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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer

  • Drive Safely Around School BusesAs area children head back to school, it is important to remember how to safely share the road with school buses. Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended, and they must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting a b...
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  • 8/30/2013
    Department of Aging Secretary to Visit Senior Citizens Expo Sept. 6
    Reps. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) and Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) will host their annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Road in Milford. Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke will be on hand to outline the agency's initiatives to boost the health and quality of life of the Commonwealth's senior population. The expo also will feature a variety of vendors who will share information and answer questions about: government services for senior citizens, nursing and personal care, physical therapy, senior living, hospice services, driver education and more. Visit www.RepPeifer.com for additional information.
    Small Business Advantage Grants Available
    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is again accepting applications for its Small Business Advantage Grant Program to aid small businesses looking to conserve energy and prevent pollution. Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, Limited Liability Corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be in a Pennsylvania facility owned by the applicant and must save the business at least 25 percent, plus $500 annually, as a direct result of implementing the grant-supported project. Eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks. All grant projects must be completed by June 30, 2014. For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us.
    Drive Safely Around School Buses
    As area children head back to school, it is important to remember how to safely share the road with school buses. Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended, and they must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting a bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists should be certain all children are safely off of the roadway before driving away from the area. For more information, visit www.justdrivepa.com.
    8/16/2013
    Veterans Outreach Services Available at Honesdale Office
    A representative of the American Legion Service Officer Outreach program is available on the second Monday of each month at Rep. Mike Peifer's (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) office in Honesdale. The American Legion program offers veterans assistance with compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service. Meetings are available by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. To schedule an appointment, contact Peifer's office at 570-253-5533.
    Commission Continues Study of Special Education Costs
    The Special Education Funding Commission, on which Peifer serves, is continuing its review and discussion about the cost of educating students with special needs in Pennsylvania. Among the challenges facing Pennsylvania schools is the failure of the federal government to provide the 40 percent in funding it pledged for special education programs and a state funding formula that does not account for the actual population of students with special needs in each school and the level of services required. The commission, formed as a result of Act 3 of 2013, is made up of appointed House and Senate members, the secretaries of Education and Budget, and the deputy secretary for elementary and special education. The commission has until fall to recommend a new funding formula to more effectively pay for special education throughout the state.
    Page 2 of 2 - Laws Aim to Protect Student Athletes
    With the fall sports season getting underway, students, parents and coaches should be aware of two recently adopted state laws aimed at protecting student athletes. Act 59 of 2012 aims to raise awareness about the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest by requiring coaches and parents to complete an online training program to learn how to identify symptoms. Under the law, student athletes must be removed from practices or games if they display symptoms, and they cannot return to play until cleared to do so by a medical professional. Similarly, Act 101 of 2011 requires the removal from play of a student athlete who shows symptoms of a concussion, such as confusion, headache, nausea, blurred vision or memory loss. Parents and their student athletes are required to sign a concussion awareness sheet annually before the student is allowed to participate in a sport, and coaches of those sports must complete a concussion certification course each year. Additional information about both laws, and access to the online training course related to sudden cardiac arrest, is available through the Department of Health website at www.health.state.pa.us.
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