Senator John R. Gordner E-Newsletter

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Upcoming Tele Town Hall Event 

Back in July, I held my first live tele town hall.  It was a great success, as thousands of residents of the 27th Senatorial District listened in and many were able to participate by asking questions and by voting in the polls that were posed during the call.

I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting my second one on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00 pm.  Anyone wishing to sign up to be included on that call can do so by visiting the following link: https://www.senatorgordner.com/tele-town-hall/.  This is particularly important for those of you that wish to participate via cell phone, as I am not allowed to call you to invite your participation without prior approval.

I look forward to interacting with many of you on the 16th!

Federal Opportunity Zone Workshop

I was able to recently co-host, along with SEDA-COG, a Federal Opportunity Zone (FOZ) workshop at Bloomsburg University.  This was an event specifically for government leaders, businesses and developers to assist them in learning how to best utilize the FOZ process to assist local communities.  The keynote speaker was Timothy Wachter, Esq., the lead developer of a nationally recognized flagship opportunity zone company.  We also had the pleasure of having Congressman Dan Meuser (R-9) and state Representatives Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108), Kurt Masser (R-107) and David Millard (R-109) participate in the event.

Many great ideas were shared.  I look forward to seeing how this will benefit the five eligible FOZ communities (Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, Shamokin and Sunbury) in the 27th Senatorial District.

Safe2Say Something

Safe2Say Something, the Pennsylvania Legislature’s school safety program, received nearly 23,500 tips through the anonymous reporting program’s first year. 

Among the programs 49 different types of reportable events, the top three report categories are bullying/cyber bullying (3558), cutting/self-harm (2529), and suicide/suicide ideation (2184).  Violent threats toward a school (607), general harassment (574), and threats against a person (523) were also reported, but less frequently than reports of self-harm.  The need for increased mental health resources for students is reflected in the report. 

Self-led training, in-person training, and an interactive video are available to students, parents, and educators.  Training involves the recognition of the signs and signals of individuals exhibiting behavior risky to themselves or others and how to anonymously report the potential crisis.  Anonymous reports may be submitted to 1-844-SAF2SAY (1-844-723-2729).  The programs app is available for Apple and Android phone.

Senior Centers – Meals to Entertainment to Wellness Opportunities

Pennsylvania Senior Centers offer safe warm settings to enjoy meals, recreation, health and wellness programs, and a variety of other services, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Over 500 Senior Community Centers are located across Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and administered by 52 Area Agencies on Aging, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. 

During 2017-18, 10.7 million meals were served at senior centers and delivered to homes for a daily average of 29,300 meals for older Pennsylvanians.  The PA Lottery designates its proceeds to senior programs, including prescription assistance, transportation, care, and property tax and rent rebates.

Fall and Winter Trout Stocking 

Beginning on October 1 and continuing through mid-December, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will stock more than 113,000 hatchery raised adult rainbow, brown and brook trout. These stockings will replenish some of the most popular fishing spots across the Commonwealth. 

A schedule of fall stocking dates and locations is available at www.fishandboat.com by hovering over “Fish” in the upper right tab, then selecting “Stocking Schedules.” Visitors can search by individual county or view a comprehensive list by clicking the “Go – Fall Stockings Statewide” button in the middle of the page.

Trout that are stocked during fall and winter can be fished for immediately, and anglers ages 16 and older who harvest trout must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and trout/salmon permit. During the extended season (September 1 – December 31, and January 1 – February 28), the daily creel limit is three trout of combined species with a minimum size of seven inches.

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