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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: Mon., Tues., Wed. -- 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thurs. -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri. -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building
200 S. West St., Williamstown
Phone: 717-647-7208
Hours:
Tues. - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fri. - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

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Never Forget the Victims of Sept. 11, 2001
9/6/2017
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Never Forget the Victims of Sept. 11, 2001
This Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of one of the worst days in our nation’s history. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 men and women were killed in devastating terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The loved ones lost will be honored and remembered in observances across the country, including one at Pennsylvania’s own Flight 93 Memorial, near the site where one of the three planes hijacked that day crashed. More information about the Flight 93 Memorial and planned observances is available here.
 

House Returns to Session to Finish Budget Business
                                   
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Members of the House will return to voting session at the state Capitol on Monday, Sept. 11, with the goal of finishing up the 2017-18 state budget process. Among the outstanding items to be resolved is identifying the revenue necessary to fill last year’s budget shortfall. My House colleagues and I have been standing up for taxpayers by pursuing alternatives to a Senate-approved proposal that seeks to increase taxes on a variety of consumer utility bills and sales taxes on online purchases, among others.
                                   
After seven weeks of diligent work to find an alternative to the Senate’s plan to raise taxes on every Pennsylvanian, I joined a group of fellow House Republicans to form the Taxpayers’ Budget - a plan to fund the 2017-18 budget without the need to borrow money or increase taxes. We announced the plan earlier this week at a press conference in Harrisburg.
                                   
The plan is the result of a comprehensive examination of the state budget, during which we discovered taxpayer dollars stowed away and sitting idle in special government accounts with high, unused balances. Some of the 218 accounts we inspected are dormant and have not been drawn down in recent years. Tapping these accounts is not a new concept. The plan is designed to prevent any impacts on jobs, services or agencies while making use of money already collected from taxpayers. The measure also aims to improve transparency regarding how tax dollars are spent.
 

FRIDAY is the 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.
 

PA Army National Guard Sends Helicopters, Crew to Texas
Earlier this week, ten soldiers from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard departed in two Pennsylvania CH-47 Chinook helicopters, from Fort Indiantown Gap, to join hurricane relief efforts in Texas. Potential missions for the aircraft and crew include delivering cargo items, such as food and water to stranded citizens and providing emergency transportation for those in need. The soldiers will join the six airmen already deployed. The PA National Guard anticipated sending 200 more guards through this weekend. Thank you to all our great men and women who serve our state and our nation.
 

Don’t Be Scammed by Skimmers
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to be on the lookout for credit or debit card skimmers that steal your information when the card is swiped or inserted. Often combined with a concealed camera, thieves can also record your Personal Identification Number (PIN). With this information, thieves can withdraw money from your bank account and make unauthorized purchases. Additionally, the thieves may sell this information to others.

To help protect yourself, take the following steps:
• Use ATMs in well-lit, secure locations and avoid using ATMs that are stand-alone units in corners of stores or other out-of-the-way locations.
• Look at the card reader slot and surrounding areas to see if anything looks out of place, mismatched or loose.
• Consider using your credit card instead of your debit card to avoid compromising your PIN and to gain other consumer protections.
• Choose gas pumps that are closer to and within the line of vision of the cashiers.
• Check your bank and credit card statements frequently to watch for fraudulent activity and report any unfamiliar activity immediately.

Read more here.
 

Bonus Available to Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans
Veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, are reminded to apply for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Bonus.

The bonus pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000.

To qualify, the service member must have:
• Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard.
• Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
• Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service.
• Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not currently on active duty.

Since 2008, more than 9,000 Persian Gulf Conflict veterans have applied for and received a bonus for their war efforts. Individuals who received a bonus or similar compensation from any other state are not eligible for the Pennsylvania program. The deadline to apply for this one-time payment is Aug. 31, 2018. Click here for more information about how to apply.
                    

Contact Us
***PLEASE NOTE OUR OFFICE HOURS HAVE CHANGED***
Schuylkill Haven District Office
988 E. Main St., Suite A
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-8235
Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the Schuylkill Haven office will be open Mondays-Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Williamstown District Office
Borough Building, 200 S. West St., Williamstown
717-647-7208
The hours at the Williamstown office are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 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.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-647-7208 to confirm date and time.

Northern Dauphin Human Services Building
295 State Drive, Elizabethville
Fourth Wednesday of the month from 8:30 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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