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Helping Students Honor Veterans on Veterans Day
Congratulations to the students at Blairsville Elementary for conducting such a great tribute to our veterans. I was proud to attend and help honor my fellow veterans
Community Center Receives $1 Million State Grant
We recently received some great news as Indiana was awarded a $1 million state grant for the rehabilitation of the borough’s Community Center – home to the Indiana Free Library and Jimmy Stewart Museum. The project includes work on the building’s façade, windows, roof, structural, exterior fire escape, restrooms, HVAC, and electrical system.
With this grant, approximately $2.35 million is now available for the full rehabilitation of the Community Center. Indiana’s Free Library and entire Community Center are truly something for all our residents to use and enjoy. Keeping it the local cornerstone that it is, this project will make the building better accessible for now and the future, while saving taxpayer operating costs. It’s a win for everyone.
Website Provides Help for Veterans, Active Military and their Families
I am pleased to announce that a new website is now available to help veterans, military members and their families find services and benefits available in their county. The Network of Care (http://veterans.networkofcare.org) is a one-stop shop for a wide variety of important information relating to local, state and national social services.
The site provides local information provided for each county in Pennsylvania that includes:
Program Encourages Hunters to Help Families in Need
Deer hunting is a rich tradition for thousands of families across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest program offers hunters a way to donate a portion of their venison to help local families in need.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest, now in its 25th year, annually supplies approximately 100,000 pounds of processed venison through a network of 20 regional food banks and 5,000 local provider charities, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. The donations help to provide the equivalent of more than 500,000 meals annually to feed the nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians – or 1 out of every 7 residents – who are considered to be food insecure.
Hunters can take their deer to any participating deer processor and choose the amount of venison they would like to donate to local charities to help families who are less fortunate. Sportsmen can donate as little or as much venison as they would like.
New Capitol Website Launched
Web users can learn more about the history of the State Capitol Building and the General Assembly through a website: www.pacapitol.com. The Keystone Classroom includes sections such as “Teachers’ Tools” and “Kids Corner.” Coming soon, the website will also have the capability to offer a virtual tour of the capitol and to allow people to schedule live tours of the building.
DEP Accepting Applications for Clean Diesel Grants
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for the Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program. More than $500,000 will be made available to school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, state agencies, nonprofit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in Pennsylvania that operate diesel fleets.
To apply for a grant or for more information, visit www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/BAQ under the heading “Grant Availability.” All applications must be postmarked on or before December 28, 2016. Faxes and electronic copies will not be accepted. Since the program's inception in 2008, DEP has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants.
PEMA Accepting Submissions for Poster and PSA Contests
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is now accepting submissions from students for a poster and video public service announcement (PSA) contest featuring weather safety messages.
The theme for the poster contest is “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors” and it is open to all students in grades 1 through 6. The deadline is March 7, 2017 and the winning poster will be featured in state parks across the Commonwealth.
The theme for the PSA contest is “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and it is open to all students in grades 7 through 12. The deadline to submit a PSA is January 31, 2017 and the winner will work with the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters to develop a broadcast quality television commercial.
More information and entry forms are available at: www.ReadyPA.org/contest.
State Police Announce Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Results
The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 931 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27, 2016. The total represents a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to the 1,013 crashes investigated during the Thanksgiving holiday driving period in 2015.
Of the 931 crashes investigated, 61 were alcohol related, 271 people were injured, and six people were killed. Two of the six fatal crashes involved alcohol.
Troopers made 610 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend, up from 558 in 2015. They also issued 13,941 speeding citations, 1,264 citations for people for not wearing seat belts, and 183 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.
These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded
Mark Your Calendar
The annual Trees for Troops event at Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farm, 1803 Fleming Road, Indiana, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.
This is one of my favorite events to sponsor. Trees for service men and women are available at a special price of $25. Last year close to 260 trees were purchased at Flemings and sent to servicemen and their families throughout the world with the help of FedEx.
Come on out and make a family filled fun day of selecting your own tree as well as a soldier’s. Horse drawn wagon rides, photo props, activity tables and a concession stand make it complete along with National Guardsmen who help load the trees.
I’d like to invite the local community to visit my Armstrong County District Office at 109 South Jefferson Street in Kittanning for my annual holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. For more information, call my office at (724) 543-3026 or toll-free at (866) 366-9448.
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