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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

In this Edition:
  •   Road Maintenance Dollars Awarded
  •   Development in 106th District Honoring History with Eye to Future
  •   PA ABLE Helps Save for Disability-Related Expenses
  •   New Training Available for Overdose Crisis
  •   Minuteman Scholarship Deadline is July 15
  •   Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend
 
 
Road Maintenance Dollars Awarded


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced its investment of $467.2 million in liquid fuels payments to help municipalities across the state maintain roads and bridges, including 1,348 miles of roads in Dauphin County.

The annual distributions assist boroughs and townships with highway and bridge-related expenses, such as snow removal and road repaving.

The allocation formula is based on population and miles of locally owned roads. To be eligible, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements, and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.

There are 120,596 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania. Act 89 of 2013 made more funding available for locally owned roadways.
   
 
Development in 106th District Honoring History with Eye to Future

Congratulations to Capstone Commercial - Central PA on its renovations of the original Reese's candy factory at 205 W. Caracas Ave., Hershey, to transform the building into offices. Capstone's real estate experts boast more than 60 years of combined experience.


Congratulations to Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning on breaking ground for the new building at 1351 Oberlin Road in Lower Swatara Township. The six centers in Pennsylvania will revolutionize early childhood education for under-resourced families, all while further building on Milton and Catherine Hershey’s philanthropic legacy.
   
 
PA ABLE Helps Save for Disability-Related Expenses


The PA ABLE Savings Program, an initiative created to help people with disabilities and their families save for future expenses, continues to grow in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Treasury, which oversees the program, recently announced it has surpassed $100 million in assets.

ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience. It offers seven different tax-free savings and investment options, including a checking account. PA ABLE account owners can contribute up to $18,000 per year. Contributions can be deducted from PA state income taxes, and PA ABLE account owners pay no federal or state income tax on account growth when used for qualified withdrawals.

The money can be used for everything from groceries, rent, health care and transportation to longer-term expenses including education and assistive technology.

Learn more at www.PAABLE.gov.
 
 
New Training Available for Overdose Crisis

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced it is offering several new virtual training opportunities to help prevent unintentional drug overdoses. These online modules are offered at no cost and include continuing education credits for health care providers which may also meet various licensing requirements.

These trainings and resources and more are available at the Department of Health’s website for health care providers and public safety professionals.
   
 
Minuteman Scholarship Deadline is July 15

The Minuteman ROTC Scholarship is a U.S. Army Cadet Command initiative to offer Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarships to candidates who self-select for service as a reserve component commissioned officer. Available scholarships range from two years to four years, with undergraduate and graduate students eligible.

Those eligible include Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers who are not currently or previously enrolled in ROTC as well as new Pennsylvania Army National Guard applicants between the ages of 17 and 28.

The application deadline is July 15. For more information, call Capt. Philip Wright at 484-844-5156 or email philip.m.wright.mil@army.mil.
   
 
Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend



Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before going to bed.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. It is also recommended the alarms be replaced every 10 years.