In this Update:
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast- November 4th
Join your fellow brothers and sisters in arms on November 4th, as we honor all veterans of the 35th Senatorial District. Please RSVP by visiting https://www.senatorlangerholc.com/veterans-breakfast or call Kelley Peters at 814-266-2277.
Dedication of the Private Fredrick Kinley Memorial Bridge
Senate Bill 55 unanimously passed each Chamber and was signed into law by the Governor as Act 13 of 2021 on April 27, 2021. This enactment celebrates the heroic life and legacy of Private Fredrick Kinley who will always be remembered.
Private Kinley was born in 1907. After growing up in Portage, Cambria County, Private Kinley was drafted at the age of 37 and served during World War II in the United States Army, 313th Infantry, 79th Division, Company K, which was an anti-tank company. World War II was a conflict between 1939-1945 involving the Allied Powers (France, Great Britain, United States, etc.) and the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy and Japan). Referred to as the largest war in history, World War II had between 40 million-50 million deaths, including Private Kinley who was killed in action on December 4, 1944, in France. Private Kinley lays in rest in France at the Lorraine American Cemetery.
Private Kinley was awarded the Bronze Star and the nation’s oldest military award – the Purple Heart – for his selfless service.
Dedication of the Sergeant Harry Lewis Amigh Memorial Bridge
This week, we held a bridge dedication ceremony for the Sergeant Harry Lewis Amigh Memorial Bridge located in Jackson Township, Cambria County.
Senate Bill 282 unanimously passed each Chamber and was signed into law by the Governor as Act 58 of 2021 on June 30, 2021.
This enactment celebrates the countless acts of Sergeant Amigh’s heroism. Sergeant Amigh was born on April 15, 1930, in Jackson Township, during a turbulent time in American history – the start of the Great Depression. Prior to his service, Sergeant Amigh attended Vinco School and was employed by the Johnstown-based Davis Brake-Beam Company, a manufacturer of brake-beams for railroad cars. At the young age of 18, Sergeant Amigh was enlisted in the United States Army and took basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, with the Second Armored Division. After serving 21 months of occupation duty in Germany, Sergeant Amigh returned to the United States in 1950. Sergeant Amigh was subsequently sent to Camp Mori in Japan on September 14, 1950, then he went to fight in the Korean War.
Sergeant Amigh dutifully served his country until he was killed in action on November 28, 1950, in the Korean peninsula. This Act by the General Assembly dedicates this bridge to memorialize the sacrifice and service Sergeant Amigh gave to his beloved country.
Dedication of the City of Johnstown Firefighters Memorial Bridge
I had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the City of Johnstown Firefighters Memorial Bridge. This bridge will be a constant reminder of those brave firefighters who have lost their lives protecting us. Thank you to Representative Jim Rigby for his tireless work to get this bridge properly dedicated to these individuals.
Downtown Clearfield Fall Festival
The Downtown Clearfield Fall Festival returns on Saturday October 9th. Over 100 talented artisans will feature work ranging from ceramics, fiber, wood, leather and metalwork to jewelry, glass, photography and mixed-media art pieces. There will be lots of great food and plenty of entertainment. The Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held in and around the Third Street parking lot with registration being held from 10 am to 12 pm. The day will kick off with a 5K run/walk through Downtown Clearfield. Participants may register the day of the event from 7AM to 8 AM at Riverwalk Amphitheatre by the Market Street Bridge. The 5K will start at 8:30 AM. Visit http://discoverclearfield.com/events/pumpkin-run-5k/.
Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department Open House
This Sunday October 10th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. come to the Scalp Avenue fire station (1321 Scalp Avenue) to meet your local firefighters and enjoy some entertainment. Firefighters will be offering both fire truck and firehouse tours. There will be multiple demonstrations including smoke detector familiarization and proper usage. This event is open to all ages and free to attend.
Bedford Fall Foliage Festival
The Bedford Fall Foliage Festival is back and will be held Oct. 9-10 in beautiful downtown Bedford. Over 400 exhibitors will be there with their unique arts and crafts, specialty foods, musical entertainment and much more!
For more information about the festival, please visit https://bedfordfallfoliagefestival.com/ and make plans to visit one of the largest festivals in the area!
Pennsylvania Fall Foliage Update
Still, lots of time to take in the beautiful colors of the foliage within the Commonwealth. Northern counties continue to progress rapidly to peak foliage after last week’s cold nights.
Expect the above-average temperatures and humidity this week to slow the transition of leaves in much of the commonwealth, however.
Fall foliage sightseers are advised to travel north of U.S. Route 80 for the best colors in Pennsylvania, currently.
Consumer and Economic Impacts of Failing to Invest in PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure
The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the Environmental Resources & Energy Committee held a joint hearing to examine the consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in the state’s natural gas infrastructure.
The committees brought together industry experts and others to provide feedback on labor, economic development and consumer protection.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to learn about breast cancer risk and how to lower it.
In an effort to highlight this deadly disease and the steps that can be taken to be proactive against it, the Capitol fountain was again turned pink for the month of October. Women who have lost income or health insurance because of COVID-19 may qualify for free breast screening and diagnostic services. Learn more here.
To help combat this deadly disease, the legislature passed a new law to give Pennsylvania residents renewing their vehicle registration or driver’s license an option to donate to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Celebrating Farmers on Oct. 12
Tuesday, Oct. 12, is National Farmers Day, recognizing the heritage and indispensable work of the men and women behind Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.
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