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Honoring America’s Fallen Heroes
I was pleased to take part in excellent ceremonies hosted by Apollo and Elderton boroughs for Memorial Day. It is important that we as Americans take time, not just on special occasions like Memorial Day, to remember and give thanks for those who sacrificed their all in defense of freedom.
State Lifts Poultry Ban for Fairs, Expos
After a year-long suspension of avian activities at the state’s 109 county and local fairs and the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show, the ban was lifted on June 1. The ban was set in May 2015 to protect Pennsylvania’s $13 billion poultry industry against the threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, virus.
With the lifting of the ban, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has instituted a 30-day testing protocol for entering poultry exhibits at county fairs. Previously, poultry had to test negative for Avian Influenza at least six months prior to the exhibit date.
More information about HPAI is available at the PDA website at www.agriculture.pa.gov -- refer to the “Avian Influenza” box on the right side of the homepage.
Kittanning Twp. VFD Honored for 50 Years of Service
It was a pleasure and an honor for me to present this Senate Citation to Fire Chief Steve Baker, recognizing Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years of service to the community.
Online Donations Benefit the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is now accepting online donations to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund to preserve the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County. Donations via the online application at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov are tax-deductible.
Donations to Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund have dwindled to less than $40,000 over the past five years and the memorial is in need of approximately $2.5 million in cosmetic and structural repairs.
The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial stands 107 feet high and 360 feet long. It was dedicated Oct. 7, 2001 and cost $6.2 million to construct. The Pennsylvania Veterans' Memorial is the first in the Commonwealth to honor veterans of all eras from the Revolutionary War forward, and it is the largest veterans’ memorial located in any of the 133 national cemeteries operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
New Biking Trails Map Unveiled
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recently launched a new online interactive mapping tool specifically for bicyclists.
The Bike Route Map provides detailed bike routes, traffic volumes and speed limits from PENNDOT and includes DCNR information on trails, state parks and state forests. Find the new interactive Bike Route Map on the “Ride A Bike” page under “Travel In PA” at www.penndot.gov.
With more than 11,000 miles of trails, 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestlands, Pennsylvania’s robust natural resources provide prime atmospheres for cycling.
839 Memorial Day Holiday Crashes Investigated by State Police
Pennsylvania State Police investigated a total of 839 crashes during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, May 27-30. The crashes resulted in 282 injuries and six fatalities. Seventy-nine of the crashes were alcohol related, including three fatalities.
Troopers made 475 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 13,935 speeding citations during the holiday period. State police also cited 1,222 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 289 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
Two people died and 247 others were injured in 718 crashes to which state troopers responded during last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday.
The statistics cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded. For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit their website at www.psp.pa.gov.
Mark your calendar
Senator Kim Ward, Representatives Eli Evankovich and Eric Nelson and I will co-host a Senior Expo on Tuesday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 2360 State Route 66, Delmont.
The Veterans’ Outreach Van will be at the free event along with representatives from state, county and local organizations to provide information on numerous subjects of interest to older residents including health care, health screenings, insurance, nutrition & fitness, fire safety, personal safety, banking and local, state and federal agency information and more.
Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call my Murrysville District Office at (724) 327-2422 or (724) 834-6400.
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