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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Saturday: Senator Scavello to Host “Get Outdoors PA” Event
  • “Poconos for Puerto Rico” Helping Hurricane Relief Effort
  • Helpful Information for Archery Deer Season
  • Look Out for Flood-Damaged Vehicles for Sale
  • Don’t Fall for “Pension Advances” Pitch
  • Free Finance Guide for Military Families

Saturday: 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.

“Poconos for Puerto Rico” Helping Hurricane Relief Effort

Area relief efforts are ramping up to support friends and family members suffering in Puerto Rico. The newly launched "Poconos for Puerto Rico" Facebook page serves as a central place for information regarding how you can contribute to this effort.

Drop-off locations for donations have been established at several Monroe County locations including Kinsley's ShopRite, Foodtown (232 Fox Run Lane, East Stroudsburg), Community Church in Tobyhanna, Employment Options (18 S. 9th Street, Stroudsburg), Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church (915 N. 5th Street), and Vision Church (610 Main Street, Stroudsburg). An additional location has been established at His & Her Hair Salon in Bath (7596C Beth Bath Pike).

Items will be collected through October 20. Thank you all for your generosity and willingness to help our neighbors in Puerto Rico. Please stay tuned for further information.

Congratulations to Force Gymnastics in Nazareth as they celebrated their ribbon cutting this past weekend. Their 21,500 square foot facility provides engaging and professional instruction for students of all ages and abilities in a fun and safe environment. May you have much success in the years ahead and thank you for your commitment to the health of our community!

Helpful Information for Archery Deer Season

Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season is underway. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Sept. 30 to Nov. 11, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 13.

At the time of the statewide opener, archery hunters in three urbanized areas of the state will have had a two-week head start to their seasons. An early season for antlered and antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D kicked off on Sept. 16 and ends Nov. 25.

Properly licensed bowhunters in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D also may take antlered and antlerless deer during an extended late archery season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 28.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has some key rules, along with hunting and safety tips for bowhunters.

Look Out for Flood-Damaged Vehicles for Sale

More than 500,000 vehicles were damaged by flooding from recent hurricanes, and PennDOT is warning consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged cars being sold as undamaged new or used vehicles.

Flood-damaged vehicles can legally be sold as long as they are titled as such, but owners of these vehicles will likely get lower payments on insurance claims than for non-flood damaged vehicles. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has provided a checklist of what to look out for.

Don’t Fall for “Pension Advances” Pitch

The Department of Banking and Securities is warning consumers about doing business with any company offering an advance on a retirement pension.

These so-called lump sum “pension advances” are thinly disguised loans with no contractual or financial relationship with the consumer’s pension or pension plan. The total payments made on the “advance” often far exceed the initial loan amount. In almost all cases, the payments are more than a lender can legally charge in Pennsylvania.

Here are five questions consumers should consider asking when presented with any business proposal involving their pensions.

Free Finance Guide for Military Families

The free “Financial Field Manual: A Personal Finance Guide for Military Families” from the Department of Banking and Securities provides information to military families on financial planning, investing, budgeting, avoiding scams and more.

It includes a review of the new Thrift Savings Plan retirement system for members of the military.

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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
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2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
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