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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • The Get Outdoors PA Festival is Tomorrow
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar
  • Senate Back in Session on Monday
  • Bill to Strengthen PA Veterans Trust Fund Sent to Governor
  • September Episode of Legislative Report
  • Special Edition of Legislative Report
  • Around the 40th District

The Get Outdoors PA Festival is Tomorrow

In partnership with DCNR Bureau of State Parks and the Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership, I will be hosting the Get Outdoors PA Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from noon – 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, at the Jacobsburg Environmental Educational Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth, PA . This is an exciting day as it is also National Public Lands Day, National Bike to Park Day, and National Hunting & Fishing Day – the perfect day for family outdoor fun! 

The FREE outdoor expo is designed to highlight the Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership’s outdoor experiences. Exhibitors from the Partnership will have hands-on activities for everyone to enjoy. Children and parents can meet Smokey the Bear, Della the Mule and Woodsy the Owl and, practice archery and fishing. Light refreshments and many other activities will be available to enjoy; all free and fun!

An elective scheduled of events include; 12:30 p.m., Live Animal Presentation (indoor) by Wildlands Conservancy; 2:00 p.m., Nature Walk led by Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center; 2:30, Stream Study led by Bushkill Stream Conservancy and; Get Your Tail on the Trail led by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and St. Luke’s Health Network.

All activities are outdoor except two scheduled events; 12:30 p.m., Live Animal Presentation by Wildlands Conservancy and; 1:p.m. to 2 p.m., A panel composed of myself, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn; Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Matthew Hough; and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director, John Arway will present an update and receive questions and comments from the audience.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar

My annual Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar will be held at Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jason Snyder, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program, will be the Keynote Speaker and there will be an open dialogue forum with Tina Clymer; MHMR Acting Administrator, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services and Jamie Drake; Administrator, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. 

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Senate Back in Session on Monday

The Senate returns to voting session on Monday, with a host of issues on tap as we head into the final stretch of the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin addiction crisis will be a top priority, with several pieces of legislation to be considered to combat this widespread problem. In addition, efforts will continue to implement reforms to the pension plans for teachers and state government employees.

On Tuesday at 9 a.m., I’ll be taking part in the Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on State and National Demographic Changes. You can watch it live here.

Bill to Strengthen PA Veterans Trust Fund Sent to Governor

Legislation I co-sponsored to strengthen an important state program that assists those individuals and their families during their time of need received final legislative approval Tuesday and was sent to the Governor for enactment into law.

Senate Bill 1226, which was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday and by the Senate on June 27th, would streamline and improve the Pennsylvania Veterans Trust Fund and ensure that it continues to provide assistance to those who have served in uniform by:

  • Aligning the Veterans Trust Fund with the Veterans Emergency Assistance Program.
  • Allowing the Veterans Trust Fund to be able to take in donations of any kind.
  • Clarifying that any charitable organization with the primary mission that serves veterans is eligible for grants.
  • Providing that the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs administer the funding.
  • Allowing the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to use funds to sponsor training or informational programs for veterans.
  • Tightening up the rules for assistance – limiting the maximum amount they can receive to once every 12 months.
  • Clarifying definitions for veteran, emergency, and eligibility for funds.

Established in 2012, the Veterans Trust Fund provides grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veteran’s service organizations, and county directors of veteran’s affairs to support their efforts to assist veterans in need of shelter and other necessities of living.  

September Episode of Legislative Report

September 2016 - MCTA and LANTA

In this episode, I interview Peggy Horwath, Executive Director of the Monroe County Transit Authority (MCTA), and Owen O'Neil, Executive Director of the Lehigh and Northampton Transit Authority (LANTA) to discuss investment in public transportation systems and programs offered to residents in the 40th District.

Special Edition of Legislative Report

Pocono's 96.7 Gary in the Morning Feature

In this Special Edition of Legislative Report, I interview Gary Smith from Gary in the Morning on Pocono 96.7 and Mylon Hayde from Sylvester Cleaning Services.

Around the 40th District

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East Stroudsburg University to Host “Out of Sight” Documentary

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Services, and Wellness and Prevention have arranged for the screening of “Out of Sight,” a groundbreaking documentary that demystifies non-suicidal self-injurious behavior in people who struggle with mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

The documentary will be screened on September 27 at 7 p.m. in the Niedbala Auditorium in the Warren E. and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center. “Out of Sight” was awarded The Voice Award Honorable Mention and Best Feature Film at the Southside Film Festival.

For more information, contact Dr. Van Meter at 570-422-3277, or


“Safety Saturday” Event to be Held at Slate Belt Heritage Center

The Bangor Fire Department, Slate Belt Heritage Center and Slate Belt Area Fire Departments will hold “Safety Saturday” on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date, Oct. 8) at the Slate Belt Heritage Center (30 N. 1st Street, Bangor). The event is being held to kick off Fire Prevention Month.

Learn about fire safety, play games and take a tour of the Heritage Center. Kids will have the opportunity to see the Pen Argyl Fire Department “House Fire Simulator” and East Bangor’s “Brush Truck and ATV.” All proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration and preservation of the antique 1922 American LaFrance Brockway Fire Truck which will be on display along with the fireman’s exhibit. For additional information please contact Jason Huggan at 610-588-7160.  

Local ShopRite Stores “Help Bag Hunger” during National Hunger Action Month

This week I participated in ShopRite's "Help Bag Hunger" event to raise funds for our local food banks as part of the National Hunger Action Month. Thank you to everyone who participated in this effort to raise funds for our local organizations that are helping the fight against hunger.

According to Feeding America, hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans including 15 million children. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks believes that hunger is solvable and they’re leading the fight to end it. They are asking everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.

For more information on fighting hunger, please visit:


Art Educators’ Exhibition Comes to the ARTSPACE Gallery in October

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For the month of October, the ARTSPACE Gallery in Stroudsburg will feature an exhibition highlighting the work of art teachers and teaching artists. The show is open to all mediums. Membership in the Pocono Arts Council is preferred, but not necessary. Awards will be given and the juror for the show will be Dr. Pat Pinciotti. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 5-7PM, with awards presented at 6. The show will run October 1-29. For further information, call the Pocono Arts office at 570-476-4460 or e-mail

Ross Township Hosts Successful Community Day

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I recently had the opportunity to attend Ross Township’s annual Community Day and meet with my friends from the West End of Monroe County. It was a pleasure seeing all the community members who came out to enjoy the day’s festivities.

Area Constituents Visit the Capitol

Earlier this month we welcomed Konrad and Jane Mellert of Plainfield Township to the State Capitol. Jane serves as a township supervisor in Plainfield. Thank you for stopping by my office and I look forward to seeing you in the district!

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Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 – Gary in the Morning

Please join me at 7 a.m. next Thursday, August 25th on Pocono 96.7 - Gary in the Morning in the car, at work, or in your home. I will be discussing the latest from Harrisburg and answering your questions at 7 AM.

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