Senator Aument E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Thank You to Coffee & Conversation Participants
  • Last Chance to Respond to My Education Funding Survey
  • Happy 100th Birthday to Two Lititz Residents
  • Public Comment Period and Hearings for Red Rose Transit Authority’s Proposed Changes
  • “Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam
  • Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues
  • Visiting Align Pregnancy Services
  • Make Memories at a PA Fair
  • Planning Outdoor Adventures

Thank You to Coffee & Conversation Participants

My thanks to all those who participated in my most recent Coffee & Conversation Town Hall event in Columbia. Terrific turnout and discussion! To view more photos from this event, check out my Instagram post here.

Last Chance to Respond to My Education Funding Survey

As the state budget discussion about how to fund important initiatives is underway, it is especially relevant to consider the best way to distribute money for higher education.

Do you think it’s more effective to fund Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education based on their need – as is currently the case – or performance? A performance-based model would consider graduation rates, retention rates, employment rates and salaries, and other key indicators of success when allocating funding. High-performing colleges and universities would be rewarded with funding, and under-performing institutions would not.

Share your preference for a need-based or performance-based model via my one-question survey here Before Monday, June 10, at 9 a.m.

Happy 100th Birthday to Two Lititz Residents

Happy belated 100th birthday to Lititz resident, Betty Jane Boas! Betty celebrated this momentous occasion with her many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Ms. Boas was the co-owner of Boas Fruit Market. She also worked for various employers throughout her career, including the Hubley Manufacturing Company, Hamilton Watch Company, National Scanning, National Data, Herrmidifier Company Inc., the Conestoga Valley School District, DentalEZ Inc., and Black+Decker, from which she retired. She has been a member of the Calvary Church since 1973.

Happy belated 100th birthday to James Determan! He served as a member of the United States Army during World War II and was deployed to the Philippines with the Eighth Army. Mr. Determan was a self-employed engineer in the rock-crushing industry and worked in the manufacturing industry prior to his retirement in 2015 at the age of 90.

He was the beloved husband of Geraldine Determan for 57 years prior to her passing and is the proud father of five children. He has also been blessed with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Public Comment Period and Hearings for Red Rose Transit Authority’s Proposed Changes

The South Central Transit Authority (SCTA) Board announced the 30-day public comment period for the Red Rose Transit Authority’s (RRTA) Proposed Route and Schedule Changes as part of the recommendations from the SCTA Transit Development Plan. The comment period is open until June 17.

Find the proposed route, schedule information, and turn-by-turn directions of each route here. Comments can be submitted online through an online comment form, through email at or by mail to SCTA, 45 Erick Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Public hearings will be held in person on Monday, June 17, from noon to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. at the RRTA Operations Center, 45 Erick Road, Lancaster. There will be a virtual option for both of the public hearing sessions.

“Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam

Scammers are becoming more skilled all the time. They have created pop-ups and ads for a “free” scan to keep your computer safe – some even with a Windows logo – that trick people into paying to fix computer problems that may not even exist.

While it’s illegal to lie about finding security threats on your computer, tech firms Reimage and Restoro did that to convince people to pay tens of millions of dollars for software and services to repair made-up problems.

Avoid tech support scams by never clicking a link or calling a number in a pop-up warning. Know that legitimate tech companies won’t contact you by phone, email, or text message to tell you there’s a problem with your computer. Learn more.

Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation

Sadly, seniors are victimized financially not only by strangers but even people they know, such as their family member or caregiver. Scammers can swindle them out of their money, pension, and even home.

A variety of factors make seniors more vulnerable, including when they have recently lost a spouse, are isolated, or face pressure to change their will. When they fall higher on the vulnerability scale, it’s even more important to take precautions to avoid exploitation and fraud.

To protect themselves, seniors should not accept calls from anyone they do not know or give personal information to strangers – regardless of who they claim to be. Review financial account statements at least monthly and contact the financial institution, credit card issuer, or other provider immediately if there are unauthorized charges. Learn more.

Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses, and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

The Growing Greener Grant Program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

Visiting Align Pregnancy Services

I recently visited Align Pregnancy Services, a nonprofit Christian organization with locations in Columbia, Lancaster, Ephrata, and Lebanon. It provides free pregnancy services, parenting classes and resources, compassionate support, and more. Read about its mission here.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals, and exhibits, there’s something for everyone.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide maps out the fairs across the state, broken down by region. Find dates and locations to plan your day at the fair. The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer harness racing.

Planning Outdoor Adventures

As we celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June, it’s the perfect time to engage in recreational opportunities that allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and forests that Pennsylvania offers. Get a jumpstart planning your trip with information about lodging, dining, things to do, and, of course, outdoor adventures.

Great Outdoors Month first started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998.


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