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Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 36th Senatorial District and look forward to working with you toward building a stronger Pennsylvania. This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout  Lancaster County and what I am doing as your State Senator in Harrisburg – I hope that you find it helpful! Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please DO NOT reply to this email; instead, please feel free to contact me here.


In this Update:

  • Vote NOW in the PA Chamber’s ‘Coolest Thing Made in PA’ Competition
  • Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care
  • Honoring a Trusted Weather Forecaster in His Retirement
  • Welcoming FFA Students to the State Capitol
  • Donegal Student in Final 10 for Future Engineers Veterans Appreciation Challenge
  • Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety
  • Voter Registration Deadline is April 8
  • Happy 100th Birthday to Columbia Resident
  • Discussing Challenges Facing Building Industry Association of Lancaster County
  • Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians
  • Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8
  • Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Vote NOW in the PA Chamber’s ‘Coolest Thing Made in PA’ Competition

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is hosting its “Coolest Thing Made in PA” competition! This bracket-style competition pits 64 made-in-PA brands like Crayola Crayons, Mack Trucks, Yuengling Lager, and Mrs. T’s Pierogies against each other in match-ups determined by public voting.

Second round voting ends Friday, March 29, at noon. View the full bracket here and cast your second-round votes here.

Did you know that almost every bottle of LISTERINE® COOLMINT® mouthwash is manufactured right here in Lititz, Pennsylvania? Support Lancaster County businesses by casting your vote for LISTERINE ® COOLMINT ® mouthwash here.

Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care

Two bills modernizing the capabilities of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania were passed by the Senate and moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Bill 559 and Senate Bill 560 would allow athletic trainers to deliver a wider scope of health care services to more individuals.

The bills would permit athletic trainers to practice specific invasive procedures under a written protocol with a licensed physician. Some of the procedures include medication injections, blister and nail care, administration of Naloxone, and any other procedures authorized by the State Board of Medicine.

Honoring a Trusted Weather Forecaster in His Retirement

I had the honor of recognizing Joe Calhoun, WGAL 8’s chief meteorologist, who retired in January after 36 years of serving as one of the Susquehanna Valley’s most trusted weather forecasters.

While he shared his expertise and warmth with viewers during his forecasts, his career was characterized by helping others. His mentorship shaped the careers of many young meteorologists, and he shared his knowledge with Millersville University students in his role as a broadcast meteorology instructor. He also championed WGAL 8’s Coats for Kids Telethon for nearly three decades.

Congratulations to Joe on his long, successful career and best wishes in his well-deserved retirement. View my full remarks in honor of him on the PA Senate floor here.

Welcoming FFA Students to the State Capitol

In honor of National FFA week and National Agriculture Day, both of which were in March, the Pennsylvania Senate hosted the Pennsylvania FFA State Officers in the state capitol building. I was pleased to meet the FFA State Treasurer, Grace McCarty, who is a student at Garden Spot High School in Eastern Lancaster County School District.

Additionally, I joined Rep. Mindy Fee this week to welcome these outstanding members of the Manheim FFA to our State Capitol.

Donegal Student in Final 10 for Future Engineers Veterans Appreciation Challenge

Congratulations to eighth-grader Matthew Bain at Donegal Junior High School who is a national finalist after placing in the top 10 out of more than 1,500 entries for the Future Engineers Veterans Appreciation Challenge! The challenge asked students in grades 4-8 to create a digital 3D model of a wearable pin (Matthew’s is displayed in the video above) showing appreciation for veterans to be 3D printed and distributed to U.S. veterans at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

Matthew applied his Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills that he learned in his Technology Engineering Education class to design his “Home of the Free” pin. The grand prize winner will be announced on April 3. Find the finalist pin designs here.

Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety

Applications for the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be accepted until Friday, April 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering webinars to assist in the process.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. SAFER’s goal is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards.

Voter Registration Deadline is April 8

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s April 23 primary election is Monday, April 8. Your county election board must receive your application for a mail-in or absentee ballot by Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

To legally register, individuals must be a citizen of the United States, reside in their local voting precincts at least 30 days prior to the election, and be at least age 18 on Election Day, Tuesday, April 23. Once registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name, or political party affiliation.

Voter registration forms, mail-in ballot applications, and absentee ballot applications are available here or from our Lancaster County Board of Elections’ site here.

You can check your registration status here.

Happy 100th Birthday to Columbia Resident

Happy 100th birthday to Annabelle Auer of Columbia! Previously employed in the sewing factories in Columbia, she worked as a seamstress with Causal Corner in Lancaster from 1966-71. Her talent is evident; she made the clothing displayed behind her in the above photo!

Annabelle was the beloved wife of John Auer for 48 years prior to his passing. She is the proud mother of one daughter and has been blessed with two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Discussing Challenges Facing Building Industry Association of Lancaster County

It was a pleasure to join the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County for its legislative roundtable breakfast, an opportunity for members of the association and legislators to discuss industry concerns. Topics included stormwater management, utility concerns, land use, and zoning reforms.

Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue myPATH site is a free resource all Pennsylvanians can use.

Using the website, residents can file their PA personal income taxes, make a payment, and check the status of their refund. There is also an option to verify your tax refund to expedite processing.

Anyone who needs some extra help using myPATH can access video tutorials explaining how to create a profile, file a personal income tax return, and use a smart device to access myPATH.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

On Monday, April 8, the continental United States will experience its last total solar eclipse until 2044. As it travels from the southwest to the northeast, the eclipse will cross through a portion of northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie, Crawford, Warren, and Mercer counties. For nearly four minutes around 2:30 p.m., the afternoon sky will go dark. The sun will slowly reemerge, and by 4:30 p.m., it will be as if nothing happened.

You must be in the path to see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon. Most of Pennsylvania lies within the 90% coverage range, so there will be excellent viewing across the state, weather permitting, even outside the path of totality. Before the total solar eclipse, many state parks have free eclipse educational programs.

To safely view the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye, through an unfiltered camera lens, or with any kind of standard sunglasses. Find more information about safety and what to expect here.

Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Warmest wishes for you and your family as we prepare to celebrate the holy holiday of Easter. While we reflect on the hope and love the day symbolizes, may you enjoy time surrounded by loved ones. Happy Easter!


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