Feb. 23, 2024

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

In this Edition:
  •   Hershey Public Library Receives Grant
  •   Lane Restriction Coming for I-83 Bridge
  •   Out and About in the 106th District
  •   Tuition Assistance Program for EMS Professionals
  •   Key Dates for Upcoming Primary Election
  •   Veteran Resource Program
  •   Mark Your Calendar for Charter Day March 10!
Hershey Public Library Receives Grant

Hershey Public Library was among 17 libraries recently announced as grant recipients from the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Hershey Public Library will use the $166,708 grant to address its antiquated air-conditioning system, according to library staff.

The Keystone grants are designed to help public libraries improve their operations, install equipment and upgrade security systems.
Lane Restriction Coming for I-83 Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that a daytime lane restriction will begin next week on the northbound Interstate 83 John Harris Memorial (South) Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River between Cumberland and Dauphin counties. The restriction is needed so a contractor can perform steel repairs on the bridge.

Weather permitting, work will begin Monday, February 26, and will continue for approximately three weeks. The right (exit) lane to 2nd Street on northbound I-83 will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Three lanes will remain open, as will the exit ramp to Second Street.

Motorists should be alert, drive with caution and watch for slow moving vehicles.
Out and About in the 106th District

I recently caught up with Lower Dauphin High School Principal Justin Hanula and his wife at the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation fundraiser for scholarships and programs.

That same evening, I stopped by the South Hanover Township Vol. Fire Co. 47 banquet. I greatly appreciate the invitation to attend.

Mary Schaefer Driscoll hosted community leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mary’s Health and Fitness’ new location at 981 Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown. The training center addresses athletics, sports psychology, nutrition and more.
Tuition Assistance Program for EMS Professionals

The PA Department of Health has announced a $1 million tuition assistance program to help recruit and retain Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals.

The program is funded by $1 million from the Fireworks Tax Act each year for the next three years. Pennsylvania residents who obtained a Pennsylvania state certification as an emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), or paramedic after July 1, 2023, are eligible to have a portion of their tuition reimbursed.

In addition, Pennsylvania licensed EMS agencies are eligible to receive reimbursement of expenses related to recruitment and retention efforts, up to $1,250 per fiscal year.

This tuition reimbursement assistance is in addition to the recent increase in mileage rates for ambulance services to help support our EMS workers and first responders.

More information about how to obtain reimbursement is available here.
Key Dates for Upcoming Primary Election

The 2024 Primary Election is coming up on Tuesday, April 23.

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to do so is Monday, April 8. To register to vote you must be a United States citizen, a Pennsylvania resident for at least 30 days before the next election and age 18 before the next election. You may register in person at your county elections office, by mail or by visiting the state’s online voter registration website.

The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 16, by 5 p.m. Completed ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

For more information about voting in the Commonwealth, including how to check your registration and voting location, visit www.vote.pa.gov.
Veteran Resource Program

Pennsylvania is home to more than 700,000 veterans, the fourth largest veteran population in the country. To help address the challenges of homelessness, employment, mental health, addiction and much more, the Pa VETConnect program was launched in 2019. It is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

PA VETConnect works to determine the needs of veterans and their beneficiaries, find resources that meet those needs, and connect veterans with those resources, regardless of the township, county or region where they reside.

If you or someone you know requires assistance, or would like more information about PA VETConnect or other DMVA programs and services, visit www.dmva.pa.gov.

PA Tourism Office Releases 2024 Travel Guide

Suffering with the winter doldrums? Check out the 2024 Pennsylvania Travel Guide and get started on your spring and summer travel plans!

The free guide highlights must-see attractions, kid-focused fun, exciting events and many more great vacation ideas.

Sign up to receive a free hard copy of the guide or click here to view it online. Happy travels!
Mark Your Calendar for Charter Day March 10!

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will celebrate the Commonwealth’s 343rd birthday on Sunday, March 10, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History and an exhibit of William Penn’s 1681 Charter at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Pennsylvania was established when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in March 1681. The 343-year-old charter, often referred to as Pennsylvania’s birth certificate, is written on parchment using iron gall ink. The Pennsylvania State Archives preserves the document in a high-security vault, shielding it from strong light and environmental fluctuations.

The 1681 charter will be on display on Sunday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m. at the new Pennsylvania State Archives facility, 1681 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg.

Additionally, state-owned historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History will offer free admission on Sunday, March 10. For a complete list of participating locations, click here.