State Grant Awarded to Local Fire Department, Says Toohil

Oct. 12, 2018 /

HARRISBURG – A volunteer fire department in the 116th Legislative District will benefit from a state program that funds equipment purchases and training to battle wildfires, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne). Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in Wapwallopen was awarded a $4,208 grant through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and supported by federal funding.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Oct. 09, 2018 /

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, making it a fitting time for Pennsylvania to take an important step to protect victims. That step is House Bill 2060, legislation which would take guns out of the hands of their abusers.

Mobile Veterans Center to Visit Hazleton Oct. 9, Says Toohil

Oct. 03, 2018 /

HAZLETON – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) announced the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), which provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families, is scheduled to visit Hazleton on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Foster Children Face Challenges in Transition to Adulthood

Oct. 01, 2018 /

I recently joined other lawmakers at a public hearing convened by the House Human Services and Children and Youth committees to learn about the challenges faced by children in foster care as they transition into adulthood.

Scam Warning: Beware of Phony Unpaid Tax Notices

Sep. 17, 2018 /

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has issued a warning about a mail scam in which con artists have tried to defraud individuals by threatening them with legal action or criminal prosecution if they don’t pay an illegitimate tax debt immediately.

Toohil to Host Senior Expo and Health Walk

Sep. 10, 2018 /

I want to remind older residents in the Hazleton area about our upcoming Senior Citizens Expo. This free event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Boscov’s wing of Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Road in Hazle Township.

REAL ID Pre-Verification Process to Begin

Sep. 10, 2018 /

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, eligible Pennsylvania residents who wish to obtain a REAL ID may begin the pre-verification process. Customers who received their first license before September 2003 and want to obtain a REAL ID will need to bring the required documents to a PennDOT Driver License Center so they can be verified in person.

Toohil to Host Health Walk

Aug. 31, 2018 /

HAZLETON – In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle for her constituents, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is hosting a group exercise event on Friday, Sept. 14. Participants are invited to join Toohil for a health walk at the Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Drive in Hazle Township. They are asked to gather at 8 a.m. at the mall’s Center Court.

Mobile Veterans Center to Visit Hazleton Sept. 11, Says Toohil

Aug. 30, 2018 /

HAZLETON – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), which provides free outreach and counseling services to veterans and their families, is scheduled to visit Hazleton on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

We Need to Rip Off the Cloak of Silence

Aug. 30, 2018 /

The grand jury report detailing the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests released last week by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is horrifying and beyond criminal. The fact that victims were coerced to protect the institution is heart-wrenching.

Parents Urged to Get Students Vaccinated

Aug. 21, 2018 /

As students prepare to head back to school, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is urging parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated for protection against life-threatening diseases.

Rainy Summer Raises Concern for West Nile Virus

Aug. 14, 2018 /

Receding floodwaters and heavy rains are creating a perfect storm of conditions that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the state’s mosquito population since the disease was first discovered here in 2000, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Toohil Takes Part in Hearing on Power Outages

Aug. 10, 2018 /

TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) joined other lawmakers in Monroe County on Thursday to discuss the serious implications of power outages and what can be done to better prepare and improve the reliability of Pennsylvania’s electrical infrastructure. The hearing was organized by the House Majority Policy Committee and featured the testimony of emergency responders, local tourism and government officials, and utility company representatives

Deadline Approaching to Apply for Gulf War Bonus

Aug. 06, 2018 /

The Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs is reminding eligible Gulf War veterans that they have until Aug. 31, 2018, to apply for a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.

Budget Invests in Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Industry

Jul. 30, 2018 /

Helping to ensure that agriculture remains one of Pennsylvania’s top industries and continues to help feed the world, the 2018-19 state budget, which took effect July 1, made several critical investments to address the industry’s most pressing challenges.

PA Budget Addresses Critical Health Needs

Jul. 24, 2018 /

Lyme disease is a top health concern in Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number of cases. Funding was included in the 2018-19 state budget, which took effect July 1, to help combat the spread of Lyme disease and treat those affected by the debilitating illness.