Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill E-Newsletter

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In this update:

  • Bartz Brigade raises awareness for suicide prevention
  • Touring Southern York County School District
  • Christ Lutheran Church of Shrewsbury celebrates 200th anniversary
  • “Fall in Love” with cats and small animals at the York County SPCA
  • Work begins at Pappus House’s new location
  • 100 years of the Garden Club of York
  • Bird hunters reminded to take avian influenza precautions
  • Tours of State Game Lands slated for October
  • New hayride standards subject of Oct. 5 webinar
  • H.O.P.E Haven Grand Opening
  • Enjoying PA’s world class fall foliage
  • Comments accepted on PA Freight movement plan
  • Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects

Bartz Brigade raises awareness for suicide prevention

It was an honor to join the Bartz Brigade for their Ruck 22 to end suicide. Thank you to the 22 athletes who each carried a 22-pound ruck for 22 miles and did 22 pushups each mile to support suicide prevention, education, and awareness in York County.

To learn more about the Bartz Brigade and the Trent Bartz Foundation, please click here. You can view more photos from the event here.

Touring Southern York County School District

I started the week off right by visiting Southern York County School District with Rep. Kate Klunk.

We toured all three schools at the main campus, enjoyed interacting with students and teachers, and witnessed the exciting changes coming to the district.

A special thank you to Dr. Bryson, the school directors, and all the students and staff for their Southern hospitality! You can view more photos from our visit here.

Christ Lutheran Church of Shrewsbury celebrates 200th anniversary

Congratulations to the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church for serving the community and preaching the gospel for 200 years! The Christ Lutheran Church, in Shrewsbury, was organized in December 1822 after land was gifted for a church by John and Elizabeth Kline. Over the last two centuries, the church has evolved, but its spiritual ideals and traditions remain.

It was an honor to celebrate with members of the church and present a citation on behalf of the Senate of Pennsylvania commemorating the milestone achievement.

“Fall in Love” with cats and small animals at the York County SPCA

The York County SPCA will host throughout the month of October its “Fall in Love” adoption event for cats and small animals, including Mrs. Whiskers (pictured above), as well as guinea pigs.

The event, which starts Saturday, Oct. 1, runs through Oct. 31. The SPCA discounts its adoption fees by 50% to help these pets find their “furever” homes. These fees cover the cost of medical care, veterinary exams, vaccinations, and spaying or neutering.

Steven Martinez, Executive Director of the York County SPCA, said, “We have numerous cats and small animals who have spent months in the shelter waiting on a loving, permanent home. With this event, we hope to help our community ‘fall in love’ with one of our feline and small animal residents.”

The York County SPCA, located at 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406, is open for browsing Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you or someone you know is interested in adoption a pet, please visit: https://ycspca.org/adopt/.

Work begins at Pappus House’s new location

Thank you to Amy Jansky, Executive Director of Pappus House, for providing me with a tour of the vision and future of Pappus House. Amy shared with me that this new facility in Jackson Township will provide hospice care for up to eight residents. They recently broke ground on this space that will be transformed into a home that will provide several new features and amenities for residents and their loved ones who visit.

The Pappus House board and staff continue to work behind-the-scenes to ensure they uphold their commitment to providing this valuable service and resource for local residents.

If you are interested in learning more about Pappus House and this project, please visit here.  

100 years of the Garden Club of York

I was honored to attend the Garden Club of York’s celebration of a century of making York beautiful.

During the club’s centennial celebration, I presented a Senate of Pennsylvania citation to commemorate this momentous occasion and extend best wishes for their future success.

Congratulations to all members – past and present – on this milestone! You can view more pictures from the celebration here.

Bird hunters reminded to take avian influenza precautions

As the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues, the Pennsylvania Game Commission urges the public to continue reporting wild bird mortality events, and hunters who handle wild birds are advised to continue to take precautions.

Just yesterday, York County had its first avian flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm.

