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


December 7, 2018

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.” – Dwight Eisenhower

Remembering Pearl Harbor

On this date 77 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces, leaving over 2,400 casualties and pushing the U.S. to join the Allies in World War II. Let us never forget those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

Today, Pearl Harbor remains an active military base, Headquarters of the Pacific Fleet, and a National Historic Landmark. From the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that started it all, to the surrender of the Japanese on the deck of the mighty Battleship Missouri, Pearl Harbor and its historic sites tell the story of the War in the Pacific, commemorating the accomplishments of a previous generation.

To learn more, click here.

December Outreach Hours Announced for Bradford County

My office is hosting community office hours in Bradford County this month. Due to the upcoming holiday, hours are limited. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling (800) 443-5772. If my office can be of assistance to you, please stop by!

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wyalusing Library
115 Church Street
Wyalusing, PA 18853

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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.

Battling Opioids: A Project of Pennsylvania Public Media

Senator Yaw joins Paola Giangiacomo, Alexis Johnson and Don Tollefson for the second WVIA “Battling Opioids” show taping, airing statewide on December 20th.

TUNE IN: On December 20th at 8 p.m., WVIA will air a panel discussion with recovery advocate Alexis Johnson; former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson and myself before re-airing Battling Opioids: Part 1.

For more information, click here.

Now Hiring Young Adults for PA Outdoor Corps Crews

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is now hiring for its 10-month young adult crews. Running March 4 to December 6, 2019, the program aims to introduce young people to careers in the outdoors.

2019 crew locations are Altoona, Harrisburg, Meadville, Philadelphia, St. Marys, Uniontown, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.

Positions are open to individuals ages 18 to 25 by the March 4, 2019, program start date. Typical work days are Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Members are paid more than $12.00/hour and receive health benefits, including dental and vision.

To learn more, click here.

Dec. 31 Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application

The deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017 is Dec. 31, 2018.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible residents age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

You can find information, applications and a rebate tracker here.

Winter Festivals in the Susquehanna River Valley

Mifflinburg Christkindl Market, December 13-15, 2018. The oldest authentic German Christkindl Market in the United States, Mifflinburg’s version of an authentic Christmas Market is inspired by the 700-year-old traditional German Christkindl Markets. For three days, Mifflinburg’s Market Street is lined with festive outdoor huts featuring unique handmade crafts, traditional Christkindl treats, and lively entertainment.

Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival, February 1-2, 2019. Celebrate winter with a Polar Bear Plunge…Chocolate Festival & Tour…Live Ice Carving …Frosty 5K…Children’s Games…A Cappella On Ice…and “Warm Your Heart” Arts Events.

B. Winter State Park SNOWFEST, February 10, 2019. Break out of the winter doldrums and experience winter adventures. Activities may include snow shoe hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating, horse drawn wagon rides, ice rescue demonstration, ice fishing skills, snowmobile safety and rides for kids, food concessions, snow volleyball, broomball, an ice sculpture demonstration, winter search and rescue using dogs, and special activities for children. SNOWFEST

State Grant Awarded to Improve Bradford County Airport

A $273,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will support the improvement of the Bradford County Airport.

The grant is earmarked to improve and expand the existing fuel farm for aviation gasoline at the site. The airport serves as an asset to the businesses and residents of Bradford County; and local, regional and national aviation consumers. I’m glad that the Administration approved this important funding.

The airport was one of 26 facilities across Pennsylvania sharing $6.2 million in grants during the current round of funding from PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program and Multimodal fund.

Free Naloxone Distribution Dec. 13

Naloxone kits will be distributed for free between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted on December 13 at the locations below. No appointments are necessary.

Bradford County

  • Bradford/Sullivan County State Health Center – 142 Colonial Dr., Towanda, PA 18848

Lycoming County

  • Lycoming County State Health Center – 1000 Commerce Park Dr., Suite 109, Williamsport, PA 17701

Sullivan County

  • Dushore Fire Department – 212 Julia St., Dushore, PA 18614

Susquehanna County

  • Susquehanna County State Health Center – 157 Spruce St., Montrose, PA 18801

Union County

  • Union County State Health Center – 1610 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order prescription to any Pennsylvanian to get naloxone at a pharmacy for anyone who may need it.

In addition to being able to get naloxone for free on Dec. 13, it is available at most pharmacies across the state year-round. Naloxone is available to many with public and private insurance at pharmacies for free or at a low cost.

Additional information on Stop Overdoses Week and naloxone can be found on the state’s website at us on Facebook and Twitter.

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