Jan. 13, 2017

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Thank you for taking time to read my first e-newsletter! One of my top goals as your state representative is to keep you well-informed about what’s going on in Harrisburg and within our communities. To keep taxpayer expenses low, I plan to send periodic updates via email.

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New 2017-18 Session Now Underway with Swearing-In Day…On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives convened so that the oath of office could be administered to House members. The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members. The day also included certification of election results, election of the Speaker of the House and the House Parliamentarian and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber. To learn more about my goals for the new session, watch my video comments below. 

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Farm Show Attracts Thousands…The 101st Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to walk through the doors at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast. This week, I visited the Farm Show and had the chance to meet up with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and local exhibitors and vendors, take in the entertaining and educational displays and taste the some of the hundreds of different food items made right here in Pennsylvania. Locally, the 106th District is boasting a lot of blue-ribbon entries in this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list of winners on the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition, and recipes from the award-winning baking contests. Below is my interview with Secretary Redding.

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LIHEAP Can Help with Home Energy Bills…Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service. The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450. Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the Dauphin County Assistance Office at 717-265-8919.
I recently had the opportunity to take an in-depth tour of the Penn State Children’s Hospital and it was quite an amazing experience. We all pray our children never need the care of the Children’s Hospital, but if they do, we should all take comfort in knowing we have one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals right in our own backyard. This hospital and its remarkable team of doctors, nurses and medical professionals are dedicated to providing the best possible care for children and their families. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital, the College of Medicine and all of its components to ensure this incredible community resource is able to continue to provide high levels of care. I am pictured with the hospital’s Pediatric Trauma & Injury Prevention Program Manager Amy Morgan, BSN, RN, who took me on my tour.

We have some very impressive young people in the 106th District! I recently had the chance to meet one of them and present him with a citation for obtaining the highest rank in scouting. Congratulations again to Peter Michael Gingrich of Troop No. 203 of Hershey for achieving the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Peter landscaped around the new Hershey Food Bank and built garden beds to grow additional food for the organization. Pictured with us are his proud parents, Shawn and Laura Gingrich.
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