In this update:
Giving thanks for our blessings
As we near the end of the year, I want to take a moment and thank you all for the ongoing conversations. Despite differences in opinions, at the end of the day, I am thankful that we can have open and honest conversations about issues that affect you, your family and our community.
As President Dwight Eisenhower said on Thanksgiving Day in 1957:
“Let all of us, in accordance with our hallowed custom, foregather in our respective places of worship or in our homes and offer up prayers of thanks for our manifold blessings. Let the happiness which stems from family reunions on Thanksgiving Day be tempered with compassion and inspired by an active concern for those less fortunate in our own country and in other lands; and let us ask God’s continuing help and guidance in our conduct, both as individuals and as a Nation.”
I am grateful for every conversation that has helped me to better serve you as YOUR state senator.
I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving filled with warmth and gratitude.
Local food banks benefit from Hunters Sharing the Harvest
As families sit down and give thanks this week, Pennsylvania deer hunters have a way to brighten the holidays for those in need.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest allows hunters to donate their extra venison to food pantries and community assistance centers across Pennsylvania via a statewide network of butchers. Over the last 31 years, the program has distributed nearly 2 million pounds of donated meat.
An average-sized deer will provide enough high-protein, low-fat meat for 200 meals. Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity funded by public and private sources. Hunters wanting to help can find the nearest participating meat processor here.
Limiting the hassle of Thanksgiving travel
With the holiday, nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. That is a 1.5% increase from 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes.
The 511PA app provides hands-free, real-time, traffic advisories for every state roadway in Pennsylvania. This is a great way to get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information without taking your eyes off the road.
You can find traffic speeds on the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2019 and 2021 and how those traffic conditions compare to a typical, non-holiday week at the Historic Holiday Traffic page. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded representation of traffic speeds to help them decide the best times to travel during the holiday.
AAA says traffic will be lighter before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thanksgiving, the best travel times are before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
Shop your local small businesses this Saturday
Small Business Saturday is a reminder that these businesses create 65% of jobs in Pennsylvania, and the holiday shopping season is a great opportunity to support them.
It is a great time to patronize our small businesses, who not only live in our communities, but are also active in our community supporting youth sports, fundraisers and other initiatives. Many of the goods and services offered by these businesses are also locally sourced or crafted, so the effect of buying local is multiplied.
I have continued to support our local small businesses as YOUR state senator. The photo above is from Central Pizza in Red Lion, and I know you have probably seen me use it before. The message is as true today as it was back more than a year ago when I took it during a visit.
Thank you to our small businesses!
Celebrating Christmastime in Loganville, winners of the PA Christmas tree ornament
Thank you to everyone who stopped by the district office this past weekend to celebrate Christmastime in Loganville. We had a great turnout kicking off the holiday season!
I really appreciate the conversations with so many of you who stopped in to say hello and discuss matters important to you and our community!
Each year, we draw two winners who attended our open house and gift them a Pennsylvania Christmas tree ornament designed by the Capital Preservation committee (not paid for with YOUR taxpayer dollars).
A big congratulations to Tom S. of Loganville and Norma J. of York Township who each won a 2022 ornament which features the state Supreme Court.
ICYMI: My interview on CBS-21
Last Sunday, I joined Joel D. Smith on Face the State, which aired on CBS-21, and discussed my role as Caucus Chair and the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
In case you missed it and would like to see our discussion, you can find it here.
No high-speed internet access? Let the FCC know during critical process
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released maps that show areas served and unserved by high-speed internet.
I am encouraging residents, businesses, and local governments to provide feedback to the FCC to ensure tax dollars are not wasted to overbuild broadband in areas that are already served.
Most importantly, these maps will be used to target already approved tax dollars for individuals who lack access to high-speed internet. Check out the FCC maps here: https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home
The FCC will dedicate resources based on states and areas with the greatest need based on data collected throughout the challenge process.
The challenge process will run through Jan. 13, 2023.
Reminder: Upcoming Thanksgiving holiday office hours
Please be advised of our office hours this week for the Thanksgiving holiday:
Wednesday, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Upcoming PennDOT maintenance projects
You can view PennDOT’s list of scheduled maintenance projects for next week below.
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