In this Update:
Visit with Veterans at McCollough Place
This week, I enjoyed visiting the McCullough Place. I want to thank the staff and residents for the conversation and tour. I also had the opportunity to present Pennsylvania Senate Certificates to the veterans who reside there. I was honored to thank them personally.
Visit to the Johnstown Soup Kitchen
My staff and I took our Holiday Drive donations to the Johnstown Soup Kitchen on Monday. I’d like to thank Boscov’s department store, Makin’ Waves Hair Salon, T.J.Maxx and the many other individuals who donated and made this event such a huge success.
Wreaths Across America
I was honored to participate in Wreaths Across America at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Summerhill.
Press Conference at CTC
I attended a press conference at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) in Richland Township, Cambria County. Enterprise Ventures Corporation (EVC), wholly owned affiliate of CTC, was awarded an $18 million contract by the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). EVC will manufacture spare parts for a mine countermeasure system, that will keep global waterways safe. Congratulations!
Citation Presentation to Beginnings, Inc.
I presented a Pennsylvania Senate Citation to Beginnings, Inc. on 25 years of offering the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. I greatly appreciate those involved with this program who have such a meaningful impact on children.
Cambria Regional Chamber 2022 State of the County Address
I attended the Cambria Regional Chamber’s 2022 State of the County Address. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone in the new year!
Ribbon Cutting at the Moshannon Valley Heritage Center
My staff attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Moshannon Valley Heritage Center located at 22 N Front Street in Philipsburg.
Winter Storm Safety Tips
Knowing your utility hotlines is one of the timely tips offered by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on storm preparation, power outages and other winter challenges.
Know Your Utility Hotlines: Write down, print or save toll-free outage hotlines for your electric utility and/or your natural gas utility, which are listed on your monthly bills and posted on the PUC website.
Save Utility Website Address: Your utility’s outage reporting system can provide updates on repair and restoration efforts. Bookmark these electric utility outage sites and natural gas company websites.
Secure Supplies: Keep necessary food, medicine and other supplies on hand, including batteries for flashlights.
Keep Your Cell Phone Charged: A well-charged phone will keep you in contact with your utility, other emergency services and family members during any power outage.
Find more advice here on storm prep and what to do when the power goes out.
‘Tis the Season for Bogus Charity Appeals
With many people planning charitable giving this time of year, the Pennsylvania Department of State offers tips and best practices to help consumers make sure their contributions are going to legitimate charitable organizations and causes.
Here are some red flags of potential charity scams:
Similar sounding name: Scammers often use names that sound similar to legitimate charities to intentionally create confusion.
High-pressure solicitation: Fraudsters will try to force a hasty decision by turning up the pressure. They may cold call, identifying you as a previous contributor, and asking for your renewed support or to update your credit card information.
Donation by wire transfer: Legitimate charities will not ask you to make payment via money order or wire transfer. If you are being solicited for a donation and are asked to pay by these means, hang up immediately.
Donation by gift card: A charity may ask for donations of gift cards, such as from a grocery store, to supply to someone in need, but you should never read the information from a gift card over the phone or provide it via email. After verifying the legitimacy of the charity, take any physical gift card donation directly to the location of the charity and request documentation of your contribution.
You can visit the online charities database to verify that an organization is registered to solicit in Pennsylvania and to see its basic financial information about expenses for program services, fundraising and management.
Substance Use Disorder Crisis Stabilization Grants
Counties have until Dec. 28 to apply for state grants to establish or expand crisis stabilization services for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.
Grants of up to $3 million will be awarded to eligible single county authorities and can be applied toward a range of activities including construction and building infrastructure, staffing and programming.
The funding will help expand or establish services to provide a much-needed component to the continuum of care, reduce the burden on first responders, law enforcement and emergency departments, and provide timely care to individuals in need.
The Capitol Gets into the Holiday Spirit
The Capitol Christmas Tree is decorated in all its glory. The 20-foot Douglas fir from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County is adorned with more than 900 LED lights and more than 700 handmade ornaments donated by students and seniors throughout the commonwealth.
In addition to the tree in the rotunda, there is also a 20-foot tree outside on the Capitol steps. The inside tree is lit daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the outside tree is lit from 5 p.m. to midnight through Jan. 6. You can plan a visit to see it here.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!
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