In this Update:
Armstrong County Visits
I was pleased to visit with Dave Rettig and Jon Pritikin to learn further about the National Character Education Foundation. This organization is truly an asset to our youth and our local schools. Jon is an anti-bullying advocate who recently spoke at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School. I was encouraged to hear Jon’s story.
(Pictured with me from L to R; Deana Kirkland, Laurie Johns, Jo Ellen Bowman and Mia Airgood)
I recently had the privilege of visiting HAVIN, Inc (Helping All Victims In Need) to meet with their staff and tour their shelter in Armstrong County. I appreciate the important work they do in the community and their advocacy in providing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Jefferson County Town Hall Meeting
Thank you to all who participated in my town hall meeting in Oliver Township, Jefferson County.
I greatly valued hearing your concerns and thoughts on numerous matters, including energy independence, EMS and first responder support, and protecting our Second Amendment rights.
This conversation about issues impacting our local communities and state offered important perspective as we work together to strengthen Pennsylvania.
A special thanks to Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Department for their hospitality and use of their facility. I appreciate Jefferson County Commissioner Scott North, Mayor Alexander from Punxsutawney and staff from state Rep. Brian Smith’s office for taking the time to attend as well.
Timeline Advanced for IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Long-Range Plan
Completion of the demolition phase of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Academy of Culinary Arts long-range building plan is targeted for August 2025, four months sooner than originally expected, according to a new timeline from the Department of General Services.
The abundance of community and state support for this building plan is a testament to the shared vision of providing increased opportunities for students in this growing field. I’m very pleased changes to the timeline of this project will ultimately help to provide access to a new facility sooner than was anticipated.
You can read IUP’s full press release here.
Alle Kiski Chamber of Commerce Event
I was honored to be invited to speak at the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber member luncheon held at the Kittanning Country Club. We discussed various topics including the upcoming state budget, the importance of stopping the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in Pennsylvania while ensuring our energy independence, as well as transportation funding and other economic issues impacting the region. My thanks to Executive Director, Lynda Pozzuto and the Chamber for hosting me.
Electric Prices to Adjust June 1
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers that on June 1, most electric companies will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping customers. Find out what your “Price to Compare” will be here.
In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose a different electric generation supplier for more competitive pricing by visiting PAPowerSwitch.com. The website offers comparison data regarding price, fixed-price contract terms, renewable content, deposit/cancellation fees and other relevant information.
Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments
Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.
Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment; or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
2023 PA Fair Guide Released
Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.
Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing.
Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.
To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.
Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.
Honoring the Sacrifice of Our Fallen Heroes
Monday marks the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives serving our nation with dignity, bravery and distinction.
Today and every day, remember the valuable contributions and tremendous sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made on behalf of our country and the freedoms we so deeply cherish. The legacy of the veteran cannot be lost.
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