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District Office
Carriage House Square
2785 Route 115, Suite 103
Effort, PA 18330
Phone: (570) 620-4341
Fax: (570) 620-4349

Tobyhanna Township Building
105 Government Center Way
Pocono Pines, PA 18350
Phone: (570) 643-7683

Capitol Office

Room 423, Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202176
Harrisburg PA 17120-2176
Phone: (717) 787-7732
Township Fall Festivals, Community Days Set for This Weekend
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Township Fall Festivals, Community Days Set for This Weekend
The Mount Pocono Harvestfest is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 20 Murray St. (off Route 611 North), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. My office will have a table at this event and my staff will be available to assist with state-related issues.

I hope to see you at the fourth annual Chestnuthill Township Community Day on Sunday, Sept. 24, from noon till 5 p.m. at Chesnuthill Township Park, 221 Route 271 in Brodheadsville.

This is a free event with food, fun, games, music and more.

Check That New Car for Signs of Hurricane Damage
With hundreds of thousands of vehicles damaged recently by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, consumers should take caution when purchasing a new or used vehicle.
After major flood events, some flood-damaged vehicles are cleaned and taken out of state to be sold to unsuspecting customers as new or used, but not identified as flood damaged.
These damaged vehicles can legally be sold as long as they are titled as such, but owners of these vehicles will likely get lower payments on insurance claims than for non-flood damaged vehicles.
As always, if something sounds too good to be true, research the vehicle further. For tips on finding out if the car you’re interested in purchasing has been damaged, click here and click on “Auto” under “Insurance Coverage Resources.”

Stopping Welfare Checks to the Deceased
Recently introduced legislation in the state House aims to save taxpayer money by preventing welfare checks from going to individuals who have passed away.

About a year ago, an audit found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.
House Bill 1614 would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security Administration. Funds that would have gone to deceased individuals would then be redirected to help those truly in need or reverted back to the General Fund.
The bill has been referred to the House Health Committee.

Decreasing Stigma Against Suicide
With September designated as Suicide Prevention Month in Pennsylvania, House Resolution 401 seeks to raise awareness that suicide is preventable, improve education about suicide, spread information about suicide awareness and decrease stigmatization regarding suicide.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1,800 Pennsylvania lives are taken by suicide annually. For every person who dies of suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages, and is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.
For more information, visit or call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Fall in Love with PA’s Autumn Colors
The fall colors are beginning to brighten across several areas in Pennsylvania, helping to boost tourism activities in many regions.
According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.
Both in-state and out-of-state visitors can find the best places to view fall foliage and track the locations of the peak colors throughout the state, beginning in late September.
Click here to read more about Pennsylvania’s fall tourism activities.

AARP Seeking Volunteers
AARP is looking for volunteers to join its team for the upcoming income tax season. The organization will provide the training and support to help you learn new skills. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax filing help to those who need it most. Call 1-888-227-7669 for more information.

Tobyhanna Township Fall Festival and Craft Show is Saturday, Oct. 7
The Tobyhanna Township Fall Festival and Craft Show is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Blanche D. Price Park, 105 Government Center Way, in Pocono Pines. This is a free event with food, hay rides, live music, animals, a pumpkin patch and more.

Out and About in the 176th
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday to celebrate La Tolteca, Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell coming to the Bartonsville area. The ceremony was hosted Jim DePetris and his DEPG Developments and Legend Properties.

Last week Pocono Brewing Company in Swiftwater celebrated its grand opening under new management. I was happy to join Sen. Mario Scavello, the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce and all those who came out to wish Pocono Brewing Company best of luck!
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Capitol: Room 423, Irvis Office Building, P.O. Box 202176, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2176 | Phone: (717) 787-7732
Districts: 2785 Route 115, Suite 103, Carriage House Square, Effort, PA 18330 I Phone: (570) 620-4341
Tobyhanna Township Building, 105 Government Center Way, Pocono Pines, Pa 18350 I Phone: (570) 643-7683
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