In this Update:
Veterans Appreciation Breakfast
This week I had the honor of hosting a veterans appreciation breakfast. It is always humbling to spend time with the true heroes of our nations freedoms. I am grateful to Patrick J. Murphy for traveling to Johnstown to be our guest speaker.
Tour of McAneny Brothers
I want to thank Steve McAneny and his staff for the tour and conversation at McAneny Brothers, Inc. in Ebensburg, Cambria County. McAneny Brothers is a full-service convenience and grocery store distributor, offering on-line ordering and next day delivery throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and New York.
Bedford First Responders Event
It was an honor to have Tonya Clark of my Bedford office join the celebration in downtown Bedford for the First Responders Event, Open House and Building Dedication. Tonya presented citations from the PA Senate to Bedford Borough – Bedford, PA recognizing their 225th anniversary and the Bedford Area Ambulance & Educational Institute for their 50th anniversary.
Main Street Everett’s “Home for Christmas” Event
Mark your calendars for Main Street Everett’s “Home for Christmas” event! Lots of fun for the entire family and Santa will be coming to town to kick off the Holiday Season!
Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County Fall Festival
The Child Advocacy Center of Clearfield County would like to invite the public to attend its first-ever Fall Festival on Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will take place at the Copper Cork Event Center, 512 Arnold Ave., Clearfield.
Reuniting Veterans with Military Decorations
The Pennsylvania Treasury’s vault holds tangible unclaimed property, including hundreds of military decorations that Treasury is working to return to each and every veteran or their family. There are military ID tags, pins, campaign ribbons and medals, Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts.
Most tangible property received by Treasury is auctioned off after about three years, but not military decorations. These symbols of sacrifice are kept in perpetuity and never sold.
Treasury has a database dedicated to military decorations so families can easily search to see if anything is waiting to be returned to them or a loved one. Click here to search the database of unclaimed military decorations.
Ensuring Pennsylvania Homes, Employers Have Access to Diverse Energy Options
The state Senate voted to ensure Pennsylvania homes and employers have access to diverse energy options.
Senate Bill 275, known as “Energy Choice” legislation, would limit municipal entities from banning a specific type of fuel source for appliances and heating homes or businesses. The language is fuel-neutral and is not specific to one energy source.
Pennsylvania’s history of energy choice has resulted in reductions in energy costs as well as emissions. While other states are seeking to ban fuel sources, such as natural gas, Pennsylvania residents have a myriad of energy options from which to choose, helping to keep energy bills lower. By allowing businesses to retain the option to choose energy sources, the bill helps employers stay competitive in an increasingly challenging global market.
The bill now moves to the state House of Representatives for consideration.
Green Light-Go Program Now Accepting Applications
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go Program, approximately $40 million is expected to be available to municipalities and metropolitan or rural planning organizations for upgrading traffic signals to light-emitting diode (LED) technology and intelligent transportation applications. It may also be used for autonomous and connected vehicle-related technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans, monitoring traffic signals and for maintaining and operating traffic signals.
Grant applications will be accepted through Jan. 14, 2022. Prior to application submission, applicants must complete and submit a Pre-Application Project Scoping Form to the appropriate Department Engineering District in accordance with the Green Light-Go Program Guidelines. Applicants must also update information in the Department’s Traffic Signal Asset Management System as indicated in the Green Light-Go Program guidelines available here.
Grant recipients must provide a 20% match of the grant awarded.