May. 31, 2019

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Wood-Mode Update                                   
Earlier this week, several Wood-Mode employees, attorney Joel Wiest, Sen. John Gordner and I met with the governor to discuss employee concerns and how to best assist the individuals going through this transition.

Wiest, along with the former Wood-Mode employees, decided on a multi-pronged approach to ensure the well-being of the former employees. The governor and the state Legislature remain extremely concerned about the situation and committed to helping those affected.

As a reminder, there are two upcoming job fairs for former Wood-Mode employees. The first is on June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Selinsgrove Elementary School, and the second is on June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Milton. More information about the job fairs can be found on my website.

Additionally, displaced workers over 60 years of age who are looking for assistance finding insurance can contact the County Aging office and speak to the APPRISE coordinator.

Northumberland County Aging Office

Union-Snyder County Aging Office

Any further questions can be directed to my district office.

Railroad Crossing Work Scheduled on Route 54 in Riverside
Norfolk Southern Railroad Co. plans to replace the railroad crossing on Route 54 (Elysburg Road) just off the Danville-Riverside bridge.

The crossing replacement is scheduled to start Friday, June 14, at 9 a.m. Work includes removing existing concrete panels to inspect the track, and repaving

A detour will be in effect for all eastbound Route 54 traffic using Route 11, Route 42 and Route 487.

Westbound Route 54 car traffic will use Third Street, Chestnut Street and South D&H Avenue.

Westbound trucks will use Route 487, Route 42 and Route 11.

Motorists should consider taking alternate routes, as heavy congestion and slow-moving traffic is expected in and around Riverside Borough.

Work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 18.

For more information on local road conditions, visit the PennDOT website.

Attend Our Basic Handgun Safety Training Course
You are invited to attend my Basic Handgun Safety Training. The course will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to approximately noon, at the Keystone Fish and Game Club, located at 871 Fir Road, Shamokin.

Members of the Keystone Fish and Game Club will instruct attendees first in a classroom setting, and then with live training on the range. Participants are responsible for providing their own handgun, ammunition and proper ear/eye protection. Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by calling our district office at 570-286-5885 as there are a limited number of available openings.

I hope to see you there!

Explore Summer Fun Opportunities in PA
Pennsylvania has thousands of places to visit for summer fun, and the Happy Traveler Guide, now available for download here, is a great tool to help you plan!

Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities, stretching from Lake Erie to the City of Brotherly Love. The attractions are specially marked for these traveler categories: adventure, arts and culture, family, foodie, history buff, party animal and shopper.

This year’s guide celebrates our awesome amusement parks, eight of which are more than 100 years old! One of these century-old parks is Knoebels in Elysburg, just a short car ride away! Pennsylvania is also home to more roller coasters rated in the top 100 by Amusement Today than any other state.

Tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s largest industries, injecting $41 billion annually in the state’s economy and supporting nearly half a million jobs. Each year, Pennsylvania hosts nearly 200 million travelers from across the United States. An estimated $2.8 billion is spent each year by international visitors.

Central Vision Eyecare Opens Doors in Milton
This past Wednesday, I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Central Vision Eyecare LLC’s new location in Milton.

Central Vision Eyecare was formed in 2018 by Dr. Daniel Fassero, M.D., and Dr. Tera Unzicker-Fassero, O.D., after providing care separately for over 15 years. Although their practice name is new, their commitment to continuing to provide the highest level of care remains unchanged.

Congratulations, and best wishes for your continued success!

From left, in front: Denny Hummer, business consultant, Bucknell SBDC; Tea Jay Aikey, president & CEP, Central PA Chamber of Commerce; Bob and Royann Unzicker, Tera’s parents; McKinley Fassero; Morgan Fassero; Dr. Tera Unzicker-Fassero, O.D.; Mason Fassero; Miles Fassero and Steve Stumbris, director, Bucknell SBDC.
Back: Bob Garrett, president & CEO, Greater Susquehanna VBalley Chamber of Commerce; Vanessa Veinos, relationship liaison, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber; myself and Dr. Daniel Fassero, M.D.

Shikellamy High School Marching Band Honored for Cavalcade Win
The Shikellamy High School Marching Band was officially honored and congratulated by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for taking first place at the 2018 Cavalcade of Bands. I was honored to present the House citation at the awards banquet held at Shikellamy High School Wednesday evening

The group was led by band director Scott Carey, brass/visual Instructor Shane Bender, Color Guard/visual instructor Amanda Lebo, Color Guard designer/visual coordinator Brian Marsh, music/visual instructors Ryan Miller and Nick Persing, woodwind/visual instructor Amy Rhinard and Color Guard instructor Alicia Whilby.
The Marching Braves also received awards for best color guard and best visual.

Shikellamy High School Marching Band after taking first place in the 2018 Cavalcade of Bands.

Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in Our Community
Flooding can cause severe damage and disruption to residents, businesses and municipal governments. It is important to both prevent flooding wherever possible and have a rapid recovery plan when necessary.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released a guide to understanding what the DEP requires of those who want to work in or adjacent to streams. Stream work that is not properly designed and permitted can cause conditions to worsen in the next flood event, also impacting downstream neighbors.

Whether you are a municipal official well versed in regulations, or a resident experiencing their first flood, this will help you figure out your next steps.

The guide can be viewed by clicking here.

Judiciary Committee Tackles Bills to Protect Homeowners, Minors and Victims of Sexual Extortion
The House Judiciary Committee recently approved three bills to help protect Pennsylvanians from a variety of crimes.

Recognizing that some children are coerced into a childhood marriage, House Bill 360 would prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under the age of 18. The change in law would also better ensure a person choosing to be married is prepared to make this life-altering commitment.

Responding to the growing problem of illegal residential trespassers or “squatters” essentially taking over properties that don’t belong to them, House Bill 365 would give law enforcement officers better tools to remove such individuals from the property.

Finally, the committee approved legislation to create the offense of sexual extortion, which occurs when a person uses coercion and misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims. Establishing this specific offense better equips law enforcement officers to protect victims and prosecute offenders.

The bills now head to the full House for consideration.

Education Committee Advances Charter School Reform Measures
Four bills aimed at updating and improving Pennsylvania’s charter school laws have been approved by the House Education Committee and sent to the full House for consideration.

Charter schools are an important component of our effort to ensure we can meet the unique educational needs of each child.

The bills included in the charter school reform package include:

House Bill 355, which would create a new ethics requirement for charter school trustees and administrators.
House Bill 356, which would give charter schools a first right of refusal for the purchase or lease of unused school district buildings and require school districts, community colleges and state-owned universities to give cyber charter schools reasonable access to their facilities to administer standardized tests.
House Bill 357, which would require the Department of Education to create a uniform process for a charter school application and a uniform charter amendment process.
House Bill 358, which would allow charter school students to be dually enrolled in college classes through a higher education institution.

Turbotville Area Community Carnival
The 2019 Turbotville Area Community Carnival will take place from Monday, June 3, through Saturday, June 8, located at the park near the Turbotville Train Station.

The six-day fair will have exciting carnival rides for all ages by Garbrick Amusements, live entertainment each night, carnival games and bingo and corn hole tournaments on Saturday, and lots of fantastic food including burgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, BBQ, nightly soup specials and more!

Special events at the carnival include the Pet Parade on June 3 at 7 p.m., Community Parade at 7 p.m. on June 7 and a spectacular fireworks display by Bixler Pyrotechnics on June 5 at 9:30 p.m. (rain dates Thursday or Saturday) and the Car Cruise-in on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Turbotville Elementary School.

Check the Community Carnival’s Facebook page for a complete schedule of events and entertainment at the fair.
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