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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 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 district office at 570-420-8301 or Rep. Peifer’s office at 570-226-5959.

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Commuter Extended Office Hours

Our upcoming Commuter Extended Office Hours will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, not on Sept. 9 as stated in the printed newsletter you may have received. I am hosting these extended office hours for commuters and other constituents who are not able to visit our district office during the normal weekday hours. No appointment is necessary. Future Commuter Extended Office Hours will be announced.
Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Seminar

I will be hosting a Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Seminar on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the East Stroudsburg University Innovation Center, 562 Independence Road, Room 336. Speakers for this seminar include Jackie Zulli, director of Legislative Affairs and Policy for Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network; and Nicole Chinnici, director of ESU Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory. This is a free event, but you must register in advance by calling 570-420-8301 by Sept. 12. For more information, please contact my district office at 570-420-8301.
Middle Smithfield Community Day

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Middle Smithfield will be holding a Community Day at Middle Smithfield Elementary School from Noon until 6 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 9. The event will feature numerous activities, food, music and vendors. Some of the vendors include Marshalls Creek Fire Company, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Penn State Master Gardeners and my office. Admission and parking are free. Hope to see you there!                         

Moms2b Baby Shower



House Committees Vow to Help Aging Veterans

At a joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, members learned more about initiatives to raise awareness of programs and assistance for Pennsylvania’s aging veteran population.

Testifiers included officials with the Pennsylvania Southeastern Veterans’ Center; Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Pennsylvania American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars at Pennsylvania State Headquarters; and Veterans Home Care NYJ, LLC. They focused their testimony on the need to invest state dollars wisely into programs that will benefit Pennsylvania’s veterans.

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reported that every $1 that the Commonwealth invests in our veterans results in $35 for Pennsylvania in federal funding and saved Medicare costs. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is engaged in a pilot program that provides a budget for veterans to spend how they wish on their care.

Another program outlined is contained in Act 66 of 2007, which directs grant money to assist veterans service organizations with veterans outreach programs. My office hosts that program monthly. Click here for details.  Additionally, the need for partnerships to disseminate important information to veterans was also emphasized. This communication can lead to veterans learning more about programs that can make a real difference in their lives.
Fall Newsletter Now Available Online

My fall newsletter is arriving in mailboxes now, and includes my report to you.

Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on 511PA.com

Travelers can log onto 511PA.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.

PennDOT Driver License Centers Closed for Holiday Weekend

All driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
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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Office Locations
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