Final Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum to Focus on Prevention
12/14/2017
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Final Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum to Focus on Prevention

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Our third and final Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Fallowfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1660 Route 481, Charleroi, PA 15022, beginning at 6 p.m.

Earlier this year, we proposed a commonsense three-step local initiative for addressing this crisis. Our first meeting in October addressed “treatment” and our November meeting explored changes needed in the law to address “prosecution.” This final gathering of local resources will focus on the “prevention” step of the program.

For all citizens who wish to truly understand addiction and how to prevent future epidemics, there will be a discussion with representatives from local youth outreach programs, mentoring programs, drug education programs, and other prevention programs.

In addition to engaging our students, families and educators, I believe that a key component to this approach is to partner with our local churches and nonprofit groups. We need to provide local “gateways” of assistance for treatment and prevention. I’ve always believed that our communities can do a much better job than any government program alone!

We definitely want to see everyone there! Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.

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Farmers Be Counted! Census of Agriculture Underway


Farmers across Pennsylvania are encouraged to take part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The census seeks to count anyone who earns at least $1,000 per year growing food or other crops. The data is used to develop food and agriculture policies and programs for the entire country, including funding decisions.

Census questionnaires are being mailed to farmers, ranchers and growers this month. The 2017 census form, which requires an estimated 50 minutes to complete, must be returned by Feb. 5, 2018, but respondents are encouraged to respond online at www.agcensus.usda.gov.

The web-based questionnaire allows access from any electronic device, and farmers can return their draft responses as their schedules allow. The new online form saves time and improves convenience for respondents, while capturing a more detailed account of U.S. farming and ranching.

With Pennsylvania a leader in the agriculture industry, it is important our farmers and producers stand up and be counted.
                                                      
         
Renew Dog Licenses Now

Pet owners are reminded to renew their dog’s license for 2018. All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed in Pennsylvania, either on an annual basis or with a lifetime license.

Annual license fees vary from $6.50 to $8.50, with fee reductions for senior citizens and those owners with disabilities. Lifetime license costs are $31.50 or $51.50.

Applications for license renewals can be found here.

Completed applications must be returned to the owner’s county treasurer’s office.

Under Pennsylvania state law, owners who fail to license and/or immunize their dogs could face fines up to $300 per violation for each dog three months of age or older. In addition, owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus for court costs.
                  
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