Nov. 03, 2017

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Weekly News Update


 The latest news from the State Capitol

Fall Art Reception Set for Nov. 6
Join me for our fall artist reception on Monday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at my Bloomsburg district office located in the Market Street Plaza at 1000 Market St. (Suite 39) in Bloomsburg.

The reception will feature the work of three local artists:

• Mark Golomb, a Bloomsburg resident and painter, sculptor and illustrator whose work has reached 14 countries.
• Juliet Doucette-Renner, a Unityville resident whose fiber art and mixed media work is inspired by the beauty of nature and world travels.
• William Whitmoyer, a Bloomsburg resident who views art as a means of exploration.

All artists are anticipated to attend the event. Their artwork will be on display in my offices during the next several weeks.

While at the reception, constituents will also have the opportunity to interact with me and my staff on state-related issues and learn more about services available through our offices.

There is no charge to attend the reception and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 570-387-0246.

Anti-Fraud Measure Signed into Law
Legislation to reform the local tax collection system to reduce instances of fraud was signed into law this week.

Act 38 of 2017 prohibits checks made payable to a tax collector’s name only. Under the new law, checks should be made payable to the name of the tax collector along with the office, title or position; or be made out just to the office, title or position and then be deposited into a separate bank account used only for tax money.

Previously, the Local Tax Collection Law did not specify how taxes are to be paid, so it was left to individual tax collectors to determine how they want checks made out for the payment of taxes and to what account the tax money was to be deposited.

Changing how accounts are set up and how checks are written will give municipalities and taxpayers an added layer of protection by ensuring their tax dollars go where they are intended.

Act 38 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Use Caution: Deer on the Move


The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reminding motorists to slow down and stay alert for deer on the roadways.

Deer become more active in the autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” Autumn also sees a number of people taking part in outdoor activities that might flush deer from forested areas or briar thickets, and deer are more actively feeding to store energy for winter months. Add to this the end of daylight saving time, which results in more traffic between dawn and dusk, and the chances of vehicle accidents with deer increase significantly.

In fact, Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in State Farm’s annual report on the likelihood drivers in each state will collide with a deer or other large animal. According to the report, Pennsylvania drivers have a 1-in-63 chance of experiencing a collision with a deer or other large animal – a 6.3 percent increase from 2016.

Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and better understanding deer behavior. Be especially alert in “Deer Crossing” areas, and remember deer tend to travel in family groups, so if you see one deer, more are likely coming.

To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD. If the deer is on a locally owned road, contact the appropriate municipality.

Nominate a Historical Marker in Your Community


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is encouraging individuals, private organizations, local or county governments and public agencies to nominate historic properties, persons and events of significance on a state or national level for the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program.

The person, place, event or innovation to be marked must have had a significant impact on its times, and have a statewide and/or national, rather than local or regional, historical significance. The significance of the subject must be historically established rather than of contemporary interest.

The annual deadline to nominate is Dec. 1. Click here for all the details, eligibility requirements, nomination form and contact information if you are interested in learning more.

Honoring Our Veterans


Millions of people around the country will honor our nation’s veterans with ceremonies next weekend to commemorate Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11. Be sure to mark your calendars for our Veterans Expo on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Central Columbia High School from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more than 240 years, men and women in uniform have been called to serve our country by protecting our freedom and defending our democracy. Throughout the Veterans Day weekend, please take time to remember and thank the thousands of men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces and who continue to make a positive difference in our communities.

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, first marked the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and sought to honor the veterans of the World War – the only world war to have occurred at that time. Armistice Day was declared a national holiday in 1938 to acknowledge world peace, and then renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to celebrate the contributions of veterans of all wars.

Turn Those Clocks Back This Weekend


Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, and Pennsylvania residents will be turning their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

Experts recommend using this reminder to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years, and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.

Upcoming Events
• The Bloomsburg Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, beginning at 9 a.m.
• Evansville United Methodist Church in Berwick will hold a craft show on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• St. Joseph’s Church in Berwick will hold a craft show on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Our Fall Art Show is set for Monday, Nov. 6, at our Bloomsburg district office, from 6-8 p.m.
• Offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, for Election Day and Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day.
• An event designating Route 93 as Stuart Tank Memorial Highway will be held on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1901 Orange St., Berwick, at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
• The Great American Smoke Out will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16.
• Our Third Annual Veterans Expo will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Central Columbia High School from 9 a.m. to noon.
• The 106th Run for the Diamonds will be held on Thursday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m.
• The Berwick Santa Parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m.
• The Bloomsburg Lights Up the Night Parade will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m.
• Monthly Radio Address: Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m. on WHLM 94.7 FM.

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