Senator Yaw E-Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

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.

Gene Yaw
State Senator


Penn College to Welcome International Baja SAE Competition

The Pennsylvania College of Technology is preparing to host Baja SAE Williamsport THIS WEEKEND, May 16-19. The international competition will feature 108 collegiate teams and approximately 1,000 participants, representing 34 states, Brazil and Canada. Each team is tasked with designing, manufacturing and building a single-seat, off-road vehicle to survive various challenges, including a four-hour endurance race over a rugged 1.1-mile track.

The competition will take place at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Heavy Construction Equipment Operations Site: 782 Fritz Station Road, Montgomery, PA. Free spectator parking for Saturday and Sunday events is available at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center: 203 Allenwood Camp Lane, Montgomery, PA 17752. Free shuttle service will be provided from there to the competition location. 

Around the Capitol

It was great to see students from Penn College, along with representatives from Lycoming Engines and Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company in Towanda, participating in Aerospace Day at the Capitol! Aerospace Day highlights the many opportunities in aerospace and aviation that Pennsylvania has to offer.

Thank you to the students from Loyalsock Township High School for stopping by during your visit to Harrisburg for PA Interscholastic Esports Association Day (PIEA).

The PIEA is one of the first high school governing bodies solely for esports programs and provides oversight and a regulatory structure for esports in over 150 high schools across the state.

It was a pleasure to welcome students from White Deer Elementary School to the Capitol during their visit to Harrisburg!

Penn College Holds Spring Commencement Ceremonies

The Pennsylvania College of Technology presented honors to several alumni and students during Spring 2024 commencement ceremonies, held May 10-11 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

Corey A. Sarver, of Sykesville, Maryland, was honored with an Alumni Mentorship Award during the commencement ceremony. He is a senior project executive/market leader at Gilbane Building Co. for its National Center of Excellence in the Sports Market.

Student speaker for the afternoon ceremony was Michael Charles Carpenter, of Wellsboro.

Michael, a Dean’s List student, received an Associate of Applied Science in mechatronics technology. He was also honored with the Larry A. Ward Excellence in Mechatronics Award, presented to a graduate of an electromechanical and/or mechatronics major who has demonstrated outstanding ability and achievement in the field.

Michael was a recipient of a 2022 Work Ethic Scholarship from the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. A resident assistant, Michael is a former member of the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design student organization. He will begin tutoring in the electrical department and working as a toolroom attendant in the Fall 2024 semester as he pursues a Bachelor of Science in automation engineering technology: mechatronics.

Montoursville American Legion to Hold Memorial Day Service

Wyalusing Youth Leadership Graduation

Last week, Wyalusing Youth Leadership, sponsored by the Wyalusing Community Corp., held its 9th graduation with the largest class to date, graduating twenty-one students. This excellent program begins with a rigorous application process and then spends the next nine months working through Sean Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

The students learn valuable life skills and visit different community agencies, businesses, and government offices to give them a hands-on learning experience.  Along the way, there are lots of interactive games and fun times as well.  It is an encouragement to see our young people participating in such a valuable program that prepares them for their lives ahead. 

Congratulations to the 2023-24 graduates! 

Local Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scout Troop 62019 of Hughesville and students at Ashkar Elementary School recently showed their support for an eagle who was found suffering from lead poisoning in late January.  

After learning that Red Creek Wildlife Center was taking care of the eagle, the girls raised and donated $112 to the center in honor of the Girl Scouts’ 112th birthday.  And they’re happy to report, the eagle is on the mend. Well done!

PUC Approves Settlement in Case Against Frontier Communications

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently approved a joint settlement in the case involving service and outage complaints against Frontier Communications.

Read the terms of the settlement HERE.

REMINDER: Law Enforcement Agency Funding

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is reminding law enforcement agencies that grant funding is available to support system upgrades which will enable the reporting of crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) NIBRS and that the deadline to apply, June 13, 2024, is one month away.

Last month, PCCD announced the availability of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funding to help law enforcement agencies become compliant with NIBRS.

Senate Acts to Bolster Telemedicine in PA

The Senate approved legislation aimed at expanding the use of telemedicine in Pennsylvania.

Telemedicine is the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology. It allows medical services to be provided to some of the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians who otherwise would not be able to receive them due to location or other circumstances. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it saw rapid growth in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 739 requires insurance providers or managed care organizations to reimburse health care providers for services provided to a patient through telemedicine. Services provided through telemedicine must meet the same standard of care as health care services provided in person.

Scholarship Bill Wins Bipartisan Support

The Senate Education Committee advanced bipartisan legislation to provide more educational options to children in low-performing public schools through scholarships to attend the school of their choice.

Senate Bill 795 would establish the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success (PASS) Program. During Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget address earlier this year, he referenced his continued support for “scholarships that let poor families in struggling school districts put their kids in the best position for them to succeed – whether that’s paying for extra tutoring, books and computers, or yes, going to another school.”

The bill, which now heads to the full Senate for consideration, is part of a larger Senate Republican initiative to preserve the role parents have in their children’s lives.

National Hospital Week

This week (May 12-18) is National Hospital Week! Join the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) in celebrating Pennsylvania hospitals, health systems, and healthcare workers. Thank you to Pennsylvania’s healthcare teams for your commitment to caring for our communities and all Pennsylvanians!

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