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Can you believe this is the first e-blast of 2020? Can you even believe it’s 2020!?

As 2019 recedes into memory, it seems a propitious time to reflect on the year and look ahead to the year that’s upon us. It’s been an extremely busy year – both in Harrisburg and in our district. On the legislative side, I am proud that my Hazardous Waste Recycling bill is moving, having just recently passed the Senate’s Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on which I sit. I’m hopeful that legislation will soon reach the Governor’s desk.

We’ve also been introducing new legislation. Just today, I dropped a co-sponsorship memo for my Shark Fin bill, which would ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins in the Commonwealth. We’re also working diligently on writing legislation that would ban fracking. We rolled out the concept late last year and the support has been overwhelming. Pennsylvanians have had enough of this practice happening in their backyards – human lives are worth more than any amount of profit. Closer to home, I’ve been meeting with first responders about how to address the dramatic reduction in the number of volunteers we have signing up to run with fire companies. As a result, we’ve drafted comprehensive legislation on that issue. Finally, we just introduced the language for my Diaper Changing Station bill, which would require all public and private entities to install and maintain diaper-changing stations in all publicly accessible restrooms.

In 2020, with your help, we can make progress on all these issues and more. I’m grateful everyday for the chance to help make our community a better and more vibrant place to live. If there’s ever anything you’d like to see addressed, please email us or call us or stop in and let us know! I hope everyone has a great new year!

-Daylin

Summer Camp Fair

On February 1st we’re hosting our Second Annual Summer Camp Fair from 11 AM- 1 PM at Ludington Library.

Free and open to the public, the goal of this event is to offer local families an opportunity to learn about the diverse camp options available to them this summer. We’ll have daytime and overnight camps; camps for young children and high schoolers; and camps for sports-lovers, art lovers, young chefs and more!

We’ll also have free raffle prizes, including a free week of summer camp to a participating camp. Hope you can join us! Please call my office at 610-768-4200 with any questions.

Summer Camp Fair

Tax Forms

Tax Time

Looking for 2019 PA Income Tax Return forms and instruction booklets? We have a limited supply available at my district office in King of Prussia. We also have Schedule A, B, C, D, 19, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, O, OC, T, UE and W2-S forms available as well. Please call my office at 610-768-4200 if you have any questions.

12th Annual Good Government Seminar

Senator Daylin Leach

I am very excited to share that on February 27th my office will be hosting our 12th Annual Good Government Seminar at Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The goal of this conference is to inspire our youth to participate in civic endeavors.  It’s a fun event our office does each year where we introduce students from high schools in the 17th Senatorial District to the legislative process in Pennsylvania. Experts from all over the area volunteer their time to serve as panelists in small working groups and share their insights with students.  The culmination is a mock Senate Session at which students enjoy a lively debate about important and timely legislative issues. 

This is one of my favorite events, as it gives students the opportunity to experience the legislative process, discuss relevant issues, and understand how legislation is passed. I always look forward to seeing what ideas students come up with.

Do you want to recommend this event to a teacher or administrator? Interested participants can RSVP to the Good Government Seminar by clicking here.

Do you know a corporation that would consider sponsoring this very worthwhile opportunity? Then please call my office at 610-768-4200.

Senator Daylin LeachDonuts with Daylin

I had a great time chatting with residents and visitors of the Bryn Mawr Terrace earlier this week. It was our first time hosting a Donuts with Daylin event there and we're looking forward to the next time we get to visit. Starting in February our office will be hosting a monthly current events discussion at the Terrace. Stay tuned for an announcement on the first date.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Do you have household hazardous waste that you need to get rid of? Perhaps you have old swimming pool chemicals still sitting in your garage, or maybe a ton of extra spray paint lying around. If you have household hazardous waste, you can dispose of it at one of Montco’s Household Hazardous Waste collection events. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th. The flyer below has details about all collection events scheduled for 2020.

Household Hazardous Waste

Wing Bowl

The Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company is holding their first WING BOWL on Saturday, February 1st at 3 PM in the Swedesburg Social Hall at 310 Jefferson Street. All entrants must arrive no later than 2:30 PM. The entrance fee is $10. The person to eat 25 wings in the shortest amount of time will be crowned the winner. For more information, please email asst272@gmail.com.

Wings

CREC Superhero Night

Superheros

Join Haverford Township on Tuesday, February 4th from 6-7:15 PM for Rec at the CREC Superhero Night - a FREE special event for adults with special needs!

Participants can come dressed as their favorite superhero and participate in superhero crafts and activities. Our combination of paid staff and volunteers will help guide participants through the superhero stations. Family members are also welcomed to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call the township at 610-446-1000.

COMMUNITY KUDOS

Pals For Life

No one is immune to suicide and sadly, at least 64 suicides occur every year in Delaware County alone. Thankfully, organizations like the Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force (DCSPATF) exist to provide much needed services and offer help to community members who might be feeling lost or depressed.

