In this email update:
A historic first: Returning to my old neighborhood in Port Carbon to meet the boys AND girls of Cub Pack 604
I recently returned to the Port Carbon neighborhood where I attended Kindergarten and the First Grade many years ago to meet with the boys AND girls of the Webelos Den in Pack 604.
After more than 50 years in the Scouting program, the new co-ed Cub Scout program is very interesting to me and I told them all my simple wish: That they all learn as much AND have as much fun as I did as a Cub, a Scout, and now, as a long-time volunteer.
A special thank you to Cubmaster Greg Woll for inviting me to meet his Cub Scouts!
Finnegan Foundation Summer Intern Program
The Finnegan Foundation annually provides college students a summer internship (either in state government or a similar field) for a period of eight to ten weeks. Students accepted into the program will also receive financial awards from $1,000 to $1,500 each.
2019’s Finnegan essay question revolves around the issue of gun violence in schools and what can be done in order to curb recent trends that we have seen across the country.
The application deadline is February 1, 2019. The application and more details can be found at the link provided here.
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, will kick off on January 5, 2019. The Department of Agriculture has released their Farm Show Media Kit containing the full schedule of events as well as highlights of new events and daily themes during the expo.
The overall theme of the show is Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story, focusing on the many ways in which agriculture has impacted the lives of all Pennsylvanians for centuries. As for individual theme days:
More information on the Farm Show can be found at the link provided here.
George Moyer wins Distinguished Service Award
Berks Country resident George Moyer was recently awarded the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s 2018 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.
Mr. Moyer has been involved with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for more than 60 years. Over his long career, he has spoken with numerous community leaders about the needs of the industry.
Mr. Moyer was also the 1979 Mid-Atlantic Master Farmer, served as a member of the Governor’s Ag Research Funding Board, served as a member of the Farm Bureau’s state board of directors, served as vice president of the Berks County Farm Bureau and served as president of the Berks County Cooperative Extension Board.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications through April 12, 2019 to help pay heating bills or a heating emergency according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Cash grants are one-time payments sent directly to the utility company or fuel provider. Eligible individuals may also apply for crisis grants when a home is without fuel, in imminent danger of being without fuel, or to restore home-heating services.
Applications for LIHEAP are being accepted through COMPASS, Pennsylvania’s portal to apply for assistance with health care, food and nutrition, home- and community-based service referrals. For additional information consult the brochure, “LIHEAP May Be Able to Help You” or call 866-857-7095 to get started. Applicants may prefer to visit or mail the completed form to the nearest county assistance office.
Positive employment data continues for PA in October
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has remained the same and not increased in October as a result of more people entering the state’s labor force and finding jobs. Pennsylvania added 23,000 people to its civilian labor force and 21,000 people have secured employment last month. October marked the first time in a long time that the labor force in Pennsylvania was larger that it was a year earlier.
The employed population for October was 46,000 higher than it was in October 2017. The largest net gains in employment were reported in the Education and Health Services field (+ 5,900 jobs), the Professional and Business Services field (+5,000 jobs) and Manufacturing employment sectors (+3,000 jobs).
State Partnership Program with Lithuania Day
As a result of Senate Resolution 389, which I co-sponsored, November 23 was proclaimed “State Partnership Program with Lithuania Day” in Pennsylvania. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the productive partnership between Lithuania and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Through this partnership, thousands of PA National Guard and their Lithuanian counterparts have strengthened Lithuanian capabilities including planning, crisis management and civilian-military disaster response. The PA National Guard has also partnered with Lithuanian troops in order to advance joint efforts in Afghanistan.
This day celebrates the close partnership between Pennsylvania and Lithuania but also recognizes the close ties between the United States and the Baltic States to advance their shared values, ideals and interests.
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