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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 Welcomes International Baja SAE Competition

Photo Credit: Pennsylvania College of Technology

It was a great weekend as the Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT) welcomed off-road racing competitors and fans for the Baja SAE Williamsport international competition.

102 collegiate engineering teams from across the U.S., Canada, and Brazil competed in the four-day event, which concluded Sunday afternoon. Penn College finished fourth in the endurance race, with Virginia Tech capturing first place out of the 89 teams that started the race. Penn College was one of just four teams to complete 50-plus laps in the final test. It’s the 15th top-10 finish for the team in the endurance race since 2011.  In overall standings, Penn College came in 10th.

Read more about the competition and weekend’s events HERE.

North Shore Railroad Salute to Service

It was an honor to participate in North Shore Railroad Company’s “Salute to Service” as they unveiled and dedicated two locomotives on Friday, May 17th – the day before Armed Forces Day.

North Shore has worked for years behind the scenes to restore the two locomotives and dedicate them to the brave men and women of our United States Military.

Read more about this wonderful tribute HERE.

Muncy Township Volunteer Fire Co. Celebrates 75 Years

Photo Credit: Sun-Gazette

The Muncy Township Volunteer Fire Company celebrated 75 years of serving residents on Saturday. Thank you for your many years of dedication and commitment to our community!

Muncy American Legion Memorial Day Parade

Lycoming County Government Offices Moving

Upcoming PennDOT Job Fair

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will hold a job fair on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Lycoming County Maintenance Office, 716 Jordan Avenue, Montoursville.

Current vacancies include:

  • Diesel and Construction Equipment Mechanic Trainee
  • Diesel and Construction Equipment Mechanic
  • Transportation Equipment Operator Trainee
  • Transportation Equipment Operator A
  • Maintenance Repairman 1
  • Summer Student Positions
  • Seasonal Highway Maintenance Workers

On-the-spot applications will take place. Applicants for the Transportation Equipment Operator A positions must bring their current CDL license. Laptops and staff will be available to help interested participants navigate the electronic application system and discuss opportunities for permanent and seasonal employment.

For more information, please call 570-368-4281.

Local Schools Visit Capitol

It was a pleasure to welcome students from Don Gill Elementary School in Wellsboro and Westfield Area Elementary School to the Capitol last week during their visit to Harrisburg.

Awards and Achievements

Congratulations to my former intern, Hayden Burke, on his graduation from Lycoming College! Hayden will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Best of luck, Hayden! Pictured with Hayden is Liz Vollman of my Williamsport office.

The Montoursville Chamber of Commerce recently held the Future Business Leaders of America luncheon where Montoursville Area High School Senior, Noah Hepler, was awarded a $500 FBLA Scholarship by the Chamber. Noah plans to attend Penn State University in the fall, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations, Noah!

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Memorial Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, 2024, through Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications, and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Senate Approves Bill to Boost PA Youth Hunting and Fishing

The Senate unanimously approved legislation to create a new license plate for Pennsylvania sportsmen with proceeds used to fund youth hunting and fishing education. 

The Pennsylvania Sportsman registration plate would celebrate those who hunt and fish. Under Senate Bill 916, the plate would be designed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Pennsylvania Sportsman plate would cost $40 plus the registration fee, of which $14 would be deposited into a Youth Hunting and Fishing Restricted Account to be allocated equally to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for the purpose of promoting youth hunting and fishing activities.

Stopping Major Mobile Device Carriers from Misleading Consumers

Pennsylvania reached a $10.25 million settlement with several major mobile device service carriers regarding deceptive advertising practices, including supposed “unlimited” data plans and “free” phones.

The settlement with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Cricket and T-Mobile requires the carriers to disclose all attached fees and agreements, train customer service staff accordingly, and be truthful in future advertising.

The terms of the settlements address misrepresentations in advertisements concerning “unlimited” data advertisements, “free” phone offers, monetary incentives to switch wireless networks and wireless carrier plan comparisons. They will be able to claim that a consumer will save money by purchasing its products or services only when it’s reasonable based on comparisons with the process of comparable goods and services of other providers.

PFBC Fish for Free Day

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is hosting its first Fish for Free day of the year this Sunday, May 26! On this day, anyone can legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations apply.

National Safe Boating Week

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is joining the National Safe Boating Council and other boating safety advocates across the country to celebrate National Safe Boating Week from May 18-24, 2024!

Boaters are encouraged to follow a checklist of basic safety guidelines before and during each boating adventure, including:

  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Never boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Have a float plan to let someone know when and where you will be boating
  • Check the weather forecast for storms and high water conditions
  • Take a boating safety course
  • Have proper registrations or launch permits for your boat

As a reminder, the legal limit for operating any watercraft in Pennsylvania is .08% blood alcohol concentration, and penalties for boating under the influence are similar to those for driving a motor vehicle while impaired.  PFBC Waterways Conservation Officers will be on patrol throughout the boating season looking for impaired boaters.

Read more HERE.

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