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


Senate Convenes This Week

Session Calendar and Schedule HERE.

Watch Session and Committees LIVE.

Lycoming Engines Celebrates 95 Years in Aviation

Lycoming Engines is celebrating their 95th year in aviation!

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce recently held a PM Exchange where I presented Shannon Massey, Lycoming Engines Senior Vice President, with a Senate Citation to honor the anniversary.

Lycoming Engines specializes in the engineering, manufacture, service and support of piston aircraft engines. Their piston engines power more than half of the world’s general aviation fleet – both rotary-wing and fixed-wing and also provides engines for military training schools and other specialized applications.


Jersey Shore Area Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Future Business Leaders of America

The Jersey Shore Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized three outstanding Future Business Leaders of America at their recent luncheon, where I presented them with Senate Citations recognizing their accomplishments and also gave a legislative update.

Congratulations to Alyssa Straub, 1st place winner, Spencer Brion, 2nd place winner, and Cloe Allison, 3rd place winner!

Center for Rural Pennsylvania Travels to Centre County

Last week, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors, which I Chair, traveled to State College to hold a meeting at RE Farm Café at Windswept Farm. The café offers a unique dining experience that serves as a community resource providing educational opportunities on agricultural growth.

While there, Senator Judy Schwank and I presented a congratulatory Senate Citation to Jonathan Johnson on his retirement from the Center.  Congratulations, Jonathan! Wishing you all the best in your next chapter.

The Center also visited Evergreen Heights Senior Living, a new apartment community in State College. Evergreen Heights is an affordable housing community for adults 62 and over that offers easy access to public transportation, ensuring seamless connectivity throughout the city.

Local Schools Visit Capitol

Thank you to the students from Carl G. Renn Elementary School, Ferrell Elementary School and Troy Intermediate School for stopping by our beautiful State Capitol Building during your visit to Harrisburg!

Awards, Recognitions, and Events

UniqueSource Products and Services recently held their 2024 Achievement Awards reception in Harrisburg.

UniqueSource partners with member agencies to identify, market, and deliver products and services that create employment opportunities for professionals with disabilities.

From the 23rd District, three constituents who partner with North Central Sight Services, Hope Enterprises, and Partners in Progress received awards. My Chief of Staff, Nick Troutman, was there to present each of them with Senate Citations.

Congratulations to Paul Diehl, Gertrude Ward and Noah Smith!

The 40th Annual Pennsylvania Envirothon State Competition recently took place at Camp Mt. Luther in Mifflinburg and featured 67 teams from across the state, equating to more than 300 schools. This year’s topic was “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future.” Canton High School took 4th place during the competition. Congratulations!

On Friday, May 24th, the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action (CAPPA), celebrated its 20th Anniversary, and Elizabeth Vollman of my staff presented the organization with a congratulatory Senate Citation.

CAPPA is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides intervention and positive development strategies to youth in the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County who are at-risk or economically disadvantaged.

Photo Credit: The Standard-Journal

The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau celebrated its recent relocation to Northumberland County with a ribbon cutting. After 20 years in Union County, they will now be located at 2733 Route 45, Montandon in the former Montandon Elementary School. Nick Troutman and Matt Osenbach of my staff were on hand to celebrate.

Students from Cowanesque Valley High School had the opportunity to discuss their ideas for eliminating hurdles to taking a driver’s knowledge test online within their school. Due to the distance of the local DMV and its limited hours, some students are unable to obtain their driver’s license, creating difficulties in commuting to school, after-school jobs, and post-secondary opportunities.

The students discussed this issue with Chuck Dillon of my staff, Representative Clint Owlett, sponsor of House Bill 1929, Representative Kerry Benninghoff, House Transportation Committee Chairman, and Tioga County Commissioners Marc Rice and Sam VanLoon.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended

The deadline for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2023 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $45,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Apply online at

Northcentral Regional ATV Trail Opens for 2024 Riding Season

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recently announced the opening of the Northcentral Regional ATV Trail (NRAT) for the 2024 riding season.

The riding area opened for use Friday and will remain open until Sunday, September 29, 2024. Though the riding areas will be marked, riders will be expected to familiarize themselves with the portions of road and trail that are open to ensure they are operating in legal areas.

The 650-mile riding area will include parts of Clinton, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga counties. Major DCNR ATV trails found in the NRAT include Whiskey Springs, Haneyville, and Susquehannock. A map of the riding area is available on DCNR’s website.

The trail route categories are as follows:

  • More than 450 miles of township roads
  • 163 miles of state forest roads and trails
  • 40 miles of PennDOT-administered roads

Permits are required to use the designated PennDOT and State Forest Connector Roads, the cost of which will serve to offset implementation and management of the program. Permits for the 2024 will cost $40 for Pennsylvania registered ATVs and $60 for non-Pennsylvania registered ATVs. Visit DCNR’s website for more information on obtaining an NRAT permit.

Visit DCNR’s website for more information about ATV riding opportunities in state forests.

June Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced

Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers and the public throughout the month of June to promote financial capability and provide investor education. 

Events being held in the 23rd District include –

  • Fraud Bingo
    • Potter/Tioga County PA Association of School Retirees – Wellsboro United Methodist Church, 36 Main St., Wellsboro (Tioga County) on June 13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Susan Van Dusen at
    • Knoxville Active Living Center, 305 East Main St., Room 5, Knoxville (Tioga County) on June 27 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Belinda Flynn at 570-723-0935 or
    • Garrett Miller Senior Center, 37 Back St., Millerton (Tioga County) on June 27 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Open to members only. For additional information contact Belinda Flynn at 570-723-0935 or

Growing Greener Plus Deadline Approaching

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

The Growing Greener Grant Program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals and exhibits, there’s something for everyone.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide maps out the fairs across the state, broken down by region. Find dates and locations to plan your day at the fair. The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer harness racing.


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