Feb. 17, 2023 / Press Release

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Supporting Our Local Fire, EMS Agencies

Fire and emergency response organizations were awarded more than $86,000 in funding through the Fire and Emergency Services Grant Program.

Grants awarded within the 106th District are:

  •   Grantville Volunteer Fire Co., $15,000
  •   Hershey Volunteer Fire Co., $15,000
  •   Hummelstown Chemical Fire Co. No. 1, $13,089
  •   Lower Swatara Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000
  •   Middletown Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000
  •   Londonderry Fire Co. No. 1, $13,335

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt. All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding. Companies must file a grant agreement with OSFC to receive their grants. 
Mark Your Calendar: Health Expo

Everyone is welcome to attend a health expo I’m planning for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Leader Center for Active Life, 605 Cocoa Ave. in Derry Township. No pre-registration is required for attendees for this popular, free event. Providers, who must be pre-registered, will be offering their assistance and information on healthcare issues, resources available in Dauphin County, and state-related publications. Call 717-534-1323 with any questions.
Trout Stocking Schedules Published

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I recently talked with the Fish and Boat Commission’s Tim Schaeffer about trout season and boating safety. Watch the conversation in the video linked above. Also, stay tuned for information about a children’s trout rodeo I’m planning this spring.

With the statewide Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day (March 25) and opening day of trout season (April 1) just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has posted this year’s trout stocking schedules online.

To reserve a paper copy, call my district office at 717-534-1323. 
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Available

Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications are now available at my district office. Stop in or call 717-534-1323 to receive a copy.

The rebate program benefits Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The qualifying income limit stands at $35,000 per year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of Social Security income excluded.

The maximum standard rebate rolls in at $650, but supplemental rebates for certain homeowners can boost the amount to $975. The Pennsylvania Revenue Department automatically calculates supplemental rebates.
PennDOT Offers Highway Safety Survey

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking public input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its online survey found at www.PennDOT.pa.gov/Safety.

The survey seeks information on motorists’ behavior behind the wheel to help inform program planning. This voluntary survey covers several topics including seat belt use, impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and motorcycle safety.

The survey is available on PennDOT’s website through Feb. 28 and should take about five minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.