PA Farm Show Starts Saturday
1/4/2018
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PA Farm Show Starts Saturday

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My latest Mon Valley Moment video is my personal invitation to all District 49 residents to attend the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg which kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 6, and runs through Saturday, Jan. 13.

In addition to all the delicious food offerings, the Farm Show features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. More information is available at www.farmshow.pa.gov.

Looking forward to seeing all of our outstanding local participants there!
                
         
Nonprofits Win with Bingo Law Updates

As a way to help nonprofit organizations better raise funds for community needs, Act 66 of 2017 updates the state’s antiquated Bingo Law, which was enacted in 1981.

The new law increases prize limits from $250 to $500 for any one game of bingo; from $2,000 to $4,000 for jackpot games; and from $4,000 to $8,000 for the total amount of prizes awarded in a calendar day.

It also gives community organizations the freedom to advertise the dollar value of cash prizes. Organizations will be permitted to advertise bingo games on the internet and through social media.

Additionally, the law removes restrictions on the number of days a licensed association may conduct bingo games, permits pre-draw bingo and allows for guest callers and for new members of an organization to assist with bingo.
                  
         
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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Know the Dangers of Frostbite, Hypothermia

With Pennsylvania in the grips of one of the season’s longest cold spells, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has offered several tips on keeping warm.

Dangerously cold temperatures can lead to life-threatening health problems like hypothermia and frostbite. Lower-than-normal temperatures and higher wind speeds can cause heat to leave your body more quickly than normal and result in serious health issues.

If venturing outdoors, make outdoor trips brief and dress warmly in layers; cover your ears, head, mouth and face; never ignore shivering; and know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.
  
Hypothermia causes shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, and symptoms include a white or grayish-yellow area of skin, numbness or skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.

Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health issues and should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during cold weather. Pet owners are also reminded of a new state law that prohibits animals from being tethered outside for more than 30 minutes in weather colder than 32 degrees.

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