In this Update:
We’re Still 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.
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.
Around the 40th District
I attended a terrific event at The Mountain Center where the ladies from Sew N Crafts and the Mountain Laurel Quit Guild presented a “Quilt of Valor” to MSG Edgar Ponce. MSG Ponce joined the U.S. Army in July 1991 and served for 32 years and was deployed multiple times throughout the Middle East.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon. Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge. Thank you for your service!
State Rep. Rosemary Brown’s Chief of Staff, Mackenzie, Interim President of ESU, Ken Long and my Chief of Staff, Kristine at the Legislative Fellow Breakfast last week.
Recently, my Chief of Staff Kristine Bush attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration at Poconos Park to preview their 10,000 seat amphitheater!
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