In this Update:
Honoring Corporal William T. Costlow, Sr.
On Friday, the Corporal William Costlow, Sr. Bridge was dedicated. Let it serve as a constant reminder to the many sacrifices made in the name of freedom.
Thank you to all who came to show support. Special thanks to St. Michael American Legion Post 551, Richland American Legion Post #849, trumpet players Doran Faith and Carter Stoykovich, and the Nation Anthem singer Ali Yarnick for taking part in today’s ceremony.
Path of the Flood Race
On Saturday, I competed in the Path of Flood Race with my family and some members of my staff! It was a great day for a race.
Throughout this week, I have attended various events at the Inaugural Aerium Summit at the Johnstown Murtha Cambria County Airport.
On Wednesday, I joined leaders for the kickoff of the summit. I had the privilege on Thursday to introduce my friend, Patrick J. Murphy, as the keynote speaker. Later in the day, I had the distinct honor to commemorate the official groundbreaking of the novel Mid-Atlantic Opportunity Park, which will include at least a 100,000-square-foot aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to support a workforce pipeline for future generations.
Recognizing 50 Years of the Johnstown Flood Museum
I attended and spoke at the ceremony recognizing the 50 year of the Johnstown Flood Museum.
Celebrating 75 Years of Peoples Natural Gas in Johnstown
I was honored to help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Peoples Natural Gas location in Johnstown. I presented a Senate Citation to Mike Huwar, President of Peoples Natural Gas. Thank you for the invitation.
Moshannon Valley YMCA Citation Presentation
I visited the Moshannon Valley YMCA and congratulated them on 50 years of serving the community. We toured the YMCA Farm, which they have spectacular plans on using to educate the community on food and nutrition. The food grown on The Farm will be distributed to families via the YMCA’s Anti-Hunger Program. I’m excited to see what these next 50 years brings for this amazing organization!
Providing Critical Information in Emergencies
Pennsylvania offers two free voluntary programs to save the lives of residents in emergency situations: the Yellow Dot program and the Emergency Contact Information program.
PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program allows participants to fill out the program form with emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. A yellow dot sticker affixed to the rear window alerts emergency responders to the availability of information to help them provide better care to crash victims.
The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Participants can update their records as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view the information in the system. In an emergency, law enforcement can use a participant’s ID to find his or her emergency contact information.
The Yellow Dot program is used only in vehicle crashes, but the Emergency Contact Information program can be used in other emergencies as well as crashes.
Grants Available for Emergency Service Training Centers
Because of legislation passed by the Senate last November, emergency services training centers, community colleges, county-owned facilities, municipal or fire department-owned facilities and nonprofit countywide associations can apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.
Through the Emergency Service Training Center Capital Grant Program, funds can be used to establish or modernize facilities that house firefighting equipment, ambulances or rescue vehicles and to repair or purchase firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
The application period runs from June 1-30. Learn more or apply for a grant here.
Download PA’s Happy Traveler Guide for Summer Fun
Pennsylvania has thousands of places for summer fun, and the state’s official travel guide, the Happy Traveler Guide, is available for downloading here.
Categorized by region, the guide includes nearly 100 pages of attractions, lodging options, dining and many other recreational activities all across the state. Things to see and do are grouped by area, taking the work out of planning a vacation.
Tourism is one of the state’s largest industries. In 2021, Pennsylvania welcomed 180 million travelers, which generated more than $66 billion and supported nearly half a million jobs.
Celebrating the Health Benefits of Dairy
Every June, National Dairy Month highlights the importance of consuming nutrient-rich dairy foods and beverages. Dairy products, like milk, contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage weight and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers.
Dairy plays no small part in the state’s top industry: agriculture. The Senate has a few legislative measures to help our hard-working farmers who provide for our dairy needs.
Senate Bill 153 would ensure that milk haulers can travel on highways during a declaration of disaster emergency so the perishable product isn’t lost. Senate Bill 297 would allow whole milk in schools. Senate Resolution 48 urges the United States Department of Agriculture to allow 2% and whole milk in schools.