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Honoring those who served
This week, I attended several services to honor our veterans and the sacrifices they have made to our nation and to our state. On November 11, I spoke on the observance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at the Conrad Weiser Homestead. Over four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve during WWI. 116,516 U.S. soldiers never returned while another 200,000 were wounded.
Last Friday, I also spoke at the Tulpehocken High School to commemorate all of our area veterans who had fought to ensure the freedoms that we all enjoy today.
In addition to the two above mentioned ceremonies, I attended a special event Saturday at the Veterans Community Memorial Hall in Orwigsburg and at the Conrad Weiser East Elementary School on Monday. I believe it’s important to always honor our veterans, rather than reserving but one day to honor them.
Pottsville awarded one million dollar grant
Pottsville was recently awarded a one million dollar grant from the state which will help push forward the city’s ongoing revitalization efforts downtown. According to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pottsville, this funding was part of the state budget.
I want to thank everyone who helped this bipartisan effort to support this public-private partnership, which has already secured a large number of private donations. I especially want to thank Representative Neal Goodman and Representative Mike Tobash for their assistance and their guidance.
PA expands eligibility for pharmaceutical assistance
Income eligibility limits for PACENET are increasing to provide coverage to an additional 17,000 Pennsylvanians aged 65 and older with a minimum of 90 days state residency.
The expansion extends coverage to single individuals with an income between $14,500 and $27,500 and married couples earning between $17,700 and $35,500 who are not enrolled in the PA Department of Human Services Medicaid prescription program.
Eligible residents may stop by one of my offices, utilize the online enrollment wizard or complete and return the application by fax (1-888-656-0372) or mail to PACE/PACENET, PO Box 8806, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8806. For additional information call 800-225-7223.
New App available for State Capitol self-tours
For those wanting to tour our State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, you can download a new app which will help you navigate through a building which President Theodore Roosevelt once called the handsomest building he ever saw.
With this new app, you can learn about each of the tour stops in the building including the Rotunda, the House and Senate Chambers, the Supreme Court and the Welcome Center. This educational tool also shows how a bill comes a law in Pennsylvania. You can find more information on the app here.
The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
Penn State Schuylkill’s 2018 Alumni Award Winners
Penn State Schuylkill recently honored three alumni for their accomplishments and were named 2018 Alumni Award Winners.
Dr. Stephen Roman, an instructor of philosophy and sociology at Penn State Schuylkill, was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Dr. Jeffrey Yourshaw, a cardiology fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina, was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
Dr. Harold Aurand Jr., an associate teaching professor of history at Penn State Schuylkill, was the recipient of the Alumni Association’s Pride and Spirit Award
Fight against the flu
With winter approaching, another season of the flu is coming to Pennsylvania.
Health care providers are receiving shipments of the 2018-19 influenza vaccination as people increasingly congregate indoors during the winter months, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Vaccination against the flu may be administered through peak activity in January and beyond. Two weeks are required for the vaccination to become effective.
PennDOT driver license/photo centers closed for Thanksgiving
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.
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