In this Update:
Veterans Breakfast Events
Centre and Clearfield Veterans Register Here
Bedford and Cambria Veterans Register Here
Private First Class Donald E. Hunter Memorial Bridge
I had the privilege of joining family and friends of Private First Class Donald E. Hunter to dedicate a bridge in his honor. Following graduation from the Forest Hills School District in 1967, Private First Class Hunter enrolled in The United States Marine Corps. He served in the Vietnam War and, at the age of 19, was killed in action on May 1, 1968, in the Quang Tri Province, while assisting a wounded Marine. Each and every one of us has a duty to keep those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in mind’s eye and to never forget what was given, so we may live free today. We remember Private First Class Donald E Hunter and we thank him.
Thank you to everyone who attended my Senior Expo this week. We had a wonderful turnout! It was great for this event to return and I enjoyed speaking with and hearing from all of those in attendance.
License Plate Replacement Events
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Ebensburg & Northern Cambria License Plate Replacement events. We had a great turnout at both events. Thank you, Chief Stitt and the members of the Northern Cambria Borough Police Department, as well as Ebensburg Borough Police Department Chief Terry Wyland and Angie Charles for their assistance with these events. I look forward to having more events in the near future across the 35th Senatorial District.
Penn State University’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
I visited Penn State University’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute to hear from some of the brightest minds in the industry. The transportation institute features several research facilities and outreach programs studying infrastructure and vehicle innovation.
Ribbon Cutting for Kastle Boxing at Big Dawg Built
I had the honor of attending the Cambria Regional Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kastle Boxing at Big Dawg Built. Brock Kull is boxing in Johnstown. Brock and Tony Penna Jr. are doing tremendous work in providing opportunities for the youth in Johnstown. I thank them both for their work and selfless sacrifice. Congratulations and best wishes!
Grand Opening of La Bella Embrace
My staff attended the Grand Opening of La Bella Embrace, an arts and craft center designed for women to give them a place to create art projects free from the distractions of life. The center is open 24/7 to its members, so no matter the time of day they have a safe, relaxing environment to be creative. They also offer art classes. To learn more schedule a tour by calling 814-525-8930.
First Peoples CFCU Ribbon Cutting
My staff joined the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting at the new location for First Peoples CFCU located next to Weis Markets. Congratulations on your long awaited grand opening!
Cambria County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Dinner
A member of my staff attended the Cambria County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Dinner. I appreciate the discussion and look forward to working to address the issues farmers in our Commonwealth face.
River’s Edge Realty, LLC, dba Amon, Shimmel & Walsh Open House
It was great to have my staff attend the River’s Edge Realty, LLC, dba Amon, Shimmel & Walsh Open House, and meet with the new owners. River’s Edge Realty, LLC, dba Amon, Shimmel & Walsh is located at 108 S Front Street, Clearfield.
Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet
The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet was held last evening and ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
Congratulations to Bernita Gable of this year’s Athena Award and all the individuals and businesses honored for their contributions and accomplishments. Kellie Goodman Shaffer, the board and staff of the chamber also deserve a huge thank you for all they do to support the business community. Congratulations on a spectacular event!
75th Anniversary of McFarland Furniture Co.
It was great to have my staff join with the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 75th anniversary of McFarland Furniture Co.! Congratulations to the McFarland family on this special occasion!
Violence Intervention & Prevention Grants Available
Local municipalities, district attorneys, counties, community-based organizations and institutions of higher education can apply now for Violence Intervention and Prevention funding under two grant programs.
Under the VIP Competitive Grants Program, eligible applicants can request funding for a wide range of programs that address community violence and prevention efforts. The deadline to apply is Oct. 12.
The Coordinated Community Violence Intervention Strategies Pilot Grants Program supports collaborative community violence prevention and response strategies within contiguous geographic areas. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
PCCD will host informational webinars for prospective applicants to provide an overview of these funding opportunities and offer a chance to ask questions and receive instructions on the application process. Registration for the webinars can be found under “FY 2022-23 VIP Application Resources” here.
Comments Accepted on PA Freight Movement Plan
The public comment period for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s 2045 Freight Movement Plan ends Oct. 5.
The plan provides information on steps to improve the safety and efficiency of moving freight statewide. Having an approved and up-to-date freight plan helps ensure Pennsylvania remains eligible for federal funding under the National Highway Freight Program. This federal program will add an average of $58.5 million annually to the state’s program.
Bird Hunters Reminded to Take Avian Influenza Precautions
As the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues, the Pennsylvania Game Commission urges the public to continue reporting wild bird mortality events, and hunters who handle wild birds are advised to continue to take precautions.
Several hunting seasons for wild birds are either underway or will begin soon. If hunters properly handle the wild birds they harvest, they protect themselves and help reduce the risk that this extremely contagious disease spreads to other birds. Bird hunters should:
Any sick or dead domestic birds should be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 717-772-2852. Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Game Commission at 1-833-PGC-WILD or online using the Wildlife Health Survey tool at www.pgcapps.pa.gov/WHS.
Tours of State Game Lands Slated for October
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding public tours of state game lands in October.
Nine tours are scheduled throughout the state, the first of which will be held Sunday, Oct. 2. More tours are planned each Sunday through Oct. 16.
The tours provide a good example of the opportunities available on game lands statewide, while showcasing how habitat work being done on these tracts benefits wildlife. All tours are free, held rain or shine and open only to vehicles licensed for travel on public roads. You can find the complete tour schedule here.
New Hayride Standards Subject of Oct. 5 Webinar
Many farmers, other business owners and individuals offer hayrides in the fall to supplement income or for community events. In 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will be enforcing newly adopted national standards for hayrides.
The department and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau will offer a webinar Wednesday, Oct. 5, at noon to discuss the new standards, which cover hayrides and amusement rides.
The standards were developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials, an international standards organization. The PDA has been informing operators that it will begin enforcing those requirements under the state Amusement Ride Inspection Act beginning next year.
Recognizing that the standards are burdensome and there are nuances and variations that exist with hayrides on farm and agritourism operations, PDA officials will participate in the webinar to receive input from businesses and individuals whose operations these regulations might affect.
To register for the Hayride Attractions & Amusement Rides Webinar, please email Kyle Kotzmoyer of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoying PA’s World Class Fall Foliage
Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than anywhere in the world, and experts are available to serve as regional advisers, offering tips and resources to help residents and visitors experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways.
Weekly fall foliage reports can be found online on the DCNR website. The report will be updated every Thursday. Fall foliage typically peaks for several weeks throughout October across Pennsylvania. Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map and on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.
Foliage viewers can also check out one of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland for some of the best views, recreation trails and park experiences. State foresters and park personnel are also available to recommend the best times and locations to experience the beautiful vistas of the season.