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

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

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PO Box 202125
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2125
Phone: 717-260-6148

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Fire, EMS Grant Program to Open First Week of September
8/17/2018
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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...


Fire, EMS Grant Program to Open First Week of September
Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply for the 2018-19 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Companies Grant Program from the Office of State Fire Commissioner. The application period will open the first week of September and remain open for 45 days. Exact dates will be listed at osfc.pa.gov closer to the grant application period opening.

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. A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded by state gaming proceeds. For more information about the program, click here.


Fifth Annual Senior Expo
                                   
 
Friday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder, 1 Orchard St., Pine Grove

This event is for residents who are 60 years of age or older.
More than 35 vendors will be in attendance, including representatives from the Office of Attorney General, who will be providing presentations on consumer protection and scams related to senior citizens. The Schuylkill County Sheriff’s office will also be in attendance. Door prizes and lunch will be available.
 

Parts of 125th District Hit Again with Flooding Rains
Most of the 125th District, which includes portions of Schuylkill and Dauphin counties was under a flood warning on Monday. Unfortunately for us, yet another weather system hovered over areas that were previously flooded, as well as almost the entire region. I have sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf asking for his continued support as our region sustains even more flood damage, along with funding for additional recovery efforts.

The following webpage has been launched on the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency’s website for flood recovery information for residents. All applicable information will be posted at scema.org/2018-flood-recovery/.

Once again, we have kept in contact with local officials across the district as this last set of storms went through. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be issuing emergency debris and sediment removal permits from the last set of flooding which happened at the end of July. PennDOT will also be working to remove the sediment build-up from flooded areas. We continue to extend a huge THANK YOU to all our local officials, volunteers and EMS personnel who are working to help keep our communities as safe as possible.

My staff has met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) about two programs that are available to assist local farmers and property owners who sustained flood damage. If you have a farm, and have damage to fields, fencing or debris left in the field, contact the Farm Services Bureau at 570-622-1555 ext. 2 to report damage. The other program is the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) which deals with erosion of stream banks and endanger life or property. This program needs to have a local sponsor, like borough, township or county.
For more information about this program, call 570-622-1555 ext. 3.
 

Be Smart About Financial Aid
 
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is encouraging college-bound students and their families to visit MySmartBorrowing.org to help make informed choices about student loans.

This free, easy-to-use tool helps users understand how different career, school and financial decisions can influence the cost of an education and their ability to repay student loans, while maintaining a comfortable lifestyle long after graduation.

The site was recently updated with enhanced college and career projection data through 2026. This includes expected college costs for various majors at different schools and future employment opportunities and salary levels for different careers and geographic locations.

This data helps provide a personalized look at a student’s potential cost of attendance at different schools, while highlighting salary expectations for a particular degree and future employment prospects. Students are encouraged to use the site more than once so they can compare different scenarios, using different schools and careers, to see how the choices they make can affect their futures. For more information about financial aid opportunities, visit PHEAA.org.
 

Parents Reminded to Ensure Children are Vaccinated for School This Fall
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding parents to ensure their children are up-to-date on vaccines as they had back to school. Under new rules adopted last year, parents must get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school. Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements.

If a student is in the middle of an immunization series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a written plan, signed by their health care provider, within the first five days of school. For more information, contact your health care provider, visit health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
 

Invasive Asian ‘Longhorn’ Tick Confirmed in Pennsylvania
 
A new variety of tick was confirmed on a wild deer in Centre County recently, and the Department of Agriculture is encouraging people to take precautions to protect themselves, as well as livestock and pets.

The Asian, or longhorn tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is an invasive species that congregates in large numbers and can cause anemia in livestock. It is known to carry several diseases that infect hogs and cattle in Asia. So far, ticks examined in the United States (they have already been found in Arkansas, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Virginia) do not carry any infectious pathogens.

The Asian tick infests host animals in dense clusters of numerous ticks. Female Asian ticks reproduce asexually, so a single tick can lay 2,000 eggs after feeding on a host. Cattle, pets, small mammals, birds and humans are all potential hosts.

To protect against ticks, people are reminded to wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors and use insect repellant containing DEET to help keep you safe from ticks and the diseases they carry. It is also important to check yourself and your pets for ticks when you return indoors.

Native to East and Central Asia, the tick was originally identified in the U.S. in New Jersey, where it was found in large numbers in sheep in Mercer County in 2017. It has also been found in Arkansas, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Virginia. To reduce tick habitat, maintain a nine-foot distance between lawn or pasture and wooded areas, keep grass height low, and remove weeds and brush bordering wooded areas.
 

Around the 125th District
District Offices:
Schuylkill Haven Office
, 988 E. Main Street, Schuylkill Haven
Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Williamstown Office, 200 South West St., Williamstown
Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Valley View
Tri-Valley Public Library, 633 East Main St., Hegins.
First and third Fridays of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Call 570-385-8235 or 717-547-7208 to confirm date and time.

Elizabethville
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.

Pine Grove
American Legion, 42 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove.
By appointment only.
Call 570-385-8235 to schedule.

Gratz
Gratz Community Center, 125 N. Center St., Gratz.
By appointment only.
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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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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