Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • The Mensch Report: The Carousel at Pottstown
  • Mensch Veterans Appreciation Breakfast in November
  • Mensch to Chair Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety
  • Intern Reflection by Crysta O’Donnell
  • Bucks County: Free Flu Vaccines in September
  • PA FMNP Produce Locator App
  • Help the Wall of Faces Project
  • Around the 24th in August

The Mensch Report: The Carousel at Pottstown

September 2019: The Carousel at Pottstown

Mensch Veterans Appreciation Breakfast in November

Veterans are invited to attend my annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast which will be held on November 2. Please RSVP by October 25.

Mensch to Chair Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety

I’m excited to have been tapped to head a key Senate subcommittee on funding the Commonwealth’s public safety initiatives, serving as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Public Safety for the 2019-20 legislative session.

Agencies covered by the Subcommittee on Public Safety include the Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole, PEMA and the Office of Attorney General. The Appropriations subcommittees were established in 2016 to provide an ongoing fiscal review of state programs outside the traditional budget process. The panels hold joint public hearings with Senate standing committees.

Public safety is one of government’s primary responsibilities, and ensuring it is funded adequately and efficiently is an important task. I look forward to leading efforts by this subcommittee to make sure public safety gets the attention it deserves, and that such funds are spent wisely.

Intern Reflection

By Crysta O’Donnell

Being an intern at Senator Mensch’s Red Hill office for the summer was very rewarding and an experience I’ll never forget. I learned about all the organization and hard work it takes to be at an office such as this one where people come in need of assistance with a variety of issues. Each person working at the office taught me much, such as how to write specialized letters and press releases, how to handle certain problems, how to speak with constituents, and how the PA Senate runs overall.

Back in June, I got the chance to visit the Pennsylvania State Capitol with my family. I was able to sit in a meeting and see how different senators handled a proposition made by a department. My family and I toured the building and got to see the many different groups that come into Harrisburg to speak their voice.

For the rest of the summer, I worked on various projects that had to do with businesses, schools, etc. and got to contact different places, like police departments, to gather information. As I am getting ready to go into my sophomore year at the University of Scranton, I think back to everything I did over the summer, and I am happy to say that the highlight of my vacation was this experience as an intern for Senator Mensch. I enjoyed learning about the PA Senate, doing the work and helping out, and I hope the next intern has as much fun as I did this summer. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!

Bucks County: Free Flu Vaccines in September

Bucks County Health Department is offering free flu vaccines for county residents at three clinics in September 2019. Please view the flyer for more details.

Pennsylvanians with Senior or WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks can easily find participating markets and farm stands through the PA FMNP Locator app. Available via Apple Store & Google Play. Information on PA Ag’s FMNP here.

The PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs needs help finding the final three photos of Pennsylvanians whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. These three men were from Philadelphia, but could have connections statewide. It’s for the national Wall of Faces project, finding photos for every name on The Wall.

Around the 24th in August

I appreciated the opportunity to present a citation to Harry and Bill Hennings at Henning’s Trains. They have been in business for 80 years. Congratulations to the Hennings family for their remarkable achievement.

I was honored to attend the grand opening of the Jaisohn Center in Lansdale on August 19th. Special thanks to the Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation for inviting me to this celebratory occasion.

It was a pleasure to attend the Montgomery County Farm Bureau’s Legislative breakfast to discuss current topics facing the Agriculture Industry

I was honored to attend the sign dedication for PFC John Rivers in Bucks County on August 17.

Act 161 of 2018 designated a portion of PA Route 563 in Bucks County (PA Route 313 to Old Bethlehem Road) as the PFC John Rivers Way. The request to recognize PFC John Rivers originated from John Rivers VFW Post #11322 in Quakertown, PA.

PFC John Rivers was born in Riverside, New Jersey, and attended Quakertown High School, Quakertown, where he played football. PFC Rivers served in the 11th Machine Gun Squad, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines in World War II. On August 21, 1942, PFC Rivers was killed at the Battle of Tenaru, Guadalcanal, Soloman Islands. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

I was honored to attend Senior Master Sgt William Schweitzer’s retirement celebration at the Horsham Air Guard Station. SMSgt Schweitzer served for 41 years and earned the respect and gratitude of all those who served with him and received the benefit of his devotion to duty.

I was pleased to present Mr. Paul Holl with a copy of Senate Resolution 88 (2019) which recognizes the Pennsylvania Automobile Theft Prevention Authority’s 25th Anniversary.


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