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In this update:

  • Senate Passes Bills to Help Veterans
  • Tracing Local Welsh Roots in Delta
  • Job Seekers and Employers Can Connect on Free Job Board
  • Red Lion Area School District FFA Awards Ceremony
  • Final Call: Squatters in PA Survey
  • Honoring Officer Keller’s Distinguished Service
  • York County’s Youth Shine at Envirothon
  • Fish For Free Day: Sunday May, 26
  • Unemployment Compensation Hints for School Bus Drivers
  • Grand Re-Opening of K&M Home Center
  • Fawn Area Elementary Students Complete the Patriot Program
  • Win Money for Your Child’s Education
  • Congrats North York Borough: Celebrating 125 Years
  • PPL Electric to Provide Update in Chanceford Township
  • Honoring Bravery Every Day, Including Memorial Day
  • Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects

Senate Passes Bills to Help Veterans

On Memorial Day – we will pay tribute to the fallen warriors who fought to preserve our American ideals and made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us say a prayer in gratitude and remembrance.

The Senate has made it a priority to help living veterans by passing bills to award them with new benefits and make sure their families are aware of benefits that have already been granted. Both bills await consideration from the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 973 would provide Korean Americans who served in the Vietnam War with the same state veterans benefits as their U.S. counterparts. There are more than 3,000 naturalized Korean American citizens who served in the Vietnam War as a part of the Korean Armed Forces, including hundreds who now call Pennsylvania home.

Senate Bill 1139 would help grieving families of deceased U.S. military veterans access their federal Department of Veterans Affairs burial benefits. Funeral directors, funeral parlors or cemetery companies would be required to notify the director of the county veterans assistance office when a veteran living in the county passes. They would also have to provide the deceased veteran’s family with contact information for the county director.

Tracing Local Welsh Roots in Delta

As I shared last week, I had the pleasure of joining the Rehoboth Welsh Chapel in Delta for its Spring Gymanfa Ganu event earlier this month. We explored the rich history of the chapel, its architectural significance, and the enduring Welsh traditions celebrated by its community.

You can listen to the conversation in my new podcast episode! Be among the first to listen and discover the vibrant community of Rehoboth Welsh Chapel.

Listen now!

Catch the interview on Apple, Spotify, or on my website. 

You can also watch our discussion on my YouTube channel.

Job Seekers and Employers Can Connect on Free Job Board

Veterans, National Guard members, and military family members can use a free job board that has nearly 10,000 employment and internship postings. While it is Pennsylvania-centric, there are listings in dozens of other states.

It’s easy to manage your job search process with application history and saved jobs. The system even allows applicants to store multiple versions of their resume for flexibility when applying to different jobs. The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations’ job board also offers employers the opportunity to post jobs, search the resume database and create resume alerts.

Red Lion Area School District FFA Awards Ceremony  

Thank you to the Red Lion Area School District Future Farmers of America Chapter for inviting me to attend their annual awards ceremony and to join in the celebration of their many accomplishments this year!  It was an honor to celebrate your impressive accomplishments, from welding and public speaking to horticulture and veterinary skills.

This program has a significant impact by fostering technical skills, leadership, and career pathways through agricultural education. The dedication and enthusiasm of the students highlight the special significance of the blue and gold jacket.

Thank you for including me in your celebration, and congratulations to all the students and advisors for a remarkable year. Your dedication to agricultural education and leadership development is truly inspiring.

Final Call: Squatters in PA Survey

Squatters illegally occupying properties are becoming a growing concern for property owners in Pennsylvania, with some even demanding payment to vacate. I want to hear YOUR thoughts on the issue!

Take my survey!

I will be sharing the results soon, so please encourage your friends and neighbors to participate as well.

Honoring Officer Keller’s Distinguished Service 

During Police Week, I had the pleasure of presenting a Senate Citation to Officer David Keller in recognition of his over 32 years of exemplary service to the citizens of West Manchester Township and York County. Since beginning his career in 1992, Officer Keller has distinguished himself as an evidence processing expert, crime scene investigator, photographer, and SWAT team member. His contributions as a member of the York County Forensic Team have been invaluable, assisting departments across the county with complex crime scenes.

