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This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
On the Horizon…
Senate, House of Representatives Convene this Week. WATCH LIVE
PA Senate Agriculture Committee to Hold Hearing on Milk Over-Order Premium on April 25th.
Senator Yaw Reintroduces Legislation to Represent Patients’ Wishes for End-of-Life Care.
UPMC Experts Host End-Of-Life Care Discussion, 6PM-8PM, Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 South Howard Street, South Williamsport. Free. Registration required, call 570-326-8952.
This week is Conservation District Week! Join the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) as they celebrate the volunteer directors and staff who address conservation concerns in communities across the state.
Out and About
This weekend, I dropped by the Bradford County Earth Day program sponsored by the Bradford County Conservation District. Through leadership, education and planning, our county conservation districts are committed to protecting our natural resources. They are the boots on the ground when it comes to conserving our resources and developing programs and projects consistent with environmental stewardship.
Eighty-one years ago, John Horton Teeter – the last Civil War veteran buried in Bradford County – was laid to rest in the Teeter Family Cemetery. Private Silas Gore Camp #141 of the Pennsylvania Department of the Sons of Union Veterans dedicated a plaque to commemorate the event. PA State Rep. Tina Pickett and I joined three of Teeter’s family members-Diane McCoy, Lorraine Bailey and Gina Hewitt for the ceremony.
Manufacturing Innovation Grants Awarded to Lycoming College, Bucknell University
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently announced the recipients of $2.1 million in grants awarded through the Manufacturing PA initiative. Projects that were awarded funding are part of Manufacturing PA’s fellowship program to pair graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers. Once paired, the students embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance manufacturing innovation in Pennsylvania.
In the 23rd Senatorial District, Lycoming College and Bucknell University were among the 19 Pennsylvania Colleges that received funding for 31 projects.
Pennsylvania is setting the standard for innovation in manufacturing around the world and through collaborations with our higher education research facilities, the possibilities are endless. I am pleased to see both of these institutions at the forefront of these initiatives and applaud the Department’s recognition of their efforts.
Next Week is PA Small Business Week
DCED will be celebrating Pennsylvania Small Business Week from April 30th through May 6, 2023.
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as they hit the road all week to highlight Pennsylvania’s more than 1-million-strong small business community.
Growing Greener Watershed Grant Program Opens
Beginning April 21, organizations involved in water resource restoration and protection can apply for the next round of Growing Greener grants through the Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Plus Grants Program.
Growing Greener grants are designed to improve or protect this Commonwealth’s waters from nonpoint source pollution associated with agricultural activities, acid mine drainage, stormwater runoff, energy resource extraction and streambank and shoreline degradation.
Counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, councils of governments, educational institutions and other organizations dedicated to water clean-up and preservation can apply. The application deadline is June 23.
How to Apply for a Veterans ID Card
Many former service members are unsure how to prove they are a veteran to take advantage of discounts offered by businesses. These include restaurants, hotels, stores, recreational activities, home improvement and more.
The easiest way is to apply for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans ID Card (VIC), which is a digital photo ID you can use to get those discounts. Since September 2022, all new Veterans ID cards have been digital. A veteran with a physical ID card can continue using it to get discounts. The VIC is separate from the VA health care ID, which a veteran receives when enrolling in VA health care.
Check Out a State Park Near You
Now that spring has arrived, the nicer weather will allow Pennsylvanians more opportunities to explore our state’s 124 beautiful state parks, operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania’s state parks system manages more than 300,000 acres for popular recreation activities, such as hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, and boating.
Pennsylvania state parks do not charge an entrance fee; however, fees do apply for some activities.
If you like to enjoy the outdoors with your dog, 56 of our state parks offer dog-friendly campgrounds. Learn more or find a park nearby here. Make reservations online here to secure campsites, cabins, picnic pavilions, whitewater boating launch time permits and more.