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Happy New Year!
As we turn the page on the 2017 calendar, we look ahead with hope to a new year. I wish you a happy and healthy 2018.
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for New Year’s Holiday
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, December 30, through Monday, January 1, 2018, for the New Year’s holiday.
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.
Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.
A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2018 is available here.
Veterans Crisis Phone Line, Online Chat Available
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Veterans Crisis Line with specially trained responders experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances. Some of the responders are veterans themselves and understand what veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges former servicemen and women of all ages and service eras face.
The Veterans Crisis Line provides help through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Take a Self-Check Quiz and learn how to Identify Warning Signs to prevent suicide here.
PA Wildlife Conservation Officers to be known as “Game Wardens”
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Pennsylvania will call its wildlife law enforcement officers “state game wardens.”
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the job titles previously used to describe field officers – game protector and wildlife conservation officer – didn’t fully identify their unique and diverse responsibilities.
Since the recodification of the state’s Game and Wildlife Code in 1987, field officers were titled wildlife conservation officers. Prior to that, they were called district game protectors. But many citizens never associated these titles with Game Commission officers.
Game wardens are known by many different titles depending upon the state wildlife agency for which they work. The titles reflect the varying sets of broad duties they fulfill. Most wardens share a basic duty to enforce the laws that regulate hunting, protect wildlife and the environment. However, their duties extend into education, research and a host of conservation programs.
Game wardens are sworn peace officers with statewide law-enforcement authority. They are highly trained and equipped as well as any police officer. They are expected to know and follow standards for protecting civil rights, gathering evidence that will hold up in court and prosecute violations of many different laws.
Around the 40th District
I recently joined State Rep. Marcia Hahn in recognizing the grand opening of Forza Sports retail store, which shares the same building as my Pen Argyl Office on North Robinson Avenue. Congratulations to Jason Glime and the whole Forza Sports team on this exciting next chapter in your continued success. They currently operate a 115,000-square-foot distribution facility in Pen Argyl and this new location will serve as a retail store for their top-quality merchandise.
Congratulations to Fitzmaurice Community Services on the grand opening of the new library cafe at Eastern Monroe Public Library. Thank you for providing opportunities for and empowering individuals with disabilities "to realize their abilities and have meaningful employment in their community."
I want to offer my sincerest best wishes to Monroe County Treasurer Claudette Seager as she retires after 42 years of committed service to the county. Thank you for serving our residents and we wish you many blessings in the years ahead. Theresa Johnson will be taking over as new Monroe County Treasurer in January and we wish her the greatest success!
I was incredibly impressed by the students at Nazareth Middle School's recent PA History Day. The students completed many outstanding research projects on PA historical figures, industries, companies, and more. Well done all of you on a wonderful event.
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