Jan. 11, 2019

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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...

                  Visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show

There is still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor agricultural exposition of its kind along the East Coast.

The 103rd Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, after hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg.

This week, I visited the Farm Show and had a chance to speak with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

To watch this informative interview, click here.

Locally, the 125th District is boasting a lot of winners at this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list on the Farm Show website.

The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition.

              Celebrity Draft Horse Team Driving Event

This week, at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show, I competed with my colleagues from the House and Senate in the Celebrity Draft Horse Team Driving Event.

With help, the celebrities take control of assigned team hitches, lead them through a pattern of cones, and race back to the line to beat the clock. Whoever has the fastest time is crowned the winner of the competition.

I won the event last year, so the pressure was on to win this year. Unfortunately, I finished in second place. Rep. Dave Zimmerman (R-Lancaster) took the top honors.

The goal of the event is to have fun and I had a blast. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation.

                   Donation Helps Our Students Learn

I have been heavily involved in efforts to expand career and technical education and to raise awareness of jobs and careers in these fields.

I was pleased to be able to bring officials from Schuylkill Technology Center-North Campus (STC) together with the Schuylkill Economic Development Cooperation so a donation from a local business could help students learn diesel truck maintenance.

The diesel truck program is popular at STC. There is a waiting list of students who want to learn. However, thanks to excellent teamwork and a generous donation, students now can get hands-on training.

Fanelli Brothers Trucking company in Pottsville donated a Freightliner diesel truck, which still runs but needs work. In the past, students have worked on vehicles, but this is the first time anyone donated a truck. My thanks to all those involved that helped make this happen!

This helps students get real-world experience, and the trucking industry needs trained workers.

Veterans Should Review Benefits

As the New Year starts, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) suggests veterans review the benefits they have earned through their service.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations. County directors can by found by clicking here.

DMVA officials stress that veterans and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for benefits. There are about 200 veterans service officers in Pennsylvania who work with organizations to provide assistance at no cost.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at register.dmva.pa.gov.

Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect

An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect in Pennsylvania.

Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.

Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This law is in addition to the “Steer Clear” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

In recognition of January as Cervical Health Awareness Month, residents are reminded of the Commonwealth’s HealthyWoman Program, a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program for those who are not insured or whose insurance doesn’t cover the screenings.

The most common form of cervical cancer starts with pre-cancerous changes that can be found and treated before they turn into cancer. The changes do not have symptoms but can be detected through regular screening.

Among the services offered are pelvic exams, Pap smears and follow-up diagnostic tests for abnormal screening result. Cervical cancer screenings are recommended for women beginning at age 21.

For more information, call the HealthyWoman hotline at 1-800-215-7494 or click here.  
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