Sep. 24, 2017

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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. Click here to learn more.
September’s word of the month is “Honesty.”
“Free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere, genuine, real.”

Congratulations to New ESU Legislative Fellow
Congratulations to Rep. Jack Rader for being selected to serve as this year's East Stroudsburg University (ESU) legislative fellow. I had the pleasure to serve as the ESU legislative fellow in 2013 and it was a valuable experience, and I was honored to serve. Rep. Rader was recently recognized at an event at ESU. I am pictured (from left) with Sen. Mario Scavello, Rep. Rader, ESU President Marcia Welsh, Rep. Mike Peifer and John Siproth.

Area Groundbreaking Celebration
On Thursday, I attended Legend Properties and DEPG’s groundbreaking celebration for three great new restaurants – the groundbreaking for Route 611 Plaza, including Taco Bell and Chick-Fil-A, located across from St. Luke’s Hospital, and the last development phase of Bartonsville Square, a La Tolteca Mexican Restaurant.

Ross Township Bicentennial Celebration
On Saturday I also attended and helped Ross Township celebrate their Bicentennial Celebration by honoring them with a Citation from the House of Representatives. I also purchased a copy of "The History of Saylorsburg Pa," written by LeRoy Raseley, shown here with me.
Ross Township Supervisor, Howard Beers (dressed here as "Judge Beers"), is shown standing in front of the beautiful Ross Township Veteran's Memorial.

Stroud Township Bicentennial Celebration
On Saturday September 16th, Stroud Township held its Bicentennial Celebration at Brodhead Park. I attended to honor and present the township with a Citation from the House of Representatives. Kathy and Eric Uhler from Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as always did a wonderful wildlife presentation. I received a copy of “Stories of Stroud” written by Jacqualyn J. James which is available for those local history buffs out there. Kudos to Stroud Township Supervisor, Ed Cramer, for working the food stand!

11th Annual A. Mitchell Palmer Award Dinner
This week, the 11th Annual A. Mitchell Palmer Award Dinner was hosted by the East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge and the Monroe County Bar Association. This year’s honoree was Sharon S. Laverdure, a constituent of the 189th District. Sharon is a longtime educator, coach and highly respected community leader. She began her teaching career at the East Stroudsburg School District in 1973 and was appointed superintendent in 2009. Sharon serves on countless community boards and was a very successful softball and field hockey coach. The award is named after the former U.S. Congressman and U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and all proceeds from the dinner goes toward scholarships for local students. Pictured are Tyler Day from Rep. Rader’s office, Sharon S. Laverdure and Cooper Nordquist from Rep. Maureen Madden’s office.

DWGNRA Healing Waters – Heros on the Water Program
Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of greeting veteran's local and from across our state as they headed out onto the Delaware River as part of Healing Waters / Heroes on the Water program hosted by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to offer support, enjoyment and a thank you to our veterans. This is part of a three day visit.

Thank you to our park service for hosting this program and to all these great veterans and their families!

2nd Annual Thousand Lights Pink Ribbon Walk
The Second Annual Thousand Lights Pink Ribbon Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 5 p.m., at the Moonlit Lake at Saw Creek Estates, off Winona Falls Road in Bushkill. The event is to raise awareness for breast cancer. The gathering begins at 5 p.m., the walk begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. I will be attending and speaking at this event. “Margaret” the PINK firetruck will also be in attendance. For more information, or to volunteer, contact

Resica Elementary School Community Night
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m., there will be a Community Night at Resica Elementary School to provide parents with information about area resources that could be helpful for families with elementary-aged children. It is also to help educate parents and children about home, community and school safety programs available. Our office will be in attendance with helpful information.

Pennsylvania State Police Troop N Citizen’s Police Academy
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Troop N Community Services Unit will be hosting a Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) at Penn State Hazelton Campus, beginning Oct. 17 and ending Dec. 5. Participants will meet each Tuesday night for eight weeks from 6-8:30 p.m. Students must attend 75 percent or more of the scheduled classes to be eligible to graduate and receive a certificate. The program will expand citizen’s knowledge and understanding of the law and explore police procedure from the perspective of PSP.

Class size is limited to 40 community participants to allow greater interaction between students and instructors. Participants are selected from interested applicants. Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply and be a resident of Troop N’s coverage area, which consists of Lower Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon and Monroe counties. PSP will conduct a brief background investigation on interested applicants.

Applications can be picked up at the PSP barracks in Hazelton, Bloomsburg, Fern Ridge, Lehighton and Stroudsburg, or applicants can email or to request an electronic application. The deadline for application submissions is Sept. 30.

Oh Say, Can You Sing?
The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held from Jan. 6-13, 2018, and the Department of Agriculture is looking for people to sing the National Anthem. If you would be interested in singing the National Anthem, the department will be selecting a different individual or group to perform the National Anthem at the beginning of each day of the farm show and one at the opening ceremonies. When the contest opens on Oct. 1, at 8 a.m., the Pennsylvania Farm Show Facebook page will publish a post where video submissions should be uploaded in the comments section. The contest runs through Oct. 20, at noon. Click here to learn more.

Happy Fall!
The official beginning of fall was Sept. 22, and it’s time to start planning some road trips or adventures for the festive season. If you enjoy taking in the sights of Pennsylvania’s beautiful fall foliage here is a list of 10 amazing places around the state where you could travel to view the leaves. Three zones are outlined in this article, separated into zones 1, 2 and 3, based on the peak seasons across the state.
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
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