New Wave of Unemployment Benefit Fraud

Sep. 28, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announced this week that due to an alarming spike in suspicious applications for unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, additional anti-fraud and identity verification measures will be put in place.

Watch for Swarms of Spotted Lanternfly

Sep. 21, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Spotted Lanternfly have grown into adults over the summer and are now beginning to swarm. They hunt for tall structures such as trees and houses in preparation to launch themselves into the wind, look for food and find a safe place to lay their eggs. The Spotted Lanternfly poses no harm to humans; however, they disrupt outdoor activity and feed off several types of trees.

Toohil to Hold Satellite Office Hours in Shickshinny

Sep. 04, 2020 /

HAZLETON – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is holding satellite office services on Friday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Conyngham Township Municipal Building, 10 Pond Hill Road, Shickshinny.

Toohil Again Requests Child-Related COVID-19 Case Data from PA Department of Health

Sep. 03, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – In an effort to better protect the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s children and educators during the current COVID-19 crisis, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today, for a second time, requested a more detailed reporting of cases involving young people from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. There has been no response to her initial letter, which was sent on Aug. 19.

Help Protect Children From Abuse

Sep. 01, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

As vice-chair of the Children and Youth Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I am reminding everyone it is critical that we help protect children from abuse and neglect during the current COVID-19 public health emergency by being more vigilant.

Toohil to Take Part in Lights of Hope Event Sept. 12

Aug. 31, 2020 /

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) plans to join a Conyngham Valley civic organization in remembering local residents and families whose lives have been touched by cancer on Saturday, Sept. 12. The event is part of a larger observance that will take place nationwide.

Toohil Hosts Virtual Drug and Alcohol Awareness Event

Aug. 28, 2020 /

Toohil Hosts Virtual Drug and Alcohol Awareness Event

HAZLETON – Seeking to raise awareness among the Hazleton area’s Spanish-speaking community regarding the pandemic and related drug and alcohol problems, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) hosted a virtual panel discussion with local treatment and recovery experts on Thursday evening.

Toohil Provides State Update to Rotary Club of Hazleton

Aug. 27, 2020 /

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Hazleton) provided an update on her recent legislative activities and response to the COVID-19 health crisis for members of the Rotary Club of Hazleton as guest speaker during the organization’s weekly meeting, which was conducted virtually on Wednesday.

Food Program Available for Students During COVID-19 Crisis

Jul. 29, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a plan to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program. This program, known as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), will be temporary and is designed to bridge the gap left by school closings and help families who may have strained resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toohil Named ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year

Jul. 27, 2020 /

HAZLETON – The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce today announced that it has chosen Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) as the 34th winner of the ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Be Smart When Shopping for Energy Suppliers

Jul. 20, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

With the summer cooling season in full swing, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is reminding consumers of the opportunity to switch energy suppliers to help save money on their monthly electric bills. A quick visit to allows consumers in most areas of the state to choose who supplies their electricity, based on price or other factors, such as renewable energy.