Veterans Town Hall Meeting on Aug. 24
8/11/2017
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Schuylkill County Veterans Town Hall Meeting
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. View the event flyer here.

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.

State Reports Increase in Lyme Cases in 2016
Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, which was confirmed by an approximate 20 percent increase in people infected by the tick-borne illness last year. In total, more than 11,443 cases were reported in 2016, according to a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Each county in the Commonwealth is confirmed to have a high risk of Lyme.

Legislatively, the House passed House Bill 174, which would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. The bill is now with the Senate.

The best prevention against Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses is to avoid tick-infested habitats, such as areas dense with shrubbery or tall grass. Proper use of personal protective measures such as repellents and protective clothing, and checking for and removing attached ticks are also important deterrents to tick-related complications. Other prevention tips are available here.

Protecting You from Scams
 
To better protect consumers from financial scams, the Office of Attorney General has created a unit dedicated to consumer financial protection. The effort will focus on lenders that prey on seniors, families with students, and military service members, including for-profit colleges and mortgage and student loan servicers.

If you think you’ve been scammed, call the attorney general’s office at 1-800-441-2555 or send an email to scam@attorneygeneral.gov. In 2016, the Office of Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau handled 19,727 consumer complaints and returned a total of $8.5 million in restitution to consumers.

Live Free, Ride Alive

Motorcycle riders, per vehicle mile traveled, are 35 times more likely to die in a crash than people traveling in cars, according to PennDOT. The Live Free, Ride Alive website offers valuable information, resources, videos and tips for riding and equipping a bike to both beginning and expert riders, along with a list of rides and other events.

The site also includes information on permits and licenses, along with details about free training courses that are available through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP). Samples tests are also included on the site.
 
Ag Progress Days Hosts Fun, Education for All Ages

One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions will draw more than 45,000 people to central Pennsylvania next week to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production during the annual Ag Progress Days near State College.

Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event attracts nearly 500 exhibitors from 34 states and Canada, with more than 60 percent directly or indirectly involved in ag production.

In addition to the exhibits and trade show, attendees can participate in crop displays, machinery demonstrations, guided research tours, family and youth activities, horse exhibitions and workshops. While there, the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will hold an informational briefing on watershed improvement plans related to the federal Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, visit agsci.psu.edu/apd.

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