Barletta transitioning district offices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, announced that his district offices in Plains Township and Taylor will close Thursday, Dec. 20. His office in Hazleton will remain open to handle constituent service requests until offices in the new 11th District are opened in early 2013.

Because of congressional redistricting, the offices along Route 315 near Wilkes-Barre and on Main Street in Taylor will no longer be in Barletta's territory.

The phone numbers for the Plains Township and Taylor offices will not be in service after Dec. 20.

Those two offices must close by the end of the year, and their contents will be moved to Barletta's new offices. The locations of the new offices are still being finalized and will be announced soon.

The Shamokin-Mount Carmel area and, roughly, all points in Northumberland County south, east of and including Sunbury, will be in the 11th District as of the new year. The rest of the county, including Northumberland, Milton and the county's "northern panhandle," remain in the 10th Congressional District.

Constituents who need help dealing with federal agencies during the transition can contact Rep. Barletta's Hazleton District Office at 751-0050. Those wishing to speak about policy issues can continue to contact Barletta's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-6511 or toll-free at (855) 241-5144.