Telephone Town Hall
On Tuesday, March 21, I was available via telephone during a Telephone Town Hall, where the constituents of the 87th District had the opportunity to communicate regarding concerns and questions they had about our state government. During the town hall, constituents had the chance to ask questions and make statements regarding: funding of schools and day care, opioid issues and rehab facilities, sanctuary cities, public school vouchers, pension reform, property tax reform, immigration issues and health care for the mentally ill.
If you missed the telephone town hall and would like to contact me, please feel free to call my district office at 717-975-2235, or stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, at 1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 202, Camp Hill.
Senior Citizen Identity Theft Forum
It is tax season, and residents are advised to stay on high alert for tax and identity theft scams. Remember, the IRS will not call you at your home, and it is advised to avoid giving personal information unless it is on a secure, trusted source. For more information, please register for our Senior Citizen Identity Theft Forum, which will take place on Thursday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Schaner Senior Center. The center is located at 98 S. Enola Drive on the ground floor in Enola.
Featured speakers will include Ameer Blackmon, the education and outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General; Daniel Sodus, the Cumberland County senior assistant district attorney; and Brad Duppstadt from PSECU’s loss prevention team.
Firearms Seminar was a Success
Thank you to everyone who attended our Firearm and Concealed Carry Seminar on February 28 at the East Pennsboro Township Building. My staff and I were pleased with the level of community interest, and to see so many new faces coming out to learn about firearm laws and safety as well as concealed carry.
Cumberland County Sheriff Ron Anderson provided information about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws. East Pennsboro Police Chief Todd Bashore and East Pennsboro Police Lieutenant Mark Green discussed gun safety guidelines. Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed spoke about legal issues related to Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine law.
The event was then opened up for a question-and-answer session where attendees asked about concealed carry and firearm concerns.
Cumberland Valley High School Cheerleaders Honored in State House
The state House recognized the accomplishments of the state champion Cumberland Valley High School cheerleaders and their talented coaches on March 21. The team members received a citation and were the special guests of Representatives Stephen Bloom, Dawn Keefer and me.
House citations are presented to individuals or teams that achieve state or national championship recognition. This was the team’s fourth state championship since 2013. The group was compromised of nine seniors, nine juniors, six sophomores and eight freshman, ensuring this team will be a force to reckon with for years to come. Congratulations to the Cumberland Valley High School cheerleading team on winning the 2016 state championship!
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Shaull Elementary Class Visits Capitol
My colleague Senator Mike Regan and I met and talked with students from Shaull Elementary School during their visit to the state Capitol. To schedule a tour of the state Capitol, please contact Heather Epler at my capitol office at 717-783-2063.
Bali Hai Road Closure
PennDOT, Hampden Township and Silver Spring Township have approved the temporary closure of Bali Hai Road at the request of Cumberland Valley School District so contractors can begin the site work for a new middle school and elementary school.
The road closure and associated detour are a necessary component of the construction of the two new schools along Bali Hai Road. The school district’s contractor anticipates the road closure will be in effect until the end of May, with the date dependent on weather and utility coordination.
The detour route will direct motorists to travel north on Sample Bridge Road or Lamb’s Gap Road to Wertzville Road and travel east/west to Lambs Gap Road/Sample Bridge Road to avoid Bali Hai.
East Pennsboro, Camp Hill and Cumberland Valley school districts recently hosted their annual Mini-THON events, joining more than 70,000 students in a movement to conquer childhood cancer. Together, the school districts of the 87th District raised more than $300,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund.
Childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children with 16,000 kids in the U.S. diagnosed every year. Four Diamond’s mission is to conquer childhood cancer through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Four Diamonds supports 70 pediatric oncology research professionals who are learning more about how cancer forms, how it can be treated and how treatments can be more effective. This cutting-edge research will benefit children around the world.
The events included face painting, games, dancing and pizza. Students were able to sign cards to send to the Penn State Children’s Hospital, and many adults gave speeches about how their lives were personally affected by pediatric cancer.
Fastnachts for Fat Tuesday Event
My district office staff attended a Fastnachts for Fat Tuesday event at The Crossings at West Shore in Mechanicsburg on February 28, to celebrate the senior living facility’s grand opening in the fall. The Crossings at West Shore provides residential senior living and personal care services in Cumberland County. The Crossings at West Shore is a state-of-the-art senior living community that offers a full continuum of great lifestyle options, including independent living, personal care and memory care services.
Weis Markets Opening
The community has been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Weis Markets in Enola, and I was happy to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new superstore in Hampden Township. This 65,000 square-foot store is located off exit 61 of Interstate 81.
The 24-hour store is a brand new, non-traditional format for the Sunbury-based chain. The design features a pub serving draft beer, ice cream parlor, yogurt bar and various expanded takeout options. This new store has been designated the prototype for new features that could later be applied at other locations throughout the chain. This location has a “community market” design that has been in development for several years, according to Weis Markets Inc. CEO Jonathan Weis. The Weis Markets in Hampden Township has created more than 200 full- and part-time jobs in the area.