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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Upcoming Senior Expo on July 17
  • Local Cultural & Historical Organizations Receive State Grant
  • Preventing Rising Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
  • Visitor Feedback Prompts Smoke-Free Beaches at PA State Parks
  • Our Heroes Remembered & Local Veterans Honored During Memorial Day Ceremonies

Upcoming Senior Expo on July 17

I am hosting my annual Senior Expo on Monday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pocono Mountain Swiftwater Elementary Center (135 Academic Drive, Swiftwater, PA) with my co-hosts State Representatives Rosemary Brown and Jack Rader.

This event promises something for everyone, with a myriad of state and local resources available to seniors. Join us for a day full of free educational seminars, prices, health screenings, door prizes and more. Exhibitors from numerous government agencies and senior citizen organizations will be on hand to offer their services.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call my office at 570-620-4326.

Local Cultural & Historical Organizations Receive State Grant

Four local organizations represented in the 40th Senate District have been awarded state grants by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), which will enable the facilities to provide valuable resources and services to area residents.

This is the fifth year the PHMC has provided funding for museums through the grant program, which helps to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the general operations of eligible museums and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

Organizations in the 40th district that received grants include:

  • Monroe County Historical Association – $4,000
  • Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm – $5,198
  • Moravian Historical Society – $4,000
  • Northampton County Historical Society – $4,000

I am very proud to support this grant program, which provides vital funding for organizations that offer residents a chance to experience history, culture and entertainment. The funding is vital to many of their budgets and the great work they do every day.

Preventing Rising Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to know if your community has an intersection with a documented car/pedestrian crash history or a location where pedestrians have difficulty crossing the roadway because motorists fail to yield.

Following the loss of 77 pedestrians in Pennsylvania during the first six months of 2016, representing a 30.5 percent increase over 2015, PennDOT is reminding municipalities of the availability of “Yield to Pedestrian” signs. The portable free-standing signs are to be placed within the driver’s line of sight.

Consult the Regional Offices map to identify your county’s region and refer to the Pedestrian Brochure for your local PennDOT Engineering District Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator to obtain free safety signage for your community.

Visitor Feedback Prompts Smoke-Free Beaches at PA State Parks

Visitors to many of Pennsylvania’s State Parks will find clean air billowing across the beach and the absence of cigarette butts soiling the sand, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

DCNR announced that 39 of 54 swimming beaches and pools located in state parks are now smoke-free in response to park visitor feedback and agency goals for ensuring clean air and beaches.

Make your PA State Parks Reservations online. DCNR has made it simple to review the Rules and Regulations of PA’s State Parks to ensure a quality experience for all visitors. Included in the restriction are cigarettes, pipes, e-cigarettes or other handheld lighted smoking devices. Consult the State Park Advisories for a wide selection of helpful information for visitors. Download the free Official Guide for Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests to enrich your trip.

Our Heroes Remembered & Local Veterans Honored During Memorial Day Ceremonies

This past weekend we paid tribute to our Nation’s many brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. The many Memorial Day celebrations hosted around the 40th Senate District were a mixture of joy and sadness. While we like to fill the holiday with picnics, family get-togethers, parades and fun, it is also a solemn occasion.

I encourage all of us to remember the many sacrifices made by those who came before us who paid the ultimate price so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. Let us remember their service not just on Memorial Day, but every day.

I also had the opportunity to take part in an incredible ceremony in West Bangor where I presented citations to seven living WWII veterans in West Bangor, two of whom were not able to attend. We are forever indebted to their service.

Here are some photos from the weekend’s ceremonies.

WWII Veterans Honored

I presented Senate Citations to WWII Veterans Alfonso Abruzzi, Dominic Abruzzese, Sigmund A. Catino, Sigmund J. Catino, Phillip Corvino, Teribio Cuono and Edward Gigliotti.

Bayada Hospice Memorial Day Tree Planting

We joined Bayada Hospice in a Memorial Day tree planting, honoring the lives of our military who died so we could have the freedoms we enjoy today. But this was also an opportunity to celebrate life, to reflect on their sacrifice and to know that although they may be gone, they will never be forgotten.

American Legion Post 927 Ceremony

A large group gathered with American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert for a very moving service to honor the lives of those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today.

American Legion Post 927 Ceremony

The Tannersville War Memorial was a fitting location to memorialize our brave servicemen and women and to honor their great sacrifice.

Vietnam Veterans Recognized at Pinning Ceremony

It was an honor to speak at a pinning ceremony for Vietnam Veterans hosted by Senator Toomey. These brave individuals served our nation during a very difficult time - a time when they did not get the full credit and honor they deserved. Thank you all for your service to our country. Welcome home.

Troop 86 Places Flags on Veterans’ Graves

Boy Scout Troop 86 placed flags at the gravesites of area veterans who have passed away at Dreher Avenue Cemetery. Thank you to all the boys and their leaders for honoring our veterans.

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Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

Monroe County Office
DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-1200120000
FAX (610) 863-1214
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