May. 17, 2024

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

In this Edition:
  •   Honoring Fallen First Responders
  •   Fish for Free Coming Up Next Weekend
  •   Get the Scoop! (Please RSVP)
  •   Armed Forces Day Saturday
  •   May is ALS Awareness Month
  •   Grant Opportunity for Archival Records
  •   Happenings in the 106th District
Honoring Fallen First Responders

A new state law provides much-deserved recognition to first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties.  

Act 11 of 2024 creates the Keystone First Responder Award to honor public servants who were either killed or suffered a career-ending injury in the line of duty from 2021 forward. Those eligible for the award include law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, coroners, 911 dispatchers and other first responders. The award consists of a plaque and a medal.

Under the new law, a committee made up of representatives from state fire, police and emergency management organizations will be formed to administer and develop the criteria for the award. The committee will then work to provide a list of potential recipients to the governor, who will choose the honorees and present the award annually at the end of September.
Fish for Free Coming Up Next Weekend!

On Sunday, May 26, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. More information about fishing in Pennsylvania is available here.  
Get the Scoop! (Please RSVP)

Let’s dig into the latest happenings in Harrisburg while enjoying ice cream. I’m hosting an event Thursday, May 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the South Hanover Township amphitheater, 161 Patriot Way, Hershey. Please call 717-534-1323 to register.

Armed Forces Day Saturday

This Saturday, May 18, is Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor the men and women who are currently serving in a branch of our armed forces.

The day was first celebrated in 1950, soon after the branches of the military were united under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Defense. In his proclamation marking the day, President Harry S. Truman called upon fellow citizens to “display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day and to participate in exercises expressive of our recognition of the skill, gallantry, and uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the Armed Forces in the carrying out of their missions.” 
May is ALS Awareness Month

May is a time in which we raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is a neuromuscular disorder that unfortunately often leads to total paralysis and death within five years of diagnosis. ALS has ripple effects for not only the patient, but also his or her caregivers. Learn more about ALS here.
Grant Opportunity for Archival Records

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are now accepting applications for the Historical and Archival Records Care (HARC) grant program. The application deadline is Aug. 1.

Funding is available for historical records repositories, such as historical societies, libraries, universities, local governments and school districts for collections care.

Individual grants will be funded up to $5,000 with no match required. Collaborative grants will allow two organizations to apply jointly for up to $10,000 or three organizations to apply collaboratively for up to $15,000, no match required. Funding is provided by PHMC.

The HARC program is designed to improve the preservation of historically valuable original records.

Applicants are required to use the web-based electronic grant application process (eGrant). For grant program guidelines and eGrant application instructions, visit the HARC grant web page.
Happenings in the 106th District

 A pair of ceremonies last weekend added John Donnald and Benjamin Glass to the list of Eagle Scouts from Dauphin County. These young men tackled ambitious, complicated service projects and demonstrated great tenacity along the way. Congratulations to them!

Gov. Josh Shapiro and I opened the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s 46th Constitutional Convention held this year in Hershey. We joined the union in celebrating its theme, which was “Year of the Worker.”

While working toward her Silver Sward, Bridget Hallinan from Troop 11113 researched a gravesite in Hummelstown and hired a company to use ground-penetrating sonar company to scour the site. Congratulations to her on her hard work, which is helping our area properly preserve its history!

Kathryn Gaedy received All-Pro Teachers honors from the Philadelphia Eagles and Nouryon. She teaches autism support at Reid Elementary School. I’m so happy she is being recognized for her selfless contributions to children.