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District Office
988 East Main Street
Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
Phone: 570-385-8235
Toll-free: 855-271-9384
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building
200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 am to 4 pm

Capitol Office
4B East Wing
PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
Phone: 717-260-6148

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State Reduces Mandated Testing for Students
8/23/2017
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State Reduces Mandated Testing for Students
In a win for Pennsylvania students, families and educators, mandated tests that are part of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will be reduced by 20 percent for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. This will allow teachers to better instruct their students in specific subjects rather than increasing the amount of classroom time preparing for mandated exams.

Specifically, the state Department of Education is removing two sections – one in math, one in English/language arts – and additional questions from the science section, which could eliminate up to two full testing days for some schools. This change impacts students and teachers in grades three through eight, who will now spend an average of 20 percent less time on statewide testing.

In similar efforts, the House continues to look at all facets of education to ensure a quality, affordable education for Pennsylvania families. Within the past year, the House has spearheaded legislation to further invest in public schools, ensure greater effectiveness and accountability with the PSSA, bring needed reforms to charter schools, and enhance career and technical education.
 

Schuylkill County Veterans Town Hall Meeting
TOMORROW, Thursday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m.
D.H.H. Lengel Middle School, 1541 Laurel Blvd., Pottsville

This event provides veterans with an opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and services provided by Schuylkill County. This town hall will also serve as a forum for veterans to provide feedback and ask questions to Lebanon VA Medical Center senior leadership. Representatives from the Lebanon Outreach Team will also be set up at the event to provide information to veterans. I am co-hosting this town hall with the VA and the Schuylkill County state legislative delegation. Click here to view the event flyer.
 

Senior Expo
Friday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder, 1 Orchard St., Pine Grove

Along with many vendors, this year’s expo will feature a seminar by the Office of Attorney General about the top 10 scams. The Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Office will also have a prescription drug drop-off box available. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
 

Celebrating Elizabethville’s Bicentennial

There was plenty of celebrating going on in Elizabethville last week, and it was for a good reason. Elizabethville was founded in 1817, and celebrated its bicentennial from August 12-19. I was happy to have attended the kickoff celebration in borough park last week. I am pictured here with Justin Challenger. Everything was decorated so nicely with patriotic decor, and there were lots of events, parades and opportunities for people to take part in marking the occasion. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in organizing the celebration.
 

$1 Fishing Licenses to be Offered on Labor Day
To encourage the love of fishing, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering two special fishing opportunities to fish on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The first is a $1 license for adult residents and non-residents good for Labor Day only.

The second opportunity is the Mentored Youth Panfish Day. This provides youth anglers, who have obtained a free mentored youth permit or have purchased a voluntary youth license, an opportunity to fish on 19 Panfish Enhancement lakes. Panfish include bluegill, pumpkinseed and redear sunfish, which are collectively called sunfish; black and white crappies; and yellow perch. The 19 lakes will be open to all anglers all day, but only mentored youth participants (adults and kids) may keep fish under the minimum size. More information is available here.

To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years or older) must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth. Accompanying youth anglers must have either a free PFBC-issued permit or a purchase a voluntary youth fishing license. Both permits and licenses can be obtained at GoneFishingPA.com.
                                    

Fire, EMS Grant Program to Open Sept. 6
Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for this year’s grant program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period will open on Sept. 6 and close on Oct. 20.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.
                                   
A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded through state gaming proceeds. For more information about the program, click here.
 

Contact Us
Schuylkill Haven District Office
988 E. Main St., Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-8235
The hours at the Schuylkill Haven office are as follows: Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown
717-647-7208
The hours at the Williamstown office are as follows: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Satellite Office Hours
Pine Grove - American Legion

42 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove
By appointment only.

Gratz Community Center
125 N. Center St., Gratz
By appointment only. Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tri-Valley Public Library
633 East Main St., Hegins
First and third Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, all other hours by appointment.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Northern Dauphin Human Services Building
295 State Drive, Elizabethville
Fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Tower City - Municipal Building
(Mayor’s office)
219 E. Colliery Ave., Tower City
By appointment only. Call 570-385-8235 to schedule.
 
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Office Locations
988 Route 61 South, East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 | Phone (toll free) (855) 271-9384
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown, PA  Phone (717) 647-7208
4B East Wing, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2147 
Email: mtobash@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
 
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