Senator Pittman E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Indiana Senior Expo on Oct. 20
  • Melody Place Ribbon Cutting
  • Ribbon Cutting for Indiana County Municipal Services Authority’s WR-20 Waterline Project
  • Ribbon Cutting for Westmoreland County Community College’s Indiana Center
  • Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 24
  • Protecting Yourself from Cybercriminals
  • Families Can Begin Applying Now for 2023-24 College Aid
  • Schools have Until Friday to Apply for Farm-to-School Grants
  • Statewide Litter Clean-up Efforts Underway

Indiana Senior Expo on Oct. 20

Please join me and my colleagues, state Reps. Jim Struzzi and Brian Smith, for a Senior Expo being held next Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at S&T Arena in Indiana.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Melody Place Ribbon Cutting

I was honored to attend last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony for Melody Place in Kittanning, located at the former site of the Kittanning Junior High School.

This project fulfills a growing need in the community for safe and accessible housing units for senior citizens and returns the former school property to the tax rolls. It was funded through Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) tax credits and the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) program.

I appreciate the collaboration and efforts of Trek Development, Armstrong School District, Armstrong County, Armstrong County Industrial Development Council, Kittanning Borough and the Armstrong County Historical Society.

Ribbon Cutting for Indiana County Municipal Services Authority’s WR-20 Waterline Project

I recently attended and participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Indiana County Municipal Services Authority’s (ICMSA) WR-20 waterline project.

This project supplies water to nearly 400 homes and businesses from Plumville to Marion Center and the Marion Center School District. It was largely funded by a $10.7 million grant from Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

Great job to ICMSA staff, Gibson Thomas Engineering and all those involved in seeing this project through to fruition!

Ribbon Cutting for Westmoreland County Community College’s Indiana Center

This past week on Thursday, I had the honor and pleasure to attend and participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) Indiana Center. 

This project has been in the making for some time and was a great collaboration between Indiana County and Westmoreland County officials. 

My thanks to Dr. Tuesday Stanley, president of WCCC, and all those involved in working together to see this project to the finish line. 

A special shoutout to my dear friend and mentor, former state Sen. Don White, who was in office and involved in the early discussions about this project.

Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 24

 Monday, Oct. 24 is the last day to register for the Nov. 8 general election.

You can submit your application:

If you are on active duty in the military, or you are a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, you can register at any time. See for more information.

Polls are open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is Nov. 1. If you have any questions, you can call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

Protecting Yourself from Cybercriminals

 October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a good time to brush up on the tips for staying one step ahead of criminals intent on stealing your personal information and committing other online crimes.

There are four easy ways to protect yourself online: 

  • Think Before You Click: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware. 
  • Update Your Software: If you see a verified software update notification, act promptly and turn on automatic updates.
  • Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique and randomly generated. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts. A passwords manager will encrypt passwords, securing them for you.
  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.

You can find more detailed information on these and other cybersecurity issues in this Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency public toolkit.

Families Can Begin Applying Now for 2023-24 College Aid

 PA college students have left millions of dollars in aid on the table by not completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Families can get a head start on the 2023-24 FAFSA now.

The FAFSA is an application required to apply for federal student aid such as federal grants, work-study and loans to help pay for college. To apply and qualify for a Pennsylvania state grant, learners must have their FAFSA on file as well.

The high school class of 2021 left behind an estimated $3.75 billion in Pell grants nationwide by not completing the FAFSA – dollars that students do not have to repay. The General Assembly approved a $220 million increase in funding for higher education institutions in the 2022-23 state budget.

Schools Have Until Friday to Apply for Farm-to-School Grants

 Schools have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply for Farm-to-School Grants aimed at improving access to healthy, local foods and increasing hands-on learning experiences for children.

The Pennsylvania Farm Bill Farm-to-School Grant Program strengthens the connection between families and local producers of fresh, healthy food, increases access to markets for local farms, and exposes children early to agriculture, agriculture careers and healthy food choices.

Any school district, school, charter school, private school, or center with prekindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, or middle school classes through eighth grade that participates in a Federal Child Nutrition Program is eligible to apply.

Projects should identify local farmers to supply fresh, in-season products to support educational programming, or cultivated their own school gardens.

Statewide Litter Clean-up Efforts Underway

The annual Pick Up Pennsylvania fall campaign is underway and runs through Nov. 30. Individuals, families, neighbors, students, civic organizations and local governments are invited to participate in this anti-litter effort.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spends nearly $14 million a year cleaning up litter along state roadways. This money could be better spent on maintaining and improving our transportation network.

Residents can use this Events Calendar to join Pick Up Pennsylvania cleanup events in their community. Those who’d like to register their own local cleanup event can do so at Organize an Event. Registered events are provided with free trash bags and gloves.

During the 2021 Pick Up Pennsylvania fall campaign, nearly 14,000 volunteers canvassed their communities to remove 745,380 pounds of trash and 99,200 pounds of tires from lands, waterways and coastal regions.

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