Mar. 31, 2017

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Student Art Open House on March 30
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You’re invited to join me and my staff, tomorrow night, Thursday, March 30, for our annual Student Art Open House, from 4-6:30 p.m. at our district office in Sunbury. We will be recognizing featured artwork by students from area schools and art centers. SUN Area Technical Institute’s food service program will be providing some light refreshments.
Shikellamy State Park Complex Public Meeting
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The public is invited to attend this meeting where Park Manager John Clifford and I will provide information about the 2017 boating season schedule, the dam replacement project schedule, a marina building update and the progress of Kury Point. We will be available for questions before and after the meeting.
Can Tech Save Tax Dollars?

As a member of the House Majority Policy Committee, I recently learned more about ways in which technology can be better managed to save taxpayers money while still providing quality services.

Already, state agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to upgrade and build technology systems and databases to make government run more efficiently and effectively. Yet, despite the money being spent, the data collected may not be used to its fullest potential, personnel costs are climbing, fraud and system abuse continues, and Pennsylvania is still years behind in its technology capabilities.

My colleagues and I heard from several technology companies about ways in which technology can do a better job of detecting welfare fraud, saving money within Medicaid or allowing agency databases to instantly share information. To watch the hearing, click here and select the March 22 date.
Recognizing Women Across Pennsylvania

To celebrate the contributions of women throughout the Commonwealth’s history, House Resolution 88 recognizes March as National Women’s History Month in Pennsylvania.

This year’s theme is Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business, which recognizes women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force and demonstrated that women can succeed in leadership roles in whatever jobs and careers they pursue. House Resolution 88 passed the House unanimously on March 20. For more information, click here.
Honoring Area Eagle Scouts

Over the weekend, Sen. John Gordner and I had the opportunity to congratulate two area Eagle Scouts for earning the highest rank in Boy Scouting. Both boys are members of Troop 622, which is sponsored by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Turbotville.

Bryce Kessler is the son of Alan and Millie Kessler from Watsontown. For his community service project, he constructed user-friendly, free-standing garden boxes for residents at the Rockwell Retirement Center, as well as landscaping the grounds.

Joshua Adams is the son of Mark and Kathy Adams from Watsontown. For his community service project, he restored a cannon and made improvements to a memorial park for American Legion Post 323 in Watsonton.

Congratulations to both of these young men, and best wishes in all future endeavors! Your community thanks you for your service and dedication.
DEP to Gather Input on Environmental Justice

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host nine roundtables across the state over the next two months to meet with residents and hear their perspectives on environmental justice. The closest meeting to our area will be on May 2 in Harrisburg. Click here to learn more
State Veterans Agency Seeks Vietnam Veterans

As a way to pay tribute to all of the men and women from Pennsylvania who died as a result of the Vietnam War, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is asking the public for help in finding the remaining 105 Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania who are not yet included in the agency’s Wall of Faces project.

For the past two years the DMVA has partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) in Washington, D.C., to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The VVMF is posting the photos on a virtual Wall of Faces to put a face and a story to every name, allowing these Vietnam veterans to be honored by family, friends and others from around the world.

A complete list of Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans whose photos are still needed can be found by going to, and clicking on Wall of Faces. Instructions on how to submit a photo can be found here
7th Annual Senior Anniversary Tea
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If you and your spouse live in the 108th District and have been married for 50 years or more and would like to attend, please RSVP to my office by calling 570-286-5885 or 1-800-924-9060. I will provide a legislative update at this event and discuss state-related issues that attendees are most interested. If you have family, friends or neighbors who might be interested, please pass along this information.
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