Don’t Miss Concealed Carry/Hunting Safety Seminar on Sept. 28
9/21/2017
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Don’t Miss Concealed Carry/Hunting Safety Seminar on Sept. 28

 
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Time is running out to attend my Concealed Carry/Hunting Safety Seminar which will be held this coming Thursday, Sept. 28, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Monongahela Volunteer Fire Department.

Our featured speakers will include Tom Fazi and Richard Joyce from the Pennsylvania Game Commission; and Kim Stolfer, Firearms Owners Against Crime.

This free seminar will offer updates on state hunting and trespassing laws, and other potential legislation that could impact hunters and other firearm owners. We will also be covering the latest information on concealed carry requirements.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, and the purpose of this event is to let you know the facts and have your questions answered.

Whether you are considering applying for a permit or already have your permit, this will be a great opportunity to learn your rights, as well as understand your responsibility when interacting with local law enforcement or the Game Commission.

Due to seating limitations, interested individuals should register for this event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.
Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors!
                
         
FirstEnergy/West Penn Power to Begin Aerial Tree Maintenance Next Week


Just wanted to pass along this friendly reminder from FirstEnergy/West Penn Power regarding aerial topping saw work taking place in the 49th Legislative District:

Please be advised that FirstEnergy Transmission Forestry will be conducting aerial topping saw work in West Penn Power and Mon Power territories, beginning on Monday, September 25.

The work will start in the southern West Penn Power territory, and is expected to take place over the next six to eight weeks, weather permitting.

Rotor Blade will be conducting the work with a Red MD-500 helicopter tail number N31HM (pictured above). The pilot will be in communication with any local airports when in their airspace.

Please advise local safety forces and other public entities or sensitive customers as needed. Customer’s who have work scheduled on their property have been notified by newspaper ads and certified mailings.

As always, poor weather and emergency patrols/repairs elsewhere may cause re-scheduling and/or delays.

Please share with anyone else who may benefit from this notification.
                  
         
Fall in Love with PA’s Autumn Colors

The fall colors are beginning to brighten across several areas in Pennsylvania, helping to boost tourism activities in many regions.

According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.

Both in-state and out-of-state visitors can find the best places to view fall foliage and track the locations of the peak colors throughout the state, beginning in late September.

Click here to read more about Pennsylvania’s fall tourism activities.
                  
         
Check That New Car for Signs of Hurricane Damage

With hundreds of thousands of vehicles damaged recently by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, consumers should take caution when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

After major flood events, some flood-damaged vehicles are cleaned and taken out of state to be sold to unsuspecting customers as new or used, but not identified as flood damaged.

These damaged vehicles can legally be sold as long as they are titled as such, but owners of these vehicles will likely get lower payments on insurance claims than for non-flood damaged vehicles.

As always, if something sounds too good to be true, research the vehicle further. For tips on finding out if the car you’re interested in purchasing has been damaged, click here and click on “Auto” under “Insurance Coverage Resources.”
                  
         
Stopping Welfare Checks to the Deceased

Recently introduced legislation in the state House aims to save taxpayer money by preventing welfare checks from going to individuals who have passed away.

About a year ago, an audit found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.

House Bill 1614 would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security Administration. Funds that would have gone to deceased individuals would then be redirected to help those truly in need or reverted back to the General Fund.

The bill has been referred to the House Health Committee.
                  
         
Fall Satellite Office Hours

Just a reminder about our upcoming satellite office hours for the month of September.

My district office team will be available on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Carroll Township Municipal Building, 130 Baird St., Monongahela, PA 15063.

We are hosting these special office hours to offer greater convenience and make it easier for District 49 residents to meet with us one on one. Whether someone simply wants to discuss a state issue, or would like personal assistance with a state program or form, my team and I are here to help.

Services offered through my district office include:
  • Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
  • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).
  • Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required).
  • Information about legislation.
  • Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies.
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