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In this Update:

  • Honoring U.S. Army Captain Raymond W. Callahan, Jr.
  • Honoring U.S. Army Private First Class Stanley Albert Stys
  • Honoring U.S. Army Technical Sergeant Walter Lane
  • Disabled American Veterans State Conference
  • Senate Transportation Committee Hearing in Pittsburgh
  • Senate Approves Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs
  • Bill to Improve Early Literacy Receives Senate Support
  • Senate Votes to Expand Access to Benefits for Disabled Veterans
  • Jumpstart Your Child’s Education Savings
  • Antlerless Deer Licenses for Sale Starting June 24
  • June is Pet Preparedness Month

Honoring U.S. Army Captain Raymond W. Callahan, Jr.

This week, we designated the bridge carrying Route 403 over the Conemaugh River in Cambria County as the Captain Raymond W. Callahan, Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Born on Sept. 11, 1946, Raymond W. Callahan, Jr. graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in 1964 and enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In 1966, Callahan enlisted in the United States Army, and was commissioned following his graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1967. He completed helicopter training at Fort Wolters, Texas, and a course in special warfare at the John F. Kenney Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1968, Callahan was promoted to first lieutenant, and shortly thereafter, to the rank of captain.

On Feb. 23, 1969, Captain Callahan was killed in the line of duty in Phuoc Long Province in the central highlands of South Vietnam, near the Cambodian border.

Captain Callahan was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.

May this bridge serve as a lasting tribute to Captain Raymond W. Callahan Jr., a true American hero.

Honoring U.S. Army Private First Class Stanley Albert Stys

We also designated the bridge carrying US Route 219 over Scalp Avenue in Richland Township, Cambria County as the PFC Stanly Albert Stys Memorial Bridge during a ceremony held at the Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Born on Oct. 1, 1949, Stanley Albert Stys graduated from Johnstown High School in 1967. He served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army.

PFC Stanley Albert Stys was killed in action in the Thua Thien Province on March 6, 1968.

He will be remembered by the grateful citizens of Pennsylvania and the United States. May his positive example inspire generations to come.  Let us all work together towards peace, mutual respect, and equality for all.

Honoring U.S. Army Technical Sergeant Walter Lane

I was joined this week by Representative Dallas Kephart for the ceremony designating the bridge located on State Route 322 over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the Borough of Clearfield, Clearfield County as the Walter Lane Memorial Bridge.

Walter Clarence Lane was born August 31, 1909, in Clearfield. He and his wife, Esther Jones Lane, raised four children in the same house.

Mr. Lane graduated from Clearfield High School in 1931. He served in the Pacific during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Technical Sergeant, and he received a letter of commendation from his unit’s commanding officer.

He was employed as an equipment operator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for seven years. On August 28, 1970, Mr. Lane was engaged in a highway repair job on Legislative Route 17037, two miles south of New Millport, when he was tragically killed.

This bridge was dedicated in his honor, ensuring that his memory and legacy will endure for generations to come.

Disabled American Veterans State Conference

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 93rd Annual Disabled American Veterans (DAV) – Department of Pennsylvania’s State Conference in Harrisburg.

Senate Transportation Committee Hearing in Pittsburgh

This week, I led a Senate Transportation Committee hearing on Pittsburgh’s airways and inland waterways at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The Senate Transportation Committee also took a river tour of the freight flow through the inland waterway system of Southwestern Pennsylvania. I applaud the Port of Pittsburgh Commission for connecting our vibrant markets to the world with the strategic reach of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers.

Senate Approves Bill to Improve Workforce Development Programs

The Senate passed legislation to make Pennsylvania more attractive to employers and improve workforce development programs.

Senate Bill 761 would require the Department of Labor and Industry and the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis to share data that is already collected with local workforce development boards in a timely fashion. Delayed information and data sharing limit these boards in efficiently analyzing programs and policy. Having access to workforce data on wages, new hires and unemployment claimants enables programs to be modified so Pennsylvanians can succeed professionally.

The bill also calls for technical assistance and support for the improved data sharing model so local workforce development boards can use the information.

Bill to Improve Early Literacy Receives Senate Support

To give students the best chance of success, the Senate passed a bill that would improve early literacy using a three-pronged approach.

Senate Bill 801 would:

  • Bolster reading instruction with evidence-based reading curricula,
  • Identify struggling readers via universal screening within the first 30 days of school and
  • Use screening data to implement intervention plans to prevent children from falling behind.

Half of Pennsylvania’s fourth grade students read below their grade level. Studies show that childhood reading difficulties can produce long-term effects and dramatically impact someone’s ability to succeed.

Senate Votes to Expand Access to Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Legislation to exempt 100% of disabled veterans’ benefit payments from income calculations for any commonwealth programs or benefits received Senate support.

Senate Bill 126 would ensure veterans who receive disability compensation would not have those payments counted against them when applying to programs such as the Real Estate Property Tax Exemption, Education Gratuity Program, Veterans Temporary Assistance Program and Military Relief Assistance Program.

The bill would also extend the exclusion of the veterans’ compensation benefits to their unmarried surviving spouses.

Jumpstart Your Child’s Education Savings

Saving for your child’s education can be daunting, but Keystone Scholars can jumpstart education savings for Pennsylvania children.

The first program of its kind in the country, Keystone Scholars provides a $100 investment for post-high school education for every child born in Pennsylvania since Jan. 1, 2019. It can be used to pay for collegiate studies, technical school training and apprenticeship programs. Claim your child’s money, which is funded by surplus investment earnings from the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan.

Opening a companion PA 529 College and Career Savings Program account can also help to save for education-related expenses. PA 529 accounts have tax advantages and do not impact eligibility for Pennsylvania state financial aid.

Antlerless Deer Licenses for Sale Starting June 24

For wildlife management units (WMUs) 1B, 2G and 3A, antlerless deer licenses go on sale for residents Monday, June 24, at 8 a.m. Licenses for residents of all other WMUs go on sale Thursday, June 27, at 8 a.m. They will be guaranteed until July 7. Unsold licenses will be available for nonresidents on July 8 at 8 a.m.

One tag will be available per hunter in the first round of sales. The second round of sales begins July 22 at 8 a.m. for residents and nonresidents alike on a first come, first served basis. Read more about all four rounds of license purchase.

Resident antlerless deer licenses cost $6.97, and nonresident antlerless deer licenses cost $26.97. Purchase a license online or in-store at a license issuing agent.

June is Pet Preparedness Month

Just as it’s important to have an emergency plan for our family, it’s also smart to think ahead for our pets so they can be safe even in unforeseen circumstances. Here are some steps to take:

  • Make a plan. Have an evacuation plan because many shelters and hotels do not allow pets. Have your pet microchipped, and make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date.
  • Build a pet emergency kit. Think about the basics for survival, such as food and water. Have two kits: one larger kit if you’re sheltering in place and a lightweight version if you need to evacuate.
  • Stay informed. Bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pay attention to wireless emergency alerts for local alerts and warnings. Evacuate or shelter in place when recommended.

Learn more about how to make sure your pets are prepared and protected.


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