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Friday, March 20, 2015

Registration Still Open for Firearms Safety and Rights Seminars

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We had a full house for last week’s seminar, co-hosted by Rep. Matt Baker,
at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

Firearms Safety and Rights Seminars Set for Emporium, Lewis Run

Join me for a discussion about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws at one of two remaining Firearms Safety and Rights Seminars:

 • Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m. at the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium. Speakers: Cameron County District Attorney Paul Malizia, Sheriff Allen Neyman, Emporium Police Department Officer in Charge David Merritt and Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Darren Burford.
 • Tuesday, April 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, 46-48 Main St., Lewis Run. Speakers: McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and Deputy Sheriff and Firearms Instructor Roger Sager. 

Registration is required due to a limited amount of seating available. Click here to register online, or call the office at 1-866-437-8181.

Need Help with Your 2014 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application?

My office is hosting a Property Tax/Rent Rebate clinic at the Emporium Senior Center on Thursday, March 26, from 1-3 p.m.

No appointment is necessary, but be sure to bring the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process your claim quickly and accurately.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities who meet certain income guidelines. Renters may earn up to $15,000 annually and qualify for the program, while homeowners may earn up to $35,000. Exclude 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits when calculating income.

Assistance is also available during regular business hours at my local offices:

 • Bradford: 78 Main St., First Floor814-362-4400.
 • Coudersport: 107 S. Main St., Room 1814-274-9769.
 • Kane: 55 Fraley St.814-837-0880.

Additional information and claim forms are available at

It’s always a pleasure to meet with members of Leadership McKean and talk about our community’s future. Thanks to Amber Hancharick of North Central and Ron Orris of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce for facilitating last week’s discussion about economic development.

Enjoy Maple Weekend!

The Potter-Tioga Maple Syrup Producers Association holds its 11th Annual Maple Weekend this Saturday and Sunday! For more information about activities and participating producers, visit

New Website Aims to Assess Wolf Tax Proposals

The House Appropriations Committee unveiled a website this week designed to give taxpayers a look at the potential impact of some of Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax proposals.

As part of his budget address earlier this month, the governor outlined plans to, among others, increase the state income and sales taxes, apply the sales tax to a broader range of items and use some of the new revenue to provide property tax relief. The website, which provides data about all 500 of the state’s school districts, is available at

Lawmakers are continuing their assessment of the governor’s $33.8 billion spending proposal as the House Appropriations Committee continues its series of budget hearings with various state departments and agencies. The hearings will conclude next week.

For a schedule of upcoming hearings and footage of completed hearings, click here.

Think Spring! Trout Season is Just Around the Corner

Looking to get your child interested in fishing? The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has expanded its Mentored Youth Trout Program to include all trout waters stocked by the agency.

Mentored Youth Trout Day in our area will be held on April 11, the Saturday prior to the statewide opening day of trout season. Mentors and children can each keep two trout that measure at least 7 inches.

To participate, adult anglers (16 and older) must have a valid fishing license along with a trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth. Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license (a cost of $2.70, including all fees). Both are available at

The PFBC annually stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout in more than 700 streams and 120 lakes open to public fishing. Included in that figure are 2 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout and 525,000 brook trout. Stocking will take place before the mentored youth days.

For those looking to enjoy some trout fishing throughout the entire season, check out the 2015 adult trout stocking guide available here.


Anonymous said...

"Shall not be infringed" pretty much covers the "rights" you think I should have. But thanks anyway...

Anonymous said...

what about a "well-regulated militia"? shouldn't cherry pick your words.