Senator Yaw E-Newsletter

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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, Tioga 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


“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.”

United We Stand

Seventeen 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.

$1 Million Secured for Lycoming Levee Improvement Project 

Good News!  I am pleased to announce today that a critical flood control project will receive a needed financial boost through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

The $1 million RACP grant will be used to rehabilitate and recertify the levee that protects Williamsport and South Williamsport and portions of Old Lycoming and Loyalsock townships.  Specifically, the grant will be used to replace and repair several relief wells, which help to stabilize the structure over the long-term by containing water.  The repairs are part of a larger rehabilitation project that will also enhance and raise the levee wall to bring the levee into compliance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Annual Senior Expo to be Held September 13th

Area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are invited to join a “Senior Expo” hosted by Rep. Garth Everett and myself on Thursday, September 13.

The free event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lycoming Valley Baptist Church, 4980 Lycoming Mall Drive in Montoursville.

The expo will feature dozens of vendors sharing information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, financial planning, government services and more. Health screenings will also be offered.

For more information, click here.

PennDOT says drivers can apply for REAL ID pre-verification at driver license centers beginning September 1. Under federal law, REAL ID will be required to board commercial flights and enter secure federal buildings beginning October 1, 2020.

Individuals who received their first PA driver’s license or ID card after September 2003 have had the option to apply for REAL ID pre-verification online since March. Most received their initial product before September 2003, so PennDOT does not have their required REAL ID documents on file. Customers in this group who want a REAL ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver’s License Center so they can be verified in person.

To read more about REAL ID, click here.

Dinner Proceeds Will Help Flood Victims

Neighbors Helping Neighbors organizers will be serving a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, September 15th at Redeemer Bible Church in Dushore, Sullivan County, between 4PM and 6PM.

The dinner will be held in the Social Hall on the lower level of the Church.  Plenty of parking is available.

Proceeds will benefit recent victims of flooding in the area.  The public is welcome to attend and the price of the meal will be a donation.

Towanda District Outreach Scheduled

A member of my staff will be available to meet with area residents on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – 10AM-12PM – at the Towanda Library, 104 Main Street, Towanda, PA  18848.

Constituent services are always available at my Williamsport District Office, located at 175 Pine Street, Suite 105, from 9AM-5PM, or by calling (800) 443-5772, or my Capitol Office by calling (717) 787-3280.

Satellite hours and locations will be announced monthly and can be viewed by visiting my website at  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the satellite locations during scheduled office hours.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling (800) 443-5772. 

GOOD NEWS:  Tri-County REC Secures Federal Support for Regional High-Speed Internet Project


The Federal Communications Commission announced recently that Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative was among the successful bidders in the Connect America Fund II Auction, securing federal support that will enable the utility to make broadband internet service available to its consumer-members across north-central Pennsylvania. 

The cooperative, with headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., was awarded $3.2 million in annual support for 10 years through the auction process. 

With the federal support in place, Craig Eccher, Tri-County’s president and chief executive officer, said the cooperative will proceed with plans for a full fiber roll-out across the co-op’s service territory over a six-year period. The cooperative serves more than 16,600 consumer-members in Bradford, Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties.

Fall is for Fairs and Festivals Across Pennsylvania

Farm animals, food, and fun are coming to a fair or fall festival near you, according to VisitPA.  Go in search of a tractor pulling contest, an award-winning pie contest, or a milking competition.  Look for the bright lights, rides swirling through the air, and live music to accompany the thrill seekers.

Locate your preferred event by region or town, then choose from the list of facility amenities your family requires.  Select Discounts from the drop down menu, including AAA, AARP, group, military, senior, and student.

The 2018 PA Fair Guide also provides a quick list of fairs by region and date.  The PA Department of Agriculture’s interactive fair map allows for random choices or selecting details to include date, county, and driving distance.

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