Contact Information 
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
Special Assistance Available to Military Veterans
9/14/2018
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: 

 

Effort District Office

Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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.
 
 
Local Man Recognized for Years of Service


 

This week I joined Rep. Rosemary Brown and Maureen Madden to present Dr. Douglas C. Arnold of Brodheadsville with a special citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Dr. Arnold is the 2018 recipient of the A. Mitchell Palmer Award, which is presented annually by the East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge and Monroe County Bar Association to a Monroe County resident who has made significant and long-term contributions to our area. Dr. Arnold spent his career in education. He retired as the Superintendent of the Pleasant Valley School District in 2013.

Since his retirement Doug has volunteered his time to many organizations in Monroe County such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Monroe County Historical Association, YMCA, West End Park and Open Space Commission, and the Salvation Army.

I have known Doug for many years and he certainly earned this recognition. Congratulations, Doug! We are glad to have you in the West End.
 
 
East Stroudsburg Students Commemorate September 11


 

Students from East Stroudsburg University this week placed 2,996 American flags on the grounds of the college as a way to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. It is one of the many memorial services held this week in the Poconos and across the nation on this solemn anniversary. We will never forget that day 17 years ago.
 
 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills
 
 
Members of the House Professional Licensure Committee this week examined legislation that would allow health care to be more accessible and affordable by offering telemedicine options for patients.

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology, a significant and rapidly growing component of health care. Through the use of telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers are able to expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.
 
Legislation has been introduced in both chambers (House Bill 1648 and Senate Bill 780) that would define the term in state law and offer clarity for insurance company reimbursement for these services. Although the legislation requires payments for telemedicine services, those payments would be established between the provider and insurer.

Among those testifying at this week’s hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent.
 
 
Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019.

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here.
 
 
Grants Available for Job Training

Local workforce development boards can apply for $2.5 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts – all in an effort to expand new career opportunities across Pennsylvania.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor and Industry to local workforce development boards, which are regional entities that direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs in their areas.

These partnerships connect schools, employers, parents and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

Last year, nearly 9,000 students throughout the state participated in partnership activities.

Additional details and the grant application can be found here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
 
 
Elk Cam Goes Live

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again has installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season this fall heats up.

Video and sound from the camera are being live-streamed at pgc.pa.gov, and viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well.

The live stream, which is provided by the Game Commission’s partner, HDOnTap, is the latest in a string of real-time wildlife-watching opportunities offered by the Game Commission. 

The page also contains information on Pennsylvania’s elk, where to view them and links to the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors website, which includes all sorts of helpful information for anyone visiting elk country.

The live stream is slated to run until the end of the bugling season, likely sometime in mid-October. The top time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon.
 
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