In this Update:
Cambria County Veterans Breakfast
I had the honor of hosting a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at the Young Peoples Community Center in Ebensburg. Thank you to all the veterans who attended, it was so nice getting to speak with so many of you. A special thank you to the Honorable Stephanie L. Haines, who took the time to come out and speak at our breakfast.
Thank you to UPMC, First National Bank, Young Peoples Community Center, Somerset Trust, Conemaugh Regional Hospice, Peoples, Saint Francis University, Wessel & Company, 1st Summit Bank, JR’s Tackle Box, Maluchnik Insurance & Financial Services, Local 66, Anthony’s Restaurant, & the Central Cambria Red Devil Singers for helping us honor our veterans.
Commonwealth Court Rules Against RGGI
Pennsylvanians will be shielded from higher electricity bills because the Commonwealth Court ruled against imposing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon tax. The 35th Senatorial District was within Ground Zero for the negative effects of the RGGI carbon tax.
The ruling supported the Senate Republican perspective that RGGI is a tax on energy. It says: “Stated simply, to pass constitutional muster, the Commonwealth’s participation in RGGI may only be achieved through legislation duly enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.”
Instead, we want to focus on efforts to ensure there is sufficient power to meet the demands of customers while avoiding risks of blackouts, restrictions on energy usage and increased prices.
Discussion at Aurora Innovation
I had the privilege to join the Pittsburgh Technology Council at Aurora Innovation’s Headquarters to discuss emerging vehicle technology and trends in safety, infrastructure and workforce development. There are tremendous opportunities for innovation and growth, which will benefit the 35th Senate District and the Commonwealth as a whole.
Citation Presentation to Sergeant John Herdman
It was an honor to recognize Sergeant John Herdman on his retirement from the Richland Township Police Department. Sergeant Herdman is retiring from law enforcement after 40 years. Thank you for your dedicated service, while keeping the community safe. Best Wishes!
The Cambria County Regional Firefighter’s Association
On Saturday, I attended a press conference with Anheuser-Busch at the Cambria County Fire School as Anheuser-Busch announced a $20,000 grant to the Cambria County Regional Firefighter’s Association.
Citation Presentation to Maribeth Schaffer
This week, I presented a citation to Maribeth Schaffer, who is retiring from the Cambria County Public Defenders Office. Maribeth’s career spanned more than 27 years. Best wishes for continued success in the years to come!
Ribbon Cutting at Cambria County Library
I attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Cambria County Library for the first of many new bike racks that will be placed in downtown Johnstown. I would like to commend the students from the Greater Johnstown School District and the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center for the excellent work in making the bike racks.
Citation Presentation to Penn Hospice Inc.
November is recognized annually as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It was great to be able to recognize staff members from Penn Hospice Inc. who assist during the greatest time of need. I would also like to recognize all the caregivers who demonstrate compassion and offer comfort each and every day.
Alternatives to College Expo
I will be hosting an Alternatives to College Expo on November 16, 2023, at the Hope Fire Company Social Hall, 1023 Philadelphia Avenue, Northern Cambria. Please use this link or call my office at 814-266-2277 to register.
Ribbon Cutting for the Red Mill Bridge
My staff attended the Ribbon Cutting for the Red Mill Bridge in Cambria County. It is the last of the bridges that are county owned to be rebuilt.
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Grants Available to Organizations Benefitting Veteran Employment
To help veterans as they transition from serving our country to resuming civilian life, funding is available for organizations that connect veterans with jobs.
The grant opportunity is designed to assist veterans who have received a discharge other than dishonorable, members of the reserves and guard, and spouses of veterans and service members in securing employment.
Applications for the Veterans Employment Grant Program must be submitted by Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. Learn more and apply online here.
Funding to Improve Local Transportation and Pedestrian Safety
Grants are available to municipalities, businesses and other organizations to improve local transportation and pedestrian safety. The funding aims to ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to Pennsylvania residents.
Funding for priority investments is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Apply online by Monday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m.
Paid Government Internships Available for Undergraduates
Paid internship opportunities with state executive agencies are available for undergraduate college students interested in politics and government through the James A. Finnegan Fellowship Foundation.
Students who want to apply for the fellowship need to submit an essay between 1,500 and 2,500 words about their opinions for the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) Program, which would offer students in struggling schools grants to explore other educational opportunities.
Essays and other materials must be submitted to the foundation by Jan. 26, 2024. Find more information and the application here.
Turn Those Clocks Back This Weekend
Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, so Pennsylvania residents should turn their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
Biannual time changes can be a great reminder to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.
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