In this Update:
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Johnstown Receives $24 Million RAISE Grant
I was proud to advocate for Johnstown and see this work come to fruition last week with the announcement of the $24 million RAISE Grant.
The awarding of this grant will serve as a catalyst to continue the excellent work that’s been done in Johnstown. The grant will provide funding for the Johnstown train station, downtown greenways beautification, CamTran Downtown Intermodal Transportation Center, urban connectivity trails and the Johnstown Incline Plane. Of the 63 grants awarded nationwide, Johnstown received the 3rd highest amount of funds and the most in the Commonwealth.
It was great to see Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian in Johnstown, as well as many local and state leaders who led the groundwork in bringing this game changing grant to Johnstown.
Honoring 2021 Economic Developer of the Year Bette Slayton
It was an honor to present Bette Slayton, President of the Bedford County Development Association, with a Pennsylvania Senate Citation for being named the 2021 Economic Developer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association. Congratulations Bette on this well-deserved award! Thank you for all you do on behalf of Bedford County!
Grants Announced for the 35th Senatorial District
A handful of grants were announced late last week for projects throughout the 35th Senatorial District.
Floating boat docks and fishing piers near Johnstown’s proposed Inclined Plane Riverside Park will be made possible through a $200,000 grant being awarded. The park, which will cover approximately 90 acres, is just one component of the Inclined Plane hillside project that will revitalize the region to include an ADA-compliant river access point and expansion of walking and biking trails. I am pleased to see these funds go to the Incline Plane Riverside Park project which will improve the access point from downtown and expand the trails leading to the river.
A $280,000 grant has been awarded to Ferndale Borough to rehabilitate the Station Street walkway located in the borough. Investing in local improvements is what keeps our beloved cities and towns thriving. Our citizens, especially our children, deserve safe and dependable sidewalks to walk and play on. I am grateful to the CFA for funding this important project for Johnstown. Ferndale Borough is planning to replace the existing sidewalk, stairs, handrails, and retaining walls along the west side Ferndale School Building and Station Street between Midway Avenue and Saly Alley. The project will also include the removal of a large tree to properly stabilize the stepped sidewalk and retaining wall between Harlan Avenue and Saly Alley.
Three road improvement projects have been awarded grants in Clearfield County. These projects will improve mobility, address pedestrian and accessibility concerns as well as enhance economic development. Curwensville Borough will receive $300,000 to pave Irvin Park Road. Bradford Township will receive $289,552 for improvements to Egypt Road. Morris Township will receive $69,960 for paving of roads in the Pleasant Meadows housing development.
Bedford County Chamber of Commerce “Government It’s Your Business” Breakfast
It was an honor to attend the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce’s “Government It’s Your Business” Breakfast. It was great to hear from local business owners on the challenges they currently face and how when I go to Harrisburg, I can ease the burden placed upon them.
Citation Presentation to Bill Polacek
I had the honor of presenting a Pennsylvania Senate Citation to Bill Polacek. Bill recently received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council, during its 51st Harry E. Mangle Memorial Dinner. Congratulations Bill on this most deserved recognition.
Veterans Christmas Food Drive
Veterans Food Drive will take place rain or snow at Walmart Ebensburg on Friday December 3rd from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Laurel Highland Historical Village continues to collect food, paper products, hygiene products, heaters, kitchen items, blankets, and electric razors. Supplies are very low at this time.
You can take your donations to the Galleria Mall Lottery Booth, Hoss’s in Ebensburg or Johnstown, Kimmie’s Kitchen in Mundys Corner, and Stager’s in Portage.
If you are a veteran or know of a veteran in need of food, blankets, or heaters, please contact our office at 814-241-6123.
Key Exchange at The Union Hotel
I was pleased to have Tonya Clark of my Bedford office attend the key exchange at The Union Hotel – Everett, PA. Congratulations and best wishes to Randy Shaw and Mona Frey as they embark on this new adventure of bringing this beautiful landmark back to life. It’s wonderful to see so many great things happening in Everett!
Omni Bedford Springs Resort Grand Illumination
The Grand Illumination at the beautiful Omni Bedford Springs Resort will be held this Sunday, November 28th from 2-7pm. Shuttle service to and from the resort is available from the courthouse.
Pennsylvania Hunters Provide Food for Neighbors
As families across the commonwealth give thanks, Pennsylvania deer hunters have a way to brighten the holidays for those in need.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest allows hunters to donate their extra venison to food pantries and community assistance centers across Pennsylvania via a statewide network of butchers. Over the last 30 years, the program has distributed nearly 2 million pounds of donated meat.
Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel
Travel experts say all types of Thanksgiving travel are projected to rebound to near pre-pandemic levels this week.
One way to get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel is the 511PA app. 511PA provides real-time, hands-free traffic advisories for every state roadway in Pennsylvania, and for major roadways in neighboring states of New Jersey and West Virginia.
Quick Tip: AAA says that if you’re hitting the road Wednesday, traffic will be lighter after 9 p.m. If heading out on Thanksgiving, it’s best to depart before 11 a.m.