In this Update:
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Path of the Flood Trail
I was honored to take part in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the final section of the Path of the Flood Trail. This extension now allows visitors to safely experience, by trail, the entire path of the 1889 Johnstown Flood. I would like to congratulate the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority and all those involved that made this project a reality.
Services for Veterans
Starting in June, my district offices will be offering appointments with a Veteran Service Officer to assist with veterans’ benefits questions. Appointments are required and must be made by noon the day before. For more information, please call your county’s district office.
Cambria County Office – 3rd Tuesday of the month
Centre County Office – 3rd Wednesday of the month
Clearfield County Office – 2nd Tuesday of the month
Tour of Centre Volunteers in Medicine
I was honored to be the first to tour Centre Volunteers in Medicine’s brand-new clinic which is an invaluable resource to Centre County residents who are uninsured or under insured. Congratulations to the staff and volunteers who were awarded the Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award. Thank you for all you do! I am thrilled to have such an impactful organization in Senate District 35.
Tour of Ben Franklin Technology Partners
The innovation that is being fostered in central Pennsylvania never ceases to amaze me. After touring the Ben Franklin Technology Partners entrepreneur technology incubator unit, I am excited about what our region has to offer in industry tech & knowledge. I met with several truly innovative companies who I know will make a big impact in our Commonwealth and Nation.
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.
Ribbon Cutting at Shoe Sensation
A member of my staff attended the grand opening of the Shoe Sensation at the Clearfield Mall!
Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments
Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.
Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment; or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
2023 PA Fair Guide Released
Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.
Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing.
Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.
To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.
Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.
License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans
In addition to recognizing the importance of women who served, purchasing an Honoring Our Women Veterans License Plate supports programs assisting women veterans in Pennsylvania.
Each plate costs $37, with $15 going directly to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF regularly issues grants to statewide charitable organizations assisting veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The grants are used to aid veterans in need of shelter, essential goods and other services. The license plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.
Additionally, Honoring Our Veterans license plates for passenger cars, trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds and motorcycles are available for $38 each, with $15 from each plate also going to the VTF.
Learn more or apply for either license plate here.
Honoring the Sacrifice of Our Fallen Heroes
Monday marks the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives serving our nation with dignity, bravery and distinction.
Today and every day, remember the valuable contributions and tremendous sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made on behalf of our country and the freedoms we so deeply cherish. The legacy of the veteran cannot be lost.
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