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In this Update:
- Veterans Breakfast Events
- Cambria County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication
- Upcoming License Plate Replacement Events
- Centre County State of the County Address
- Food Bank in Johnstown
- Gov. Wolf Vetoes Legislation That Would Keep Violent Inmates in Jail Longer
- Medicare Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15, Free Insurance Counseling Available
- Program Providing Help with Water, Sewer Bills Ends Oct. 28
- Conservation and Natural Resources Grants Available
- Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives
Veterans Breakfast Events
Centre and Clearfield Veterans Register Here
Bedford and Cambria Veterans Register Here
Cambria County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication
It was an honor to join PA State Rep. Jim Rigby to honor Vietnam Veterans of Cambria County. The bridge carrying Oakridge Drive over U.S. 219 in Richland Township, is now named the Cambria County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge. Thank you to all veterans for your sacrifice and service to our nation!
Upcoming License Plate Replacement Events
Free License Plate Replacement events are happening in both Johnstown and Clearfield! Is your license plate hard to read? Stop by one of these events and let us help you get it replaced for FREE! If you have questions or can’t make one of these events and still need your plate replaced give my office a call 814-266-2277.
Centre County State of the County Address
It is well-known that Centre County is a beautiful place to live, work, play, and raise a family. This week, I heard from the county commissioners and business leaders on ways we can work to continue success in this important part of our Commonwealth.
Food Bank in Johnstown
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s October distribution event in Johnstown will take place Wednesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Galleria Mall.
Click here for more details, a reminder that no advance reservations are required.
Gov. Wolf Vetoes Legislation That Would Keep Violent Inmates in Jail Longer
I am extremely disappointed that Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed legislation supported by Republicans and Democrats that would tighten the parole process for violent offenders.
House Bill 146, or Markie’s Law, was named after Markie Mason, an 8-year-old Lawrence County boy who was brutally stabbed to death by a man who was paroled at the end of his minimum sentence for homicide, even after being convicted of committing two separate assaults of other inmates while in prison.
The bill would have postponed consideration of a violent inmate’s parole an additional two years following the inmate’s minimum release date for each conviction of a violent offense while incarcerated. This was a rational, responsible response to a horrific crime and Gov. Wolf’s veto is indefensible.
Medicare Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15, Free Insurance Counseling Available
The annual open enrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.
Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI) provides free and objective information about Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans and Medicare Supplement plans to help Medicare beneficiaries compare plans and determine what best meets their needs. This work is done with the help of nearly 650 volunteers across the commonwealth.
You can learn more about PA MEDI counseling or becoming a volunteer on the Department of Aging’s website or by calling the PA MEDI Helpline at 1-800-783-7067, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Older adults can also call your Area Agency on Aging.
Program Providing Help with Water, Sewer Bills Ends Oct. 28
Pennsylvanians who may need help with water bills or wastewater service costs have until Oct. 28 to apply for assistance.
The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program provides assistance for families who have past-due water bills, had their water service terminated or received a notice indicating their service will be terminated in the next 60 days. LIHWAP is a temporary federal assistance program. Households can receive grants for both drinking water service and sewer service. Grants are issued directly to water service providers, and families must meet income requirements.
Applications for LIHWAP, as well as other public assistance programs, can be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us. County Assistance Offices are available for in-person support if clients cannot access online services or need assistance or information that is not on the COMPASS website or the myCOMPASS PA mobile app.
Conservation and Natural Resources Grants Available
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recreation and conservation grants program is accepting applications from municipal entities and non-profit organizations for a special fall funding round through Oct. 27.
Because of its unique funding source, the supplemental fall funding round has some differences from typical DCNR grant rounds. The primary difference is that for municipalities with populations under 5,000 people, the match requirement is 20% of the grant amount with no cap on project size.
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation offers a Frequently Asked Questions document, and more information about the fall round will also be published through the BRC e-newsletter.
Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives
An important message for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that screening for signs can greatly improve survival rates.
In recent years, the General Assembly enacted laws to provide a new screening and reporting system for patients determined to have dense breasts, which can disguise cancer and delay its detection. It also expanded MRI coverage for patients and implemented a driver license check-off for breast cancer research funding.