May. 03, 2024

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

In this Edition:
  •   Health Expo Provides Resources, Fellowship
  •   Celebrate Small Businesses
  •   Susquehanna River Basin Commission Issues Grants
  •   Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks
  •   Get FAFSA Help!
Health Expo Provides Resources, Fellowship

With the great turnout at my Health Expo on Thursday, many people were able to reconnect with their friends and neighbors while they learned about local resources related to healthcare, aging, transportation, fraud prevention and more. A sincere thank you to the 50+ vendors who shared their expertise as well as my staff members who pulled the event together.

The next event I’m hosting is Ice Cream & Issues from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the South Hanover Township amphitheater, 161 Patriot Way, Hershey. Please call my district office at 717-534-1323 if you are planning to attend.
Celebrate Small Businesses

As National Small Business Week and Pennsylvania Small Business Week draw to a close on Saturday (May 4), it is important to remember these employers are the backbone of our economy.

Pennsylvania is home to more than 1 million small businesses that employ approximately 2.5 million workers.

Small business owners have displayed incredible perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges, including the global pandemic, staffing shortages and economic downturn. House Republicans are working to advance policies to further help them thrive, including creating a more competitive tax climate, easing regulatory burdens and enhancing our workforce.

I hope you will join me in thanking and patronizing our small businesses year-round.
Susquehanna River Basin Commission Issues Grants

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission recently recognized Londonderry Township with a $350,000 grant for a drought resiliency project.

The township is preparing for the fourth phase of its Conewago Creek Stream Restoration project. The 53-square-mile impaired watershed has undergone floodplain restoration, and the latest phase will tackle similar restoration upstream. Planners hope to improve water quality, promote ecosystem resiliency and support groundwater recharge.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission notes that these projects help to protect public health and safety as well as avoid water use conflicts.
Prevent Lyme: Check for Ticks

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. As you spend time outdoors, it is important to check yourself, loved ones and pets for ticks and be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related ailments.

The first line of defense against Lyme is to take precautions outdoors by treating clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin, using insect repellent, and avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass or leaf litter. When you return indoors, check your clothing, gear and pets for ticks; shower as soon as possible after being outdoors; and check your body for ticks, particularly in areas such as under the arms, in and around the ears, back of the knees and other similar areas.

If bitten, an individual should monitor the area for the appearance of a bull’s eye rash, though the rash does not develop in all cases. Early symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, fatigue, headache and muscle aches. However, symptoms may progress to arthritic, neurologic and cardiac symptoms if not treated.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the bite of a blacklegged tick or deer tick. If you pull a tick from yourself, a loved one or your pet, you may have it tested to determine if it carries Lyme or other tick-borne diseases. More information about how to get a tick tested at the East Stroudsburg University Tick Lab is available here.  

Learn more about Lyme disease symptoms, treatment and prevention here.
Get FAFSA Help!

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is offering free, virtual, one-on-one assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays during the month of May.

PHEAA recently extended until June 1 the deadline by which students must file the FAFSA with relation to the Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

The virtual assistance is available to the public, including families and high school counselors who need assistance with completing the FAFSA. To schedule a session, call Tiffanie DeVan at 717-884-2200.

More information is available at