Nov. 17, 2017

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Weekly News Update


 The latest news from the State Capitol

Our Veterans Expo is Tomorrow
Join me at our third annual Veterans Expo on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg. Exhibitors with veteran-related information will be available.

Adoptees Can Now Apply for Original Birth Certificates


Pennsylvania adult adoptees can now apply for and receive a copy of their original birth certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Act 127 of 2016 reinstated this access for the first time since 1984 to allow these adults to have the same access to the record as everyone else.

The department began accepting early submissions this summer for processing now, and as of Oct. 31, 1,180 adoptees have already applied for a copy of their original birth certificate. Adoptees who submit applications on or after Nov. 3 should allow 45 days for processing.

Under previous Pennsylvania law, adoptees could petition the courts for a copy of their original birth records; however, that request could have been denied by a judge.
For more information on the new law and the application process, click here. 

Shop Local This Season


To spotlight the role that small businesses play, Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, to encourage residents to shop small this holiday season. Nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania employ about 2.4 million workers, as of 2014, and make up more than 98 percent of the state’s employers.

The House Majority Policy Committee, as part of its fall agenda to “Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Middle Class,” recently held a legislative hearing to discuss how state government can help small businesses succeed and the challenges small businesses face when dealing with state agencies and complex regulations.

For state resources on starting a small business, click here.

Thanksgiving Wishes to All!


Pennsylvania can claim to be the home of the first recognition of Thanksgiving, when Gov. Simon Snyder was the first to recognize it as an official holiday on the third Thursday of November in 1817. Philadelphia’s Gimbels Department Store was also the first to host a Thanksgiving Day parade in 1920.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23, state offices will be closed on Thursday, and my offices will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 24.

From my family to yours, may you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Traveling Over the Holiday? Check Traffic Conditions on
Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Around Our Community 


I had the opportunity to speak at the Bloomsburg Veterans Dinner last Sunday. What a great event honoring our veterans!


Last Sunday, we officially dedicated a portion of Route 93 in Berwick as Stuart Tank Memorial Highway.

The American Car and Foundry-Berwick employed thousands of citizens from northeastern Pennsylvania during the World War II era. These workers produced over 15,000 Stuart Light Tanks as their contribution to the Arsenal of Democracy and to the thousands of soldiers, Marines and Allied forces who rode these tanks to victory over tyranny.

Pictured with me are Stuart Tank Memorial Association directors and Dick Donald, a local World War II veteran.

Upcoming Events
• Our Third Annual Veterans Expo will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Central Columbia High School from 9 a.m. to noon.
• On Saturday, Nov. 18, a 4-H Carnival will be held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds from 3-8 p.m.
• Winterfest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Columba from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• 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.
• The Berwick Speedo Run will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25.
• Monthly Radio Address: Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m. on WHLM 94.7 FM.
•  • Christmas Boulevard begins on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Berwick at 6 p.m. The Christmas lights will be displayed throughout the holiday season.
• On Dec. 2, Christmas Boulevard will be held in Berwick beginning at 6 p.m.

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