His dedication and service are truly commendable, and it was a pleasure to be part of this well-deserved recognition!

York County’s Youth Shine at Envirothon

Third and fourth graders recently came together for the annual Envirothon Competition hosted by the York County Conservation District. The event, which features aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and environmental issues, offered an engaging way for students to learn and have fun.

Through interactive challenges, they showcased their knowledge and enthusiasm for environmental stewardship. You can tell how much fun the students had in additional photos here.

Fish For Free Day: Sunday May, 26

On Sunday, May 26, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a “Fish for Free” day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations will still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Thursday, July 4.

This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors!

Unemployment Compensation Hints for School Bus Drivers

It continues to be challenging to find bus drivers so children can safely and reliably travel between home and school each day. When the problem is bad enough, it can even shorten the school day and limit the learning students can accomplish.

To avoid impacts to students’ education, it’s important to retain as many bus drivers as possible. Of course, they are not needed in the summer and aren’t able to collect a paycheck during that time. Unemployment compensation (UC) helps to bridge the gap until the school year begins so bus drivers aren’t forced to abandon their critical roles to pay their bills.

Information is available to help school bus drivers who will be laid off during the summer successfully claim their unemployment compensation. First, it’s crucial to claim during the correct week: the first week in which they are actually unemployed. Second, understand that UC and workers’ compensation are different when filling out the UC claim form. Please reach out to my office if you still have issues with your claim.

Grand Re-Opening of K&M Home Center

Congratulations to Nick and Robin Bair, the new owners of K&M Home Center in Loganville! Since 1977, K&M has been a cornerstone of home improvement and design in our community, providing nearly five decades of exceptional service.

Under Nick and Robin’s leadership, you can expect the same friendly, personalized service, expert knowledge, and community spirit that has always set K&M apart. Stop by and explore all that K&M has to offer! You can find more photos from the event on my Facebook.

Fawn Area Elementary Students Complete the Patriot Program 

Congratulations to all the Fawn Area Elementary students who completed the Patriot Program! It was wonderful to see your pride in good citizenship and love for our country. Your dedication and hard work are truly inspiring! Keep up the great work!

You can find more photos of this event on my Instagram.

Win Money for Your Child’s Education

In honor of PA 529 Day on May 29, new PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) accounts opened between May 1 and May 31 with at least $10 in contributions are eligible for a chance to win $5,529 or $2,529. Current PA 529 GSP account owners are also eligible to win $5,529 if they had a balance of at least $10 as of April 30 and receive a contribution of at least $10 in May.

The PA 529 GSP helps families save for future college and career education expenses by keeping pace with rising college tuition. They offer tax-advantaged savings and the flexibility to pay for a wide variety of education expenses, including at any qualified educational institution, from K-12 to college and career training programs. Funds can also be used for room and board, tuition, and books.

Anyone – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends – can contribute to a PA 529 plan. Saving with a PA 529 plan does not impact a student’s eligibility for Pennsylvania state financial aid.

Congrats North York Borough: Celebrating 125 Years

Last weekend, I had the honor of joining residents, elected officials, and local clergy to celebrate this special occasion. I presented Mayor Nancy Brunk and Borough Council President Seth Hightman with a Senate of Pennsylvania citation to commemorate this milestone!

PPL Electric to Provide Update in Chanceford Township

PPL Electric Utilities will provide an update on its transmission line project next week at the New Bridgeville Memorial Fire Company, 2870 Furnace Road, Red Lion, on Wednesday, May 29, from 6 – 8 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Honoring Bravery Every Day, Including Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, we reflect on the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every day, including today, tomorrow, and Monday, we honor and remember their bravery.

In remembrance, the Senate will be closing on Friday at noon and will reopen on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Upcoming PennDOT Maintenance Projects   

Most weeks, PennDOT shares with me its maintenance schedule for the week ahead. When it becomes available, you can view the full list here to see if it will impact you and your family.


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