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Remembering Pearl Harbor

“A date which will live in infamy…”  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Dec. 7 marks 82 years since the surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After a decade of strained relations between the United States and Japan, that act drew the United States into World War II. While thousands of lives were lost, they were not lost in vain. The gruesome and exhausting war ultimately ended in a victory of Allied powers around the globe.

As we enjoy our American ideals and freedoms because of battles fought and wars won, please thank a veteran for his or her service.

New Law: Making it Easier for Students of Military Families to Enroll in School

Recently signed into law, Act 24 of 2023, makes it easier for an estimated 185,000 students of relocating military families to enroll in school.

Previously, students of military families that transferred on official military permanent change of station orders were not eligible to register in classes, enroll in specialized academic programs, or participate in lotteries for charter or magnet schools until they were physically located within the district boundaries. The delay caused students to miss deadlines, requiring them to shift their planned courses of study, which forced some to take summer classes or even graduate later than expected.

The new law allows such families to establish residency for purposes of enrollment in the school district in which they will be residing by providing the school district with a copy of their military transfer order. This enables them to access registration and enrollment at the same time it is open to the general population.

Veterans Appreciation Month

TOP LEFT: Pictured is Albert Compoly Jr., an Air Force veteran from East Stroudsburg, PA. Al was stationed in Vietnam at the Korat Thai Air Force Base from 1970-1971 and from 1971-1973, he was stationed at Zweibrucken Air Force base in Germany. Al continues to serve our community and veteran population as commander of the Monroe County Joint Honor Guard.

BOTTOM LEFT: Constituent Richard Waibel of Stroud Township is an Army Veteran who served during the Cold War as a Nuclear Missile Battery Officer from 1968-1970. Richard was responsible for the storage, maintenance, and security of 18 Nike Hercules missiles, 16 of which had nuclear warheads. The Nike Hercules was a command-guided, long-range, high-altitude anti-aircraft missiles.

RIGHT: Coast Guard veteran David Strunk lives in East Stroudsburg – I have gotten to know David quite well as you may know his daughter, Mackenzie, has worked for me for several years. In the picture, David is fixing one of the ship’s diesel engines.

High Schoolers: Can You Fix These Transportation Issues?

High school students are invited to participate in the seventh annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge. The statewide competition pushes teams of students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges.

Regional winners will be selected by PennDOT’s Engineering Districts. Those winners will move on to a statewide competition where an overall winner will be selected.

Students can find the details of the 2023-24 Challenge and project guidelines here. All Submissions must be received by Jan. 26, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Out and About Listening to You

On Thursday, I hosted my annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at Trout Lake. I would like to extend a gracious thank you to all the veterans and guests who attended this informational session and sincerely hope you enjoyed. It was my pleasure to be able to recognize those who served our great nation. Thank you to the local businesses who donated items: Callie’s Candy Kitchen, Jimmy’s Ice Cream, The Flag Store, Odd-Lot Outlet, and Stroudsmoor Bakery & Café.


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