In this Update:
Visit to Penn State DuBois
It was great visiting the Penn State DuBois campus and seeing firsthand the innovative work that is being done. I would like to thank Chancellor Jungwoo Ryoo, John Brennan, and Bradley Lashinsky for their hospitality. In addition, I toured the North Central PA LaunchBox and got to stop by the Career Fair at the PAW Center.
Business Connection Luncheon
Thank you, DuBois Chamber of Commerce, for inviting PA State Rep. Mike Armanini and I to speak at the Business Connection Luncheon.
Citation Presentation at Timberland Federal Credit Union
I had the honor to present Timberland Federal Credit Union a Senate Citation for celebrating 50 years of service to Clearfield, Centre and Jefferson Counties.
Pictured left to right is Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr., Shane Pentz Timberland Executive Vice-President/Chief Financial Officer, Kelly Marsh Timberland Vice President Business Development, Heidi Hutton Timberland Lending Consultant, PA State Rep. Mike Armanini and Cindy Pentz Timberland Membership Relationship Officer.
Johnstown’s Kastle Boxing Annual Chili Cook-Off
Great turnout for the Johnstown’s Kastle Boxing Annual Chili Cook-Off. Thanks to Brock Kull from Kastle Boxing for asking me to guest judge along with the champ Tre’sean Wiggins.
Pictured from left to right is Representative Rigby, Brock Kull, Tony Penna, and Senator Langerholc.
Citation Presentation to Tom Zurat
A member of my staff presented District Executive of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 2, Tom Zurat, with a Senate Citation honoring his retirement.
Help me in congratulating Tom on his service and much deserved relaxation in his retirement!
Vietnam Era Veteran’s Recognition Day
My staff attended the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Recognition Day at the 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown.
Budget Hearing with PASSHE
We have many open jobs in our area. I asked Chancellor Dan Greenstein what PASSHE is doing to align the universities’ programs with the expected needs in the local job market so graduates can fill these jobs.
How does the investment in autonomous vehicles and other industries improve our economy and attract jobs? I asked during the budget hearing with officials from Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Lincoln University.
Budget Hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police
During this week’s budget hearing with the Pennsylvania State Police, I asked Commissioner Christopher Paris about a proposal I introduced to provide state police with a dedicated funding source while enabling the state to draw more federal funds for roads and bridges.
Military-Themed License Plates Now Available
Three new military-themed license plates are now available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT): the Air Medal license plate, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans license plate, and Blue Star Family license plate. For more information, contact any of my local offices.
Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans License Plate
Air Medal License Plate
Blue Star Family License Plate
Pollinator Habitat License Plate Now Available
The Pollinator Habitat Fund Registration Plate is now available. Twenty-five dollars from every Pollinator Conservation plate sold will be credited to the Pollinator Habitat Program Fund. The Pollinator Habitat Program Fund was established as a special fund in the State Treasury for the purpose of providing support for roadside pollinator initiative. For more information, contact any of my local offices.
Cambria County Food Distributions
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be holding a drive-up food distribution on Wednesday, April 12th from 12-2 p.m. at the Galleria Johnstown, 500 Galleria Drive, Johnstown. They will also be holding a drive-up food distribution on Wednesday, April 26th from 11-1 at the St. Bernard’s Food Pantry, 139 Huber Street, Hastings. You do not have to pre-register for either event.
Help Our Struggling Military Members
Anyone who is owed a Pennsylvania personal income tax return has a convenient opportunity to support our military members, veterans and their families who are facing tough times.
You can help those who serve our nation and commonwealth by making a gift to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program. All donations will benefit those with a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control.
On lines 32 through 36 of the Personal Income Tax Return, fill out Code C. If you do not have an overpayment on your return, you may make a donation by sending a check directly to the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, c/o Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Building 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002.
Veterans: Town Hall about PACT Act on April 4
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will hold an in-person Veteran Town Hall on the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act on Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the West View VFW Post 2754, 386 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh. The town hall will also be available by phone.
The new federal PACT Act law expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances. The town hall will enable veterans and their advocates to learn and ask questions about eligibility and applying for benefits related to the PACT Act.
In-person attendees may arrive early to enjoy a dedicated resource fair from 5-6 p.m. People who will be attending any portion of the event in person are asked to register by calling 717-644-3890.
Anyone joining the town hall by phone should call 267-332-8737 and enter Conference ID: 989503340# to participate. Both in-person attendees and callers will be able to ask questions during the town hall.
State Offers Free Motorcycle Safety Training
PennDOT offers free motorcycle training through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program.
Free courses for novice through seasoned riders are offered to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. Four levels of courses are available – including the 16-hour Basic Rider Course, the eight-hour Intermediate Rider Course, the one-day Advanced Rider Course and the 3 Wheel Rider Course.
For more information or to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com.
$25,000 Fishing and Boating Grants Available
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking applicants for grants to support education programs that promote new and renewed interest in fishing and boating. The grants aim to connect Pennsylvanians with the fun of commonwealth waterways by teaching fishing and boating skills and providing quality places for these recreational opportunities.
PFBC will reimburse qualifying organizations up to $25,000 for eligible expenses from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. The grants require a minimum 25% match of total project costs. Grant applications must be submitted here by April 14.
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