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Senator Bob Mensch

Dear Friend,

With summer just around the corner, the 24th Senatorial District is in full bloom. I hope you and your family enjoy the season. I’ve listed some upcoming events and items of interest below.

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Bob Mensch

In this issue...

The Mensch Report: Colebrookdale Railroad
Constituent Outreach Program
Montgomery County Rabies Clinic in June
Potential for Lyme Disease Increases Across PA
Pennsylvania Memorializes Contributions to American Freedom and Independence
Please Remember to Steer Clear for Construction and Emergencies
CPR Means Staying Alive
DEP Continues the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
Pennsylvania’s Bicycle Helmet Law

The Mensch Report: Colebrookdale Railroad

This edition of the Mensch Report features a walking tour and interview of Colebrookdale Railroad.

The Colebrookdale Railroad Tourist Railroad Project connects two counties, two boroughs, and thousands of people along a right-of-way with a storied past and vast potential for the future. Bringing 20,000-30,000 new visitors annually to the region, the Project will catalyze the good work the citizens in Pottstown, Boyertown, and beyond have done over the past three decades to build local business, to preserve local heritage and culture, and to make Southeastern Pennsylvania a place worth investing in, working in, and calling home.

Join me for this great tour here.

Constituent Outreach Program

As part of my commitment to make state services readily accessible to constituents, I offer an extensive outreach program which involves regularly scheduled visits by staff members to assist constituents in their hometowns throughout the 24th Senatorial District. Due to the redistricting, new outreach locations are in the process of being added in order to accommodate constituents in Berks, Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Staff members are readily available at each location to assist constituents with state-related programs and inquiries.

Outreach hours have begun again in Durham Township (212 Old Furnace Road, Durham, PA 18039) and a staff member will be available at the Township on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 9am to 12pm. More outreach locations close to you are coming very soon! I appreciate your patience as we continue to work on this convenient program.

You can find my latest outreach office hours on my Constituent Outreach Page.

Montgomery County Rabies Clinic in June

Montgomery County will host four Rabies Clinics again this year throughout the county. The cost is $10 per shot and they are available for dogs, cats and ferrets. For dates and locations, please click here.

Potential for Lyme Disease Increases Across PA

Whether maintaining your property or engaging in recreational and leisure activities, Pennsylvania residents in all 67 counties should be vigilant about preventing exposure to deer ticks and Lyme disease, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PaDOH).

Combat exposure to Lyme disease through the use of repellents and protective clothing. Check regularly while outdoors and at the conclusion of activities to determine if you picked up an unwanted tick.

Prevent contracting the disease through the prompt and careful removal of the tick with tweezers, followed by application of rubbing alcohol to the bite area and your hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer details on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease.

Pennsylvania Memorializes Contributions to American Freedom and Independence

The struggle for American freedom and independence is indelibly etched in more than 2,000 historical markers located across Pennsylvania, according to the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

Blue and gold markers memorialize the known and unknown people and events, from all corners of the Commonwealth, contributing to the future of America. From insurrections to inventions, PA’s contributions shaped the culture and economy of our country.

The PHMC invites you to select a county or subject then hit PA Trails of History to start your historical discoveries. Nominations for future markers may be submitted to the PA Historical Marker Program by individuals, private organizations, local or county governments, and public agencies.

Please Remember to Steer Clear for Construction and Emergencies

Increased transportation funding means more road construction crews along Pennsylvania roadways, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Motorists heading out for work or play are being asked to Remember to Steer Clear of road crews, emergency personnel, and law enforcement as they perform their jobs. There were 10,586 crashes and the loss of 128 lives in work zone crashes across Pennsylvania over the past five years. Move over at least one lane and slow down to avoid penalties under the Steer Clear Law. Violators face a $250 fine for failure to move over or slow down and a doubling of fines for traffic violations occurring in emergency response areas. A 90-day license suspension can also be imposed for a violation resulting in injury to workers.

When entering a posted work zone, turn on your vehicle’s headlights. Current law provides for a 15-day license suspension for exceeding, by 11 miles per hour, the posted speed limit in an active work zone. In addition, motorists convicted of homicide by vehicle in an active work zone face up to five years of additional jail time.

CPR Means Staying Alive

In 2015, the American Heart Association is promoting “Two Steps to Staying Alive” as a reminder on how to assist a teen or adult suffering a sudden collapse. First, dial 9-1-1, then immediately begin delivering chest compressions to the beat of the popular 1977 release by the Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive”.

Hands-Only CPR is recommended for use on teens and adults following a sudden collapse. Relying on one hundred beats per minute, administer CPR while waiting for emergency medical professionals to arrive.

According to the American Heart Association, life-saving resuscitation techniques and recommendations have evolved over time -- from fireplace bellows in 1530 used to force air back into the lungs to special techniques for pediatric rescue developed in 1983. Since then, a Pediatric First Aid and CPR Course has been offered online for parents and child care providers.

DEP Continues the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the continuation of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, which provides $2,000 rebates to commonwealth residents for large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles. DEP provides these rebates as incentives to assist Pennsylvanians with the incremental cost of purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle.

To qualify, the vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania, operated primarily in-state, and be purchased no more than six months before the rebate application is submitted. The rebates are funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on utilities.

Large-battery vehicles that have battery system capacities equal or greater than 10 kilo-watt hours (kWh), including models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, BMW, Tesla, and Chevy Volt, are eligible for the highest rebate amount of $2,000. DEP is also extending rebates of $1,000 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with battery system capacities of less than 10 kWh, including models such as the Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord.

Rebates of $1,000 are being extended for natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or fuel-cell vehicles, such as the CNG powered Honda Civic or any 2014-15 CNG powered car or pickup truck. CNG original equipment, manufacturer retrofits, or certified conversions to CNG or propane are also eligible for the $1,000 rebate. A $500 rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.

There are only a limited number of rebates available at $2,000. The rebate program offered will be reassessed upon payment of the first 250 rebates at $2,000 or December 31, 2015, whichever occurs first.

To apply for a rebate and for more information, click here.

Pennsylvania’s Bicycle Helmet Law

As we enjoy the warmer weather, I encourage everyone to wear helmets when bicycling.

Pennsylvania law states that everyone under age 12 must wear a helmet, applying to children operating bicycles and to children who are passengers in a restraining seat or trailer. It is very important for people over age 12 to also wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet makes it easier for others to see you. Be a good example to other bike riders by wearing your helmet each time you ride.

Most bicycling deaths and serious injuries are due to head injuries. Studies show that wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. You can find out more about pedestrian and bicycle safety here.

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Senate Box 203024
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3024
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Red Hill, PA 18076
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Lansdale, PA 19446
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