Senior Caregiver Forum Set for May 11
In order to share resources with area caregivers, I am offering a Senior Caregiver Support Forum on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in the large meeting room located at the Columbia County Facility, 702 Sawmill Road in Bloomsburg.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from brief, informative sessions and then have the chance to get their own questions answered.
The following persons/organizations are slated to participate in the forum:
• Columbia Montour Hospice and Geisinger Home Care.
• Law office of Kreisher and Gregorowicz.
• LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) Geisinger.
• Columbia-Montour Aging Office.
• Columbia County Veterans Affairs Office.
Registration is required for this event. To register, call my office at 570-759-8734.
Protecting Our Children
Legislation to further protect Pennsylvania’s children passed the House recently. The measures are designed to toughen the criminal sentences for those who put children in harm’s way.
House Bill 217 would increase the grading of offenses related to endangering the welfare of children to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim. This would better ensure that parents, guardians or those charged with the care of a child would face harsher penalties in cases of child endangerment if the child was under the age of 6, if the endangerment resulted in serious injury or death, or if the endangerment was part of a continuing course of conduct.
Likewise, House Bill 489 toughens the sentences in cases of indecent exposure where children under the age of 16 are present. The measure provide for ranges of sentences applicable based upon aggravating circumstances such as the number and ages of people present and the nature and character of the incident.
Both proposals are now with the Senate for review.
Holding Lottery Winners Accountable for Debts
Individuals who are delinquent on state taxes or behind on child support payments could find their winnings intercepted under legislation passed by the House.
House Bill 674 would require the Department of Revenue to determine whether taxpayers who win a single prize of more than $2,500 from the Pennsylvania Lottery have any unpaid state taxes. If the taxpayer does have an outstanding state tax liability and all appeal rights have been exhausted, the amount of state tax that is owed will be deducted from the winnings and paid to the Commonwealth. Other obligations, such as court costs, fines and restitution, could be deducted as well.
Finally, the bill would require the Department of Revenue to send the winner’s information to the Department of Human Services to determine if he or she is a recipient of public assistance benefits. If the prizewinner does receive benefits, a determination would be made regarding if he or she remains eligible for those benefits.
The bill awaits consideration in the state Senate.
Check Out PA’s ‘Happy Traveler’ Guide
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office has released its annual “Happy Traveler” vacation guide to help residents and visitors plan a perfect summer vacation or weekend getaway.
The guide features information about the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and encourages travelers to visit one of his iconic properties in Pennsylvania — Fallingwater, Duncan House and Kentuck Knob.
Additionally, the guide features 11 new “Happy Day Road Trips,” one in each of the state’s distinct tourism regions, providing visitors a one-stop shop for even more of Pennsylvania’s best unique stops and only-in-PA attractions.
The travel guide is available digitally, or free printed copies can be requested at www.visitPA.com.
Tourism in Pennsylvania attracts more than 192 million domestic travelers, injecting more than $40 billion in the state’s economy annually, and the industry as a whole supports more than 482,524 Pennsylvania jobs and generates $4 billion in state and local tax revenue.
Go Fishing with the Family!
To help share the love of fishing with families, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has scheduled several opportunities in May and June for families to learn fishing skills.
The six events – three in May and three in June – will lead up to the two statewide Fish-for-Free Days – the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 28, and Independence Day, July 4. Each of the state’s six regions will host an event. For the list, click here.
The program is open to all ages, including children ages 5 and older, and the PFBC provides equipment, bait and tackle. PFBC staff will be present to teach skills and assist those who fish.
Preregistration is required. Space is limited, and there will be no registrations accepted the day of the events.
Congratulations, Tom Austin
Tom Austin, a Fishing Creek Township resident, was recently named Person of the Year by PA Outdoor News. Austin has been writing “Tom’s Tracks,” a weekly outdoors column published in the Press-Enterprise, for 41 years.
Around Our Community
| It was my pleasure to attend Sen. John Gordner’s stadium dedication on Wednesday, May 3. The Salem Track was given the additional name of the “Senator John R. Gordner Stadium.” Pictured with me are the Berwick School District Superintendent Wayne Brookhart, members of the Berwick school board and Rep. Tarah Toohil.
On Thursday morning, Attorney General Josh Shapiro visited Berwick High School to talk to students and community members about the opioid epidemic in our area and in the Commonwealth. Pictured are local law enforcement, members of the Berwick School Board, Berwick borough officials, the Berwick Community Watch Group, the Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance and a few families who have been personally affected by drugs.
Pictured with me are Chet Davis and Charles “Red Tail” Weaver Jr. at our Spring Art Show held on Monday, May 1.
• The Bloomsburg Fire Department Carnival will be held from Wednesday, May 3, through Saturday, May 6.
• Our Senior Caregiver Support Forum will be held on Thursday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m. at 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg. Call 570-387-0246 to RSVP.
• Celebrate Historic Berwick will be held on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 11 a.m. on the 500 block of Market Street.
• Offices will be closed on Tuesday, May 16, for Primary Election Day.
• The United Way Trash to Treasure event will be held on Saturday, May 20, at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds.
• An ALS Walk will be held on Saturday, May 20, at Bloomsburg Town Park beginning at 9 a.m.
• Monthly Radio Address: Thursday, May 25, at 8:30 a.m. on WHLM 94.7 FM.
• The Mifflinville Carnival will be held from Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, at Mifflinville Park.
• PA Fish For Free Day will be held Sunday, May 28.
• Offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.