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District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Winter Safe Sleep Guidelines for Infants
11/30/2018
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Winter Raises Sudden Infant Death Risk

For the past 8 years, I have sponsored a resolution designating November as Infant Safe Sleep Month. Thousands of infants die each year due to SIDS and I believe it is imperative to spread awareness of safety precautions to make this phenomenon a thing of the past, especially as the colder months draw nearer.

As the weather gets colder, blankets and layers may be what adults use to keep warm, but infants require less layering to prevent suffocation.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation are the leading causes of death in babies 1 to 12 months of age. Abiding by the “ABC’s” and sharing this information with caregivers is key to keeping babies safe.

The “ABC’s” advise keeping your baby “Alone” in his or her crib and separate from where others sleep for at least six months. Your baby should also always be placed on his or her back to sleep because “Back is Best.” Encourage “tummy time” when the baby is awake and supervised. Babies must also be in an uncluttered “Crib” with no loose bedding, comforters, quilts, sheepskins, stuffed animals, bumpers or pillows in the crib.

During winter, avoid over bundling infants as it can cause them to overheat and increases their risk of SIDS, according to the National Institutes of Health. Instead of layers, regulate the room temperature and consider a “sleep sack,” or footed sleepers.

You can learn more about SIDS by referencing the PA Department of Health’s resources here.
 

Pennsylvania Hunters Working Together to Provide Donated Venison to Help Feed Hungry
Thanks to record-breaking donations of deer meat from Pennsylvania hunters, generous donors, and a helping hand from the Wolf Administration, the state’s charitable food system will provide more than half a million servings of ground venison through food banks, soup kitchens and pantries throughout the Commonwealth.

Hunters interested in participating in Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) can take their deer to one of the participating meat processors throughout the state and donate any amount of their venison to the program. Pennsylvanians can also donate money to the Buck for the Pot campaign, which supports HSH.

In Lycoming and Union counties, hunters can take their venison to these locations:

Lycoming/West
Gross's Butchering
David Gross
1060 Upper Powys Road
Cogan Station, PA 17728
(570) 419-7415

Lycoming/N.East
Gibson's Custom Butchering
Gary Gibson
6191 Beaver Lake Road
Hughesville, PA 17737
(570) 584-5713

Union
Kratzer Meats Deer Processing
Harry Kratzer
134 Shirley Dr.
Winfield, PA 17809
(570) 524-4252

For more information on HSH, visit sharedeer.org.
 

Reminder: Veterans Assistance Available Dec. 27

If you are a veteran or a family member of one, I encourage you to take advantage of free assistance at my local office in Muncy.

Dan Falls, department service officer with the Pennsylvania American Legion, will be available by appointment on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to help with issues such as compensation, pension, death benefits, education, health care and general veterans’ benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the legion to participate.

To schedule an appointment, call my district office at (570) 546-2084. If you can’t make it in December, service hours will be available on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December.

The Muncy office is located in Penn Hills Plaza, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1.
 

Revitalizing Distressed Neighborhoods
A new law passed by the House this fall will expand a program that encourages revitalization of distressed neighborhoods. Created in 1967, the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is a tax credit program which incentivizes businesses to invest in affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance.

Act 100 of 2018 increases the NAP’s funding from $18 million to $36 million and marks the first time allocated funding for the program has been increased since its inception more than 50 years ago. A recent report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office indicated that in Fiscal Year 2015-16, the NAP’s $17.9 million in tax credits resulted in a total economic impact of $138.1 million.

This proven program has helped bring new businesses, needed services and additional revenue to struggling towns and cities. The end result is more jobs, safer streets and a better quality of life for some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable families.

Included under the NAP umbrella are several other neighborhood assistance programs: the Special Priorities Program, Neighborhood Partnership Program, Charitable Food Program and the Enterprise Zone Program.
 

Unemployment Comp Call Center Update
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation (UC) Service Centers transitioned to a new phone system.

As a result, claimants may no longer hear a busy signal when phone lines are full. Instead, claimants may hear a default message from the individual’s phone carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc.).

Please be aware that the UC Service Centers are able to take calls and the system is functioning. If you receive one of these messages, please try again.

UC call center hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Claimants are also encouraged to visit uc.pa.gov to create a new claim or check on the status of an existing claim.
 

Small Farms are Improving PA Water Quality
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) inspections resulted in 96 percent of almost 3,000 small farms visited in the watershed meeting state requirements for water quality planning.

DEP, Conservation District offices, and the State Conservation Commission teamed up on inspections. They visited 2,924 farms, covering more than 329,000 acres of farmland. Focusing on smaller farms, they inspected operations averaging 87 acres in size.

The results show that many farmers are willing to develop plans to reduce pollutants in local waters: Two-thirds of farmers visited already had their plan prepared at the time of inspection.
 

Prepare Now for Winter Weather
Winter weather has already hit much of Pennsylvania, but more is to come. PennDOT reminds motorists of the various travel tools they can use to help with navigating inclement weather this winter.

The website at penndot.gov/winter has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. The site also includes tips for motorists to prepare their vehicles for winter travel.

The public can also access travel information on nearly 40,000 roadway miles year-round at 511PA.com, and during the winter they can find plow-truck locations and details of when state-maintained roadways were last plowed. The information is made possible by PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which uses units in each of the more than 2,200 department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cell signal showing where a truck is located.

The 40,000 miles for which PennDOT is responsible translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles -- enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. The department maintains roughly the same number of miles maintained by the state in New York, New Jersey and all the New England states combined.
 
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Office Locations
Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station, 21 Kristi Road, Suite 1, Muncy, PA 17756 | Phone: (570) 546-2084
Tiadaghton Valley Mall, Room 105, 701 Allegheny Street, Box 4. Jersey Shore, PA 17740 | Phone: (570) 398-4476               
430 Irvis Office Building, PO Box 202084, Harrisburg PA 17120-2084 | Phone: (717) 787-5270
Email: geverett@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
     
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