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August 2017

Special Fishing Opportunities Offered on Labor Day

Celebrate Labor Day (Monday, September 4) with the Fish and Boat Commission by enjoying some end-of-summer fishing opportunities, including a Mentored Youth Fishing Day and special discounted licenses.  

Adults can purchase 1-day resident or non-resident licenses for just $1, valid to fish anywhere in the state, and select panfish waters will be open for Mentored Youth Fishing Day participants. Both options are easy and affordable ways to enjoy time with family and friends.

Locally, Lower and Upper Promised Land Lakes at Promised Land State Park in Pike County, and Bradys Lake and Gouldsboro Lake in Monroe County, will be available to anglers all day, but only mentored youth participants (adults and kids) may keep fish under the minimum size.

To participate in the mentored youth program, adult anglers (16 years of age or older) must possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and be accompanied by a youth angler (less than 16 years of age) who has a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License.

Permits and licenses can be obtained at or through authorized licensing agents.

School Bus Safety

As another school year begins, we need to pay special attention to the related increases in traffic and activity. According to PennDOT, more than 1.5 million Pennsylvania children are transported each day along nearly 4 million miles of roadways. By following these School Bus Safety Tips we can help ensure each child’s safe return home.

Lead Exposure Task Force Created

We know lead poses a significant health concern, especially for children and seniors, but a new task force will examine whether sufficient protections are in place to help prevent lead exposure and poisoning in the Commonwealth. 

Over the next 18 months, an advisory committee comprised of cabinet officials, water utility employees, medical, health and education professionals, and others, will conduct a comprehensive review of Pennsylvania law and public policy and develop best practice recommendations.

Specifically, the analysis will assess the age and condition of public and private housing, water pipelines, school buildings, and day-care facilities, and the prevalence of lead in these spaces; the threat lead exposure poses to public health; and how Pennsylvania’s approach to the issue compares to other states.

My involvement as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will be to review the information gathered and determine what changes to existing lead testing, abatement and remediation efforts are necessary.

Stop Credit and Debit Card Skimmers

Skimmers are malicious card readers that illegally gather data from a credit or debit card’s magnetic stripe. They are often attached to a real payment terminal and allow a scammer to steal personal financial and account information. The Department of Banking and Securities, the PA State Police, the PA Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Attorney General are working together to capture illegal credit and debit card skimmers at gas stations and ATMs, and eliminate this type of high tech fraud.

To help protect yourself:

  • Use gas pumps closest to or within the cashier’s line of sight.
  • Select ATMs in well-lit, secure locations, and avoid stand-alone units in store corners or other out-of-the-way locations.
  • Examine the card reader and surrounding area for anything out of the ordinary, mismatched, or loose.
  • Ensure no one is watching you enter your PIN or filming you on a cell phone.
  • Use a credit instead of debit card to avoid exposing your PIN.
  • Review bank and credit card statements frequently to watch for fraudulent activity and report unfamiliar activity immediately.

The Scam Alert Card provides a list of resources and necessary contacts for those victimized by skimming to report the crime.

Out And About In The 20th District

Peace, love and drool were overflowing at Woofstock 2017, the annual event that benefits True Friends Animal Welfare Center, offering a safe refuge and hope for a second chance for animals in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. Finley and I joined board member Gino Setta and his pal Thaddeus to enjoy the festivities and take in the beauty of Salt Springs State Park.

The Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company recently dedicated its new “Engine 1” with a ceremonial wet down. Everyone worked extremely hard and flipped a lot of pancakes to help get this desperately needed pumper truck.  They deserve a huge thanks for their efforts and for their dedication to protecting their neighbors.

The Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Camp Cadet is a rigorous training program that builds character and prepares our youth for potential careers in law enforcement.  Each year 12-15 year olds from across Luzerne, Sullivan, Bradford and Wyoming counties spend a week at Camp Kresge challenging themselves and learning perseverance through adversity.


Offices of Senator Lisa Baker

Harrisburg Office
362 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-7428
FAX: 717-787-9242
M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Western District Office

22 Dallas Shopping Center
Memorial Highway
Dallas, PA 18612
Phone: 570-675-3931
FAX: 570-674-5037
M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Eastern District Office

2512 Route 6
Hawley, PA 18428
Phone: 570-226-5960
FAX: 570-226-5964
M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM