Serving Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties
June 6, 2018 – Wallenpaupack Area High School seniors Evan Sennefelder, of Dreher Township, and Andrew Stuart, of Lackawaxen Township, were victorious in the National Automotive Technology Competition held in New York City. Sen. Baker invited them, and their automotive technology teacher Dr. Mark Watson, to Harrisburg and shared their championship news with the Senate and presented them each with a citation. The competition’s national champions in 2015 also hailed from Wallenpaupack Area.
June 4, 2018 - Sen. Lisa Baker welcomed Dallas High School students who are members of the three-time national champion LifeSmarts Team, which recently captured the 24th annual competition held in San Diego. Coach Kevin West and students Vidhan Dhol, Hannah Wolfe, Raymond Perez, Caleb Swetizer and Matt Metzloff joined Sen. Baker and Rep. Karen Boback on the Senate floor to be honored for the feat.
May 30, 2018 – Celebrating another small business success story in the 20th District. Kitty Hawk Technologies, in Honesdale, recently received their ISO 9001:2015 certification allowing the veteran-owned business access to military and aerospace clients. Celebrating the designation, from left, are NEPA Alliance President Jeff Box, Dale Parmenteri, vice president of consulting operations at Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), company President David Suhosky, Sen. Baker and State Rep. Jon Fritz.
May 23, 2018 – Sens. Baker and John Yudichak met with Luzerne County-based engineering firm Borton-Lawson’s Leadership Development Institute team and had a discussion on issues facing the state and their industry. Pictured, front row from left, are: Sen. Baker, Lou Spaciano, Chris Morgan, Chris Borton, Monica Marshalonis, Dave Wieller, Lisa Clementoni, and Sen. Yudichak. Back row, from left, are: Tim Schoen, Mike D’Amico, Dave Summers and Mike Rodriguez.
May 23, 2018 – Sen. Baker met with Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium CEO James Gallagher and Forest City Regional School District Superintendent Jessica Aquilina. The two provided testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health/Human Services regarding a behavioral health program for students and families being used in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wyoming Counties.
May 22, 2018 - ALS advocates Erica Smith and Cathy Malkemes, met with Sen. Baker and Rep. Jerry Mullery in Harrisburg. Cathy, of Wright Township, continues to fight for those afflicted with this terrible disease in memory of her husband, Ken, who lost his battle in 2016. Erica, a nurse, is from Fairview Township.
May 22, 2018 – Sen. Baker welcomed Father Joseph Evanko to the Senate where the pastor of St. Jude Parish, in Mountain Top, served as guest chaplain for the day. Accompanying Rev. Evanko on the trip down I-81 was Dan Frascella a retired Wright Township supervisor who served in that capacity for 24 years and is an active member of St. Jude Parish.
May 18, 2018 - An investment in the future of higher education in Luzerne County for babies born this year and next, the Keystone Scholars initiative offers $100 to grow along with them through a special partnership with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the United Way of Wyoming Valley, Family Services Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 211 NEPA and Luzerne County Head Start. Sen. Baker, state Treasurer Joe Torsella, Luzerne County Manager David Pedri, Luzerne County Council Member Tim McGinley and Sens. John Gordner and John Yudichak and Reps. Tarah Toohil and Eddie Day Pashinski took part in the launch at the Head Start center in Wilkes-Barre.
May 17, 2018 – Sen. Baker joined some inquisitive and invigorated legislators-in-training at Pennsylvania College of Technology for Sen. Gene Yaw’s 2018 Student Government Seminar. The students learned how government works and got some insight from legislators about the jobs they do.
May 9, 2018 – Sen. Baker looks at the Wall That Heals, a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that is on display at the Capitol for several days. She’s joined by Sen. Gene Yaw and Patrick Solano.
May 9, 2018 – Sen. Baker walks and talks with former Gov. Tom Ridge while visiting the Wall That Heals, a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that is on display at the Capitol for several days. They’re joined by Patrick Solano.
May 8, 2018 - Sen. Baker presented Susan Rollison, owner of Prompton Tool in Honesdale, with a Senate citation marking 50 years in business. The wooden sign behind them is the original company sign from 1968 that hung in the business when it was located in Prompton.
May 8, 2018 - Wallenpaupack Area High School Student Ambassadors showcasing their model servant leadership program and highlighting its impact during a visit by Sen. Baker.
May 3, 2018 - Sen. Baker met with members of Pike-Wayne Trout Unlimited Chapter 462 in the Hawley District Office. At left is Tony Capitano and at right is Paul Ranello. They’re holding vintage fishing creels owned by the Baker family that are on display at the office.
