May. 17, 2019

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Shredding/Spring Cleanup Event was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our shredding and spring cleanup event.

We helped people protect their identities by destroying documents with sensitive and personal information. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was there to collect old, outdated prescription medications through a drug take-back program.

American Legion Post 413 from Pocono Lake was there to gather old worn and tattered flags so they can be properly retired. The Lions Club was there to collect prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and hearing aids to recycle by providing them to people in need. Cell Phones for Soldiers was there to collect cell phones and chargers for our men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Clymer Library collected gently used children’s books. Tricky the Raceway Mascot was there and helped us with the paper shredding operation.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this community event!


Office Participated in Senior Fitness Walk


My office staff this week participated in and supported the YMCA’s 23rd Annual Senior Fitness Walk that was held at Eiler-Martin Stadium at East Stroudsburg University. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Monroe County and the Pocono Family YMCA do such a great job in our communities throughout the county! Thank you to everyone who participated and to all the volunteers who put this together and were able to make this event so successful!
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.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Working to support people struggling with depression or other mental health conditions, the House recently designated May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth.

Mental illness is not always visible, but it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. This invisibility can make people feel isolated and unable to share their experiences.

Only about half of people impacted by mental illness seek treatment, and too many people struggle in silence. It is important that all Pennsylvanians understand mental illness is a biologically based disorder that requires medical attention.

You can learn more about mental health and services available in Pennsylvania by clicking here.
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.