Several hunting seasons for wild birds are either underway or will begin soon. If hunters properly handle the wild birds they harvest, they protect themselves and help reduce the risk that this extremely contagious disease spreads to other birds. Bird hunters should:

  • Harvest only healthy-looking wild birds.
  • Wear gloves when handling any wild birds.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately after handling wild birds.
  • Dress harvested wild birds in the field.
  • Change clothing as needed, especially if visibly soiled or if any wild birds contacted clothing.
  • Change clothing, including footwear, before coming in contact with any pet birds or domestic poultry.
  • Wash all equipment, tools and work surfaces with soap and water, then disinfect with a 10% household bleach solution. Allow to air dry or rinse after 10 minutes of contact time.

Any sick or dead domestic birds should be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 717-772-2852. Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Game Commission at 1-833-PGC-WILD or online using the Wildlife Health Survey tool at www.pgcapps.pa.gov/WHS.

Tours of State Game Lands slated for October

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding public tours of state game lands in October.

Nine tours are scheduled throughout the state, the first of which will be held Sunday, Oct. 2. More tours are planned each Sunday through Oct. 16.

The tours provide a good example of the opportunities available on game lands statewide, while showcasing how habitat work being done on these tracts benefits wildlife. All tours are free, held rain or shine and open only to vehicles licensed for travel on public roads. You can find the complete tour schedule here.

New hayride standards subject of Oct. 5 webinar

Many farmers, other business owners and individuals offer hayrides in the fall to supplement income or for community events. In 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will be enforcing newly adopted national standards for hayrides.

The department and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau will offer a webinar Wednesday, Oct. 5, at noon to discuss the new standards, which cover hayrides and amusement rides.

The standards were developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials, an international standards organization. The PDA has been informing operators that it will begin enforcing those requirements under the state Amusement Ride Inspection Act beginning next year.

Recognizing that the standards are burdensome and there are nuances and variations that exist with hayrides on farm and agritourism operations, PDA officials will participate in the webinar to receive input from businesses and individuals whose operations these regulations might affect.

To register for the Hayride Attractions & Amusement Rides Webinar, please email Kyle Kotzmoyer of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau at kfkotzmoyer@pfb.com.

H.O.P.E Haven Grand Opening

I was honored to join H.O.P.E. (Help for Oncology Problems & Emotional Support) last weekend for their Grand Opening of their brand-new facility, H.O.P.E. Haven. They are an all-volunteer cancer support network that provides free assistance to cancer patients and their families facing the challenges of cancer.

H.O.P.E has worked the past twenty-eight years to keep the late founder’s promise of creating a “Vacation from Cancer Retreat.” H.O.P.E. Haven is that dream in accomplished. The new facility is a calming retreat for patients and families that can provide peace, solitude, walking paths, a colorful garden and a beautiful main house for rest and relaxation.

Congratulations and best wishes to H.O.P.E. Haven as they continue their dream and soon begin hosting patients and families in “The Home Away from Cancer.”

Enjoying PA’s world class fall foliage  

Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than anywhere in the world, and experts are available to serve as regional advisers, offering tips and resources to help residents and visitors experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways.

Weekly fall foliage reports can be found online on the DCNR website. The report will be updated every Thursday. Fall foliage typically peaks for several weeks throughout October across Pennsylvania. Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map and on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.

For reference, in 2021, York County reached peak foliage season during the week of Nov. 4 – 10.

Foliage viewers can also check out one of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland for some of the best views, recreation trails and park experiences. State foresters and park personnel are also available to recommend the best times and locations to experience the beautiful vistas of the season.

Comments accepted on PA Freight movement plan

The public comment period for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s 2045 Freight Movement Plan ends Oct. 5.

The plan provides information on steps to improve the safety and efficiency of moving freight statewide. Having an approved and up-to-date freight plan helps ensure Pennsylvania remains eligible for federal funding under the National Highway Freight Program. This federal program will add an average of $58.5 million annually to the state’s program.

An electronic comment form is available. Questions or comments on the freight plan can be sent to ra-pdpenndotcfmp@pa.gov.

Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects 

You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below.  

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