May 3, 2018 – Sen. Baker, Sen. John Yudichak, county judges, other legislators, courthouse staff and others gathered at the grand reopening of the Luzerne County Courthouse rotunda following major renovations to improve and preserve this historic structure. Such pride in the past bodes well for a bright future.
May 1, 2018 – Meeting with Fish and Boat Commissioner Conservation Officer John Cummings to discuss local fishing and boating matters and to present him with a commemorative pen used to sign SB 899 into law.
April 29, 2018 – The senator helped kick-off Pocono Raceway’s inaugural Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania/Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s Girl Scout Badge Day and to recognize the good work of the Rose Pedals in empowering women and giving back to the community. The Rose Pedals, the female staff of the raceway and named after raceway matriarch Dr. Rose Mattioli, have come together to follow in her footsteps by volunteering their time by doing community service, supporting community organizations and developing a mentoring program for women and girls in the community.
April 29, 2018 - A big surprise party at the Lenox VFW Post for Lenox Township Supervisor Fred Benson who thought he was headed to a christening and wound up attending his 80th birthday celebration instead. Sen. Baker was joined by former Rep. Sandra Major and Rep. Jon Fritz at the milestone-marking event.
April 25, 2018 – Sens. Baker and John Yudichak along with West Pittston Mayor Tom Blaskiewicz and his father-in-law Pat Solano. The mayor was among invited panelists discussing local impacts during a joint Senate hearing on flooding and emergency response.
April 24, 2018 - Three Dallas High School students visited the Capitol and shadowed Sen. Baker and served as guest pages. During the experience, students, from left, Calvin Polachek, Eric Weiss, Noah Delevan, also attended meetings with the senator, toured the capitol and observed a committee hearing and a committee meeting.
April 23, 2018 - Sen. Baker welcomed current and aspiring social work professionals to the capitol, including Misericordia University Professor Dave Hage and his students as part of The National Association of Social Workers’ Pennsylvania Chapter’s Legislative Education and Advocacy Day. The Misericordia group included, from left, Brianna Smith, Deanna Warren, Christine Ward, Jaqueline Tadeo, Karley Kandel, Professor Hage, Sen. Baker, Olivia Mayorowski, Ashlilyn Steblinski, Allison Butow and Julianna Stella.
April 23, 2018 - Pastor Brian Korner, of the Grace Independent Baptist Church in Slocum Township, served as the Senate’s guest chaplain. Sen. Baker introduced Korner, of Dorrance Township. Accompanying Korner on his trip to Harrisburg are his wife Stacey, their three children Khloe, Brian and Caitlyn and members of his church and homeschool group: Kristi Kronk, her two children Jordan and Kaitlyn and Ronald Naugle.
April 23, 2018 - The 20th District is always well-represented by many township officials at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors annual educational conference and exhibit show in Hershey.
April 21, 2018 – Recognizing 60 years of excellence at Woodloch Resort with owner John Kiesendahl. The family-owned Pike County destination is consistently on Pennsylvania’s list of Best Places to Work and prides itself in making family memories.
April 20, 2018 - Joining my colleagues to hear about important initiatives to educate and train our workforce at Luzerne County Community College’s legislative information session.in Nanticoke.
April 20, 2018 – Sen. Baker spoke at and participated in the ceremony marking the grand opening of the Children’s Service Center’s new outpatient clinic in Wilkes-Barre.
April 19, 2018 – The senator was asked to be part of the EmpowerNEPA Women’s Leadership Conference at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The event, hosted by several local chambers of commerce, brings women together to support one another and to highlight their ability to create positive change. She took some time to speak with Susan Unvarsky, COO of Prudential Retirement, during the conference.
April 18, 2018 - Learning more about how criminals skim credit and debit card information and what we can do to prevent it during the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association’s Credit Union Legislative Day at the Capitol.
April 18, 2018 - Recognizing the important role the American Red Cross plays in our communities with Sen. Mario Scavello, Michele J. Baehr, Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region executive director, and Rep. Rosemary Brown during Volunteer Appreciation Week at the Capitol.
April 18, 2018 – Discussing the role of safety net providers in meeting the health care needs of rural underserved populations with the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at the 2018 Rural PA Legislative Briefing.
April 17, 2018 - Visiting with Becky Place of Monroe Township, Wyoming County, and Emily Holmes, of Dunmore, who proudly represented Johnson College as part of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania Student Aid Advocacy Day in Harrisburg.
