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Senator Daylin LeachDuring these past few weeks I’ve had a lot of fun attending community events and speaking with constituents. At the beginning of the month my office held Donuts with Daylin at the Wayne Senior center where we discussed everything from Real ID and Voter ID to felony murder.

I also recently had a table at the Radnor Fall Festival where I met new residents and learned about emerging local businesses and non-profits.

I thank everyone for the engaging discussions and support. I’m looking forward to attending more events in October!

Senator Daylin LeachThis past month I also had an opportunity to visit Western PA and tour fracking sites in Washington County near Pittsburgh. What we saw was very real, and it was devastating. The human impact is intolerable. We met a woman named Janis. Janis lost her son to Ewing’s Sarcoma, one of the rare cancers appearing with shocking frequency throughout shale-country. We also met a family that no longer had access to clean drinking water because a nearby holding pond had leached into their well. Sadly, this was just a glimpse. So many families have faced unimaginable hardships. 

I used to think I could live with fracking. I was told it was cleaner than the coal it was replacing, and as long as we taxed it for good purposes, it was a relatively benign form of energy. After this tour, I have come to see that I was wrong. It’s clear to me now that we have no choice but to end it.

I keep the things Iíve seen and the people Iíve met close to heart. I look forward to a busy fall back in Harrisburg, where hopefully weíll tackle issues like fracking and other important topics that my constituents and I care deeply about.

Sincerely,

Daylin

THIS THURSDAY: Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids

Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids

Join me on Thursday, October 3, from 4:00-5:00 PM at the Belmont Hills Library for a Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids! Children are some of the best advocates for mother nature. We have a unique opportunity to teach them about spotted lanternflies and provide them with engaging tools they can use to get involved in protecting their homes and communities from this pesky species.

Attendees will hear a presentation by Luke Hearon of Morris Arboretum, be able to ask questions and receive fun take home materials about ways they can help.

This event is free and open to families and children ages 6-11. Space is limited. Call 610-768-4200 or email leach@pasenate.com to reserve your spot.

New Mobile Office Hours at Radnor Township

Township of Radnor

Come see my staff the second Tuesday of each month at the Radnor Township Building for mobile office hours from 9:30 AM to noon. We are happy to meet with constituents to answer questions about state-related matters or help individuals apply for a Senior Septa ID. Please call my office with any questions at 610-768-4200.

Donuts with Daylin

Join me on October 10 from 9:30-11 AM for Donuts with Daylin at the Radnor Memorial Library. This event is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, discuss current events and voice any questions or concerns you might have about state matters and legislation. For more information, call my office at 610-768-4200.

Donuts with Daylin

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch

Come out on Sunday, October 6 from 1-4 PM to enjoy tractor rides, pumpkin picking, pony rides, free prizes, music, a mechanical bull, and more fall themed activities. For more information call 610-688- 5600 or email recreation@radnor.org.

Fall Harvest & Great Pumpkin Patch - Sunday, October 6, 2019

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Montgomery County will be sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Township’s Public Works Complex. The facility will not be open on this day for refuse, recycling or yard debris drop-off. For more information, please call 610-278-3618 or visit www.montgomerycountyrecycles.org.

Narberth Downtown

COMMUNITY KUDOS

Take a Breather Foundation

Matt McCloskeyFor Executive Director Matt McCloskey, the “Take a Breather” Foundation is not only a charitable organization, but a temporary escape or “breather” from the daily struggle battling cystic fibrosis (CF). Diagnosed as a child, CF played a limited role in the Matt’s life until recently. By November of 2015, Matt’s lung function had decreased by 10%, and he was listed for a bi-lateral lung transplant. Although the decision was difficult, and the result unclear, Matt knew he had the love and support of his friends and family to help through his operation.  

Matt McCloskey and Dr. Hadjiliadas

Matt (left) giving a speech at last year’s “Take a Breather Gala” with Dr. Hadjiliadas, Director of the CF Center, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania 

“On November 15, 2015, I received my new lungs and was given the greatest gift – the gift of life. This, all because my donor made the ultimate selfless act a human can make.” In addition to the excellent transplant team at the Hospital of the University of Penn, Matt enjoys his new lungs, and continues to serve as an inspiration to thousands of young children and adults having their own unique battle with CF. 

