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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
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State Grants Pave Way for College Expansion Project, Job Creation in Williamsport
Two state grants totaling $4 million from Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) have been awarded today to Lycoming College and Lycoming Engines headquartered in the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County.
Grants approved will be used for construction, reconstruction acquisition and infrastructure improvements at both locations.
The funding awarded will allow both Lycoming College and Lycoming Engines to remain competitive in today’s environment. Whether it’s private industry or academia, both must think and prepare for the long-term. In doing so, Lycoming College and Lycoming Engines will be better positioned for the future. I was pleased to advocate for both of these projects and happy to see that they received this state investment.
To read more, click here.
Support the Loyalsock Creek & Lycoming College's Clean Water Institute – Vote Today!
Loyalsock Creek has been nominated for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) 2018 River of the Year Award!
If the 'Sock wins, $10,000 will be allocated to educational and outreach programs, such as a Sojourn (river float), stream clean-up, stream restoration and other projects, and Lycoming College's Clean Water Institute staff and interns will play an important role in these projects.
The deadline to vote for the Loyalsock is today, Friday, December 22nd at 5PM. The PA River of the Year website enables voting and offers details on nominated waterways and the River of the Year program.
For more information on the Loyalsock Creek, click here.
Staff, Constituents Discuss ‘The Lorax’ during Outreach
Recently, a member of my staff, Janenne Goliash, met with Wyalusing resident Portia Kennedy at the Wyalusing Public Library. Portia and her mother, Robyn, delivered a copy of “The Lorax”– a children's book written by Dr. Seuss that chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler.
While at the Library, Portia and Robyn highlighted the importance of our environment and the need to ensure that it remains healthy and safe for future generations.
Thank you Portia for your advocacy of this important issue!
‘Leadership Lycoming’ Local & State Government Day Held
On December 14th, I had the opportunity to speak with the Leadership Lycoming Class of 2018 during their Local & State Government Day Program at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport. Graduates of Leadership Lycoming are seen throughout the community as participants on boards, committees, forums and task forces. Many find that the information they received as a Leadership Lycoming participant provides them with the insight to better understand the issues facing our community today and tomorrow.
Two Local Residents Compete in National SWANA Competition
Recently, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) held its annual Truck Driver and Equipment Operator “Road-E-O” in Orange County Landfill in Orlando, FL. Montoursville residents Cole Alexander won the Wheel Loader competition (a back-to-back National Champion) and Cody Alexander took 2nd place in the Trash Compactor competition. Cole and Cody were representing the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority. On December 15th, Rep. Garth Everett and I had the opportunity to present Cole and Cody with Citations recognizing their achievements from the House and Senate.
The SWANA International ROAD-E-O is an annual competition that gives 1st and 2nd place State ROAD-E-O winners from across the United States and North America the opportunity to compete for cash prizes, awards, trophies, and, for the best of the best, the title of “Top Gun.”
Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School Receives National Blue Ribbon Recognition
On December 20th, I was pleased to recognize Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School in Lewisburg on being named by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
I was honored to take part in the presentation, which was emceed by Principal George Drozin and Kathy Swope, School Director and Board President.
Legislation Setting Standards for PA Addiction Recovery Houses Signed by Governor
Legislation I co-sponsored to establish quality standards for addiction recovery houses in Pennsylvania has been signed into law.
Senate Bill 446, now Act 59 of 2017, calls for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to establish standards for the licensure or certification of recovery houses that receive funds or referrals from DDAP or a federal, state or other county agency.
Under the bill, regulations established by DDAP must include, but are not limited to, the following:
A policy that ensures residents are informed of facility rules, residency requirements and lease agreements; policies and procedures for management of funds in accordance with standard accounting practices; a policy ensuring criminal background checks for operators and employees; policies and procedures addressing the safety of residents; policies for maintaining building safety standards; a prohibition on owners, administrators and employees from requiring residents to sign over their public assistance benefits; policies and procedures for managing resident complaints; polices that promote recovery by requiring resident participation in treatment or other recovery supports and policies requiring abstinence from alcohol and illicit drugs.
Committee Approves Bill Ensuring EMS Reimbursements for Service
On December 13th, the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee approved legislation, Senate Bill 1003, that would require insurance companies and Medicaid to reimburse emergency medical services agencies for services provided even when transport to a hospital does not take place.
Senate Bill 1003 would ensure that EMS agencies are properly reimbursed for
their services when called out to provide care. Currently, insurance companies
and Medicaid are only required to reimburse EMS organizations for those services
when they include transportation to a hospital.