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Senator Elder Vogel

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Attention all senior citizen drivers: There are multiple upcoming CarFit events in our area. See fliers above for more information.

Join Me at Upcoming 55+ Senior Expos

I’m inviting all area seniors & family to attend my upcoming Lawrence and Beaver County 55+ Senior Expos. Representatives from more than 75 state, local, and private agencies will be on-hand to provide useful information about their services. Seniors interested in receiving a flu shot should bring their Medicare or insurance card.

Lawrence County: Friday, September 15 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Cascade Park (1928 E. Washington St. New Castle 16101)

Beaver County: Friday, October 6 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Community College of Beaver County (1 Campus Dr. Monaca 15061). 

Senate Hosts Blight/Revitalization Roundtable

Earlier this month, the Senate Majority Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion on the wide-ranging topic of urban blight and the many revitalization tools available to municipal governments.

Click here to watch the hearing in its entirety.




Congratulations to Robinson Fans of Harmony Borough, celebrating 125 years of business! Pictured w/ Tricia Seibel, President, & Rep. Jim Marshall

Anglers Warned not to Eat Fish from Shenango River

The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Health, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced a “DO NOT EAT” advisory for all fish species caught in the Shenango River in Mercer and Lawrence Counties due to extremely high levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB). The advisory extends to all fish between the Shenango Lake Dam and the mouth of the Shenango River in New Castle, PA.

DEP is currently investigating possible sources of the PCB contamination. Click here for more information.

Look out for “Card Skimmers”

 “Card skimmers” are malicious credit/debit card readers that illegally gather data from a card’s magnetic stripe. They’re often attached to a real payment terminal and allow a scammer to steal personal financial and account information. Click here for more information about card skimmers.

The Senate voted to establish a program to provide grants to qualified applicants to develop, implement, and operate a statewide 2-1-1 system. I voted in favor of the measure.


2-1-1 is a regionally-structured system that connects Pennsylvanians in need of health and human services with the appropriate assistance programs provided by government, non-profits, and private organizations. It is maintained and operated by local United Way organizations in their respective counties. It’s estimated that 15% of Pennsylvanians do not currently have access to this resource.

Senate Bill 211 would create a streamlined, more efficient 2-1-1 network that would be available to all Pennsylvanians in need. Click here for more information about 2-1-1.



The 17th Annual POW/MIA Run will be Saturday, September 30th. See flier for more info.

Notary Law Changes

Changes to the Pennsylvania notary law include a new education requirement for current and new notaries public. The Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) will go into effect on October 26. All current notaries who will be renewing a commission on or after that date must complete a 3-hour notary education course within the six months before they apply for renewal. The requirement also applies to anyone seeking a new commission as a notary. In addition, new notaries will be required to take and pass an examination before receiving their commission. Current notaries will not be subject to the examination requirement unless their commission has expired or lapsed. Click here for more information.

Always a fun time meeting constituents at the Hookstown Fair!

Potassium Iodide for Residents near Beaver Valley Power Station

The Department of Health is offering potassium iodide (KI) tablets free of charge to individuals who live, work, or attend school within a 10-mile radius of one of the state’s five nuclear power plants. You can get KI tablets during normal business hours at state district offices and county health offices. To find the office in your area, visit or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Have You Received Your Property Tax/Rent Rebate Yet?

If not, you can check the status of your application online. Rebates began going out in the mail on July 1st. The program benefits Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. Income guidelines apply. The deadline to apply is December 31st. Click here to check the status of your rebate.

Follow Me on Twitter!

I have a Twitter account to better connect with my constituents and provide daily updates on my voting record, whereabouts, state government, and local news affecting the 47 S.D. To access my Twitter page, click here

Please contact me to provide input on any state-related matter, or to receive help in dealing with a state agency.

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Contact Me


Senate Box 203047
362 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3047
Phone: (717) 787-3076
FAX: (717) 772-2756

8:30 - 4:30

488 Adams Street
Rochester, PA 15074-1940
Phone: (724) 774-0444
FAX: (724) 773-7384

New Castle
1905 W. State Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 654-1444
FAX: (724) 656-3182



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