April 17, 2018 – A farmer’s work is never done, so when Kim and Jim Barbour, Bill Bayne, Jim Decker, Joe Loomis, and Dave Payne made the trip to Harrisburg to participate in Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Conference, Sen. Baker gladly met with them to discuss issues impacting farm families. The farmers are from Susquehanna, Wyoming and Lackawanna counties.
April 17, 2018 – Misericordia University students visited the capitol to showcase their work and share their personal stories as part of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania’s Student Aid Advocacy Day. Along with Sen. Baker, from left, are Gardyney Deshommes, Kathleen Klatt, Cara Imbalzano, Tristan Snyder, Brandon Dean and Rep. Karen Boback.
April 17, 2018 - Impressed by the A+ exhibit of award-winning research projects at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol: Pennsylvania Poster Conference. The skills and principles employed by these amazing students and their advisors have lasting value in life and in professional endeavors.
April 6, 2018 – Sen. Baker, along with Rep. Mike Peifer and Pike County Conservation District Executive Director Michele Long at the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership Legislative Breakfast at Lacawac Sanctuary.
April 16, 2018 – Welcoming Wilkes University pharmacy professors Tom Franko and Judith Kristeller and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences student Samantha Frear to the capitol as part of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy Legislative Day.
April 14, 2018 - Enjoying great food and catching up with good friends along with Rep. Mike Peifer at the annual Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department’s Beefsteak Dinner in Pike County.
April 13, 2018 – Along with Rep. Aaron Kaufer at the Pierce Street Deli in Kingston toasting the Hoyt Library’s 90th anniversary with library officials and supporters.
April 13, 2018 – Visiting the Shickshinny Area Historical Society’s museum. Jim Bach of Shickshinny has been the champion for the renovation of the Historical Society Museum to preserve a vast collection of artifacts inside the historic FLT Building on Main Street. With the help of a $110,000 LSA grant, preservation and renovations will be completed.
April 13, 2018 – Sen. Baker joined Rep. Tarah Toohil, officials from Frontier Communications, Shickshinny Borough and Conyngham Township and local veterans to replace the tattered flags on the Shickshinny- Mocanaqua Bridge.
April 11, 2018 – Sen. Baker provided a legislative update for members of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Shrine Club during a dinner meeting at Newberry Estates in Dallas.
April 11, 2018 - Reading some books and singing some songs with the wonderful students at Trinity Learning Center in Dallas.
April 11, 2018 – Sen. Baker held an iimportant conversation regarding the challenges of recruiting and retaining fire and EMS volunteers in rural areas with Slocum Township Supervisors Charlie Herring and Norb Dotzel at her Dallas District Office.
April 11, 2018 – Meeting with area nurses and nurse educators to learn more about patient care and discuss health care issues.
April 7, 2018 – North Mountain Branch Quality Deer management Association/NEPA Whitetails Unlimited’ s annual banquet and auction at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort in Tunkhannock. The event supports wildlife habitat and educational programs and the preservation of shooting sports and hunting traditions.
April 6, 2018 – Sen. Baker and Reps. Mike Peifer and Rosemary Brown at a surprise retirement gathering for Pike County Conservation District Director Sally Corrigan in appreciation of her commitment to continuing this area’s proud conservation legacy. Thank you Sally for 38 years of distinguished service to the Pike County Conservation District and the Pike County Office of Community Planning.
March 24, 2018 – At the Susquehanna County Resource Fair, which helps connect residents with vital programs and services.
March 24, 2018 – Sen. Baker attended the Endless Mountains Empowerment Summit at Elk Lake Junior-Senior High School in Springville. The program offered dynamic speakers and networking opportunities and raised money for student scholarships.
March 23, 2018 – State Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller accompanied Sen. Baker on a visit to The Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University to learn more about the program and speak with students. From left, Kristin Crawford, director of legislative affairs, Department of Human Services; Ann Houssock, Dallas office manager for Rep. Karen Boback; Sen. Baker; Ayanna Dexter, a student in the Women with Children program; Lisa M. Watson, deputy secretary, Office of Income Maintenance; and Sec. Miller.
March 15, 2018 – Sen. Baker visited Dave Hage's Social Welfare Policy & Services class at Misericordia University to discuss the legislative process.
March 11, 2018 - Congratulations to this year’s Rossetti Memorial Art Show participants including Dallas student and creative talent Caroline Stallard, who took home a Blue Ribbon for her likeness of Sen. Baker’s dog Finley.
