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This email update includes just a few of the many events that occurred across the county on Veterans Day. No words or event can truly express our deep gratitude for the men and women who serve and have served in our Armed Forces. I hope you enjoy reading about the many ways York Countians paid tribute to our nation’s best. We are forever grateful for their service.
County Commissioners hold debriefing on recent election
The York County Commissioners held an elections debriefing, which included legislators and the vendor who provided the voting machines, Dominion. The open forum allowed the public to voice their concerns about the recent elections, which occurred on November 5. I am very grateful for the many residents who have reached out to our office expressing your extreme dissatisfaction with your personal experiences on Election Day. Those concerns are not falling on deaf ears.
Representatives Kate Klunk, Seth Grove, Dawn Keefer and Carol Hill-Evans all spoke at the event.
In addition to agreeing with their sentiments on Election Day, I stated that no person should be disenfranchised, the privacy of your ballot is paramount and is a constitutionally guaranteed right.
You can watch my comments below.
To watch the debriefing in its entirety, please visit the County’s Facebook Page video stream here.
Trees for the Trail honors Veterans
The Road of Remembrance Trees for the Trail Dedication Ceremony this past Sunday was truly reflective of the great success of this project and the tremendous outpouring of community support for this meaningful, permanent memorial to our veterans. I was honored to join Rep. Mike Jones and many others for this event.
Thank you to Shelly Reidel for her vision and leadership, Rotary Club of York, Rotary Club of Red Lion – Dallastown Area and Rotary Club of Southern York County for embracing this project. Special thanks also goes out to the many landowners that granted permission to plant the trees, and the donors and local businesses that gave their time, talent and treasure to make this project a success. There were over 250 volunteers including over 100 people who assisted with the plantings from all walks of life including veterans, families, youth, scouting and civic groups and Rotarians.
Thank you to Vice Admiral Dewolfe Miller, III Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet and the Honorable Craig Trebilcock, York County Court of Common Pleas Judge and Colonel (retired) US Army Reserves for delivering inspiring remarks.
Thank you to Magisterial District Judge Lindy Sweeney for organizing the ceremony and including students from York City School District, Dallastown Area School District, Red Lion Area School District, and Southern York County School District.
The Tree of Recognition honors those who have made contributions to this project. It will be on display at the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County and Village Library, as well as other public sites as requested. I highly encourage you to check it out over the coming weeks.
Small Business Saturday is only two weeks away – check out Alexander’s Jewelry in Shrewsbury
Our series, “Spotlight on the 28th,” highlights the impact small businesses have on our local economy. Our latest stop features Alexander’s Jewelry in Shrewsbury.
This local small business has all of the gifts you need for that special someone.
While Small Business Saturday falls on November 30, Alexander’s is running a special from December 1 through December 24 that any purchase made between those dates will be free if it snows five inches or more on January 1.
This is just one of the many ways Alexander’s creates an innovative shopping experience in Southern York County.
You can watch our latest “Spotlight on the 28th” below.
I hope you are enjoying this series of “Spotlight on the 28th.” Every week I will include another small business leading up to November 30.
Did you miss our first two stops?
Our first stop included Kaletta’s in downtown York, which you can watch here.
Last week’s stop took us to Black Powder CrossFit in Dallastown. You can watch that here.
And please remember: Shop small on November 30!
Honoring Lt. Col. Joseph Innerst
Last Thursday, Representative Mike Jones and I joined the community to celebrate the 244th Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day celebration at Dallastown Area High School.
It was a tremendous event, where we honored the 19th anniversary of the Marine Corps JROTC program started by Lt. Colonel Joseph Innerst, who was presented with a plaque that will be displayed in the Courtyard of Honor at the high school. Under Lt. Colonel Innerst’s leadership and vision, so many students have achieved amazing opportunities serving in our Armed Forces.
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Innerst and thank you for your years of dedication to such an impactful program!
South Western High School honors community Veterans
Last Friday, Lt. Gen. (retired) Ralph Jodice inspired students, faculty and the public who attended the Veterans Day Assembly at South Western High School.
Thank you to Mrs. Julie Gelsinger, the Veterans Day Chair, and everyone who made this breakfast possible. You can watch the event in its entirety here.
