Senator Joe Pittman E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Condolences on the Passing of State Rep. Jeff Pyle
  • We’re Still Collecting Items for Area Food Banks
  • 20th Annual Cheese Auction at the Indiana County Fair
  • Ox Hill Fair Youth Livestock Sale, Ford City Ethnic Fest & Parade and the Hoodlebug Festival & Parade
  • Annual Convention of Armstrong County Association of Township Officers
  • Help Available to Move Students from Schools to Employment
  • Public Comments Accepted on 2022 State Water Plan
  • State Grants Available for Public Libraries
  • Thank You, Truck Drivers
  • Celebrating Our Enduring Constitution

Condolences on the Passing of State Rep. Jeff Pyle

I am grieved and saddened to hear of the passing of my dear friend state Rep. Jeff Pyle.

My sincere condolences and prayers are with his family during this time, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

We’re Still Collecting Items for Area Food Banks

Throughout Hunger Action Month, my district offices (see addresses below) are collecting non-perishable items to be given to food banks in our communities.

Neighbors helping neighbors is the best form of charity and it’s one of the many traditions that make our country great. Please consider making a donation to help a family in need.

20th Annual Cheese Auction at the Indiana County Fair

The 20th Annual Cheese Auction was recently held at the Indiana County Fair.

I am always proud to support the 4-H/FFA youth at this annual event, they are the future of agriculture.

Ox Hill Fair Youth Livestock Sale, Ford City Ethnic Fest & Parade and the Hoodlebug Festival & Parade

This past week, I participated in the Ox Hill Fair Youth Livestock Sale, the Ford City Ethnic Fest and Parade and the Hoodlebug Festival and Parade in Homer City.

I am always pleased to support these wonderful causes and participate in these events. I look forward to continuing to do so in the future.

Thank you to all who attended!

Annual Convention of Armstrong County Association of Township Officers

I was pleased to attend and speak at the Annual Convention of the Armstrong County Association of Township Officers.

It was good to see many familiar faces and meet a few new folks as well.

Thank you for your dedication and service in government within our local municipalities.

Help Available to Move Students from Schools to Employment

State assistance is available to develop and improve partnerships between schools, employers, organizations or associations for pre-apprenticeship and training pathways for students.

Successful project applications should create career opportunities that lessen the gap between high school and employment or post-secondary education through the use of pre-apprenticeships.

Applicants must be registered with the department as a pre-apprenticeship program and be connected to a registered apprenticeship program that will be responsible for administering and operating a pre-apprenticeship program. Additional details and the grant application for the Schools-to-Work grants can be found here. Applications are due by Oct. 12.

Public Comments Accepted on 2022 State Water Plan

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released the draft 2022 Pennsylvania State Water Plan identifying regional and statewide water resources priorities and recommending statewide and legislative actions. Pennsylvanians are invited to review the draft plan and provide comments on it.

As required by the state Water Resources Planning Act of 2002, DEP collaborates with regional committees and a statewide committee to prepare the plan. It covers water availability, infrastructure, water resource protection and other topics.

Comments can be made online or emailed to ecomment@pa.gov, or can be mailed to the DEP Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105. All comments must include the commenter’s name and address. The deadline for comments is Sept. 19.

State Grants Available for Public Libraries

Applications are being accepted until Oct. 14 for the 2023 Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities program.

It provides funds to sponsoring municipalities for up to 50% of eligible project costs to plan, acquire, construct, or rehabilitate public libraries as outlined in the guidelines. Examples of fundable projects include ADA upgrades, a new roof, replacement windows, energy-efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, new elevators, facility expansion and new construction.

To be eligible, the sponsoring municipality and the board of the state-aided library must jointly prepare and submit their application. A competitive review process is used to evaluate and score applications.

Thank You, Truck Drivers

This is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. These one million professional men and women keep the American economy moving by delivering our goods safely, securely and on time. Thank you for your commitment and hard work.

Celebrating Our Enduring Constitution

On Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

It recognizes that we are born with rights that government did not grant and cannot take away. Every legislator takes an oath to support, obey and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution.

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