With summer just around the corner, the 24th Senatorial District is
in full bloom. I hope you and your family enjoy the season. I’ve listed some
upcoming events and items of interest below.
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In this issue...
The Mensch Report: Colebrookdale Railroad
This edition of the Mensch Report features a walking tour and interview of
The Colebrookdale Railroad Tourist Railroad Project connects two counties,
two boroughs, and thousands of people along a right-of-way with a storied past
and vast potential for the future. Bringing 20,000-30,000 new visitors annually
to the region, the Project will catalyze the good work the citizens in
Pottstown, Boyertown, and beyond have done over the past three decades to build
local business, to preserve local heritage and culture, and to make Southeastern
Pennsylvania a place worth investing in, working in, and calling home.
Join me for this great tour here.
Constituent Outreach Program
As part of my commitment to make state services readily accessible to
constituents, I offer an extensive outreach program which involves regularly
scheduled visits by staff members to assist constituents in their hometowns
throughout the 24th Senatorial District. Due to the redistricting, new
outreach locations are in the process of being added in order to accommodate
constituents in Berks, Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Staff members are
readily available at each location to assist constituents with state-related
programs and inquiries.
Outreach hours have begun again in Durham Township (212 Old
Furnace Road, Durham, PA 18039) and a staff member will be available at the
Township on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 9am to 12pm.
More outreach locations close to you are coming very soon! I appreciate your
patience as we continue to work on this convenient program.
You can find my latest outreach office hours on my
Constituent Outreach Page.
Montgomery County Rabies Clinic in June
Montgomery County will host four Rabies Clinics again this year throughout
the county. The cost is $10 per shot and they are available for dogs, cats
and ferrets. For dates and locations, please click
Potential for Lyme Disease Increases Across PA
Whether maintaining your property or engaging in recreational and leisure
activities, Pennsylvania residents in
67 counties should be vigilant about preventing exposure to deer ticks
and Lyme disease, according to the
Pennsylvania Department of Health (PaDOH).
Lyme disease through the use of repellents and protective clothing.
Check regularly while outdoors and at the conclusion of activities to
determine if you picked up an unwanted tick.
Prevent contracting the disease through the prompt and careful
removal of the tick
with tweezers, followed by application of rubbing alcohol to the bite area
and your hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer details
treatment of Lyme Disease.
Pennsylvania Memorializes Contributions to American Freedom and Independence
The struggle for American freedom and independence is indelibly etched in
more than 2,000 historical
markers located across Pennsylvania, according to the
PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).
Blue and gold markers memorialize the known and unknown
people and events,
from all corners of the Commonwealth, contributing to the future of America.
From insurrections to inventions, PA’s contributions shaped the
economy of our country.
The PHMC invites you to select a
county or subject then hit
PA Trails of History to start your historical discoveries. Nominations for
future markers may be submitted to the
PA Historical Marker Program by individuals, private organizations, local or
county governments, and public agencies.
Please Remember to Steer Clear for Construction and Emergencies
Increased transportation funding means more
road construction crews along Pennsylvania roadways, according to the
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Motorists heading out for work or play are being asked to
Remember to Steer Clear of road crews, emergency personnel, and law
enforcement as they perform their jobs. There were 10,586 crashes and
the loss of 128 lives in work zone crashes across Pennsylvania over the past
five years. Move over at least one lane and slow down to avoid penalties under
the Steer Clear Law. Violators face a $250 fine for failure to move over or slow
down and a doubling of fines for traffic violations occurring in emergency
response areas. A 90-day license suspension can also be imposed for a violation
resulting in injury to workers.
When entering a posted
work zone, turn on your vehicle’s headlights. Current law provides for a
15-day license suspension for exceeding, by 11 miles per hour, the posted speed
limit in an active work zone. In addition, motorists convicted of homicide by
vehicle in an active work zone face up to five years of additional jail time.
CPR Means Staying Alive
In 2015, the
American Heart Association is promoting “Two
Steps to Staying Alive” as a reminder on how to assist a teen or adult
suffering a sudden collapse. First, dial 9-1-1, then immediately begin
delivering chest compressions to the beat of the popular 1977 release by the Bee
Hands-Only CPR is recommended for use on teens and adults following a sudden
collapse. Relying on one hundred beats per minute, administer CPR while waiting
for emergency medical professionals to arrive.
According to the American Heart Association, life-saving resuscitation
techniques and recommendations have evolved over time -- from
fireplace bellows in 1530 used to force air back into the lungs to special
techniques for pediatric rescue developed in 1983. Since then, a
Pediatric First Aid and CPR Course has been offered online for parents and
child care providers.
DEP Continues the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the continuation
of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, which provides $2,000
rebates to commonwealth residents for large-battery system plug-in hybrid
electric and battery-electric vehicles. DEP provides these rebates as incentives
to assist Pennsylvanians with the incremental cost of purchasing an alternative
To qualify, the vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania, operated
primarily in-state, and be purchased no more than six months before the rebate
application is submitted. The rebates are funded by the Alternative Fuels
Incentive Grant Program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on
Large-battery vehicles that have battery system capacities equal or greater
than 10 kilo-watt hours (kWh), including models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford
Focus, BMW, Tesla, and Chevy Volt, are eligible for the highest rebate amount of
$2,000. DEP is also extending rebates of $1,000 for plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with battery system capacities of less
than 10 kWh, including models such as the Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max
Energi, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord.
Rebates of $1,000 are being extended for natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or
fuel-cell vehicles, such as the CNG powered Honda Civic or any 2014-15 CNG
powered car or pickup truck. CNG original equipment, manufacturer retrofits, or
certified conversions to CNG or propane are also eligible for the $1,000 rebate.
A $500 rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.
There are only a limited number of rebates available at $2,000. The rebate
program offered will be reassessed upon payment of the first 250 rebates at
$2,000 or December 31, 2015, whichever occurs first.
To apply for a rebate and for more information, click
Pennsylvania’s Bicycle Helmet Law
As we enjoy the warmer weather, I encourage everyone to wear helmets when
Pennsylvania law states that everyone under age 12 must wear a helmet,
applying to children operating bicycles and to children who are passengers in a
restraining seat or trailer. It is very important for people over age 12 to also
wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet makes it easier for others to see you. Be a good
example to other bike riders by wearing your helmet each time you ride.
Most bicycling deaths and serious injuries are due to head injuries. Studies
show that wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85
percent. You can find out more about pedestrian and bicycle safety
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