The mission of the Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force is to reduce the loss and suffering caused by suicide and suicidal behavior by implementing and promoting  prevention, intervention, and post-intervention programs as well as providing information, support and education about efforts to lessen the incidence of suicide and the stigma associated with suicide.

DCSPATF was established in 2002 when a group of individuals from the county who had lost a loved one due to suicide came together and decided and that more should be done to spare others this tragedy and the stigma that accompanies it. The Task Force’s purpose is to promote understanding that suicide is a preventable community health problem in our county. Through collaboration and coalition-building, DCSPATF has partnered with local businesses, healthcare and mental health providers, government agencies and community members to hold annual events, trainings, workshops and create an impressive, informative website to open lines of communication and share educational resources. 

The Task Force is an all-volunteer group. Membership, involvement, and participation is open to county residents, community groups, or others with a concern about suicide in Delaware County. DCSPATF honors a member for their service each year. Below is a photo of their 2019 award winner, Linda Falasco. If you would like to volunteer with the Task Force, feel free to email them at info@delcosuicideprevention.org.

2019 award winner, Linda Falasco

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please take any thoughts of suicide seriously and talk to a professional. If you need help right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 1-800-273-8255, text HELP to 741-741, or take emergency steps by calling 911. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but if you feel sad for over 2 weeks, ask for help.

On a local level, DCSPATF offers a wealth of resources at http://delcosuicideprevention.org/ including Suicide Warning Signs, Suicide Prevention Toolkits, Guides for Suicide Loss, and a list of support groups and lifelines. Additionally, the Warm Line is available at 855-464-9342 when what you need is somebody to listen. It is a service that offers an empathetic ear, support and advice when you are feeling lonely, looking to help a loved one, or simply having a tough time managing one of life’s many obstacles.  

The Task Force is currently holding their 13th Annual “Make A Difference!” Art with a Message Contest. The goal of this contest is to encourage youth to value emotional health, communication and community and to express through original artwork what they think and feel. Winners will receive awards, public recognition, and winning artwork will be used as promotional material for the Task Force’s events and publications.  See below for last year’s winning artwork.

No need to be the lone wolf

The submission deadline is Friday, February 28th, 2020 and entries can be submitted at any time between now and the deadline. For more information, please feel free to email info@delcosuicideprevention.org with any questions.

15th Annual 5K Run/ Walk DCSPATF is also preparing for their 15th Annual 5K Run/ Walk on Saturday, May 2nd at the Rose Tree Park in Media, PA. Registration of individuals is $25 (Children under 12 are $5) or groups of 5 or more are $20 per person. Registration includes a free T-shirt, a snack, a beverage, and raffles/prizes. Medals will be awarded for various age groups. The event is rain or shine. To register or for more information, please visit https://www.runtheday.com/register/.

Finally, the Task Force is excited for their upcoming 17th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference on November 19th. More details on this event to follow soon.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved or help support DCSPATF, call 610-416-4001 or visit http://delcosuicideprevention.org/donate-2/. The Task Force wants to continue supporting families who have been affected by suicide with up to date literature that can support survivors with their loss and provide guidance with their recovery. Generous donations assist them in reaching their mission by purchasing supplies for various health fairs, securing presenters for their Annual Symposium and other speaking engagements. DCSPATF is also an eligible charitable organization on Amazon Smile. 

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Fall

I am happy to say that Spring will be here before we know it, but with the increase in temperatures comes the increased risk of contracting Lyme Disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by tick bites. While most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics, if left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.  According to the state health department, it is estimated that Pennsylvania residents were afflicted with about 10,000 cases of Lyme disease in 2018.

The key to combating Lyme Disease is taking preventative measures before heading outdoors. Apply a DEET-based repellent if venturing into an area where ticks might live.

Keeping your yard well-landscaped is also a good preventive measure. Ticks needs moisture to survive, and commonly live in your leaf litter. The shorter you can keep your lawn and the more sunlight you have, the less likely you’re creating a good habitat for ticks.

For people who live near a tree line or wooded area, perhaps use cedar chips — a natural repellent — as mulch.

Another tool to help control Lyme Disease includes informing others. To help increase education surrounding ticks and Lyme disease, the PA Department of Health partnered with the PA Department of Education to start a new campaign called, “Don’t Let a Tick Make You Sick.” For this fun art competition, students in grades 1 to 6 are eligible to submit an entry by March 6th, illustrating where ticks are found and how to prevent encountering one. The hope is that this initiative serves as a reminder to check yourself, your pets and your families for ticks after spending any amount of time outdoors.

Finalists will be notified by April 24th, and the top two finalists in each grade level will be invited to a May announcement of the first-place winners.

Entries (one per child) can be submitted digitally at ra-dhlymecontest@pa.gov, or by mailing them to Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology c/o Lyme Poster Contest, 625 Forster St., 9th floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701.

Click here for more information and a full list of contest rules.

 
 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
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Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.