Aug. 02, 2019

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Harrisburg Update

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


Bicentennial Celebration, Family Fun!

   
Berrysburg Borough and Mifflin Township are celebrating their bicentennials this week in grand fashion. Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Berrysburg, I presented a House of Representatives citation in recognition of this wonderful occasion. The bicentennial celebration ends Sunday, Aug 4, with closing activities, so you still have time to come out and enjoy this event.
                                          

Schuylkill County Fair

   
I had a great time at the Schuylkill County Fair. I competed in the celebrity tractor pull and I had my game face on. It was just some friendly competition against Rep. Jerry Knowles, Congressman Dan Meuser, Commissioner George Halcovage, Commissioner Gary Hess, the Winter Carnival Royalty and Fair Royalty to name a few who also competed.
 

Ag Progress Days Hosts Fun, Education for All Ages
One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions in the east will draw thousands of people to central Pennsylvania Aug. 13-15 to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production during the annual Ag Progress Days near State College.

Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event attracts more than 450 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, showcasing innovations in agricultural equipment and related industries.

A variety of exhibits are planned, including those highlighting the battle against spotted lanternfly, and livestock nutrition and reproductive health. Youth activities and research tours are also planned.

While there, the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will host an informational meeting Aug. 14 to discuss dangerous livestock disease threats and the importance of biosecurity efforts to keep our food supply secure.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here.
 

PennDOT Wants to Hear From You
To help reduce crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, PennDOT is asking drivers to participate in the department’s 2019 Highway Safety Survey.

The five-minute survey asks about seatbelt use, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted behaviors.

The survey is open until Monday, Aug. 12, and all responses, including comments, are completely anonymous.

Once data is compiled, the department will review the results for potential additions or adjustments to the department’s safety efforts.

For more information about PennDOT’s highway safety efforts, visit PennDOT.gov/safety.
 

Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now
If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here.

For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here.
 

Grants Available to Small Businesses, Farmers
An estimated $1 million in grant funding is now available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted.

More information about the program requirements is available here.

Last year, around 200 small businesses were awarded more than $947,000 in grants for their projects.
 

Have You Seen A Bald Eagle?
If you spot a bald eagle, the Pennsylvania Game Commission wants to know as it tracks the bird's growing population.

After reaching a low of just three nesting bald eagle pairs in our state in the early 1980s, officials now estimate there are more than 300 nesting pairs here.

If you locate a bald eagle nest, please use proper etiquette to avoid disturbing them.

Report your nest sighting here
 

Staying Safe in Summer Heat and Humidity
It’s hot out there and the state Department of Health is offering tips to help stay cool and safe when the heat and humidity are high.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing; limit outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours when temperatures are usually cooler; and pace yourself if you do need to be outdoors. When possible, stay indoors in air conditioning on hot days.

Staying hydrated is important, and health experts recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day, not waiting until you feel thirsty. Avoid consuming caffeinated, alcoholic or sugary beverages, and replace salt lost from perspiration by drinking fruit juice or sports drinks.

Extreme heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States each year. Infants and young children, people age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions and those who must work outdoors are especially at risk for developing a heat-related illness.
 
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