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A Warning from the Department of Banking and Securities
The Department of Banking and Securities is warning consumers about doing business with any company offering an advance on a retirement pension. These so-called lump sum “pension advances” are thinly disguised loans with no contractual or financial relationship with the consumer’s pension or pension plan. The total payments made on the “advance” often far exceed the initial loan amount. In almost all cases, the payments are more than a lender can legally charge in Pennsylvania. Here are five questions consumers should consider asking when presented with any business proposal involving their pensions:
Making Your Mark in Preserving Pennsylvania’s Rich History
Pennsylvania has been recognizing and preserving its rich history through more than 2,000 blue and gold roadside markers. The program, administered by the PA Historical and Museum Commission, accepts nominations in remembrance of the people, places, events and innovations that are uniquely Pennsylvanian. If you have an idea for a marker, you can find more information on the program and the nominating process here: http://www.phmc.pa.gov/preservation/historical-markers/Pages/default.aspx
Ten Things You Should Know About the Deer Tick
What’s smaller than a freckle and thrives after first frost? According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), it is a deer tick and there are ten things you should know about its potential to make you sick or even change your life.
Autumn hikers, leaf peepers, and hunters will need to remain vigilant for acquisition of a deer tick during their ventures, regardless of first frost and the freezing temperatures of winter. Late fall, a January thaw, or an early spring day are no match for adult stage deer ticks.
The DOH emphasizes, a deer tick should be removed within 24 hours. An infection can be mild and last a few days; severe with symptoms lasting several weeks; cause permanent neurological effects; or be fatal.
Autumn’s PA Preferred Arrival
As cooler temperatures begin to yield fields full of autumn crops, Pennsylvania’s Farmer’s Markets and Roadside Stands are overflowing with PA Preferred Produce, according to the PA Department of Agriculture.
Check the Seasonal Calendar for peak freshness, whether it’s cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower or peaches, pears, and plums, or any of the other crops that contribute to the $6.1 billion in annual cash receipts from production agriculture, making it the leading economic driver in Pennsylvania.
Consult the interactive locator map or the most recent printable hard copy of the Pennsylvania Farm Market Guide. It is recommended you check the market’s website, where provided, or call ahead to confirm days and hours of operation and availability of specific products. Be sure to look for the PA Preferred logo at your grocery store and restaurants, also. Select from a number of recipes for a new twist on your favorite PA Preferred produce.
It’s Leaf Peeping Planning Season
Zone 2, or the Central Zone, is home to Big Pocono State Park, Oil Heritage Region, Presque Isle State Park, Great Allegheny Passage, Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and Rothrock State Forest and will see peak color in mid-October.
Satellite Offices Now Open to Better Serve You
How We Can Help You
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St