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National Company Breaks Ground for Armstrong County Facility
I was pleased to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony on October 27 for Involta’s future facility at Northpointe. Involta is a national data security company and this new addition to our local business community is definitely tremendous news for Armstrong County.
Department of Education Releases 2016 School Performance Profiles
The state Department of Education recently released its 2016 School Performance Profile (SPP) scores. The scores are available on the PA School Performance website http://paschoolperformance.org/.
The 2016 SPP follows a year-long pause in the calculation of scores for a majority of Pennsylvania schools last year, which was put in place to mitigate the unintended impacts of changes in student performance on the newly aligned Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). This year’s SPP scores are the first to reflect student performance on the new, more rigorous PSSA.
Halloween Fun at Murrysville Senior Center
I had the pleasure of attending the Murrysville Senior Center Halloween party on October 28. This group is always great fun. Many of the attendees were dressed in clever and creative costumes and participated in the celebrity auction - complete with play money. As always, I enjoyed spending time with them.
LIHEAP Applications Now Being Accepted
Individuals and families who are having trouble with their energy bills this winter can apply now for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The program provides grants to help low-income families pay heating bills. LIHEAP also provides crisis grants for families who experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, utility termination or fuel shortage. Regular applications for the program will be accepted through April 1.
LIHEAP applications can be completed online on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website at www.compass.state.pa.us. More information is also available by calling the statewide toll-free LIHEAP hotline at (866) 857-7095.
In order to apply for LIHEAP, applicants will be required to submit the names of all people in the household, Social Security numbers for all household members, proof of income for all household members and a recent heating bill.
Consumers should also contact their utility companies to learn more about other programs available to ensure that all local residents will be able to stay warm this winter. Many local utility companies offer assistance plans in addition to LIHEAP.
Johnson Memorial Bridge Dedicated in Cherry Tree Borough
On October 22, we honored another Pennsylvania Hero. Airman Second Class Gerald Emmett Johnson served our nation in the Korean War but never returned home. Sixty five years later we honored his memory by rededicating the Route 580 Bridge in Cherry Tree Borough to serve as a constant reminder of his ultimate sacrifice.
Video Helps Consumers Prevent Internet Fraud, ID Theft
The State Department of Banking & Securities recently released a new video to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft or fraud over the Internet. The video, which can be found on Facebook (http://bit.ly/2dvkOQK) and YouTube (http://bit.ly/2dUZVOr), addresses issues such as:
$67,000 Presented for Local Scholarships
Representative Dave Reed and I had the opportunity to visit St. Bernard Regional Catholic School on October 13 for the presentation of over $67,000 in scholarship funds made available to parents of students throughout Indiana and Armstrong counties. Thanks to the Bridge Education Foundation, these funds are available through private business donors. Our region is fortunate to have so many public and private educational opportunities available to our children and these scholarships help make them more affordable and accessible.
Beware of Increased Deer Activity on Roadways
With deer becoming increasingly active, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert.
Deer become more active in autumn with the lead-up to their fall breeding season, commonly referred to as the “rut.” When daylight saving time ends Nov. 6, there also will be increased vehicular traffic between dusk and dawn – the peak hours for deer activity.
Drivers can reduce their chances of collisions with deer by staying alert and paying particular attention while driving on stretches marked with “Deer Crossing” signs. Deer often travel in family groups and walk single file. So even if one deer successfully crosses the road in front of a driver, it doesn’t mean the threat is over. Another could be right behind it.
To report a dead deer for removal from state roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
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