In this update:
Joining the JCC in Prayer During Peace Vigil for Israel
The state Capitol is lit blue and white to show solidarity with the people of Israel.
In light of the surprise attack this past weekend on Israel, the York JCC held a prayer vigil. Jewish, non-Jewish clergy, local officials and community members were all in attendance to show support of those affected. Prayers, messages of solidarity, strength, and hope were all shared.
Last Call: Taking Your Thoughts on Emissions, Vehicle Inspections
If you would like to weigh in on my latest survey on state emissions and vehicle inspections, do it now! The survey will be closing soon.
For some background, in York County, vehicle owners must have their vehicles inspected for safety and emissions annually. The Senate has a proposal, yet to be introduced, that would change the requirement of vehicle inspections to only when a title is transferred, or a vehicle is sold. The other legislation would eliminate the annual vehicle emissions tests for vehicles five years old or newer.
If you already took the survey, thank you and please feel free to share with any neighbors who might have an opinion on the matter. I will share the results in the coming weeks.
Penn Township Mobile Office Oct. 19
As a reminder, my mobile office will be back in Penn Township next week! My staff will be available to answer questions relating to state issues, including pending legislation, PennDOT, birth and death certificates, Property Tax Rent Rebates, unclaimed property, and more.
Stop into the Penn Township Municipal Office to get help on any state related matter or just say hi! If you plan on stopping in, let me know by either emailing me back or call the district office at 717-741-4648 to ensure we have staff available!
Basic Education Funding Commission Continues its Work
The Basic Education Funding Commission held two more hearings this week. The commission is tasked to take testimony that will assist in developing and recommending a new funding formula for Pennsylvania school districts.
Ribbon Cutting for Brand New Pappus House
While I was attending a Basic Education Funding Commission hearing, my staff attended the ribbon cutting of the new Pappus House. The service that Pappus House provides our community is unmatched. They are the only home in York that provides supportive care exclusively to people in their last months of life.
With this opening, they are doubling the number of private bedrooms available. They offer unlimited visiting hours with immediate family, 24-hour care, home-cooked meals, and compassion.
Staying true to their mission, at life’s end they believe every human deserves the warmth and comfort of a safe peaceful home, and the assurance of being surrounded by people whose love and care is given unconditionally and can be counted on. Congratulations on this achievement!
Hanover Market House Celebrates Milestone
The Hanover Market House opened its doors on Saturday, October 7, 1933. This past Saturday, the community celebrated 90 years of this marketplace to the date, on October 7, 2023.
Thank you for inviting me to the re-ribbon cutting. It was an honor to present a Senate Citation acknowledging the hard work and dedication that has gone into ensuring this marketplace continues to be an integral part of the Hanover community.
Nicholas Gaumer Earns Eagle Scout Rank
Congratulations to Nicholas Gaumer of Troop 27 in Stewartstown on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! It was an honor to present him with a citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania in recognition of his significant achievement!
Nicholas, the son of Matt and Kendra Gaumer, constructed two drainage ditches and natural earth bridges for Richard Nixon Park in Springfield Township. Well done, Nicholas!
PennDOT Survey Open Until Oct. 20
While I am always happy to help with any PennDOT issues that may have come up, PennDOT is looking for your feedback directly.
The 24-question survey asks respondents how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations regarding construction and maintenance services. Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to their department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services.
Motorists have until Friday, Oct. 20, to provide feedback via an online survey.
Southern York County Gets New Wellness Option
It was a pleasure to join Bohdi Yoga in Shrewsbury for its grand opening ribbon cutting! They started their studio due to a need in the community, an activity for adults and children. They have family-friendly classes as well as regular adult classes.
Congratulations and thank you for providing quality yoga instruction and promoting good health, fitness, and wellness in Southern York County. You can find more photos from the ribbon cutting on my Facebook.
Brush Up on School Bus Safety
School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 16-20, is the perfect time for students, parents and drivers to brush up on traffic safety rules.
For students, this means knowing how to safely board, ride and exit the school bus. For parents and all drivers, this means knowing what to do on the road when a school bus is in the area and being aware of the penalties associated with breaking Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law.
Detailed school bus safety information is available online.
Enjoy PA’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage
Some of the world’s most beautiful fall colors are in Pennsylvania. Our state also has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.
Find prime locations for viewing fall foliage in the commonwealth, as well as information about scenic driving tours, here.
Of course, there are all sorts of fun things to do in Pennsylvania this fall. Read about autumn tourism activities – including partaking in festivals, enjoying seasonal foods and exploring architectural marvels – here.
Help Provide Free Tax Prep Assistance
The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation Program is expanding its team of volunteers in York County for the upcoming tax season, and they are looking for capable, motivated, compassionate, friendly volunteers.
You don’t have to be a tax pro to volunteer with AARP’s Tax-Aide program; tax aide volunteers receive comprehensive training. In addition to tax preparers, additional roles are needed, including schedulers, administrative support, instructors, technology assistant and translators.
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.
The Senate of Pennsylvania reconvenes on Monday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. Follow me on Twitter for all the latest updates on session convening times. You can watch all the Senate votes and view our agenda here.