Pike County Senior Expo will be Sept. 14
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District of Character

The “District of Character” is an initiative I created to enhance character development and promote daily reminders for residents of the 189th District about how we can create a stronger community without policy changes. No one is perfect, but we can always work to improve our character daily.
August’s word of the month is “Perseverance.”
“Being steadfast and persistent; a commitment to your goals and overcoming obstacles; never giving up.”

Pike County Senior Expo

I am co-hosting the 2018 Senior Citizens Expo with Rep. Mike Peifer on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Road in Milford, off State Route 739. The expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be offered. Free flu shots will be provided by CVS Pharmacy. Prescription Drug Take-Back will be provided by Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Pike County Transportation is offering convenient, free transportation to this year’s expo for Pike County residents age 65 and over. You must register in advance for this service by calling 570-296-3408 or 866-681-4947 by Sept. 11. For more information, please contact my office at 570-420-8301.
Pocono Alliance Offers Free Financial Literacy Workshops

Pocono Alliance is partnering with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to offer a free series of financial literacy workshops in Monroe County. This is the first time that PHFA has offered a program of this kind in the country. The eight-session workshop series is called “Building Your Financial House” and has seven core concepts adapted from the Department of Treasury’s Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s core competencies of earning/income, spending, saving and investing, as well as borrowing and protecting. The monthly workshops will be held at the Eastern Monroe Public Library beginning Sept. 11, from 6-8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to register by Aug. 31, as seating is limited.

This series is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, please contact: Misozi Houston, Staying Ahead Coordinator at Pocono Alliance at (570) 517-3956. For more information visit PoconoAlliance.org or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.
Congratulations, Brian and Courtney!

Over the weekend, our Chief of Staff Brian Fenstermaker got married at Memorytown in Mt. Pocono! Pictured here are Brian and his beautiful new wife, Courtney! We wish them a lifetime of love, health and happiness always!
“Civics 101” Programming Available from PCN

The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) is excited to bring PA classrooms Civics 101, a free educational resource geared toward fourth-grade students. The tools and videos included in Civics 101 were organized for the 2018-19 school year.

Civics 101 brings the basics of lawmaking to life for PA students. The site features video interviews with former Governors, a roundtable of Capitol reporters explaining the importance of the media, and special PCN Tours of the Governor’s residence and the State Capitol. In addition, a “Teacher’s Guide & Tools” page offers ideas for use in the classroom and downloadable classroom tools. Click here to learn more.
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Day

I stopped to acknowledge the wonderful partnerships in our community that came together to support the Tannersville Cranberry Bog last weekend. Bud Cook, Northeast PA Program Director for The Nature Conservancy, gave a tremendous background of the bog and how local volunteers and state funding have been critical. The Pocono Photo Club presented a photo guide of flowers, (submitted by 18 local photographers), that will be utilized by naturalists as they give educational tours through the bog. The Monroe County Conservation District was also present. If you haven’t visited the bog in Tannersville, it’s a great nature visit to add to your agenda for to explore!
Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institute Celebrated 32nd Anniversary in Saylorsburg

Last Sunday, I visited the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institute in Saylorsburg as it celebrated its 32nd annual event. The institute focuses on Vedic teaching and was established in 1986. Vedas are considered the earliest literary record of Indo-Aryan civilizations and the most sacred books of India. The institute has also added teaching of yoga, meditation and other traditional disciplines to their curriculum. I was invited as a guest to the event. Classes are open to the public. To learn more visit arshavidya.org.

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.
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.

Prescription Bottle Collection for Bushkill Lions Club Update

THANK YOU so much to everyone who has helped to collect prescription bottles to donate to the Bushkill Lions Club. My office is going to stop collecting at the end of this month, on Aug. 31, due to the overwhelming donations we have received. Thank you again for your help with this meaningful project.
Just a reminder: If you are encountering an issue with state government, please feel free to contact my district office. We are here to help you with the following services:      
 - Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals. 
 - Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for disabled persons).                         
 - PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.                         
 - State Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Work.
 - Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.                         
 - State tax forms.                         
 - Student aid applications.                         
 - Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides.                         
 - Copies of legislation and tours of the State Capitol.                         
 - Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters. 
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143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 | Phone: (570) 420-8301
164A East Wing, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
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