Senator Brown E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • District of Character
  • Congratulations Graduates!
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Helping Communities Fight Illegal Dumps
  • Grants Available for Emergency Service Training Centers
  • DELAYED: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers
  • Around the 40th District

District of Character

Congratulations Graduates!

Extending a sincere congratulations to all the college and high school graduates this year. Wishing you continued success and fulfillment in the years ahead – many blessings!

To the risings seniors and families of college bound students, this is a great opportunity to plan for the years ahead. I wanted to remind you of the resources available to you if you chose to make this financial investment.

First and foremost, several decades ago, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, commonly referred to as “PHEAA”. The purpose is to foster affordable and accessible higher education opportunities for PA students and families. This is offered through grant opportunities and student loans. You can visit their website here. Also, if you would like individualized assistance, my office can schedule you for an appointment with a PHEAA representative.

Additionally, our communities are fortunate to have many philanthropic organizations who offer scholarship opportunities. Your school’s guidance counselor should have a full listing – but here are some to highlight as well:

American Red Cross; Kiwanis Club of the Stroudsburgs; United States Marine Corps; Pocono Mountain Women’s Club; Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce; Salvation Army; DAR Good Citizenship; the Monroe County Bar Association and more.

Hazardous Waste Removal

Earlier this week, I visited the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority in Blakslee. In the video, Jackie shares their upcoming opportunity to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste – this Saturday, June 3rd 8 AM – 2 PM, at their facility at 183 Commercial Blvd in Blakeslee. Please register at

Helping Communities Fight Illegal Dumps

To limit public health hazards that negatively impact property values, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have launched the Illegal Dump Free PA Program. It will help communities curb illegal dumping by exposing those who commit this crime.

To avoid costly cleanups that average $3,000 per site, grant recipients will receive, as a temporary loan, three cameras to capture evidence of illegal dumping. Equipment includes wireless technology to capture photos of vehicle license plates and illegal dumpers, even at night. One camera uses wireless technology to email pictures when triggered, providing almost instant results.

Municipalities, counties and nonprofit organizations can apply for grants here. If you know of an illegal dump or graffiti site, you can anonymously report it here.

Grants Available for Emergency Service Training Centers

Because of legislation passed by the Senate last November, emergency services training centers, community colleges, county-owned facilities, municipal or fire department-owned facilities and nonprofit countywide associations can apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

Through the Emergency Service Training Center Capital Grant Program, funds can be used to establish or modernize facilities that house firefighting equipment, ambulances or rescue vehicles and to repair or purchase firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.

The application period runs from June 1-30. Learn more or apply for a grant here.

DELAYED: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture reports that, due to vendor issues, the mailing of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers will be delayed until the end of June. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.

Eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.

Around the 40th District

This week, I recorded several legislative tapings across the 40th Senatorial District. First, we visited the Monroe County Waste Authority to discuss recycling and proper recycling habits. Then, we visited the Mid Valley School district in Throop to discuss their Reading Phonic Program. Last, we visited RiverView Winery in Jermyn to share their story, in-house wine, and scenic views.

The 40th Senatorial District is filled with incredible organizations, people, and businesses – I love any opportunity to showcase them. These shows air every Thursday on BRCTV13 at 8:30 AM. You can also visit my website to watch them at any time

Earlier this week the Monroe County Historical Association celebrated their groundbreaking for The Heritage Center! Thank you to the Board of Directors, MCHA staff and all the volunteers that made this expansion possible and the efforts to cultivate history in Monroe County!

This week, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary celebration of Mrs. Bush’s Personal Home Care in Kunkletown, PA. Congratulations to the Bush family on this momentous occasion and upon this richly deserved recognition.


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