In this Update:
Identity Theft Prevention Event Set for Sept. 24
Please join me on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ringgold High School Parking Lot, 1 Ram Dr., Monongahela, 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. Phonebooks, 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.
Never Forget 9/11
It was my honor to speak at the “Never Forget 9/11” tribute ceremony on September 11th at Hollywood Casino at the Meadows. It may sound strange that this event was held at a casino but it truly was a touching ceremony remembering all those lost on that tragic day and those we have lost since then who were connected to the attacks.
Thank you to Rahul Kaushik for including me in the remembrance and show of gratitude for our first responders. Thank you to all who came to show reverence and respect for those who perished because of the events on that fateful day 21 years ago.
An Entertaining Day for Area Seniors
Mother Nature decided to bless us with a beautiful day to have the Washington County Senior Center Picnic at Mingo Creek County Park this week. Our local seniors were treated to some standup comedy and a Doo-wop show that were both hits. Some of the group took a brisk wellness walk up the hill and returned to the pavilion greeted with an incredible spread of food and desserts. Seeing all the smiling faces just warmed my heart.
A big thank you to Leslie Grenfell and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Washington Area Senior Citizens Center, and the Aging Services of Washington County for organizing this wonderful day for our golden agers.
Collecting Items for Area Food Banks
Throughout Hunger Action Month, my district offices (see addresses below) are collecting non-perishable items to be given to food banks in our communities.
Neighbors helping neighbors is the best form of charity and it’s one of the many traditions that make our country great. Please consider making a donation to help a family in need.
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.
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.
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.
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.