West End Fair Honors Norman Burger at Annual Luncheon
8/26/2018
 
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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.”
                       
 
West End Fair Honors Norman Burger at Annual Luncheon

 
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the West End Fair this week. We were happy to meet with constituents throughout the fair. On Wednesday, at the annual West End Fair Luncheon, Norm Burger was honored for his contributions to the fair as a volunteer since 2004. Burger is also a veteran who served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was instrumental in leading the effort to secure a Local Share Account grant to expand the main office building at the West End Fair Grounds. He worked with me, Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Jack Rader to secure the funding. Pictured here with me are Sen. Mario Scavello, Donald Everett, Norm Burger and State Rep. Jack Rader.
 
 
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 the 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 or Rep. Peifer’s office at 570-4226-5959.
 
 
AARP Chapter 633 Annual Picnic

 
On Monday, I stopped in to visit and be available for questions with local AARP members at their annual picnic. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping people age 50 and older improve their quality of life as they age.
 

Safe Haven of Pike County Holds “Art of Kindness Dinner”

 
Last Saturday night, I attended the Safe Haven of Pike County “Art of Kindness Dinner.” Nick Volturo of Blue Ridge Cable TV13 hosted the auction and is pictured with me and constituent, Wayne Witkowski. Also pictured are the 2018 Honorees Bobby “O” Orr, Valerie Seitz O’Hare and Allison Taylor. Safe Haven’s mission is to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes through prevention, empowerment and the promotion of social justice.
For more information, visit shopcempowers.org.
 
 
Middle Smithfield’s 14th Annual Memory Makers Luncheon

 
I spent some time last Saturday afternoon at Middle Smithfield Township’s 14th Annual Memory Makers event at Shawnee Inn. Karyn Greenstreet, keynote speaker, spoke on genealogy as well as individual speakers who highlighted women of the township. More than 200 residents attended to enjoy the history. There were unknown pictures on each table, so residents could help identify individuals and several Pocono Photo Club members volunteered to take photos throughout the day.
I’m shown above with members of the Middle Smithfield Historical Commission along with staff, Michelle and Dana as well as Supervisors Mike Dwyer and Annette Atkinson. All of them did such a wonderful job organizing this event - thank you!
 
 
Monroe County’s 2018 Day of Caring

Monroe County's 2018 Day of Caring is quickly approaching on Thursday, Sept. 6. We have over 20 projects from over a dozen non-profits in our community that need volunteers for the day! Several of those projects are now full, but we still have over a dozen projects that need some volunteers.

To check out what volunteer opportunities are available for this year's Day of Caring on Sept. 6, please visit here and click “Day of Caring.” You can even sign up right there, it only takes two minutes.

All volunteers are invited to United Way's Campaign Kickoff that morning at 8 a.m. at Barley Creek for a complimentary breakfast, where we will hand out t-shirts and get everyone pumped for a great day!
 
 
Pennsylvania National Guard Responds to August Floods

Approximately 80 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) supported by state employees participated in several Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) missions during flooding in Northeast Pennsylvania Aug. 13-16.

The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) based out of Fort Indiantown Gap conducted hoist rescues of 19 civilians and three pets stranded at several locations. The team also used Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) to locate several members of a group of approximately 45 white water rafters who became separated from their group.

PNG personnel, vehicles and aircraft are in position to provide further assistance at the request of civilian authorities.

The flooding led to the PNG’s use of helicopters and crews with the PA-HART, located at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County, and in Johnstown. The team is a partnership between the PNG, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and PEMA along with credentialed civilian rescue technicians.

Founded in 1747, the PNG is one of the largest National Guards in the nation and is comprised of nearly 20,000 soldiers and airmen in more than 90 communities across the Commonwealth.
                        

Protecting Victims of Child Sexual Assault

 
In the aftermath of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s shocking and disturbing grand jury report on child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, the General Assembly will continue to take important steps to help protect victims and ensure they have both a voice and justice.

After the Penn State tragedy, the General Assembly created the Task Force on Child Protection, which then recommended numerous changes and updates to state laws. The more than two dozen new laws enacted during the 2013-14 session were designed to put the child first and written in a way that prosecutors, advocates and others see the abuse from the eyes of a child. Among those new laws were those to make abusers pay the price; improve child abuse reporting and investigations; share information to increase protection; strengthen prevention efforts; and criminalize the practice of “grooming.”

The work to protect children continues. Earlier this session, the House passed Act 67 of 2017, which eliminates the sunset provision in the Crimes Code regarding issuance of administrative subpoenas in investigations involving child sexual exploitation or abuse; and Act 54 of 2018, which requires public and nonpublic schools, as well as hospitals, to display a poster with the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect (ChildLine). The House also passed House Bill 1527, which is currently in the Senate, to clarify that mandated reporters must report suspected child abuse whenever they personally witness an abusive act to an identifiable child.

This fall, the House is expected to consider Senate Bill 261, which would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for prosecutions of sexual abuse of minors, extend the civil statute of limitations for lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors until the victim reaches 50 years of age, waive sovereign and governmental immunity for claims and remove caps on damages against governmental parties sued for sexual abuse of minors. Currently, the statute of limitations for civil claims alleging sexual abuse of a minor is until the victim reaches age 30; and the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions alleging sexual offenses against a minor is until the victim reaches age 50. In its current form, the bill would apply to future crimes only.

Anyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected is encouraged to call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. More information about child abuse is available at  keepkidssafe.pa.gov. Those who have been affected by abuse stemming from the grand jury report are urged to visit attorneygeneral.gov/report for additional resources.
 
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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