Veterans Assistance Available at Mifflinburg Office
4/7/2017
Updating the 85th District
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Veterans Assistance Available at Mifflinburg Office
                            
Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, will be available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He will assist veterans with services such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service.

Falls will be available at the office on the last Wednesday of each month. 
                                                  
                           
Spring Township Municipal Authority Receives Grant
                     
Spring Township Municipal Authority in Snyder County has been awarded a $275,000 grant for a water line replacement project through the Commonwealth Financing Authority and its Small Water and Sewer Grants program.

The authority will use the funds to help replace a 60-year-old, undersized asbestos water line along Snyder Avenue. The project includes the installation of 5,620 linear feet of 8-inch PVC pipe, five fire hydrants and 30 service connections. The project will address the health concerns of asbestos and the safety concerns of insufficient fire flows, as well as enhance the reliability of the system.

Reliable infrastructure systems are a cornerstone for a strong economy and a healthy community, and this is an important investment in our region. 
                     
                      
 
Mentored Youth Trout Day This Saturday
                               
Looking for an opportunity to get your kids to enjoy the great outdoors? The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is hosting its Mentored Youth Trout Day this Saturday, April 8. Youth under the age of 16 can join a mentor (adult) angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish for trout. Click here for more information about the program. 

Next Saturday, April 15, marks the opening day of trout season. For more information about fishing licenses or regulations, to check the online stocking schedule, or to download the FishBoatPA app, click here
                                
                                                       
 
House OKs Bill to Get Tougher on Criminals
                        
To ensure criminals are appropriately sentenced, the House has passed legislation to address constitutional issues with Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws cited by the state Supreme Court in 2015.

House Bill 741 would allow for mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers, trafficking drugs to minors and for selling drugs in drug-free school zones. Other crimes affected include offenses committed with firearms, on public transportation, against the elderly or infants, or while impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Mandatory sentences have proven to be a necessary tool to ensure that people committing serious drug and gun crimes are held accountable for their actions.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.
                                               
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