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Deadline Approaching for FAFSA, State Grants
Parents and students preparing to attend college this coming fall, please keep in mind that the deadline to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to qualify for PA State Grants from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA) is this coming Wednesday, May 1.

In order to be eligible for State Grants, you must have already submitted a FAFSA.

Students attending community college, technical/trade schools or a hospital school of nursing have until Aug. 1 to apply. However, we strongly recommend you apply well in advance, so it doesn’t slip your mind.

Links to the FAFSA, PA State Grant applications and additional helpful information can be found here.

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday
Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands.

Locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here.

Register Your Car Seat
Even though all child safety seats on the market in the U.S. have been tested to meet strict safety regulations, it is possible that your child’s safety seat could be recalled at some point.

Car seat manufacturers are required by law to notify all registered owners in the event of a recall. Therefore, it is vital that you register your child’s safety seat, new or used, with the manufacturer.

There are several ways we recommend registering a car seat: register online with your car seat manufacturer using the information found on the sticker on your car seat; fill out and mail the pre-populated registration card that comes with your car seat; register your car seat online here. We also recommend you take a picture of your car seat label and save it to your phone, so it is always handy.

Parents are also invited to attend a free car seat clinic on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at W&L Subaru in Northumberland. Trained PennDOT technicians will provide information on how to properly install and use car seats, as well as the proper fitting for your child’s age, height and weight.

The event is sponsored by the Geisinger Medical Center Childbirth Center, Safe Kids PA Susquehanna Valley Partner and W&L Subaru. No appointment is necessary, just drive up!

If you have any questions about the event, please call 570-214-3694, or email childbirtheducation@geisinger.edu.

Dead Sea Scrolls on Display in Capitol
Portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be on display on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol building.

This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the annual Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast where Brian Rickett, an expert in the scrolls, will be the keynote speaker.

Rickett is founder and principal researcher of the Manuscript Institute for Knowledge, Research, and Application (MIKRA), a group that specializes in the analysis and documentation of original language religious texts from the Judeo-Christian traditions.

Following the breakfast, the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit will be available to the public in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MIKRA will also hold a public lecture about the scrolls in Room 8EB of the Capitol at 1 p.m.

New Dinosaur Shown by Local Paleontologists
On Monday, April 22, my staff and I were invited to visit Prehistoric Journeys, a paleontological firm in Sunbury. Owners Barry and April James, both paleontologists, brought us there to show us a recent project of theirs: a 7-foot triceratops skull.

Founded in 1987, Prehistoric Journeys has worked hard to preserve, recover and rehabilitate the skeletons of over 150 dinosaurs and extinct mammals. Some of these skeletons have been shown internationally, sometimes becoming the first-ever prehistoric skeletons displayed in the country.

Their hard work has been commended by the U.S. House of Representatives with a resolution honoring the Prehistoric Journeys team for its work on the skeleton of an Apatosaurus – affectionately nicknamed “Einstein” – which in 2008 was put on display in the main concourse of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

With Barry and April James of Prehistoric Journeys next to their latest project, a 7-foot triceratops skull.

Sunbury Christian Academy Visits Capitol

Last Wednesday, April 17, students from the Sunbury Christian Academy traveled to Harrisburg and were given a tour of the Capitol building. Tour guides showed students the architectural and artistic highlights of the building and helped make the Capitol’s history come alive.

With the Sunbury Christian Academy students in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda.

East Stroudsburg University Offering Free Tick Testing for Lyme Disease
East Stroudsburg University’s tick research lab is accepting ticks for free testing from Pennsylvanians. Residents can order a test online, send in a tick to be tested, and learn if they are at risk within three business days.

The lab tests ticks for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

As the rate of infection with these diseases saw a 22% increase from 2016 to 2017, there is no reason to take unnecessary risks. If you, or someone you know, finds a tick on or around their body, make use of this helpful resource to find out if you are at risk for developing one of these diseases.

More information on the tick testing service, as well as a link to order tests online can be found here.

Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars
As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels that can be deadly for children and pets locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind. The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather. For the safety and well-being of your children, they should not be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather.                 

Share the Road
As the weather continues to warm up, more and more Pennsylvanians will ride their bicycles on the roads. Both motorists and bicyclists can work together to ensure everyone shares the road and gets home safely.

Motorists and bicyclists have the right to use the roads in Pennsylvania and should work to maintain a 4-foot barrier between each other when passing. Motorists are allowed to overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance.

You can learn more about Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws here.

April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. An estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help families, providers and those with autism access services to help meet their needs, Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services maintains a comprehensive online resource at PAautism.org.

The website helps connects people with autism or those who support people with autism with resources and a community to help them improve their lives.

Learn more here.

Have an Issue or Concern?
If you are a resident of the 108th District and need assistance with a state agency, please feel free to contact my Sunbury office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060. One of my staff members will be more than happy to assist you.

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