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Friday, May 22, 2015

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, May 22, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day. While many view this as the unofficial start of summer and celebrate with weekend getaways and family cookouts, we must also remember the true meaning of this day by honoring and remembering those who died in service to our country. Please take the time to offer special thanks to those who serve, those who previously served, and the surviving family and friends of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For more about the history of Memorial Day, click here.

Fish for Free This Weekend!

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host the first of two Fish for Free Days this Sunday, May 24 (the second is on Independence Day). On this day, anyone (resident or non-resident) may legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations will still apply. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. Find more information here.

Whether you choose to fish, go on a weekend getaway or hold a family picnic, please be sure to remember the real purpose of Memorial Day and devote some time to remembering the men and women who lost their lives in defense of our nation.

PennDOT Assistance, Senior Benefit Information and More Available at Legislative Offices

To best serve you and maintain open lines of communication, I operate three full-time district offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane, and host office hours periodically in Emporium and Port Allegany.

My staff and I are ready to help answer your questions about state government issues, as well as to provide information and applications for a variety of state programs. Office services include:

 • Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.  
 • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).
 • Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
 • Information and applications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 
 • Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required).  
 • Information about legislation.  
 • Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Human Services, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Environmental Protection or Conservation and Natural Resources.  

Contact information for each office is as follows:

 • Bradford: 78 Main St., First Floor – 814-362-4400.
 • Coudersport: 107 S. Main St., Room 1 – 814-274-9769.
 • Kane: 55 Fraley St. – 814-837-0880.

You may also contact me online at and stay up to date on legislative news on my Facebook page.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

After a very long winter, we are all very happy to be spending time in the great outdoors. But when you do, especially if you are in a wooded area, it’s important to inspect yourself and your loved ones for the presence of ticks.

May is “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” across Pennsylvania. This infectious disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Pennsylvania has reported more cases of Lyme disease in the past five years than any other state in the nation. Nearly 5,000 cases were confirmed across the Commonwealth in 2013.

Typical symptoms of Lyme include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash that looks like a bull’s-eye. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system.

A new state law aims to educate the public and raise awareness about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. The law created a Lyme disease-specific task force and calls for tick surveillance programs across the state. The task force within the Pennsylvania Department of Health will develop a public education program and coordinate its efforts with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Department of Education to reach outdoorsmen and women, visitors to state parks and students.

For more information on Lyme disease, click here

1 comment :

Chip said...

This is a good program. Last year during 'Fish for Free' I went out and caught 15 trout out of the local stream down the road. They were really good to eat. My friend caught 16 (all in one day).