March 10, 2018 - Pleased to recognize the contributions of dedicated community leader Lyle Oakes and celebrate his 80th birthday along with state Reps. Jonathan Fritz and Tina Pickett in Susquehanna County.
March 8, 2018 – At the NEPA Council Boy Scouts of America's 35th Annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner honoring recipients Dan and Scott Meuser.
February 23, 2018 - Discussing legislative issues and state budget matters with elected officials and human services providers in Luzerne and Wyoming counties and members of the state’s Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association.
February 19, 2018 – Sen. Baker stopped by the Wayne County Lyme Disease Task Force table at the annual Wayne County Dairy and Agriculture Day held at Honesdale High School.
February 19, 2018 - Katie Nebzydoski, the North East Maple Producers Maple Sweetheart for 2018-2019, meets with Sen. Baker at the annual Wayne County Dairy Day event at Honesdale High School. Katie, from Pleasant Mount, is a student at Forrest City Regional High School.
February 13, 2018 - Senators Baker and John Yudichak hosted a roundtable on lead exposure, lead testing, and lead abatement policies in Pennsylvania at a task force hearing at King’s College.
February 11, 2018 – Enjoying camaraderie and supporting our dedicated volunteers at the monthly breakfast supporting the Kunkle Fire Co.
February 9, 2018 – Sen. Baker stopped in to the Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Co. emergency shelter to speak with volunteers and Pike County residents who had to leave their homes because of the massive, lingering power outages.
February 6, 2018 – Sen. Baker stopped by the Pennsylvania State Council on Farm Organizations’ Taste of Pennsylvania 2018 Cornucopia event at the Capitol. While there she discussed issues with Dallas native Jane Clements-Smith who was representing Feeding Pennsylvania.
February 3, 2018 – Legislators, including Sen. Baker, participated in the Wyoming Valley League of Women Voters Legislative Breakfast at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.
February 1, 2018 – Sen. Baker and Reps. Jon Fritz and Mike Peifer along with members of the Wallenpaupack Area High School Student Ambassador Club during an event at Wallenpaupack Area High School.
February 1, 2018 – Pennsylvania Agriculture Russel Redding, right, along with Rep. Jon Fritz, Sen. Baker, Wayne Highlands Superintendent Gregory Frigoletto and Kayla Hack, Honesdale High School’s agricultural sciences teacher. The group got an update on the school’s new curriculum and learned about its revitalized Future Farmers of America program
February 1, 2018 – Sen. Baker and Rep. Fritz met with Honesdale High School students and heard about exciting learning and career opportunities through the school’s new agricultural sciences curriculum.
January 30, 2018 – Sen. Baker participated in kick off effort at the Capitol to create a crime victims’ bill of rights known as Marsy’s Law.
January 25, 2018 – Sen. Baker, Reps. Fritz and Peifer, Congressman Marino and Salem Township Supervisor Merel “Jim” Swingle participate in the ribbon cutting of Hamlin Heights in Salem Township, Wayne County.
January 25, 2018 – Celebrating the distinguished career and retirement of Donna Decker from Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was truly dedicated to community health in rural Pennsylvania.
January 23, 2018 – Sen. Baker looked on as Gov. Wolf signed her SB 242, the expansion of Pennsylvania 811 program, into law
January 20, 2018 – Sen. Baker attended the Mistletoe Ball at Silver Birches Resort along Lake Wallenpaupack. The annual fundraiser for Wayne Memorial Hospital and gives attendees a chance to recognize the many employees and volunteers who work to benefit the region’s health.
January 18, 2018 - Celebrating 100 years of service by the Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind with the opening of a state-of-the-art Low Vision Resource Center in Exeter. The event also marked the unveiling of the organization’s new name -- Northeast Sight Services -- to better reflect the tremendous work they are doing in our community.
January 16, 2018 - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Ivanka Trump, an advisor to the president, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration, listen as Sen. Baker asks a question during the White House Empowering Women Symposium.
January 16, 2018 - Sen. Baker had the chance to meet and discuss issues with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma while in Washington.
January 16, 2018 - Standing with the flags displayed in the Vice President’s ceremonial office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
January 14, 2018 – An annual tradition, the White Mills Fire and EMS Sportsmen’s Fest in Texas Township, Wayne County. Sen. Baker, along with Wayne County Treasurer Brian Field, Wayne County Commissioners Brian Smith and Joe Adams and Texas Township residents John Haggarty and Gary Brown.
January 11, 2018 – Taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, Sen. Baker enjoyed an ice cold chocolate milkshake courtesy of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.