In this Update:
Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
It was an honor to speak at the Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony this week.
DuBois Senior Expo
Thank you to all who attended the Senior Expo at the DuBois Mall this week hosted by State Representative Mike Armanini and I. We had 35 local organizations attend to provide information and assistance to seniors.
Kickoff to Summer Event
Thank you to everyone who attended the Kickoff to Summer Event at Greater Johnstown’s High School Gymnasium! Over 40 local organizations provided information to individuals on various topics.
Visit to Cambria County Backpack Project
It was great visiting the Cambria County Backpack Project this week. Their mission is to alleviate the burden of food insecurity and promote well-being by providing children in Cambria County with healthy and sustainable food options on the weekends. I would like to thank Kristen Villarrial, Codi Norman, and the many volunteers who do remarkable work on a weekly basis. They provide over 50,000 meals yearly!
Upcoming Events in Senate District 35
Centre County Residents:
A License Plate Replacement Event is scheduled for June 15th at my office in Ferguson Township.
Please join me on May 22nd from 5:30pm – 8:00 pm at the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg for a Small Games of Chance Seminar presented by PA State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. To register visit here.
Cambria County Residents:
We will be at the Northern Cambria Borough Police Department on May 23rd for license plate replacement event. We will also be holding replacement events in Ebensburg and Johnstown!
With graduation rapidly approaching, I would like to honor the graduates of the 35th Senatorial District once again by acknowledging their accomplishments and goals in my “Senior Spotlight”.
Do you know of someone graduating from high school, trade school, or college from Cambria, Centre, or Clearfield counties that has made an impact on their community, accomplished a goal, been accepted to a college or technical school, joined the armed forces, or any other incredible accomplishments?
If so, please submit their name, brief description of their accomplishments, and photo here.
Citation Presentation at Curwensville Feed Store
I was honored to have a member of my staff present Dave and Pam Riddle a citation for 80 years in business of the Curwensville Feed Store in Curwensville, Pa. Dave and Pam are retiring, this year, but the store will remain open as the new owner Frances McAninch, who also became the owner of the DuBois location last year, will take over at the end of June. Congratulations to Dave and Pam on their many years of service in the 35th District!
Citation Presentation at Cover Hill Volunteer Fire Company
My staff presented Chief William Scherer from the Cover Hill Volunteer Fire Company with a Pennsylvania Senate Citation as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary. Thank you for your dedication and community service. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!
Citation Presentation at Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery
I was honored to have a member of my staff present Kenneth Starr, COO of Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery a citation on being awarded the 2023 SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Western Pennsylvania SBA District.
Located on 13 acres in Curwensville, PA, Clearfield County, the family-owned winery produces over 40 varieties of handcrafted wines that have been distributed commercially since 2005!
Congratulations to Kenneth Starr and his family on this distinguished recognition and award.
Senate Republicans Work to Strengthen Pennsylvania
As the 2023-24 legislative session is in full swing, my colleagues and I are working to protect Pennsylvania jobs, empower Pennsylvania families and defend Pennsylvania freedoms. These initiatives are reflected in our agenda, and many relevant bills have already passed.
Protecting jobs requires a multifaceted approach that includes energy independence, workforce development and infrastructure advancement.
Families, not government, are the heart of our commonwealth. To empower families, we must provide healthy and safe communities, address mental and behavioral health needs and guarantee access to high-quality schools.
Hearing Explores Workforce Challenges in Rural Pennsylvania
The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public hearing in Williamsport to explore workforce challenges in rural Pennsylvania.
The hearing focused on population decline and labor and housing shortages, and their economic impact on communities and businesses. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania submitted data that showed the stagnation of Pennsylvania’s rural population, primarily due to more deaths than births, and a steady rural labor force decline, which predates the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional testifiers included Acting Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Nancy Walker, area business leaders and others. You can view the hearing and written testimony here.
Win $5,290 to Celebrate 529 Day
May 29 is 529 Day, and the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is celebrating with the opportunity to win financial awards for new PA 529 College and Career Savings Program Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) account owners.
The PA 529 GSP allows you to save at today’s tuition rates to meet tomorrow’s tuition costs. PA 529 plans have state and federal tax advantages and can be used for a wide variety of qualifying technical, collegiate and apprenticeship educational expenses.
One new PA 529 GSP account owner will be awarded a $5,290 GSP contribution – enough to cover a year of tuition at a Pennsylvania Community College. There will also be 10 additional regional winners across the state who will each receive a GSP contribution of $2,529.
To be eligible for awards, open a new PA 529 GSP account with at least $10 before May 31. Beneficiaries must be Pennsylvania residents and may not already be the beneficiary of an active PA 529 GSP or PA 529 Investment Plan account. Additional conditions apply; read the official rules here.
National Safe Boating Week: May 20-26
National Safe Boating Week reminds all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season.
In recognition of Safe Boating Week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering free events to introduce people to boating, paddling and kayaking. Learn more here.
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