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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Gene Yaw

State Senator

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

JUST IN:  $447,250 Awarded for Multi-Site Stream Improvement Projects in Bradford County

Two state grants have been awarded today to stabilize streambanks, rehabilitate a stream corridor, and reduce sediment and nutrient pollution in Bradford County.

DEP awarded a grant of $270,000 to the Bradford County Commissioners to continue the successful Bradford County Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative.  The award will fund ten streambank stabilization projects and ten driveway/access lane improvement projects, reducing erosion and sediment pollution to receiving streams.  Sites will be selected by the recipient through a competitive public application process.

The second grant, an award of $177,250 to the Bradford County Conservation District for the Satterlee Creek Stream Corridor Rehabilitation project, will fund stream stabilization on five sites in the Satterlee Creek watershed.

To read more, click here.

Under the Dome

1/1/19 - Legislative Priorities

On Tuesday, I discussed a few legislative priorities in the coming New Year.

January Satellite Office Hours Announced for Bradford County

I invite residents living in Bradford County to take advantage of my satellite office hours for the month of January.

We offer this service each month as a way of bringing state government closer to you.  A member of my staff will be on location to answer your questions and help you with state government issues, and, if needed, assist with state-related forms and paperwork.

January Satellite Hours will be held at the following locations:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Allen F. Pierce Library
34 Fenner Street
Troy, PA  16947

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Wyalusing Library
115 Church Street
Wyalusing, PA  18853

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Towanda Library
104 Main Street
Towanda, PA  18848

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Green Free Library
38 North Center Street
Canton, PA  17724

For more information, click here.

PA Farm Show Celebrates 103rd Anniversary

While we were busy decorating for the holidays, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex was being prepared for the 103rd Anniversary of the PA Farm Show, the country’s largest indoor agricultural event.

The PA Preferred Reception, serving as a showcase for Pennsylvania’s finest foods and beverages, will kick-off the Show on January 4 and will continue through January 12, 2019 with a number of new competitions and products.

See the complete schedule for your favorite events.  I hope to see you there!

Easily Prepare for Real ID

Pennsylvania will initiate issuance of REAL IDs beginning in March 2019; more than a year ahead of the October 1, 2020 deadline to board a domestic commercial flight, enter a federal building, or access an ID-required military installation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Bring the necessary documents (birth certificate, Social Security card, TWO Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address, Proof of all Legal Name Changes to any of the DMV’s 71 Driver’s License Centers prior to March 2019 for pre-verification and simple facilitation of REAL ID licensure.  Contact my Williamsport District Office at 570-322-6457 or my Harrisburg Office at 717-787-3280 to obtain a birth certificate (*with a raised seal).  Out-of-state birth certificates are available through the National Center for Health Statistics for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

PennDOT Puts Finishing Touches on 2018 Construction Season in North Central PA

As 2018 nears its end, PennDOT’s Montoursville-based Engineering District 3 is wrapping up another busy construction season in nine counties in north central Pennsylvania.

The district, covering Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties, opened bids for 52 contracts totaling nearly $124.6 million in value. Of those contracts, 39 were for roadway work and 13 were for bridge work.

More than 188 miles of paving and 334 miles of surface-preserving seal coating (oil and chip) were completed in the district in 2018.

Click here for a list, by county, of the major projects that were under construction in the district in 2018.

Veterans Crisis Line Available 24/7

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Veterans Crisis Line with responders trained in suicide prevention to help veterans of all ages and circumstances.

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, year round. You can find more information and access an online chat here.

SAVE THE DATE:  Dairy Summit to Address Regulatory, Funding Issues

A dairy summit to be held in partnership with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) and the Center for Dairy Excellence will address needs expressed by dairies in central Pennsylvania.

SEDA-COG, an 11-county community and economic development agency, mailed a questionnaire to dairies in its region. Results showed impediments to processing milk – specifically, a struggle with regulatory requirements and funding and expansion needs.

The summit is open to any agriculture producer in SEDA-COG’s 11 counties: Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union.

It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30, 2019 at Union County Government Center’s Training Room, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. Lunch will be provided.

The registration deadline is Jan. 14. For more information, please contact SEDA-COG’s Liz Herman at 570-522-7217 or

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