REAL ID Pop-Up Verification Events in Sunbury & Milton
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REAL ID Pop-Up Verification Events in Sunbury & Milton

Residents of the 108th District who are interested in pre-verifying their documents for REAL ID are invited to attend one of two REAL ID Pop-Up Verification Events:

Tuesday, January 15, 5-8pm
Lackawanna College Sunbury Center
1145 N. 4th St., Sunbury

Tuesday, February 5, 5-8pm
Baugher Elementary School
60 Brenda Rovenolt Circle, Milton

Customers must bring the required REAL ID documentation to the event and PennDOT staff will scan the documents to the customer’s driver record and mark it as “REAL ID Eligible.” Then, when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, these customers can apply for their REAL ID online, pay the applicable fees, and it will be mailed to them directly within 10 business days.

Residents should bring original versions or certified copies of the following documents: Proof of identity (birth certificate or valid U.S. Passport); proof of Social Security number; proof of all legal name changes; two proofs of current, physical PA address.

Additional information about acceptable documentation is available on PennDOT’s REAL ID Document Check webpage.

“Do I Have to Get REAL ID?”
No. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. You will be able to get either a REAL ID driver's license or identification card, or a standard driver's license or identification card. If you have a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, military ID, or another federally approved identification, you may use this as your form of identification to pass a TSA checkpoint at airports nationwide and visit a secure federal building or military installations at any time.

PennDOT’s REAL ID online wizard may help you decide if and when to get a REAL ID. If you know you will not be boarding a commercial flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base after Oct. 1, 2020, or if you have a valid passport, you do not need a REAL ID.

You do not need a REAL ID driver's license or identification card to do any of the following:

• Drive
• Vote
• Apply for or receive federal benefits for which you are entitled (Veterans' Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.)
• Enter a federal facility that does not require an ID (i.e. a post office)
• Access a hospital or receive life-saving services
• Participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations (serve on a federal jury, testify in federal court, etc.)

You’re Invited to Our Annual Farmer’s Breakfast!
Are you interested in how hemp is transforming Pennsylvania agriculture? Learn more about this innovative industry from Senior Lab Technician Tara Caton from the Rodale Institute, and enjoy breakfast served by members of the Christ Community United Methodist Church.

This year’s breakfast will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m. at the church located at 3939 Park Road in Selinsgrove. Those involved in the agriculture industry throughout the 108th District are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing you!

Call my office at (570) 286-5885 or 1-(800) 924-9060 to RSVP before Feb. 15.

Farm Show this Week
There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast.

The 103rd Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, after hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg.

This week, I visited the Farm Show and had the chance to see animals and products in competitive exhibits, entertaining and educational displays, and taste some of the hundreds of different food items made right here in Pennsylvania.

Be sure to check out the list of competition winners on the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about the importance of the agriculture industry in our district.


Local Resident Recognized for 30 Years of Public Service
Local resident Audrey Maurer was recognized recently by Jackson Township Supervisors Charles Haffling, Lester Neitz and Spence Snyder for her 30 years as Jackson Township Secretary/Treasurer.

I was incredibly proud to attend the supervisors meeting this week to present Audrey with a House certificate in recognition of her dedication and accomplished career. It is because of dedicated public servants like her that Jackson Township is a wonderful place to live!

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
In recognition of January as Cervical Health Awareness Month, residents are reminded of the Commonwealth’s HealthyWoman Program, a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program for those who are not insured or whose insurance doesn’t cover the screenings.

Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease can be prevented with vaccination.

The most common form of cervical cancer starts with pre-cancerous changes that can be found and treated before they turn into cancer. The changes do not have symptoms but can be detected through regular screening.

Among the services offered are pelvic exams, Pap smears and follow-up diagnostic tests for an abnormal screening result. Cervical cancer screenings are recommended for women beginning at age 21.

For more information, call the HealthyWoman hotline at 1-800-215-7494 or click here.

Veterans Should Review Benefits
As the New Year starts, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests veterans review the benefits they have earned through their service.

Veterans should check with a veterans service officer to see if a change in their circumstances or in benefit policies could make them eligible for different programs.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations. County directors can be found by clicking here.

DMVA officials stress that veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans affairs offices, and several veterans service organizations available to provide assistance at no cost.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at

8 Tips for Starting your Own Business in 2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) shared tips and planning advice for launching your business in the new year.

Read their helpful blogpost to learn more about the important planning steps you should take before taking the leap and officially registering and launching your business.

To learn more about starting, registering, operating and growing a business in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Business One-Stop Shop website.

Visit the PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) website to learn more about their programs and services for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses.
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