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Senior Expo Set for Aug. 9


Mark your calendars for my 14th annual senior expo, set for Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Espy Fire Hall, located at Tenny and Third streets in Bloomsburg. Doors will open at 8:45 a.m.

Dozens of representatives from state agencies, local businesses and nonprofit organizations will be on hand to provide information and answer questions relating to senior issues. If you or a loved one are age 55 or over, plan to make a morning of it! I hope to see you there.
For more information, visit

Tax Amnesty Nets State $114 Million


Pennsylvania’s latest Tax Amnesty Program brought in $114.5 million, surpassing the $100 million net revenue previously estimated.

The Tax Amnesty Program waived all penalties and half of the interest for eligible individuals or businesses that applied to the program and paid delinquent state taxes between April 21 and June 19, 2017. Taxpayers who were eligible but didn’t participate in the program will now be assessed a 5 percent penalty.

Tax amnesty is not a forgiveness of debt but a reduction in fines to encourage payment. Anyone who took advantage of this program will not be eligible to do so again should the Commonwealth enact a subsequent amnesty program.

The proceeds generated will apply toward the 2016-17 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown


With summer weather leading to increased storms, heavy rains and flash flooding, residents are reminded of a 2012 law that encourages people to turn around, don’t drown.

Under the law, motorists who ignore temporary police barricades and drive through flooded areas during and after storms could face fines.

Specifically, anyone who requires rescue, towing or medical care after ignoring a barricade or warning sign can be fined $250 to $500 and have points assessed to their driving record. They may also be forced to pay restitution for the cost of their rescue.

The law is designed to discourage motorists from driving around road-closed signs and putting themselves, as well as emergency responders, in danger. As little as six inches of moving water can knock a person down and one foot of water can sweep a vehicle away.

More information about flood safety is available here.

DEP Accepting Applications for Small Business Advantage Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting manufacturers, retailers, service providers, agricultural businesses and other small businesses to apply for a total of $1 million in Small Business Advantage Grants to finance pollution prevention and energy-efficiency projects.

The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis that provides up to 50 percent reimbursement matching grants, up to a maximum of $7,000 to $9,500, depending on the project. Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution-related expenses.

The grant program runs from July 25, 2017, through June 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.

For the first time, applications must be submitted online at

More information is available here.

Schedule Your Capitol Tour Early


Beginning Aug. 1, the Capitol tour office will be taking group reservations for the 2017-18 school year. The late spring and early summer seasons are the busiest times for Capitol tours, so make your reservation as early as possible.

You can call the Capitol tour office directly at 1-800-868-7672 or call my office at 717-783-1102. When you call, have your group name, total number of participants and best contact information ready. Individuals may make reservations or join a tour group at the time of their visit.

Tours are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and most holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Weekday tours begin at the top of the hour and every half hour. The tours last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the size of the group.

For more information, click here. 

Support Local Police at National Night Out Events
Tuesday, Aug. 1, is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

National Night Out events will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Berwick City Hall from 5-8 p.m. and at the Bloomsburg pool from 6-8 p.m.

For more information about the national event, click here.

Roadwork in Our Communities
• On Wednesday, roadwork began on the Route 487 bridge spanning the Susquehanna River between Route 2009 (Mainville Drive) in Catawissa Township and Airport Road in Bloomsburg.

This work will be performed during the day and take about two weeks to complete.

There will be lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.

This work is part of a $2.9 million microsurfacing contract involving multiple routes in Columbia County.

• On Monday, July 31, a PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County will begin a pipe replacement project on Route 118 in Jackson Township. The project is located just east of the Lycoming County line between Route 239 and T-737 (Mountain Road).

Work is expected to be completed by mid-August. A detour will be in place using Route 239 and Route 487.

Upcoming Events
• A representative from the VA will be in the Bloomsburg district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. By appointment only. Call 570-387-0246 to make an appointment.
• The annual Veterans Leave No Warrior Behind Run will be held on Sunday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• National Night Out events will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Berwick City Hall from 5-8 p.m. and at the Bloomsburg pool from 6-8 p.m.
• The North Mountain Fire Department Carnival will be held from Thursday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 5.
• St. Joseph’s Italian Festival will be held from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6, in Berwick.
• Our Senior Expo is set for Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Espy Fire Department from 9 a.m. to noon.
• A representative from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office will be in the Bloomsburg district office on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 1-3 p.m.
• The Catawissa Fire Department Carnival will be held from Wednesday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 12.
• The North Mountain Fire Department Carnival will be held from Thursday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 12.

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