Sep. 28, 2018

Fourth Annual Fall Wellness Festival


Hosted by State Representative Jack Rader
and Lehigh Valley Health Network

Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus
2411 Route 715, Tannersville

This event provides Monroe County residents with greater access to
health and wellness-related services, including information for the
whole family – even your beloved children and pets!
The Wellness Festival will feature:

• Free flu shots (for all ages, including pediatric and senior flu shots)
• A Drug Take-Back program
• Yoga instruction
• Health screenings
• Kids fall activities
• Light refreshments
• Information about pet wellness (please do not bring your pets to the event)
• Financial wellness information • Help with weight loss • And much, much more!

If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please call my district office by dialing 570-620-4341.

 Pictured with me are Dr. Eric Bean from Lehigh Valley Health Network and Matt Connell, dean of Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus. Lehigh Valley Health Network is co-hosting this event with us.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance Hosts Annual Dinner


This week the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance held its annual report dinner at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Tobyhanna Township. The keynote speaker this year was Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis M. Davin.
Visit Us at Mount Pocono Harvest

Come visit my staff and me tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 29, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Mount Pocono Harvest at the Mount Pocono Volunteer Fire Company, located at 20 Murray St., in Mount Pocono.
Special Assistance Available to Military Veterans

An American Legion service officer will be available on a rotating basis at my Effort or Pocono Pines district office each month on the third Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about veterans benefits and help file claims for veterans and their dependents.

Upcoming dates and locations: 


Pocono Pines District Office

Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Effort District Office

Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Space is limited so please call to schedule an appointment. Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to take advantage of this service.
Organizations Given Option of Carrying EpiPens

To help save lives in emergency situations, the House unanimously approved legislation this week that would allow law enforcement and a variety of organizations and businesses to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens.

House Bill 126 would permit a number of entities – law enforcement, recreation camps, colleges, universities, day cares, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants, places of employment and sports arenas – to stock a supply of EpiPens in the event a patron comes in contact with an allergen and has an anaphylactic reaction, which could be fatal.

Under the bill, a designated employee must receive training in how to recognize signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis; standards and procedures for the storage and administration of an epinephrine auto-injector; and emergency follow-up procedures. Immunity would be granted for those who reasonably administer the EpiPen in good faith.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) reports that as many as 15 million individuals have food allergies, and 6 million of those individuals are children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

The bill has been sent back to the Senate for agreement.
Keeping Your Septic System Safe

This past week – Sept. 17-21 – was designated SepticSmart Week, and is a good time to check your system to ensure it is in working order.

More than one in five households in the United States depend on individual onsite or small community cluster systems (septic systems) to treat their wastewater. These systems are used to treat and dispose of relatively small volumes of wastewater, usually from houses and businesses located in suburban and rural locations not served by a centralized public sewer system.

In keeping with the national observance, the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) offers the following tips to keep your septic system in good working order: inspect it annually, pump the tank every three to five years, don’t overload the commode, conserve water, plant trees away from tanks, redirect rain water and protect it during cold weather.

More information is available here.