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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • United We Stand
  • September Legislative Report: LifePath
  • Senator Scavello to Host “Get Outdoors PA” Event
  • Free Community Seminar on Addiction, October 3
  • New Animal Rights Law in Effect
  • Explore PA Road Trips 
  • Hunter Training Course on September 17
  • Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program Now Open

United We Stand

Sixteen years after terrorists shattered America’s sense of security, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families who lost loved ones.

It is a time to recommit to unity as Americans, and reflect on the resiliency that got us through the difficult periods in our history.

September Legislative Report: LifePath

September 2017 - LifePath

In this month’s episode of Legislative Report, I talk with representatives from LifePath, an organization that provides homes and services to individuals with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Lehigh Valley and southeastern Pennsylvania. Paul Coleman, CEO and Executive Director for LifePath, along with Annette Kaiser, Communications & Development Director, shared their insights and vision for our area communities and helping those they serve live “everyday lives.”

To find out more about the services LifePath offers, please visit

Senator Scavello to Host “Get Outdoors PA” Event

I am hosting my second annual Get Outdoors PA Festival on Saturday, September 30 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Brodhead Creek Park (North Fifth Street, Stroudsburg) in partnership with Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission. This family-friendly event will be held rain or shine for all ages.

The Get Outdoors PA Festival is a free event and will highlight the many outdoor experiences available throughout the region. Exhibitors will provide hands-on activities and experiences including the opportunity to meet Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl. Children and parents can also practice their archery and fishing skills, take a guided nature walk, participate in a live animal presentation, learn about stream wildlife and much more.

I am very excited to host this event in partnership with the Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission and highlight numerous local and regional organizations focused on protecting our precious natural resources and providing exciting outdoor experiences through many fun activities.

The schedule of events will include a Live Animal Presentation at 1:30 p.m., a nature walk at 2 p.m. and a Stream Study led by Monroe County Conservation District at 3:00 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, PA Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission will be present to answer any questions that attendees may have.

For more information about the Get Outdoors PA Festival please visit or call 610-863-1200.

Free Community Seminar on Addiction, October 3

A free community seminar on Addiction and Empowering & Restoring the Family will be held on October 3, 2017 at Innovation Church in Cresco (6048 Paradise Valley Road). The featured speaker for this program is Joel Jakubowski of Teen Challenge. I encourage all to attend this important event and hear Joel's powerful story and learn what you can do to reach those impacted by addiction.

New Animal Rights Law in Effect

Pennsylvania’s new animal protection law, Act 10 of 2017, is now in effect. Known as Libre’s Law, it increases penalties for animal abuse, adds restrictions for tethering dogs outside and adds protections for horses. The most serious offense, aggravated animal cruelty, is considered a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. 

It was my privilege to support this comprehensive animal abuse prevention bill which was long overdue. I fought both as a House Member who prime-sponsored this legislation and as a Senator to give these animals a voice and I applaud my colleagues and the Governor for their support of the bill. 

This legislation was prompted by heartbreaking cases of abuse and neglect, leaving animals out in harsh winter conditions and harsh summer conditions, and something had to be done. A special thanks to Humane PA PAC and many others who fought to see this bill pass! 

Click here to learn more and view the text of Libre’s Law.

Explore PA Road Trips

Fall is just around the corner and Pennsylvania is known for its colorful fall foliage. VisitPA has a Leaf Peepers guide to help you turn leaf-watching into complete road trip. Includes magnificent vistas, places to stay and other attractions. 

Hunter Training Course on September 17 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting a hunter training course on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Blue Mountain Rod and Gun Club, 105 Rutt Road in Bangor.  

The course is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can purchase a license. You can register online.

Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program Now Open

Applications are being accepted for the Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program through Friday, Oct. 20. Offered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services and rescue companies.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded through state gaming proceeds. You can find more information and applications here.

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

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DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
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Pen Argyl, PA 18072
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