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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Capitol Update

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Capitol Update
Thursday, August 10, 2017 The latest news from the State Capitol
Committees to Receive Chesapeake Bay Update at Ag Progress Days

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which I chair, will host a joint informational meeting with the Senate Ag Committee to discuss the Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days next week.                                   

Members will hear from Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell about the state’s current efforts, which will be followed by a presentation from DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Program office and a panel discussion with a variety of stakeholders.

The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Russell E. Larson Ag Research Center, 2710 West Pine Grove Road in Pennsylvania Furnace.

Ag Progress Days is designed to highlight the latest trends, research and technology in agriculture. The event attracts more than 45,000 attendees and nearly 500 exhibitors from 34 states and Canada. In addition to the exhibits, attendees can participate in research tours, watch machinery demonstrations and more.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here.
Thanks for Coming to the Bradford Senior Citizens Expo!

Thank you to all of the senior citizens, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year’s Bradford Senior Citizens Expo a success! To view more pictures from the expo, click here

Be sure to mark your calendar for the other two expos coming up in September and October. These free events offer one-stop access to a wealth of valuable information about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, as well as health screenings, door prizes and lunch. The schedule is as follows:
  • Kane Expo: Friday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.
  • Roulette Expo: Friday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive, Roulette.
For additional information, call 1-866-437-8181 or visit my website.
Statewide Conservation District Honor

I was honored to receive the annual Legislator Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. I appreciate the good work our conservation districts do to support both the agriculture industry and the environment, as well as our communities overall. Presenting the award, from left, are McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane, who serves as a director on both the statewide and local districts; Kerry Fetter, McKean County Conservation District chairman; and Sandy Thompson, McKean County Conservation District manager.                                    
State Reports Increase in Lyme Cases in 2016

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, which was confirmed by an approximate 20 percent increase in people infected by the tick-borne illness last year. In total, more than 11,443 cases were reported in 2016, according to a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Locally, there were 26 new reported cases in Cameron County, 129 in McKean County and 46 in Potter County. Each county in the Commonwealth is confirmed to have a high risk of Lyme.

Legislatively, the House passed House Bill 174, which would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. The bill is now with the Senate.

The best prevention against Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses is to avoid tick-infested habitats, such as areas dense with shrubbery or tall grass. Proper use of personal protective measures such as repellents and protective clothing, and checking for and removing attached ticks are also important deterrents to tick-related complications. Other prevention tips are available here.
Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available

A veterans service officer will be available in my Bradford office this Monday, Aug. 14, from 1-3 p.m. to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. No appointments are necessary.

For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I hope when you come to Roulette all your vendors come this year an stay til the time to leave not leave early