Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) Traffic Stoppages in Upper Salford Township
  • Dog Owners Warned of Fraudulent Dog License Website
  • 2020 Fishing Licenses, Permits, Gift Vouchers on Sale
  • Water Quality Improvement Grants
  • 3rd Annual “Talk to Your State Senator”
  • LIHEAP Program Now Open
  • Around the 24th District
  • Happy Holidays!

Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) Traffic Stoppages in Upper Salford Township

PennDOT says that Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) motorists may encounter periodic 15-minute traffic stoppages weekdays between Long Mill Road and Shady Lane in Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, on Wednesday, December 4, through Friday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The project will replace the bridge over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. The brief traffic stoppages are in addition to the ongoing single lane pattern in place on this section of Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) through spring 2020.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. The schedule is weather dependent.

Two other Route 63 (Sumneytown Pike) bridges over the Unami Creek and Ridge Valley Creek have been closed and detoured since May for replacement under the same project. Both bridges are expected to reopen in late 2019. 

Dog Owners Warned of Fraudulent Dog License Website

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warned Pennsylvania dog owners looking to purchase new or renewal licenses of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.

Most recently, the department has identified as selling fake PA dog licenses and even paying search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license”.

Here are some tips to help customers ensure that they are on an official website:

  • Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type directly into your browser’s address bar;
  • When in doubt, call your county treasurers office. Each county treasurer has a different process; while most offer an online option for purchase of licenses, some do not and require a paper form to be dropped off or mailed.

If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.

For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit or

2020 Fishing Licenses, Permits, Gift Vouchers on Sale

Pennsylvania fishing licenses for 2020 are now on sale.

All fishing licenses and related permits purchased now are valid for up to 13 months, from December 2019 through December 31, 2020. Licenses and permits can be purchased at, at more than 700 issuing agents, county treasurers’ offices and at all PA Fish and Boat Commission regional offices.

In addition to licenses and permits, such as the trout/salmon or Lake Erie permits, customers may choose to purchase vouchers that can be given as gifts and be redeemed by recipients.

The price of an annual resident fishing license this year is still $22.90. Multi-year options are also available in 3, 5 and 10 year increments. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon permit and a Lake Erie permit cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit. Once again for the 2020 license year, customers can purchase a collectible fishing license button for $10. This year’s button features a pumpkinseed sunfish design and is customized with the angler’s individual license number (buttons are not issued at the time of purchase and will be mailed to the buyer within 3-4 weeks).

In 2020, anglers who visit a license issuing agent in-person can receive the Fishing Summary book free of charge. The book, which outlines current fishing regulations and laws, seasons and creel limits, and safety information also includes advertising and coupons. An identical, digital version of the Fishing Summary book can be viewed and printed for free at, or viewed on the free FishBoatPA mobile app for smart phones. 

Water Quality Improvement Grants

Counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, county conservation districts, councils of government, educational institutions, watershed and other organizations can apply now for state Growing Greener grants to restore and protect water quality.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 20th.

3rd Annual “Talk to Your State Senator”

Middle and high school students are encouraged share their ideas about how to support agriculture in Pennsylvania as part of the third annual “Talk to Your State Senator” statewide video competition.

The contest, which is sponsored by the Senate of Pennsylvania and Rutter’s, is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12, including all public school, private school and home school students. Participants are encouraged to submit video entries of no longer than three minutes that promote the future of farming in Pennsylvania.

A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded through the PA 529 college savings program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. Prizes will be deposited into a college savings account in the winner(s) name. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery.

The contest will remain open through January 31, 2020. Winners will be announced in May 2020. More information on the contest is available online at 

LIHEAP Program Now Open

Applications are being accepted for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families pay their heating bills. Households in immediate danger of losing heat can qualify for crisis grants. Details, including income eligibility requirements and applications:


I appreciated the opportunity to attend the Indo American Senior Citizens of Delaware Valley’s 7th Diwali Anniversary Celebration dinner on November 9th.

We had a great turnout on November 12th at the PA Turnpike meeting focusing on the PA NE Extension project.

I appreciate the opportunity to visit and tour Dana Incorporated on November 7th in Pottstown.

On November 2nd, I held my 8th annual Veterans Appreciation breakfast. We are so thankful to the veterans for their service and bravery.


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