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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.
September word of the month is “Sensitivity.”
“Being aware of the feelings of others and reacting accordingly.”
Pike County Senior Expo

I wanted to thank everyone who came to our Pike County Senior Expo last Friday. We had several hundred residents from Monroe and Pike counties as well as over 60 vendors available to give information to attendees!

I also wanted to thank the committed volunteers at Dingman Township Fire Company for their hospitality.
MetED Dialogue with Pike and Monroe First Responders

On Monday night at the Monroe County Public Safety Center, we hosted Met-Ed External Affairs Director, Roger Heasley and External Affairs Manager, Marc Troutman, as well as first responders from Monroe and Pike counties. During this open dialogue, we discussed safety responding methods in emergencies, especially when power outages have occurred, and power lines are downed. We also received feedback from all present parties following the rash of winter storms and outages in the region. This is part of my continued efforts to engage with local entities to ensure that utilities are serving our region better and communication from all levels is developed. Thank you to the Monroe County Emergency Management team in helping us organize this event.
Attention Private Community Board Members

I will be hosting another HOA Board Member Seminar on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2-5 p.m., at the Great Bear Golf Club & Country Club, located at 1 Great Bear Court, East Stroudsburg. The topics of discussion will be dues collections.

Networking opportunities will also be offered at the conclusion of this event. This seminar is free to attend, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, please call my district office at 570-420-8301 or email Brian Fenstermaker at bfenstermaker@pahousegop.com and provide the name of attendee(s), private community and official position. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, Sept. 24.

PVEN Cuts Ribbon for New Facility

Last Saturday, I stopped by to celebrate the grand opening of the new location of Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) off of State Route 209 in Sciota. The food pantry and clothing resource center is working hard to offer help for those in need. The overall professionalism and environment they have created allows people in need to receive help while keeping their spirits positive. Great job PVEN team! If you would like more information on this resource, please contact my office (570)420-8301.
Grand Opening at Ray Price Auto Park

On Sept. 13, I attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Ray Price Auto Park in Hamilton Township. This auto park features five dealerships, six different vehicle brands, and 3,000 vehicles all available at this location.

I would like to extend my congratulations to the owners and employees at Ray Price and wish them much success as they officially open their doors to the public.
Monroe County Veterans Day Parade

On Nov. 4, at 1 p.m., the Monroe County Veterans Association will be hosting a Veterans Parade that will begin at Stroudsburg High School and end at Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg.

If any local groups or organization would like to participate in the parade this year, click here for the application and parade rules/fees. Applications and fees should be submitted to the Monroe County Veterans Association no later than Monday, Oct. 22. 
Dr. Doug Arnold awarded A. Mitchell Palmer Award

A special congratulations to Dr. Doug Arnold, who was awarded this year’s A. Mitchell Palmer Award. I was pleased to join Sen. Mario Scavello in recognizing Doug for his many years of service to our school students and the broader community. Doug, we wish you all the best in the years ahead.

Are You Prepared?

With remnants of Tropical Depression Florence hitting much of Pennsylvania this week, state and national officials remind residents that September is National Preparedness month, an opportunity to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

As part of the awareness month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents to make and practice a preparedness plan, learn life-saving skills, check your insurance coverage and save for an emergency.

Residents should adapt their plans for all types of emergencies and disasters – residential fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, earthquakes, natural gas leaks and other events involving evacuations.

Tips and checklists are available online here.

PA Treasury Holding Military Decorations

The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new state website dedicated to reuniting military decorations that have been reported as unclaimed property with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. Treasury continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

To search for unclaimed military decorations, click here.

New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly (SLF), a pest native to China and Vietnam, was first discovered in Berks County in 2014 and presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The pest has since spread to 13 counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area.

While little is known about the insect's behavior and biology, researchers at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to gather scientific data on how to contain and manage this pest. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and USDA are working to implement containment and control efforts.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website click here.
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
TTY: 855-282-0614
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