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In this Update:

  • Best of the Nest
  • Increasing Support for 911 Emergency Call Centers
  • PA Farm Show Runs Jan. 6-13
  • Mature Drivers: Take a Course, Save on Insurance
  • Resources to Help Quit Using Tobacco
  • Happy New Year!

Best of the Nest

It was great to visit Armstrong Junior-Senior High School last week to participate in an interview on “Best of the Nest.”

The television program airs throughout the region on IUP-TV.

Students enrolled in TV Production and related courses at the high school in Kittanning produce the show and conduct interviews at their in-house studio.

These students are extremely talented and clearly have bright futures!

Thank you to my friend and TV Production teacher, Mr. Don Swanson for inviting me to stop by.

Increasing Support for 911 Emergency Call Centers

The Senate passed legislation that is now law to preserve the availability of life-saving services for Pennsylvanians. It supports the 911 emergency communications service by reauthorizing a fee assessed to wireless lines.

Costs for equipment, operations and new technology continue to rise, threatening the availability of these critical services. The reauthorization helps to offset operation and maintenance costs associated with the state’s emergency response infrastructure.

The law has been extended until Jan. 31, 2029.   

PA Farm Show Runs Jan. 6-13

As a state where agriculture is one of the top industries, Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation. The 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs from Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg.

The Farm Show features nearly 6,000 animals and more than 10,000 exhibits. There are also thousands of competitions and educational and entertaining events – and of course the famed Food Court, offering Farm Show milkshakes, fried cheese and so much more. Admission is free, and parking is $15 per car. Make the most of your trip with the visitor’s guide.

Agriculture in PA employs nearly half a million people and contributes $132.5 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Mature Drivers: Take a Course, Save on Insurance

Mature drivers who would like to brush up on their driving skills and save money on car insurance are invited to take a Basic or Refresher Mature Driver Improvement course.

The approved courses provide information about how aging affects driving abilities and insight into driving on today’s roadways. There are no written or practical driving tests.

By completing the Basic Mature Driver Improvement Course, drivers are eligible for a 5% discount on their vehicle insurance. Check course fees and availability here.

Resources to Help Quit Using Tobacco

As we approach the New Year, many people are thinking about changes they can make in 2024. If one of your resolutions is to stop smoking – or to give up tobacco use in any form – resources are available.

Learning tobacco-free coping skills is safe and achievable; improves physical and mental health; and aids long-term success. Access free online resources.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers a free support hotline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Happy New Year!

Pennsylvania is a wonderful and unique place to live all throughout the year, including during the holidays. Our state offers some quirky New Year’s Eve drops, from the bologna drop in Lebanon to the strawberry drop in Harrisburg. There are also family-friendly options, including Crayola’s Jazzberry Jammin’ New Year’s Eve in Easton. Find a special way to celebrate.

No matter how you choose to ring in the New Year, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state senator. Helping our communities is a true honor.

May your 2024 be filled with blessings and happiness.

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