Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Cambria County Job Fair
  • Keep Cambria County Beautiful Recycling Event
  • International Overdose Awareness Day
  • Homes Within Reach 2021
  • Unconventional Gas Well Fund Grant Program
  • Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Accepting Grant Applications
  • Reimagine Everett Event
  • Legislative Review: Combatting Human Trafficking
  • Preserving Services for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities 
  • Reducing the Impact of Invasive Species
  • School Buses are Back on the Roads
  • 162 Years Ago This Week Pennsylvania Strikes Oil

Please pray for the families of those brave soldiers who lost their lives yesterday. Please pray for our military. Please pray for our country.

Cambria County Job Fair

The 24th Annual Cambria County Job Fair will be held from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at the F.J. Pasquerilla Conference Center located in downtown, Johnstown. Employers will have the opportunity to recruit from a diverse group of qualified candidates. Job seekers of all ages are encouraged to attend and to bring their resumes. 

Local workforce experts will be available to answer questions and provide information on job search resources, as well as recruitment information for employers.  There is no cost for job seekers to attend. The exhibitor fee is $95.00 per table. The deadline for exhibitor registration is Friday, September 10th.   

Job seekers can attend Employer Expectations and Your Job Search preparation workshops on September 20th, 22nd or 24th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the PA CareerLink of Cambria County.

Workshop topics include:  

  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Techniques
  • Zoom and Social Media Etiquette
  • Employer Expectations
  • Job Retention
  • Preparing for a Job Fair

To register for the workshops, call the CareerLink at 814-534-2500.

Sponsors to date include: Highmark, Interim Healthcare. Leonardo DRS, Richland Woods Assisted Living, Senior Life of PA, Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Riggs Industries, WorkLink Staffing, Sargent’s Personnel Agency, Lockheed Martin AeroParts Inc. JARI, PA CareerLink Cambria County, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board and The Tribune-Democrat

Click here for employer registration information. The list of participating employers can be viewed here.

View the Cambria County Job Fair YouTube video at https://youtu.be/_0_EuwtFTLE.

Keep Cambria County Beautiful Recycling Event

Keep Cambria County Beautiful is having their Fall appliance & tire recycling event. These collection dates are open to all Cambria County residents.

International Overdose Awareness Day

The Clearfield Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) Group, in partnership with REST, Inc. and the Hyde Wesleyan Church, will be holding a memorial service on August 31, 2021 – International Overdose Awareness Day — to remember those lost to overdose and other drug-related deaths.

The memorial service, called “An Evening of Remembrance and Hope” will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Hyde Wesleyan Church, 1215 Riverview Road, Clearfield. The public is encouraged to attend this service which will include music, speakers and a lantern release in honor of those gone too soon. Interested participants are also welcome to call 814-762-2933 with any questions.

Homes Within Reach 2021

Applications are open for scholarships for Homes Within Reach conference registration. The PA Department of Community and Economic Development will provide scholarships to conference attendees working for organizations and agencies that serve the PA CoC Balance of State counties working to prevent and end homelessness. The Balance of State covers 55 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. This includes 35 counties that are part of the Eastern PA CoC and 20 counties in the Western PA CoC.

In addition to these scholarships, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania will be providing scholarships to people with lived experience. These scholarships are funded through our annual conference Scholarship Raffle.

The deadline for consideration is Friday, September 24th at 11:59pm.

Please feel free to call the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at 215-576-7044 if you have any questions or email info@housingalliance.pa.org.

Unconventional Gas Well Fund Grant Program

The 2021 grant application period for the Act 13 Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) Grant Program is now OPEN. The application period closes October 15, 2021.  The Act 13 UGWF Grant Program provides grants for volunteer and career fire, emergency medical services, and rescue companies throughout the 40 Pennsylvania counties where unconventional gas well drilling has been permitted, or those counties that directly border the permitted counties, and who respond to gas well related emergencies.  More information is available on the State Fire Commissioner’s home page at Act 13 UGWF Grant Program (pa.gov)

Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is ready to accept applications for the 2021 CCCF Grant Program.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website at http://clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org/forms-downloads or can be requested by email at cccfexecdir@outlook.com.

The deadline for submission of the completed applications is Friday, Sept. 24. After the applications are submitted, the CCCF Grant Committee will review and score the applications, then make recommendations to the CCCF Board of Directors who will award the grants during their October board meeting.

Reimagine Everett Event

Join Reimagine Everett on September 10th from 6-9 for a shutdown of Main Street event to benefit the Everett Theatre Project!

Legislative Review: Combatting Human Trafficking

The General Assembly enacted several measures in recent years to combat human trafficking. That effort has continued in 2021 with the passage of measures to prevent this hideous practice and help victims.

Act 32 of 2021 prohibits defendants from introducing evidence of a human trafficking victim’s past sexual victimization in any human trafficking prosecution.

Act 38 of 2021 requires that a court consider whether a party or member of that party’s household has been convicted of human trafficking prior to awarding child custody.

Act 45 of 2021 requires any offender that subjected a minor to sexual servitude (human trafficking) to undergo treatment while in prison, helping to reduce recidivism.

Act 52 of 2021 permits expert witnesses in cases of domestic violence and human trafficking.

You can find a full list of bills of note passed by the Senate in 2021 here.

Preserving Services for Seniors & Adults with Disabilities

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee and the Senate Health & Human Services Committee held a joint public hearing with the House Human Services Committee and House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee this week on an issue affecting Pennsylvania seniors and adults with disabilities.

The hearing focused on the intent of the Department of Human Services (DHS) to contract with the firm Maximus US Services as its independent enrollment broker as part of the commonwealth’s Medicaid enrollment process. Members discussed the impact it will have on seniors and adults with disabilities. DHS was unable to testify due to ongoing litigation.

The panels heard about the problems caused by shifting the process from local contacts to an out-of-state vendor. You can view hearing video and testimony here.

Reducing the Impact of Invasive Species

Reducing the impact of invasive species on Pennsylvania’s economy, agriculture and natural resources was the topic of a hearing by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania this week.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan legislative agency made up of Senate and House members, and others, that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

In 2019, the negative economic impact of the spotted lanternfly was estimated to be $13.1 million. Other invasive species include the gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, hydrilla and reed canarygrass.

The panel heard from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center and other experts. You can watch the hearing here.

School Buses are Back on the Roads

Children are returning to school, which means school buses are back on the roads.

Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. PennDOT has a breakdown of the state School Bus Stopping Law, as well as tips for parents and students for getting to and from school safely.

162 Years Ago This Week Pennsylvania Strikes Oil

On August 27, 1859, the world’s first commercially successful oil well produced black gold near Titusville, Pennsylvania.

Edwin Drake, a former railroad conductor, encountered so many problems before he succeeded that his well was nicknamed “Drake’s Folly.” His financial backers had quit on him and he took out a loan to keep the project going to completion.

The legacy of the Drake Well was creating unprecedented interest and investment in oil drilling, refining and marketing. Pennsylvania would go on to be a key producer of coal and natural gas, and today includes wind and solar power in its energy portfolio.

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