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Friday, November 21, 2014

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, November 21, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Oswayo Valley Senior Center Earns Award

Congratulations to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center upon being named the 2014 Senior Center of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers. Thanks in large part to the good work of Manager Mary Jones, the center is being recognized for its growth in volunteers and for tripling the number of people it serves. Mary also has formed groups for knitting, crocheting and cooking, and those groups have contributed to the community in many ways: the knitting group has made more than 100 hats and mittens to distribute to people in need; the quilting group has created quilts to distribute to families after disasters; and the cooking group has hosted dinners to raise money for a scholarship fund. Suzan Paisley of my Coudersport office recently presented Mary with a citation recognizing her accomplishments and the accomplishments of the center as a whole. Thank you, Mary, and thanks to all of the center volunteers, for your commitment to supporting our senior citizen community.


You’re Invited to an Open House in Kane

Please join me for an Open House at my new legislative office in Kane on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 3-6 p.m.

As a result of the legislative redistricting process, Kane and Mount Jewett, as well as the townships of Hamilton, Hamlin, Lafayette and Wetmore, were added to the 67th Legislative District. To ensure your continued access to state government services, the Kane office, formerly operated by Rep. Kathy Rapp, will remain open and staffed by Jill Thompson, who has served the area for more than 18 years.

All are welcome to stop by to say hello and learn more about services available. The office is located at 55 Fraley St. and can be reached by phone at 814-837-0880.

I will continue to operate offices in Bradford and Coudersport and hold regular outreach hours in Emporium and Port Allegany. Stay up to date on legislative news by visiting me on Facebook or stopping by my website.

Honoring Private Edwin Tubbs

Private Edwin Tubbs of Coudersport gave his life for our country during the Vietnam War. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the community will gather to pay tribute to this brave soldier by dedicating the West Chestnut Street Bridge in the borough as the Private Edwin Tubbs Memorial Bridge.

Private Tubbs left Coudersport High School in August of 1967 and entered into the U.S. Army. He deployed to Vietnam with D Company, Sixth Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, Ninth Infantry Division on Dec. 4, 1968, and was stationed at Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam. On Jan. 12, 1969, Private Tubbs was fatally wounded as he set down his rifle to assist a fellow soldier who was injured on the battlefield. During his service in the Army, he received the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

The dedication will take place at 11 a.m. near the bridge. All who are able are invited to attend.

Free Assistance for Seniors During Medicare Annual Enrollment Process

Pennsylvania senior citizens who are reviewing their Medicare plans are reminded about free assistance available through the APPRISE program. APPRISE is a free, unbiased health insurance counseling program designed to help older residents and caregivers with answers to questions about Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. To learn more, contact APPRISE at 1-800-783-7067 or click here.

Shop Small and Support Your Community

As you prepare for your holiday shopping, remember that next Saturday, Nov. 29, is Small Business Saturday. This initiative of the U.S. Small Business Administration is designed to encourage consumers to shop at local, small businesses during the holiday retail season, as keeping spending local encourages local economic development. For more information about Small Business Saturday, click here.

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