In this Update:
Upcoming Events in Senate District 35
Is your license plate hard to read? Are the letters on your license plate peeling, blistered, or discolored? We can help you get it replaced for FREE!
Join me at one of my license plate replacement events to get your license plate checked and start the replacement process. Feel free to give my office a call if you have any questions or are unable to make one of the events and need your license plate replaced at 814-266-2277.
Attention Seniors!! Join me on Thursday, September 29th from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. for a Senior Expo at East Hills Recreation in Johnstown. Come meet and talk with a wide variety of government agencies and organizations who will be on hand to answer questions and assist with many types of services. I look forward to seeing you there.
Saint Catherine Street Ribbon Cutting
I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Saint Catherine Street Improvement in Loretto. It is great to see this improvement in our community.
Community Action Partnership of Cambria County’s 57th Annual Dinner
A member of my staff attended the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County’s 57th Annual Dinner. Community Action serves the community through Early Childhood Programs, Community Services, Women, Infants and Children, and CPH Community HUB Program.
Congratulations to all the award recipients this evening, 40th Annual Paul Bennett Award – Ed Porada; 36th Annual Anthony Genovese Award – Tony Penna, Sr.; 2nd Annual Professional Development Award – Melina Hudec and 20th Annual Dorothy G. Lewis Staff Award – Stephanie Buck.
September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to take steps to prepare for emergencies and ensure that our homes, businesses and possessions are adequately insured.
September is also when Pennsylvania experiences a higher risk of flooding due to hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Northeast this time of year. The state Insurance Department encourages property owners to consider purchasing flood insurance.
Simple, low- or no-cost steps you can take now to prepare for emergencies include:
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency can help you prepare for emergencies through Ready, Set, and Check! It includes an informative card that will help you with simple, yet important, steps to get started and track your progress.
Assistance Available for Fire & EMS Companies to Help with Costs
First responders have until Oct. 21 to apply for assistance through the state Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.
It helps fire and EMS cover the rising costs of training, equipment, recruitment, retention and more.
The financial challenges facing first responders are especially serious for volunteer companies. Each new generation sees fewer volunteers, increasing the workload on those willing to step up. This grant program is one of the most important that the General Assembly funds each year and I hope it provides some relief to our local first responders.
Virtual Town Hall to Focus on Transportation Issues Veterans Face
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the fourth in a five-part series of virtual Veteran Town Halls on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. The town hall will focus on resources to assist veterans facing transportation issues.
Attendees can participate by using this Microsoft Teams link. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the program through the chat feature.
Older veterans and those with a disability often have problems accessing health care because of not having proper transportation available to them. The town hall will outline community resources ready to provide veterans with transportation to and from the federal VA and other health care providers.
Municipalities Can Apply Now for Grants to Improve Traffic Flow
A new grant program created by the General Assembly this year to reduce traffic congestion is now accepting applications from municipalities.
The Traffic Signal Technologies Grant program is unique in that it is intended only for new technologies at existing traffic signals, including adaptive signal control technology, which adjusts the timing of lights to accommodate changing traffic patterns and ease congestion.
No local matching funds are required. A pre-application form must be completed by Sept. 23.