September is National Preparedness Month

Sep. 20, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

September is National Preparedness Month and with Hurricane Ida having recently left a path of damage across Pennsylvania, it is an appropriate time to remind everyone to always have an emergency plan in place.

PennDOT Emergency Programs Can Save Lives

Sep. 13, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

Drivers are reminded of two voluntary programs available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) that are aimed at saving lives in emergency situations. Participation in both programs is free of charge.

Blood Donations Encouraged

Aug. 30, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, along with leaders of five major blood banks across the state, are encouraging residents to consider donating blood if they are able. The department reports that blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Slow Down for School Buses

Aug. 23, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

School bells will soon be ringing in the 116th Legislative District as the fall semester gets underway. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23, in Berwick Area; on Monday, Aug. 30, in Northeast Area; and on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Crestwood and Hazleton Area.

Federal Temporary Unemployment Benefit Programs to End Sept. 4

Aug. 16, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is reminding state residents that federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), will end Saturday, Sept. 4.

A Scam Warning for Veterans

Jun. 28, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is warning veterans to be aware of people trying to poach their pension. Pension pouching is a financial scam targeting veterans, survivors and their families who are potentially eligible for VA benefits.

Honoring Those Who Served

Jun. 14, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

Recognizing the dedication of Pennsylvania’s veterans, the House of Representatives last week approved a package of bills supporting those who served us and our country.

Summer Focus on Traffic Safety

May. 24, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police are urging drivers to keep traffic safety top of mind when behind the wheel.

REAL ID Deadline Postponed to 2023

May. 03, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it was again postponing the enforcement date for REAL ID until May 3, 2023, citing ongoing pandemic restrictions that have impacted states’ ability to process and issue the enhanced driver licenses and identification cards.

Learn More About the May 18 Ballot Questions

Apr. 26, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls on May 18 for the primary election. There will be more than just candidates on the ballot, as four questions – three constitutional amendments and one referendum – are slated to appear as well.

Addressing Pennsylvania’s Economic Recovery

Apr. 13, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week continued its work to help the Commonwealth recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with the passage of several bills aimed at supporting employers, schools and more.