Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • Do You Want to Start a Business?
  • Honoring Veterans with Special License Plates
  • Hunting License Reminder
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown
  • Senior Centers Offer Relief from Soaring Summer Temperatures
  • August 31 Deadline to Apply for Persian Gulf Theater of Operations Payment
  • First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2018 Reported

Senator Mensch congratulated Julian Weber on his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Do You Want to Start a Business?

I will be hosting a First Step Seminar along with the Small Business Development Center on October 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Red Hill Borough Council Chamber at 56 West Fourth Street in Red Hill.  This event is free but pre-registration is required. To register, visit

The seminar will provide an overview on how to start a business, how to obtain financing, how to identify licenses and applications, the importance of a business plan and more.

To find out more information or to register for this seminar, you may also visit, email or call 610-758-3980.

Honoring Veterans with Special License Plates

With the warmer weather and longer days bringing increased travel, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests an Honoring Our Veterans license plate for your vehicle as a great way to show patriotism and also support veterans in need.

Available for passenger cars, motorcycles and light duty trucks up to 14,000 pounds, an Honoring Our Veterans license plate costs $35, with $15 dollars benefitting Pennsylvania’s Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that aid veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. These valuable advocates use available grants to assist veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living, among other services.

In addition to the sales of these license plates, there are a number of other programs designed to help fund the VTF in support of Pennsylvania veterans. To learn more about other VTF programs or to purchase an Honoring Our Veterans license plate, visit or follow DMVA on Facebook at

Hunting License Reminder

Pennsylvania’s 2018-19 resident hunting license is now available for $20.90, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Pennsylvania residents ages 17 to 64 receive one antlered deer tag, one fall turkey tag, one spring turkey tag, and small game hunting privileges for one year with the resident hunting license.

More than 65 types of hunting licenses and permits are available to resident and nonresident hunters.  The 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest may be purchased for $6 or downloaded and printed for free.

The Commission’s online calendar is an easy reference tool to plan your future hunting and trapping endeavors.  Licenses may also be purchased in person through a license issuing agent

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Whether brought on by extended periods of rain or a torrential downpour, flooding is the most common natural disaster in Pennsylvania, according to ReadyPA.

Upon encountering a flooded roadway while driving, motorists are reminded of Act 114 of 2012 making it illegal to ignore flood warning signs to Turn Around, Don’t Drown.  Know these flood facts for driving:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing a loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pickups.

While driving, remain informed of weather conditions and respond accordingly to any flash flood watch or warning.  Travel information is available through 511PA.

Senior Centers Offer Relief from Soaring Summer Temperatures

Soaring summer temperatures leave many senior citizens struggling to keep cool and prevent heat-related illnesses, according to the PA Department of Aging.

Seniors are encouraged to visit or contact their local Senior Community Center for relief during weather extremes.

Pennsylvania’s Senior Community Centers provide a nutritious meal, social activities, informative programs, creative arts, exercise, volunteer opportunities, community services, and special events in a safe comfortable atmosphere.  

August 31 Deadline to Apply for Persian Gulf Theater of Operations Payment

The August 31 deadline is approaching for eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.

The bonus program is administered by the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum. For personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, there is an additional $5,000 available to the surviving family. Service members who were declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for an additional $5,000. You can apply here.

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2018 Reported

Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2018 has been detected in an Allegheny County resident. Samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing.

The Departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes. DEP conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. So far, DEP has detected WNV-infected mosquitoes in 48 counties, including Berks, Bucks and Montgomery.


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