Jul. 14, 2017

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Update on Rt. 230 Bridge Project…I want to provide area residents with a brief update on PennDOT work that began on the Rt. 230/Harrisburg Pike Bridge project in Middletown Borough and Londonderry Township in January 2016. The overall project involves resurfacing and replacement of the bridge on Route 230 over the Swatara Creek. Currently, the bridge is down to one lane with signals controlling traffic in both directions. The first half of the bridge deck has a completed latex overlay. Crews began work on the second half of the bridge deck a few weeks ago and the roadway approach paving will follow. The temporary traffic signals will remain in place until the latex overlay is complete on the entire bridge deck.

             
Driver’s Licenses to Have New Look…As part of ongoing security enhancements, PennDOT has updated the design and enhanced the
security features of its driver license and identification card products. This new look is not related to ongoing efforts to comply with federal REAL ID requirements, which are still being developed. All driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. Both current and new card designs will be in circulation during the transition period. The cards, pictured below, will have additional enhanced security features to improve fraud prevention and protect from counterfeiting and alteration. Some of the new features include a larger primary portrait and smaller ghost portrait; a 2D bar code; laser perforation; and lamination with the state motto. The magnetic strip has been eliminated on the back. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov.   
                                                                 

Hersheypark Honored in the House…Rep. Frank Farry (Bucks County) and I offered a resolution in the House of Representatives officially designating June 28, 2017, as Amusement Park Day in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania-based family theme parks and water parks entertain more than 12 million visitors annually and support more than 16,000 jobs. Laura Woodburn, director of ride operations at Hersheypark, joined me as I gave a special shout out to the 106th District's favorite amusement park! Watch the video below of my remarks in the House.
    
 
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10-Digit Dialing Will Be the Rule Before Summer’s End…All Dauphin County residents, along with those in 15 other central Pennsylvania counties within the 717 area code, will need to start 10-digit dialing for all local calls on Saturday, Aug. 26. On that date, you will no longer be able to make local or long-distance calls within the 717 area code without dialing the area code plus the seven digit phone number. This action is made necessary by the fact that the 717 area code will run out of unused phone numbers sometime in September. All residents who now have a 717 area code will keep it, but starting in September, all new phone numbers issued in the 16-county region will get a 223 area code, not 717. 
                 
 
                     
         
Protecting Children, Pets from Dangers of Hot Cars…Legislation is now before the Senate that seeks to protect children and pets that are left inside dangerously hot vehicles. House Bill 1152 would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child. The immunity only would apply when the person acts reasonably under the circumstances, has a good-faith belief that the child is in imminent danger and makes an effort to notify law enforcement. House Bill 1216 is similar in that it would provide civil immunity to police officers, humane society police officers and firefighters for property damage resulting from forcibly entering a vehicle to rescue an animal in imminent danger of suffering harm. I supported both measures when they passed the House. 
                 
   
   
I presented a House citation to St. Peter’s Kierch in Middletown in honor of its 250th anniversary during its worship service on Sunday, July 11. As one of Middletown’s original landmarks, the church’s history is quite fascinating. On Sept. 18, 1764, a plot of land was purchased from George Fisher, founder of Middletown, with the intention of constructing a Lutheran church. The cornerstone of the church was laid on July 13, 1767, by Jarnes Burd, and the church was dedicated by Henry Muhlenberg on Sept. 12, 1769. In 1876, the growth of the congregation led to the decision to build a larger church at Spring and Union streets. The last regular service was held at the first Saint Peter’s Kierch on Jan. 26, 1879. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building continues to be used for occasional services and special events.
                
                        
 
Salman Fayaz, a senior at Hershey High School, served as a guest page in the House of Representatives for legislative session on Wednesday, June 14. As part of his duties, Salman performed a number of messenger duties, transferring documents among representatives during session. Thanks for joining us for the day, Salman! I hope you enjoyed the experience. 
            
          
On June 25, I attended Boy Scout Troop 75’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. What an impressive group of young men! I presented House of Representatives citations to Pierce Wagler (top photo) for conducting a flag retirement ceremony; to Colton Doyle (center photo) for designing, constructing and installing a tent platform in accordance with the original plans at Camp Catherine for the Derry Township Camping Association; to Abiola Adeola Oladipo (bottom photo) for designing and building a soccer training wall at the Milton Hershey School soccer complex; and to Olajide A. Oladipo (also bottom photo) for building a gaga pit for the community recreation center at the Milton Hershey School. (Pictured with Abiola and Olajide is their brother, Wola.) Congratulations to Pierce, Colton, Abiola and Olajide on obtaining the Scout’s highest rank and for serving your community!
                 
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