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Local students serve as “Senators for a Day”
More than 100 students and advisors from secondary schools across the 21 st Senatorial District had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at legislative and state government operations during a student government seminar I hosted on March 16 at Clarion University.
During the morning, the students divided into Senate committees to discuss bills, take positions on legislation and draft laws. The students came together after lunch to convene as the full Senate to consider the bills crafted by the committees.
The students had the opportunity to see how state government works and how it reacts to public policy issues. The attendees interacted with students from other high schools, elected officials and people in government relations while developing and voting on legislation as they served as members of the General Assembly.
Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline Extended to April 7
Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally funded program was slated to end March 31, 2017.
LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Some households are eligible for both types of assistance. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used.
Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at www.compass.state.pa.us or in person at their local county assistance office. They may also call the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095 with questions about the program. For more information about LIHEAP, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
Honoring 50 Years of Service as a Hunting Education Instructor
I was pleased to present a Senate Citation to Bill Lynam (center) of Seneca during a recent ceremony honoring him for his 50 years of service as a Hunting Education Instructor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Also pictured (from right) are Andrew Heuser, PGC Hunter Education Division; Jim Daley, Region 1 PGC Commissioner; Len Hribar, retired Venango County Wildlife Conservation Officer; Regis Senko, Northwest PGC Spokesman.
Big Fish Photo Contest Now Open
The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau is currently running its fourth annual Big Fish Contest featuring photos of fish caught in Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, Forest, and Cameron Counties.
Entries will be posted on the PA Great Outdoors Facebook page in the Big Fish Contest album and everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite fishing photo by liking the photo. The monthly winner will be the photo that has received the most likes, and the grand prize winner will be drawn at random from all entries.
For more information or to enter the contest go to VisitPAGO.com/BigFish.
Never Pay a Fee to Apply for Veterans Benefits
The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is advising veterans, active military and their dependents that they should never pay for help to apply for veteran’s benefits.
Free assistance is available through credible organizations such as the DMVA, county veterans affairs offices, the American Legion, the VFW and the Disabled American Veterans. Accredited veteran service officers provide veterans and their dependents free assistance to identify, determine eligibility for and apply for a wide range of benefits on the local, state and federal levels.
To locate your County Director of Veterans Affairs or for more information on other veterans service organizations and to find out more about veterans benefits, visit the DMVA online at www.dmva.pa.gov and click on Veterans Affairs, or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.
PENNDOT Offering Free Motorcycle Training Classes
With the approach of warmer temperatures and the motorcycle riding season in Pennsylvania, PENNDOT is offering free motorcycle training courses.
These courses for novice through seasoned riders are offered at numerous locations statewide to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. All training courses are conducted on a riding range, under the supervision of certified instructors.
Motorcycle learner’s permit holders who successfully complete the course will be issued a motorcycle license. For more information or to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com.
New Mobile App Assists Crime Victims
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency recently unveiled a mobile application designed to assist victims of crime in Pennsylvania.
The application is available for both iPhone and Android through the App Store and Google Play Store under the name “PA Crime Victims.”
The application will allow victims of crime to more easily find the services available to them. Victims of crime will be able to access local advocates who can assist them with services such as legal and medical services and compensation assistance, and to access information regarding their rights and protections as a victim of crime. Victims will be able to choose from a list of services available within the distance they set.
Victims will also be able to check the status of their claim with the Victims Compensation Assistance Program via the application. The Victims Compensation Assistance Program helps victims and their families through the emotional and physical aftermath of a crime by easing the financial impact placed upon them.
Victims of crime may be eligible to receive financial help for a variety of expenses related to their victimization, such as medical and counseling expenses, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, crime scene cleanup, and other crime-related expenses.
PENNDOT Announces PPAC Meeting Schedule
PENNDOT recently released the Pedestrian and Pedalcycle Advisory Committee (PPAC) meeting schedule for 2017. The purpose of the PPAC is to advise and comment on all phases of cycling and pedestrian program activities being undertaken or financially assisted by PENNDOT.
The PPAC will meet April 5, June 1, September 7 and December 5. All meetings are open to the public and held at the Keystone Building in Harrisburg beginning at 12:30 p.m. For more information about the PPAC visit PennDOT.gov, About Us, Pedacycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
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