In this Update:
Veterans Breakfast Events
Registration is still open for both events:
Centre and Clearfield Veterans Register Here
Bedford and Cambria Veterans Register Here
A Free License Plate Replacement event is happening in Clearfield next week! Is your license plate hard to read? Stop by and let us help you get it replaced for FREE! If you have questions or can’t make this event and still need your plate replaced give my office a call 814-266-2277.
When you donate blood you give the gift of life. Join us for a blood drive on November 1, 2022, at Richland Fire Hall on Scalp Avenue in Johnstown. The need for blood and platelet donations continues to be urgent. You can schedule your appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org and enter: RICHLAND or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Urban Affairs and Housing Committee Hearing on Section 8 Housing
Thank you to Senator Pittman for bringing the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee to Johnstown for a public hearing on Section 8 Housing and the effects it has on the Johnstown community. I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the issues outlined in the hearing.
Ribbon Cutting for Ihmsen Living and Learning Building at Mount Aloysius College
I was pleased to attend the ribbon cutting for the recently renovated Ihmsen Living and Learning building on the campus of Mount Aloysius College. I advocated for the $550,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant that assisted the completion of this project.
Guest Chaplain Antionette Allen
This week, I had the pleasure to introduce Senate Guest Chaplain, Reverend Antionette Allen, from the Christ Centered Community Church in Johnstown! Thank you, Reverend Allen, for coming to Harrisburg!
Ribbon Cutting for Hyndman Area Health Center’s Mobile Health Unit
This week my staff attended the ribbon cutting of Hyndman Area Health Center’s Mobile Health Unit. This mobile unit will be traveling to the counties of Cambria, Somerset and Bedford helping residents in these areas get the medical attention they deserve. The mobile health unit is a team partnership with the 1889 Foundation.
Johnstown License Plate Replacement Event
Thank you to the Greater Johnstown Police Department for their assistance in this week’s license plate replacement event. Also, a big thank you to the Heritage Discovery Center for allowing us to use the parking lot. If you were unable to attend the event and need your plate replaced, feel free to contact my office for assistance at 814-266-2277.
Greater Clearfield Chamber of Commerce 2022 Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony
This week, I was pleased to have my staff attend the Greater Clearfield Chamber of Commerce 2022 Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony.
Please join me in congratulating the following awardees:
Director’s Choice Award: Roy Graham
Small Business of the Year: Ron and Mary Kay Reiter, Curwensville Florist
Shining Star Award: Keith and Tami Billotte, Doing Time, LLC.
Distinguished Citizen of the Year: Robert Grimminger and Patti Semelsberger
Major Employer of the Year: Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Dr. Jessica Ayers and Kathleen Gillespie
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Harley
Congratulations on all of your hard work!
Senate Approves Measures to Help Women at High Risk of Breast Cancer
The Senate this week passed two bills to help women at high risk for breast cancer, ensuring coverage for MRIs, ultrasounds and genetic testing with no out-of-pocket costs.
Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancers, and early detection is the key to saving lives. The Senate approved the following bills:
Senate Bill 1225 eliminates out-of-pocket costs for breast MRI and ultrasound for women with high-risk conditions such as dense breast tissue, a family history of breast cancer, personal history of breast cancer, genetic predisposition or prior radiation therapy.
Senate Bill 1330 removes costs associated with genetic testing and counseling for Pennsylvanians with a family history of breast and ovarian cancers. Genetic testing for heredity cancers provides the opportunity for earlier screenings and preventive treatments and procedures.
At a news conference celebrating passage of the bills, PA Breast Cancer Coalition President Pat Halpin-Murphy said: “Senate Bill 1225 and Senate Bill 1330 will arm the women of Pennsylvania with the best tools possible to find breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage.”
HARP Helps Hospitality Workers in Need
Hospitality Assistance Response of PA (HARP) provides immediate, emergency funding to servers, bartenders, front-desk workers, housekeepers, receptionists, cashiers, cooks and others in need in the hospitality field.
HARP is a 501(c)(3) funded by private donations and can help with medical bills or general hardship and provide immediate relief to hospitality employees experiencing a variety of other financial challenges. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability of funds.
If you want to donate or know a hospitality worker who needs help, you can find information here.
Cultural and Historical Support Grants Available
Applications are being accepted from qualified museums and official county historical societies for nearly $2 million in state Cultural and Historical Support Grants.
Among other uses, the grants can supply general operating support to museums and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs. Eligible museums must have annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person (some museums are not eligible if they are eligible for grant support from other state agencies).
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission has eligibility information and grant guidelines. The deadline to apply is Nov. 7.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month