In this Update:
Applications Open for Watershed Cleanup Grants
Applications are being accepted for Growing Greener Plus grants to help protect creeks, rivers and other waterways from pollution and restore impaired watersheds.
The funding supports projects aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution, which is caused by abandoned mine drainage, urban and agricultural runoff, on-lot sewage systems, earthmoving, and streambank and shoreline degradation.
Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, councils of governments, educational institutions and other authorized organizations involved in water resource restoration and protection.
Share Your Views on PennDOT’s Winter Services
How did PennDOT do this winter? Motorists have until April 29 to provide feedback via an online survey.
The 17-question survey asks respondents about their timeline expectations for safe and passable roadways, how they rank snow-removal priorities and how they rate PennDOT’s winter services.
The survey should take about five minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous.
Senate committees receive testimony on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, which I serve as the vice chair, held a joint public hearing with the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
The public hearing was a follow-up to testimony received by the committees in February. According to Sens. Elder Vogel and Dan Laughlin, who co-chaired this hearing, “Since first being detected in Pennsylvania deer roughly a decade ago, CWD has spread to all or part of 27 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.”
Our recent hearing focused on bipartisan efforts to combat CWD in our deer population. Testimony covered modeling, surveillance and research to detect this disease.
You can learn more about the issue and watch the hearing in its entirety here.
Congratulations to Dr. R. Hal Baker of WellSpan
It was an honor to present Dr. R. Hal Baker of WellSpan with a congratulatory citation on behalf of the residents of the 28th Senatorial District for earning the 2022 Physician Executive Leader of the Year Award.
Dr. Baker’s award comes from the Information and Management Systems Society and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems.
He has been a namesake at WellSpan since 1995. He currently serves patients in the primary care practice at the Apple Hill Internal Medicine Campus.
Congratulations, Dr. Baker!
Reviewing impact of tavern gaming in our Commonwealth
The bicameral Legislative Budget and Finance Committee held a public hearing to review reports on the revenue flowing into Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund (EMSOF) and the impact of tavern gaming on the Pennsylvania Lottery.
The first report on EMSOF reviewed assessment collection and costs. You can view that report here.
The second report found that tavern gaming has no “material impact” on the state lottery. You can view the report here.
Welcoming local elementary students to the state Capitol
I had the opportunity to meet many students, teachers and parents visiting the state Capitol as part of the annual field trip visits over the last few weeks.
Paradise Elementary School, part of the Spring Grove Area School District, visited the Capitol last week. They met with Rep. Seth Grove and me as part of their visit.
It was great to visit with students from Sinking Springs Elementary School, part of the Central York School District.
I also had the opportunity to meet with students and teachers from Loganville Elementary School, part of the Dallastown Area School District. Since the Senate was not in session, I was able to provide them with a tour of the Senate chamber.
Helping Exceptional Small Businesses Grow
I recently had the opportunity to congratulate the recipients of the 2022 York County Trail Towns Bloom grant program. Recipients will be able to use the funding to grow their businesses and make them more friendly to trail users.
The program is funded through the York County Economic Alliance’s BLOOM Business Empowerment Center and the York County Community Foundation.
Awardees include Alecraft Brewing Company, Cornerstone Barbershop, Fat Bat Brewing Company, Gillice Italian Ice and Hand-Dipped Ice Cream, Kindred Wellness Café, Mudhook Brewing Company, New Freedom Roasting Company and Deli, Refillism, Shank’s Mare Outfitters/Go Play Outside, Simply Local of Glen Rock, Summit Grove Camp and Conference Center and York County History Center.
Summer Camp for Teens Interested in Law Enforcement, Military
Teens ages 15 to 17 interested in a career in law enforcement or the military can apply now for a summer leadership camp held by the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard and the American Legion.
The Elmer Hafer-American Legion-State Police-National Guard Youth Camp will be held June 5-11 at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. The cost is $175.
During the camp, cadets work on team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers and a marksmanship course. Cadets will also visit the State Police Academy in Hershey and Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Lebanon County. In addition, the camp offers three $1,000 scholarship awards at the conclusion of the week.
Call 811 Before Excavation Projects
Nearly half of all underground line “hits” occurring during excavations are caused by failure to contact the PA One Call system by calling 811 before digging, or failure to wait the required three business days before projects begin.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is using Safe Digging Month to remind homeowners, businesses, contractors and anyone else involved in excavation projects of the importance of calling 811 before any project begins and allowing time for utility operators to locate and mark their lines before any digging.
Hits on underground lines pose a danger to contractors, utility workers, nearby residents and bystanders. Each incident carries the possibility of serious injuries, service interruptions and costly repairs.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to rededicate ourselves to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an array of information aimed at preventing child abuse, protecting children from the risk of abuse and promoting healthy families.
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