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In this email update:

  • Senate adopts resolution congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on their Super Bowl victory
  • Legally and safely passing school buses
  • Winning Farm Show recipes
  • Home radon reminders and tools
  • Getting help with your energy bills
  • Applications for DCNR recreation and conservation grants program available

Senate adopts resolution congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on their Super Bowl victory

Earlier this month, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 269, which I co-sponsored, congratulating the Philadelphia Eagles on their victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

After the game, Nick Foles, who serves as the Eagles quarterback, offered some great words of wisdom on the importance of taking chances and never letting fear get in the way:

Don’t be afraid to fail.  Failure is a part of life.  It’s a part of building character and growing.  Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes.

Congratulations again to the Philadelphia Eagles on their triumphant win! 

Legally and safely passing school buses

Children are at greater risk when a school bus is approaching or departing than while being transported to school according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law is intended to keep children safe at all times.  Drivers must stop: 

  • Upon meeting or overtaking a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended;
  • At an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, and
  • At least ten feet away from the school bus. 

Wait until the bus’s red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.  Do not proceed until all children reach a place of safety.

Drivers may proceed when traveling in the opposing lane of traffic, separated by physical barriers, guide rails, or medians that may include trees, shrubs, rocks, boulders, or grass. 

Penalties for violating PA’s School Bus Stopping Law include a 60-day driver’s license suspension, five points on your driving record and a $250 fine.  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation urges you to avoid becoming one of the more than 1,000 motorists who do not obey the School Bus Stopping Law. 

Winning Farm Show recipes

Whether you wish to go Pennsylvania Dutch with potato pancakes or something completely new, like Zesty Zucchini Quesadilla, the PA Preferred Culinary Connection has just the recipes for you. 

Everyone can prepare these award-winning recipes like the leading chefs appearing annually at the PA Farm Show.  Don’t forget to check out the winning recipes from the annual baking contests including brownies, angel food cake, chocolate cake, whoopie pies, apple pies, sticky buns, and cookies. 

The PA Preferred Program identifies and promotes food and agricultural products grown, produced, or processed in Pennsylvania.  

Home radon reminders and tools

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 deaths annually across the country according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Radon reminders are especially pertinent during the coldest months of the year when doors and windows remain closed, trapping the odorless, invisible, radioactive gas in your home.

Review Radon Test Data by Zip Code, revealing prior readings representing locations in 986 of Pennsylvania’s 2,174 zip codes.  DEP recommends radon testing regardless of the existence or the lack of any definitive data.  Consult DEP’s recommendations for radon mitigation.

Getting help with your energy bills

As we continue into the cold, winter season with our homes heated for warmth, it is inevitable that our energy bills will increase during this time of year.

If you, or someone you know, needs assistance with paying their energy bills, PPL Electric Utilities has an energy assistance fund called Operation HELP. 

Since its creation in 1983, Operation HELP has assisted 94,000 families.  Customers who are income eligible may apply for these grants that will help to pay for any type of energy bill, and assistance is available all year long.

For more information about Operation HELP, click here.

You can also contact PPL at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775) for assistance.  

DCNR recreation and conservation grants programs available

Applications for the DCNR recreation and conservation grants program are being accepted until April 11, 2018 at 4 p.m.

The Bureau of Recreation and Conservation is responsible for providing funding and technical support for community projects that are designed to propose, obtain, and create developments such as trails, parks, recreation facilities as well as utilize efforts that will protect conservation areas and our watersheds.

The grant funds will focus on the following items:

  • Community parks and recreation
  • Land conservation/watershed protection
  • Watershed restoration/rivers implementation
  • Trails

For more information about the grants that are available, please click here

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