May. 13, 2019

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My Statement on TMI Closing

Exelon Generation announced Wednesday that Three Mile Island Generating Station Unit 1 (TMI) will shut down by Sept. 30.

This is the worst news I’ve received since taking office in January 2017. It is news I hoped we could prevent, but in reality, it was the possibility of it happening that has driven me so hard over the last few years.

As they have been all along, my thoughts are with the men and women who work at Three Mile Island and their families who received this devastating news. Many of these people are not only my constituents; they are my friends, and my heart hurts for what they are going through.

Furthermore, my thoughts are with the communities surrounding Three Mile Island. I’m saddened to think of the challenges that are ahead for Londonderry Township, Middletown, the Lower Dauphin School District and the entire region.
It is also a punch in the stomach for the men and women of the building trades who will never again work to refuel Three Mile Island. As a union electrician, my dad helped build Three Mile Island and it pains me that the product of his work will now sit idle.

Perhaps most frustrating are my feelings about the inaction of the body I serve in, the state Legislature. I didn’t run for this office so I could name bridges and attend ribbon-cuttings; I ran to make a real impact on the lives of my constituents. I did believe, and still do, that House Bill 11 has the ability to do that. Unfortunately, some of my colleagues in the Legislature ran out the clock, and the loss of 675 family-sustaining jobs in Dauphin County is on them.

I hope the conversation continues in the Legislature about the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry. We still have eight reactors in this state supplying a large piece of our state’s electricity production. Time may have run out for Three Mile Island, but the fight is not over for the rest of our nuclear fleet.
Health Expo Feeds Knowledge

More than 300 people came to my third annual Health Expo held May 3 at the Hummelstown Chemical Fire Co. This expo offered a wide variety of vendors – from the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office bringing a K-9 team to Penn State Health displaying a human brain so that we could see the effects of stroke.
Several vendors offered health screenings, including those for posture, hand strength and blood pressure.

To watch a video from the Health Expo, click below. Please join us next spring for this fantastic event.

Click here to view video.

Grants for Important Senior Resources

I’m excited to announce that the Mohler Center will be receiving a $33,916 grant from the Department of Aging’s 2018-19 Senior Center Grant Program!
Thanks to the Mohler Center for its work with senior citizens in the region.
Upcoming Events

Active Shooter Safety Seminar

Thursday, May 30, from 6-8 p.m.
Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department
1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown

The event will feature a presentation by Derry Township Police Sgt. Tony Clements on survival methods and responses you can employ during an active shooter scenario. Lower Swatara Township Police Chief Jeff Vargo will also be in attendance. Seating for the event is limited and registration is required. Residents interested in attending should call my office at
717-534-1323 by May 24.                                   
Congratulations to Angie Bu and Eman Asghar from Hershey High School on being named Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Innovations Challenge regional winners.
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus was quite impressive in its performance last month at Middletown Area High School.

We have great things happening with Scouts in the greater Hershey area and I was happy to be able to attend the Blue and Gold Dinner and Webelos Pack 108 Crossing Over Ceremony.

The Harrisburg Area YMCA's Youth and Government group came to the Capitol for "model legislature". Teens presented bills they developed and argued cases as would-be legislators.

Thank you to Vista Autism Services for inviting me to the school's community fair, and thanks to this little guy for hanging out with me.

Some 260 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected during National Drug Take Back Day at the police department headquarters in Swatara Township in partnership with Capital BlueCross.

The sun came out for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission fish derby in Hershey. The kids there were some talented anglers.

It has been great celebrating local fire departments in recent months at their annual banquets. Pictured are Hummelstown, Hershey, Middletown and Lower Swatara fire departments. Thanks to all who are first responders.
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