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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.
PA Senate Returns to Session this week.
March for Life Held Monday in Harrisburg.
Fall in the Susquehanna River Valley bestows all the simple pleasures we love most about the season, harvest and outdoor delights.
Annual Senior Expo to be Held on Thurs., Sept. 22
I join Rep. Joe Hamm in reminding our local seniors and caregivers of our annual ‘Senior Expo’ on Thursday, September 22nd in Montoursville. The free event will be held from 9:30AM to 1PM at the Community Baptist Church, 1853 Route 87 Highway, Montoursville, PA 17754.
More than 100 exhibitors will be on-hand to provide the most current information on state programs and services available to Pennsylvania’s older residents.
“If Agriculture Goes Wrong, Nothing Else Will Have a Chance to Go Right.”
The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau recently hosted an Agriculture Symposium in New Milford to highlight the good work of area producers and processers and the role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives. It was a pleasure to speak with many of those in attendance last week who share a common goal of navigating the current economic climate and ensuring profitability and sustainability.
Help Available to Move Students from Schools to Employment
State assistance is available to develop and improve partnerships between schools, employers, organizations or associations for pre-apprenticeship and training pathways for students.
Successful project applications should create career opportunities that lessen the gap between high school and employment or post-secondary education through the use of pre-apprenticeships.
Applicants must be registered with the department as a pre-apprenticeship program and be connected to a registered apprenticeship program that will be responsible for administering and operating a pre-apprenticeship program. Additional details and the grant application for the Schools-to-Work grants can be found here. Applications are due by Oct. 12.
Regional Meetings on Agriculture Bring Together, Penn State Extension, FFA’s and More
For additional photos, click here.
For additional photos, click here.
I was happy to host two Farmers Breakfasts last week at the Trout Run Fire Hall and the Silver Moon Banquet Facility in Lewisburg. The discussion welcomed Rep. Clint Owlett, Rep. David Rowe, county commissioners, staff from Penn State Extension, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and some bright-minded young agriculturalists that I had the pleasure of meeting from Canton, Mifflinburg, Montgomery, Montoursville, Southern Tioga and Troy, as well as many others in attendance. These meetings are a great opportunity to talk with farmers, hear concerns, and share opportunities, both from our perspective and from theirs.
The 23rd Senate District embodies the diversity of agriculture in our commonwealth — and based on the agriculturalists I spoke with yesterday, it’s poised for a bright future.
For a meeting recap:
2022 Senator Yaw Regional Meeting on Agriculture – Trout Run, PA
2022 Senator Yaw Regional Meeting on Agriculture – Lewisburg, PA
Public Comments Accepted on 2022 State Water Plan
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released the draft 2022 Pennsylvania State Water Plan identifying regional and statewide water resources priorities and recommending statewide and legislative actions. Pennsylvanians are invited to review the draft plan and provide comments on it.
As required by the state Water Resources Planning Act of 2002, DEP collaborates with regional committees and a statewide committee to prepare the plan. It covers water availability, infrastructure, water resource protection and other topics.
Comments can be made online or emailed to email@example.com, or can be mailed to the DEP Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063 Harrisburg, PA 17105. All comments must include the commenter’s name and address. The deadline for comments is Sept. 19.
State Grants Available for Public Libraries
Applications are being accepted until Oct. 14 for the 2023 Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities program.
It provides funds to sponsoring municipalities for up to 50% of eligible project costs to plan, acquire, construct, or rehabilitate public libraries as outlined in the guidelines. Examples of fundable projects include ADA upgrades, a new roof, replacement windows, energy-efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, new elevators, facility expansion and new construction.
To be eligible, the sponsoring municipality and the board of the state-aided library must jointly prepare and submit their application. A competitive review process is used to evaluate and score applications.
Thank You, Truck Drivers
This is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. These one million professional men and women keep the American economy moving by delivering our goods safely, securely and on time. Thank you for your commitment and hard work.
Celebrating Our Enduring Constitution
On Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It recognizes that we are born with rights that government did not grant and cannot take away. Every legislator takes an oath to support, obey and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution.
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