May Declared as Lyme Disease & Tick Borne Illness Awareness Month in the Commonwealth

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.
May word of the month is “Prudence.”

“The ability to govern and discipline oneself by use of reason; skill and good judgment in utilizing resources."

May Declared as Lyme Disease & Tick Borne Illness Awareness Month in the Commonwealth

My House resolution declaring May Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania was recently adopted unanimously by the House.

It is crucial for our residents to be informed about the serious impact Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses have on our Commonwealth, as well as what precautions they should take to prevent themselves and their families from contracting this disease.

I will continue to advocate on behalf of Pennsylvanians who are affected by this disease and other tick-borne illnesses and fight for better policies that will aid our medical communities in early detection of this disease, support research for treatments, and educate our health practitioners.

Click here to view my full House floor comments.

As a reminder to Pennsylvania residents: you can have ticks tested for FREE at East Stroudsburg University’s Tick Research Lab after removing them. Ticks can also be mailed to the lab.

For more information about ESU’s Tick Research Lab and free tick testing, residents can visit their website

Couples Celebrated and Reflected on Their Marriages at Our Anniversary Tea


Last Friday, over 30 couples came and joined us at our first-ever Anniversary Tea celebration - all of which have been married for 50 years or more.

It was truly a humbling sight to see all of these couples who have spent a lifetime together and hear of their experiences through the decades, as well as learn the secrets of keeping a marriage strong.

Of those that joined us, Clara and Hubert McHugh were married the longest. They have been together for 67 years! They are pictured above with me.

I want to thank everyone who attended along with the Shawnee Fire Company No. 1 for hosting us and the Stroudsmoor Inn Towne and Café for providing each couple with a husband and wife cupcake and cookies!

Supporting Our National Guard Members and Their Families

Recognizing the sacrifices made by the families of PA National Guard members, the House approved legislation to provide them with education benefits.

House Bill 1324 would extend our current Pennsylvania National Guard Military Education Program by including a Guard member’s spouse or child in this benefit program.

The benefit would pay for 10 semesters/quarters, or five years equivalent, at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

The Guard member could earn these educational benefits for his or her spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. This would help retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania while also supporting Guard families.

The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
Click It or Ticket

The Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign runs from May 13 to June 2. Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Highway Safety Network, Tracy Fox, has some safety reminders and information for this initiative.

Seat belts are a restraint device designed to hold you in your seat when you are involved in a crash. They keep you from being thrown around inside or being ejected out of your vehicle.

In Pennsylvania there is a seat belt law. A primary offense is committed when anyone under the age of 18 is not properly restrained in either a child passenger seat or seat belt (usually after age 8 and 4 foot, 9 inches tall). A primary offense means police do not need another violation to stop and cite you for a seat belt violation. If you are over the age of 18, it becomes a secondary offense in that the police need to stop you for any other violation first and then can issue a second citation for the seat belt violation.

It’s a love/hate relationship, but it is one that can save your life. Remember, Click It or Ticket…day and night!
Aspen Dental Offers Free Dental Service to Veterans Nationwide on June 8

Veterans nationwide can call 1-844-277-3646 (1-844-ASPENHMM) to find a participating Aspen Dental office in their community and schedule an appointment during the annual Day of Service on June 8.

Advanced appointments are required. During the Day of Service, Aspen Dental dentists and teams treat the most urgent needs of each veteran to ensure they are relieved of any dental pain, including anything from fillings and extractions to basic denture repairs. Routine cleanings and exams are also provided.

In addition to the efforts of local volunteers on the Day of Service, the Healthy Mouth Movement is also reaching veterans through its MouthMobile, a 42-foot long fully equipped dentist office on wheels that travels state to state providing free care to veterans in communities where care may not be easy to access.

Since launching in 2014, The MouthMobile has made nearly 150 stops and traveled approximately 125,000 miles.

For more information about Day of Service and the Healthy Mouth Movement, visit
Fish for Free Next Weekend

If you’ve been thinking about trying fishing or wanting to introduce your child or a friend to the joys of fishing, you’ll have a great chance to do so next weekend!
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of its two annual Fish for Free Days next Sunday, May 26.

On Fish for Free Days, anyone -- resident or non-resident -- can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a license.

All other fishing regulations will still apply.

For your convenience, there are even opportunities to borrow equipment from certain sites at state parks and other locations. You can find those locations by clicking here.

The second Fish for Free day is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

ALS Awareness Day in Harrisburg

House Resolution 230, ALS Awareness Day, was passed by the House last Tuesday. I met with Heather, who was diagnosed six years ago while she was pregnant with her daughter. While meeting with me, they introduced me to Eyegaze, which is a type of computer that allows ALS patients to have a voice when they are ultimately silenced by the disease.
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