In this update:
Spring Grove Rockets, more than just their mascot
It was an honor to meet some of the best and brightest in the nation as I visited with the Spring Grove Rocketry Team.
This talented group of individuals was the only high school team from Pennsylvania to participate in the student launch event in Huntsville, Alabama this spring. They launched a 27-pound rocket exactly 4,500 feet, which they called prior to launch. In 23 years of this competition consisting of high school and colleges from around the country, no team has ever had a perfect flight, until Spring Grove.
Spring Grove took home the title of National Altitude Champions!
I presented them with citations from the Senate of Pennsylvania commemorating the significant accomplishment and look forward to seeing these young men and women continue to do big things in the future!
Replace your old, illegible license plate next week!
Reps. Joe D’Orsie, Wendy Fink and I will be co-hosting a drive-through license plate replacement event on Thursday, June 1, at York Area United Fire & Rescue, Station 891.
According to PennDOT, any plate that has one or more letters or numbers that cannot be recognized from 50 feet away, or plate that shows any blistering, peeling, discoloration, or loss of reflectivity is considered illegible.
We will have law enforcement present to help determine if your license plate is deemed illegible and staff onsite to assist in the paperwork. We will then deliver the paperwork to PennDOT and have a replacement plate sent straight to your house!
I hope to see you there from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
FYI: Electric prices to adjust June 1
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers that on June 1, most electric companies will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping customers. Find out what your “Price to Compare” will be here.
In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose a different electric generation supplier for more competitive pricing by visiting PAPowerSwitch.com. The website offers comparison data regarding price, fixed-price contract terms, renewable content, deposit/cancellation fees and other relevant information.
I have introduced a measure to make it easier to switch and have more pricing transparency with energy suppliers. It is important to me that as energy costs are surging, consumers have more options so they can reduce their costs.
Senate State Government Committee hears from Gov. Shapiro’s pick for Secretary of State
Gov. Josh Shapiro nominated Al Schmidt to serve as the next Secretary of the Commonwealth. The Senate is now in the process of holding oversight hearings to learn more about Mr. Schmidt’s qualifications and his view of important matters ranging from the administration of our elections to processing professional licenses.
The Senate State Government Committee, which I am a member of, held the first of two hearings with Acting Secretary Schmidt earlier this week focusing on the administration of our elections.
You can watch the questions I asked on behalf of the residents of the 28th Senatorial District below.
The next hearing will focus on delays of processing professional licenses. You can watch our hearing in its entirety here.
Grants available to municipal fire departments
Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.
Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment, or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance, or rescue equipment.
Additional information is available here. Questions regarding grant administration and eligibility should be emailed to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers market vouchers available to eligible seniors
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.
To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.
Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more on the state’s website here and more information on York County’s website here.
2023 PA Fair Guide released
Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.
Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing. The dates for our local York State Fair are July 21 – 30.
Spending the evening with Community REACH, Inc.
It was an honor to join Community REACH, Inc. at their Annual Benefit Event, “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.”
This organization and its volunteers truly exemplify what it means to be a force for good in our community. Their commitment to resourcing, educating, advocating, connecting, and helping has transformed lives and instilled hope where it was once lost.
Thank you to Board President Shirley Axe for the kind invitation! And it was wonderful to see Emmy Award winning news anchor Ron Martin emceeing! You can find more photos from this event on my Facebook.
To learn more about the great work Community Reach, Inc does, you can visit their website here.
Happy 150th birthday, New Freedom
I was honored to join the Sesquicentennial Celebration, participate in the parade and present the mayor with a Senate of Pennsylvania citation to commemorate this milestone!
Thank you to all of the community members and organizations that made this event possible! And special thanks to New Freedom Lions Parade Marshall, Tom Summers!
Celebrating National EMS week
It was great to kick off EMS Week with the Red Lion Area Ambulance Association at their First Annual Open House on Sunday.
We even got a refresher on Hands Only CPR, caught up with our local firefighters and police officers, and checked out the kid friendly forensic display from the York County Coroner’s Office.
Thank you to all our EMS providers for your service and sacrifices. You have a vital role in our community, and your commitment does not go unnoticed!
Growing Hanover: A walking tour of the borough
On Tuesday, I had a great day in Hanover reviewing several projects that will grow the local economy, improve outdoor recreation opportunities and bolster the arts, cultural, and historical amenities the borough has to offer!
To see more pictures from the walking tour, you can head over to my Instagram.
License plate helps PA women veterans
In addition to recognizing the importance of women who served, purchasing an Honoring Our Women Veterans License Plate supports programs assisting women veterans in Pennsylvania.
Each plate costs $37, with $15 going directly to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF regularly issues grants to statewide charitable organizations assisting veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The grants are used to aid veterans in need of shelter, essential goods and other services. The license plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.
Additionally, Honoring Our Veterans license plates for passenger cars, trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds and motorcycles are available for $38 each, with $15 from each plate also going to the VTF.
Learn more or apply for either license plate here.
Honoring the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers
Monday marks the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives serving our nation with dignity, bravery, and distinction.
Today and every day, remember the valuable contributions and tremendous sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made on behalf of our country and the freedoms we so deeply cherish. The legacy of the veteran cannot be lost.
Below are our office hours for the next several days:
Friday, May 26: Close at 1 p.m.
Normal office hours resume on Tuesday, May 30, at 9 a.m.
You can always access many state resources on our online office at SenatorKristin.com.
Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects
You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below. If you have trouble viewing the schedule, please click here.
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