In this Update:
Honoring the Sacrifice of Our Fallen Heroes
Monday marks the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives serving our nation with dignity, bravery and distinction.
Today and every day, remember the valuable contributions and tremendous sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made on behalf of our country and the freedoms we so deeply cherish. The legacy of the veteran cannot be lost.
PA, OH, and WV State Police Educate Motorists Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend
I joined state and local law enforcement from the tri-state region to remind motorists to keep safety, awareness, and prevention in mind as they hit the roadways this Memorial Day weekend. The Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) campaign kicked off to mark the beginning of the 100 deadliest days on our roadways that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Law enforcement agencies will be out in full force starting this holiday weekend with the objective to reduce crashes and encourage all motorists to make safety a priority so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable summer.
Operation C.A.R.E. formed as a multi-jurisdictional program by AAA, PA Department of Transportation, WV Department of Transportation, PA State Police, OH State Highway Patrol, and WV State Police.
National Safe Boating Week
During this Memorial Day weekend, it’s also important to keep safety as a priority while on the water. National Safe Boating Week may be wrapping up but it reminds all boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and prepare for the boating season.
In recognition of Safe Boating Week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering free events to introduce people to boating, paddling and kayaking. Learn more here.
Washington Township Receives 2023 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence
Pictured left to right: Joanna Pro [DCED Regional Director], Walt Stout [Supervisor], Charlie Hickman [Supervisor], and Troy Smith [Supervisor]
Washington Township, Greene County recently received the 2023 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in the category of Building Community Partnerships. The township supervisors were able to work with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority to build public waterline infrastructure. Through utilizing Act 13 Impact Tax funds as well as dollars made available through Greene County, township residents in feasible locations now have access to the public system.
It was my great honor to present the Washington Township Supervisors with an official Senate of Pennsylvania Citation to recognize this wonderful moment in history, we can do wonderful things when we work together! Congratulations to everyone involved.
The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services is housed within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
Electric Prices to Adjust June 1
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers that on June 1, most electric companies will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping customers. Find out what your “Price to Compare” will be here.
In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose a different electric generation supplier for more competitive pricing by visiting PAPowerSwitch.com. The website offers comparison data regarding price, fixed-price contract terms, renewable content, deposit/cancellation fees and other relevant information.
Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments
Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.
Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment; or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
Additional information is available here. Questions regarding grant administration and eligibility should be emailed to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 PA Fair Guide Released
Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.
Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing.
Fairs in the 46th Senatorial District: Jacktown Fair (July 18-22), Greene County Fair (August 6-12), Washington County Agricultural Fair (August 12-19), West Alexander Fair (September 4-9).
Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.
To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.
Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.
License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans
In addition to recognizing the importance of women who served, purchasing an Honoring Our Women Veterans License Plate supports programs assisting women veterans in Pennsylvania.
Each plate costs $37, with $15 going directly to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF regularly issues grants to statewide charitable organizations assisting veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The grants are used to aid veterans in need of shelter, essential goods and other services. The license plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.
Additionally, Honoring Our Veterans license plates for passenger cars, trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds and motorcycles are available for $38 each, with $15 from each plate also going to the VTF.
Learn more or apply for either license plate here.
Identity Theft Prevention Event Set for June 10
Please join me on Saturday, June 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Strabane Township Municipal Building, 1929 Route 519, Canonsburg, for a drive through identity theft prevention event.
Identity theft prevention information will be provided and an industrial shredder truck will be on site. A maximum of two boxes or bags per vehicle will be shredded. Phone books, newspapers and bound books cannot be accepted. Please remove any binder or paper clips.
This event is for individuals only – no businesses, please. For additional information, call 724-225-4380.
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