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Capitol Office
432 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202057
Harrisburg PA 17120-2088
Tel: 717-260-6146
Fax: 717-782-2882

District Offices:
101 Ehalt Street, Suite 105
Greensburg, PA 15601-2300
Phone: 724-834-6400
Fax: 724-834-6799
Hours: Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Youngwood Borough Building
17 South 6th Street
Youngwood, PA 15697
Tel: 724-925-5490
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday
9 a.m. to noon
 
Shredding Event Rescheduled for Oct. 22
9/21/2018
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Shredding Event Rescheduled for Oct. 22
Due to the weather, the shredding company was forced to postpone my free shredding event this past Monday because it could not operate its equipment.

Now, I will be hosting the event on Monday, Oct. 22, from 4-6 p.m., at the North Hempfield Volunteer Fire Department, 145 Old State Route 66, Greensburg.

The free service to the community allows residents of the 57th Legislative District a chance to safeguard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.

No more than four bags or boxes per household are permitted, and no businesses, please. Examples of items you may want to bring include bank and credit card statements, tax documents, insurance claim forms and anything that lists a Social Security number. Staples, paper clips and manila folders are acceptable. The documents received are securely shredded by a truck on-site and then taken to a local paper recycling plant to be treated and reused.
 

Coffee Talks with Rep. Nelson
 
On Thursday evening, I hosted a coffee talk at The Lamplighter in Delmont. What a nice crowd we had to dialogue on state-related issues.

If you missed this event, I will be holding a second coffee talk on Thursday, Oct. 11, 8-10 a.m., at Bean and Baguette, 250 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. My final coffee talk of the fall will be on Thursday, Oct. 25, 8-10 a.m., Stanton Daily Grind, 818 Route 119 North, New Stanton.

Please call my district office at 724-834-6400 to register. Light refreshments will be served.
 

Dispose of Prescriptions Safely
To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, a variety of police stations throughout Westmoreland County offer drug-take back boxes.

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

A list of locations is available here.
 

Are You Prepared?
With remnants of Tropical Depression Florence hitting much of Pennsylvania this week, state and national officials remind residents that September is National Preparedness month, an opportunity to prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

As part of the awareness month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents to make and practice a preparedness plan, learn life-saving skills, check your insurance coverage and save for an emergency.

Residents should adapt their plans for all types of emergencies and disasters – residential fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, earthquakes, natural gas leaks and other events involving evacuations.

Tips and checklists are available online here.
 

PA Treasury Holding Military Decorations
 
The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new state website dedicated to reuniting military decorations that have been reported as unclaimed property with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. Treasury continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

To search for unclaimed military decorations, click here.
 

Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available
 
To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

REAP is designed for agricultural producers who install BMPs or make equipment purchases that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which improves Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s State Conservation Commission.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards. Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also common REAP-eligible practices. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Chesapeake Bay Program to help install BMPs.

For projects that include the proposed purchase of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2019. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs and BMP components must be completed by June 30, 2020, to be eligible.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here
 
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Office Locations
101 Ehalt Street, Suite 105, The Train Station, Greensburg, PA 15601-2300 | Phone: (724) 834-6400
Youngwood Borough Bldg, 17 South 6th Street, Youngwood, PA 15697 | Phone: (724) 925-5490                                  
117B East Wing, House Box 202057, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2057 | Phone: (717) 260-6146
Email: mailto:enelson@pahousegop.com
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