Cystic Fibrosis is a rare, inherited disease that interferes with respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. The mutation of a specific gene (CTFR), produces thick mucus that builds up and traps harmful bacteria that would otherwise be able to pass. This often results in serious infections, weakened organs, and a constant stress on the immune system. 

Molly McBrayn (second from left) of Take A Breather presenting wish recipient Caley Gowen (middle) with her CF team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with her wish trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Molly McBrayn (second from left) of Take A Breather presenting wish recipient Caley Gowen (middle) with her CF team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with her wish trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas.  

The Take a Breather Foundation was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization, being an outgrowth of the annual Narberth CF Run. Their goal is to provide a respite, in the form of a wish, to those battling CF and to give young children and adults the opportunity to “take a breather” from CF by focusing on creating magical memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. The hope is that these memories will strengthen their hearts and minds as they battle the psychological, emotional and financial turmoil that accompanies life with CF. So far this year they have granted the wishes of 20 nominees and their families.

Caley Gowen
Caley Gowen

All individuals interested in getting involved with the Take a Breather Foundation have the perfect opportunity approaching Friday, October 18th. The Third annual “Take a Breather Gala” will be hosted at the Merion Cricket Club from 6:30-10:30pm. Renowned CF physician, Dr. Thomas Scanlin, will be the keynote speaker. The evening will also include: Cocktail Hour, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment, Buffet Dinner, and also a surprise Gift-a-Wish for a young 12 year old nominee. All proceeds from the event support the Take A Breather mission of inspiring hope and happiness for those living with CF.  

For more information about this event, volunteering and donation opportunities, and more ways to show your support, the Take a Breather Foundation is located in Narberth, PA, at 107 Forest Ave, Suite 105. They can be reached through their website at www.TakeABreatherFromCF.org or call 610-664-1826. You can also follow the Take a Breather Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for daily update, wish recipients, and more. 

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Deer

Get the pumpkin spice drinks ready, because fall is here. With the changing of the seasons comes the presence of unwanted critters, including ever growing populations of deer. While deer are beautiful creatures, they can be troublesome for several reasons. One of the biggest issues is that they can destroy gardens and landscapes. This is especially frustrating for homeowners that spend hours caring for their yards.  

Deer tend to eat several kinds of plants, including fruits, flowers, and even shrubs that are commonly found amongst household yards. In an effort to deter deer from your yard, consider avoiding growing plants that include:

  • Hostas
  • Roses
  • Daylilies
  • Apple or cherry trees
  • Yews
  • Pansies
  • Arborvitaes

Some people try to lure deer away by planting deer's favorite foods in a remote part of the property, far from gardens and flower beds. Others plant deer resistant plant varieties

Another option is to grow plants that are highly aromatic, such as Lavender. Herbs like oregano, sage, catmint, and thyme are also excellent choices. They’ll fill your garden with rich fragrances and the aroma will confuse the deer’s olfactory system.

Additional odor deterrents that can be spread around plants include:

  • DIY or commercial deer repellent sprays
  • Mothballs
  • Hair
  • Garlic
  • Soap shavings
  • Fabric softener

Unexpected sounds or sights tend to scare famously skittish deer, so you can use this to your advantage. Aluminum cans will certainly make a racket if you string them up in various corners. Wind chimes produce sound with every gust of wind. Other options include hanging reflective items such as CDs and pie pans from tree branches.

Strategically placed solar-powered motion lights are a popular alternative. Many homeowners also choose to install motion-activated sprinklers near their most precious plants.  

Finally, there are physical barriers, which might be the most effective technique to deterring deer around gardens. If you are considering building a fence, keep in mind that the fence should extend partly underground and not have gaps where deer can squeeze through or crawl under. The fence should be at least 8 feet high. Enclose the entire garden or deer will go around the fence. 

Smaller plants or shrubs can be protected with garden netting. Gently drape the netting over the foliage to protect the bulk of the plant. 

Thorny branches or bushes can be just as effective as a fence. Plants that have thorns, spines, or prickles effectively discourage deer from feeding on them. Thorn bushes, holly, stinging nettle, thorny roses, and other prickly types of plants will help you see fewer deer in your yard.

 

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.