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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 14, 2018

“Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.”

Flood Tour, Listening Session Held with State, Local Officials

Gamble Township Supervisor Joe Reighard discusses flood repair efforts with Sen. Yaw (center), DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell (left) and state agency representatives

Senator Yaw pictured with DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell (left) and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding (right)

Trees from recent flooding near Wallis Run Road impede water flow

This week, I hosted Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell and representatives from five state agencies, the Fish and Boat Commission and Lycoming County’s conservation district for a tour of area streams and waterways, as well as surrounding infrastructure in light of persistent and heavy flooding in recent years.

I have been advocating for changes to current state regulations for stream maintenance. We need to find a better way to manage our waterways from a practical and monetary standpoint. As someone who has lived in Lycoming County my entire life, I wanted our state policy makers to see first-hand what area residents have been experiencing and how we can fix the flooding issues effectively and efficiently.

For more information, click here.

Federal Flood Relief Available

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners and businesses to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program.

Local businesses and residents impacted by the recent flooding should look at all their options. This program can be beneficial for those still recovering from the flooding we experienced earlier this year.

To learn more, click here.

Congratulations Deveron Wilcox 2018 Sullivan County “Citizen of the Year”

Photo courtesy of The Sullivan Review

On Sunday, December 9th, I had the honor of presenting Deveron Wilcox of Forksville with a Senate Citation during a Special Presentation and Recognition at the Eagle Mere Country Club in Sullivan County. Deveron was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Sullivan County, Deveron graduated from Sullivan County High School in 1966. He and his wife Kay of 49 years have one daughter, Kellie (husband Scott) Carpenter and three grandchildren Dane, Sam and Ben.

Deveron serves his neighbors and local community every day in many different capacities including as a Bradford-Sullivan County Red Cross Disaster Volunteer; President of the Sullivan County Fair Association; Volunteer Fireman/First Responder for the Forksville Fire Department; and Driver for the American Cancer Society. Deveron also works with the Sullivan County Food Pantry and provides venison for the Hunter Sharing the Harvest program.

Congratulations to Deveron and thank you for your many years of dedicated service!

PA Human Services Secretary Visits CleanSlate as part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week

Teresa D. Miller, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, today visited CleanSlate, a Drug, Alcohol, Opioid Rehabilitation, Treatment (Medication-Assisted) & Recovery Center in Williamsport. I was appreciative of her visit to the region.

The state of Pennsylvania is bringing attention to the opioid crisis this week. Monday started “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week.”

Overdoses happen at higher numbers during the holiday season, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. If you or someone you know is looking for recovery resources, you can call the PA Get Help Now hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.

Community Safety Grants Available to Municipalities, Colleges, Other Organizations

Local municipalities, colleges and community groups have until February 7 to apply for state grants to boost safety and reduce violence.

The grants are part of a new program included in the 2018-19 state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. A total of $7.5 million will be awarded statewide through June 30 to support violence prevention programs.

The risks facing young people in Pennsylvania do not end when the last school bell rings at the end of the day. The conditions young people face after they leave school grounds can be equally hazardous. The grants awarded through this program will help build stronger partnerships in the community with the goal of creating a safer environment for children.

To read more, click here.

Five Tips to Avoid the ‘Grandparent Scam’

The holidays are a time for reconnecting with family members, near and far. Unfortunately, it can also be a time when scam artists prey on your family’s emotions to make a quick buck.

As you begin reaching out to your family members to make travel arrangements and plans to gather, we want to remind Pennsylvanians of all ages to be aware of the latest twists in the “Grandparent Scam” and offer tips on how to avoid being a victim.

To read more, click here.

Mark Your Calendars! Mifflinburg Christkindl Market

The 30th annual Mifflinburg Christkindl Market is being held December 13-15, 2018. The Market was founded in 1987 and is the oldest authentic Christkindl market in the United States. It has become an important Christmas tradition for families near and far and welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

For more information, click here.

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