York County Veterans Day Celebration
I was honored to attend the 2019 York County Veterans Day Celebration and Breakfast on Monday. Congratulations to US Army Veteran Lawrence “Skip” Wills on receiving the George H. Eyler Meritorious Service Award. Thank you to York County District Attorney Dave Sunday for the heartfelt, humorous and very meaningful keynote address!
Bailey Coach transports over 600 Veterans and spouses to Marine Corps Museum
Thank you Bailey Coach, Wolf Bus Lines and Executive Coach, who transported 625 York County Veterans and their guests free of charge to the Marine Corps Museum this past Tuesday! Grateful for the opportunity to send off our veterans as well as catch up with WWII veteran, Purple Heart recipient and Dallastown resident Calvin Coolidge Leiphart.
York County Second Class Townships host annual meeting
Thank you to the York County Association of Second Class Townships for having me as your keynote speaker on Thursday.
I appreciated the opportunity to provide a legislative update and discuss ways we can work together to resolve our greatest challenges.
York County Economic Alliance’s Economic Breakfast highlights criminal justice reform efforts
On Wednesday morning, the York County Economic Alliance hosted their Economic Breakfast, which featured a keynote address from Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.
Secretary Wetzel outlined ongoing collaboration between his department and entities, like YCEA, to help those who are released from prison to find meaningful employment under the initiative titled “Pathways to Prosperity.” Programs like this will help reduce recidivism and encourage those who are released from prison to lead productive lives.
Thank you to the York County Shrine Club for your hospitality
Thank you to the York County Shrine Club for the gracious hospitality and the opportunity to share a few remarks on Veterans Day at your meeting.
It came as no surprise that over half of the members present were veterans. Long after they hung up their uniforms, their service continued through the Shriners and other service organizations.
At the event, the York County Shriners presented the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia with a check for over $15,000 to provide highly trained medical care to children with routine as well as rarely seen orthopedic conditions.
Thank you for your generosity and ongoing efforts to improve the lives of children and their families all across this Commonwealth and right here in York County!
York Robotics Club shows off talent
Last week, I enjoyed hosting local fifth- and sixth-grade students from Southern York Elementary School at our district office to learn more about their participation in a national robotics competition.
The competition is focused on transportation.
They brought their ideas and talent to our office and demonstrated a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. It was amazing to see their impressive work. This is the second year this team is competing in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition.
This program is extremely important for students, no matter their age, to develop an interest and skillset in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, which is where a bulk of the career opportunities will be in the future.
You can learn more about FIRST LEGO League here.
Christian School of York honors Veterans
On Tuesday, the Christian School of York paid tribute to the area’s Veterans through an assembly put together by students and staff. It was a great tribute to honor and thank Veterans and their families.
Joining me were Representative Keith Gillespie, Seth Grove and Stan Saylor.
Upcoming mobile office hours in Manchester Township on Thursday, November 21
This Thursday (Nov. 21), our office will be mobile in Manchester Township!
We will be there from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to answer any questions and provide assistance on state matters. We will be at the Manchester Township Office Building, located at 3200 Farmtrail Road, York, PA 17406.
As a reminder, we will hold mobile office hours the first three Thursdays of each month in different locations in the area to better assist you in your community. Read more about this initiative and find the office closest to you here.
You can always access the information on our office hours and locations at the bottom of this email update and at the bottom of my online office at SenatorKristin.com, as well.
Did you take my latest survey on school property tax elimination/reform solutions? You have until Sunday at 5 p.m.
If you have not already weighed in on what is easily the number one issue local residents care about – school property tax elimination – I highly encourage you to do so.
I plan to share the results of this survey along with all correspondence (your phone calls, emails and letters) received to date with my colleagues in the Senate to emphasize the importance of this issue and push for a vote on the matter.
The survey will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 17.
If you miss the deadline, do not worry – you can always contact me on this matter or any state-related matter here, or by replying to this email.
Upcoming PennDOT projects
You can see PennDOT’s maintenance projects planned for next week here.
(Please be advised that this link is updated by PennDOT and may not be updated to reflect next week’s schedule until Monday.)
The Senate of Pennsylvania reconvenes for voting on Monday, November 18 at 1 p.m.
You can find out more about next week’s Senate session by visiting www.SenatorKristin.com/session.
Save the Date – Christmastime in Loganville and Open House
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