Windstream has plans to expand reliable high-speed internet to even more homes in the future. Thank you to Kinetic by Windstream for making this investment and providing this much-needed internet service to the community.
Nurse-Family Partnership Helps New Moms
I attended a meeting last Friday at the Nurse-Family Partnership Office in Danville. Nurse-Family Partnership is a community health program that pairs registered nurses with low-income, first-time mothers to provide home visits during pregnancy and through the first two years of the child’s life. The specially trained nurses provide home visits to help moms set goals to improve their health, their children’s health and their families’ economic self-sufficiency. I learned during the meeting about the program and heard personal success stories from three mothers who either completed or currently are enrolled in the program. Thank you to Nurse-Family Partnership for providing this invaluable service to individuals in need!
Report Abuse of Adults Living with a Disability
Sadly, adults living with a disability are more likely to face abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment.
Common signs of abuse include bruises or broken bones, weight loss, memory loss, personality changes, social isolation and changes in banking habits.
If you suspect abuse, report it by calling the Protective Services Hotline at 1-800-490-8505. A report can be made on behalf of the adult whether they live in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, group home or hospital. Reporters can remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination, and civil and criminal prosecution.
Recognizing National Farmers Market Week
Aug. 6-12 is National Farmers Market Week, and there are so many places to celebrate in Pennsylvania. With agriculture as the state’s top industry, farmers markets can be found all across the commonwealth.
Farmers markets offer more than the freshest produce. You can also find delicious baked goods, cheeses and craft coffees. Some even offer how-to classes and the opportunity to pick your own produce.
Find a farmers market to enjoy here.
Share Your Opinion about Broadband in Pennsylvania
Rather than a luxury, high-speed internet is a necessity to participate in today’s economy. Access to high-speed internet helps to ensure public safety, benefits employers and Pennsylvania’s workforce, and provides an equal opportunity for students.
Pennsylvania has been awarded $1.16 billion in federal funding to expand internet access across the commonwealth. Community members – including residents, businesses and organizations – are invited to comment on the draft five-year implementation plan via an online survey available through Aug. 8.
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