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In this Update:

  • Merry Christmas
  • Armstrong County Visits
  • 2nd Annual Light-up the Night Christmas Parade
  • More than $8.3 Million Awarded for Local Projects
  • Kittanning Christmas Open House
  • Bill to Combat Package Thefts Signed into Law
  • New Law Gives Young Adults Strong Financial Literacy Foundation
  • Sharing the Holiday Spirit with PA Veterans
  • Driving Safely During Inclement Weather

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Wishing you a blessed holiday weekend filled with peace, hope and joy.

Armstrong County Visits

Last week, I was pleased to travel to Bradys Bend Township, in Armstrong County, to celebrate the completion of a paving project on Kaylor Petrolia Road. Pictured with me are Bradys Bend supervisors, Frank Bratkovich, Steve Debacco, Henry Crawford and Sheila Markel, board secretary. I appreciate the tireless efforts of our municipal officials and I always enjoy working together with them to address infrastructure improvements within my district. 

I also had the pleasure of touring the Brady’s Bend Underground Storage Facility, an inactive limestone mine and impressive 50 million-square-foot facility. Pictured with me is Andy Ellis, President of Brady’s Bend Underground Storage.

2nd Annual Light-up the Night Christmas Parade

What fun it was participating as a judge, along with state Rep. Jim Struzzi and Indiana County commissioners Mike Keith and Robin Gorman, at the 2nd Annual Light-up Night Christmas Parade sponsored by Iselin/West Lebanon VFC!

It was great to see all the creative and festive decorations followed by Santa lighting the Christmas tree. Thank you for having me!

More than $8.3 Million Awarded for Local Projects

A total of 18 projects throughout Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties will be receiving substantial state funding as part of three separate programs: the COVID-19 ARPA H20 PA Program, the COVID-19 ARPA PA Small Water and Sewer Program, and the COVID-19 ARPA PA Arts and Culture Recovery Program. This is great news for our region as these projects will improve services to numerous municipalities and local residents!

For more details on each of the projects being awarded grants, click on the counties below:

Armstrong County Grant Information
Indiana County Grant Information
Westmoreland County Grant Information

Kittanning Christmas Open House

I appreciated all who attended my Christmas Open House in Kittanning on Wednesday.

A special thank you to Lenape Tech culinary arts students who prepared the delicious appetizers and beverages.

Students, Brayden Henry and Lara Palmer were on hand to help serve the treats, assisted by their advisor, Mrs. Andrea Fahlor.

Stopping by were my colleagues state Reps. Donna Oberlander and Abby Major, my dear friend Jack Bennett, several local officials and many others.  

It was wonderful to catch up and reconnect with so many friends from the past and present! 

Bill to Combat Package Thefts Signed into Law

The Senate passed legislation to combat porch pirating – the theft of packages delivered to people’s homes – and it was recently signed into law.

Senate Bill 527, now Act 41 of 2023, implements specific penalties for theft of mail, which includes a package, bag or letter. In Pennsylvania, theft of mail is currently charged based solely on the value of the item taken.

According to Forbes, Americans spent $1.7 trillion shopping online since 2020 and nearly eight in 10 Americans have had a package stolen in 2022. Pennsylvania now joins eight other states ­that have already made porch pirating a felony.

New Law Gives Young Adults Strong Financial Literacy Foundation

Legislation to provide students with basic money management skills was recently signed into law. Specifically, it requires completion of a half-credit personal finance course to graduate high school.

Recent estimates calculate there are more than 350 million American-owned credit card accounts, and, on average, credit card owners have about four cards apiece. Families in the United States are approaching approximately $1 trillion dollars in credit card debt and more than $15 trillion dollars in debt overall.

The course will give high school students the understanding they need about topics like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; college, home and auto loans; and planning for postsecondary education and retirement.

Sharing the Holiday Spirit with PA Veterans

If you would like to support our veterans and military families this holiday season, making a monetary donation goes a long way toward helping the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provide members, veterans and their families with essential programs and services that would not be available otherwise.

Donations can be made by mail or online. They are tax-deductible, and gifts of any amount are appreciated. Learn more about making a donation.

Driving Safely During Inclement Weather

Pennsylvania has nearly 40,000 miles of roads – which translates to 96,000 snow-lane miles – that must be maintained during inclement weather so people can travel safely.

The approximately 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks have in-truck technology that logs and shares data in real time so the public can monitor the routes of their interstate and expressway travels on www.511PA.com.

Of course, drivers should avoid the roads until they have been cleared, if possible. Anyone who must travel is urged to use extra caution by slowing down, increasing their following distance and avoiding distractions. Read more winter driving tips here.

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