Aug. 02, 2019

Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now

If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here.

For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here.
Shamokin Residents to Benefit from $3 Million in State Funding for Community Projects

Residents of Shamokin City and the surrounding area will benefit from $3 million in state funding that will fund two separate projects aimed at increasing access to quality health care and restoring existing buildings for new uses.

The first project will receive $2 million in state funds to restore and repurpose three buildings in Shamokin. The F&S Building served as the home for F&S Brewery. This building will be restored with the hopes of attracting a microbrewery to the facility. The Lark Mill/Coal Hole will restore a mill building and dilapidated restaurant into a 40-room hotel with the potential to expand to 80 rooms. The third aspect of the first project will transform the Jones Hardware building into a 50-room hotel.

The second project will receive $1 million in state funds to serve the health care needs of Shamokin residents and people in the surrounding area. The funds will help pay for construction of a new, three-story building in downtown Shamokin. The first floor will host a pharmacy and urgent care facility. The second floor will house Primary Health Network Primary Care and Behavioral Health. The third floor will be occupied by Geisinger Health System Women’s Care and Pediatrics plus other medical specialists.

Funding for these projects is being provided through the state Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program.
First Responders Legislative Pool Party

First responders in the 107th District and family members who live with them are invited to join me for a legislative update at a pool party at Lawton W. Shroyer Memorial Swimming Pool in Shamokin on Monday, Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m.

First responders spend so many nights, weekends and holidays away from their families in order to serve our community. This pool party is one way for us to say “thank you” to first responders and their families. We hope they’ll have some fun, and it’s also a unique opportunity to provide them with information about their state government.

First responders and family members living in their households will receive free admission to the pool and refreshments.

We had to limit participation to family members who live with first responders to ensure there is enough room in the pool.

I will provide a legislative update about bills under consideration in the state Capitol that could affect first responders and the way they perform their jobs. I also hope to hear from first responders about issues they would like to see addressed by the state government.

This is about showing first responders we appreciate their service, providing them with information and also taking time to listen to their concerns.

Reservations are requested to attend the pool party. Those who plan to attend should RSVP by Monday, Aug. 12, by calling our Elysburg office at 570-648-8017.

In case of inclement weather, the rain date for the event will be Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Lawton W. Shroyer Memorial Swimming Pool is located at 132 N. Rock St. in Shamokin.
PennDOT Wants to Hear From You

To help reduce crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, PennDOT is asking drivers to participate in the department’s 2019 Highway Safety Survey.

The five-minute survey asks about seatbelt use, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted behaviors.

The survey is open until Monday, August 12, and all responses, including comments, are completely anonymous.

Once data is compiled, the department will review the results for potential additions or adjustments to the department’s safety efforts.

For more information about PennDOT’s highway safety efforts, visit
Ag Progress Days Hosts Fun, Education for All Ages

One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions in the east will draw thousands of people to central Pennsylvania August 13-15 to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production during the annual Ag Progress Days near State College.

Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event attracts more than 450 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, showcasing innovations in agricultural equipment and related industries.

A variety of exhibits are planned, including those highlighting the battle against spotted lanternfly, and livestock nutrition and reproductive health. Youth activities and research tours are also planned.

While there, the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will host an informational meeting August 14 to discuss dangerous livestock disease threats and the importance of biosecurity efforts to keep our food supply secure.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here.
Support Local Police at National Night Out Events

Tuesday, August 6, is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

For more information about the national event, click here.
Grants Available to Small Businesses, Farmers

An estimated $1 million in grant funding is now available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted.

More information about the program requirements is available here.

Last year, around 200 small businesses were awarded more than $947,000 in grants for their projects.