Save the Date for Belle Vernon Town Hall Meeting
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Save the Date for Belle Vernon Town Hall Meeting

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This week’s Mon Valley Moment is a special invitation for concerned citizens from the Belle Vernon Area School District and all other stakeholders to join me on Thursday, March 8, for my next Town Hall Meeting.

This informational meeting will be held at the Washington Township Fire Hall,
1314 Axton St., Belle Vernon, PA 15012, beginning at 6 p.m.

The purpose of this Town Hall is not to discuss what has been done, but most importantly what can be done in terms of major quality of life initiatives and job creation throughout the 49th Legislative District. Come on out and learn about what’s going on at the local level and throughout our state, ask questions, share ideas and leave with answers!

Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by
calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.

I hope to see everyone there on March 8, so be sure to tell your friends and neighbors!
Taking A Serious Look at School Preparedness

The issue of school safety and security, especially the prevention and handling of active shooters and other emergency situations, was one of the discussion topics at a meeting of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee this week.

In Pennsylvania, schools are required to have an emergency plan, but that may or may not cover active shooter situations. Under Act 55 of 2017, schools are encouraged to conduct at least one security drill per school year in each school building. The security drills may be used in place of one of the school’s monthly fire drills.

In further discussion on this serious nationwide issue, the House Education Committee will hold a day-long hearing on March 15 to examine further prevention methods.

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Examining Dairy Industry Challenges, Solutions

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee met with state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and other leaders this week about the challenges facing the dairy industry and efforts to overcome them.

A major focus of the discussion was an ongoing study of the industry, commissioned by the department and the Center for Dairy Excellence, which has indicated investing in additional dairy processing capacity in the Commonwealth could generate as much as $34.7 million annually in combined revenue generation and cost savings.

Information about the study is available here.
Don’t Miss Out on Free Property Tax/Rent Rebate Assistance

My district office staff will be available to provide FREE application assistance for the state’s 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program at the following dates, times and locations:
  • Thursday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, New Eagle Borough Building, 157 Main St., New Eagle, PA 15067.

  • Tuesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, West Pike Run Township Building, 238 Pike Run Drive, Daisytown, PA 15427.

  • Tuesday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, Franklin Township Building, 353 Town and Country Road, Vanderbilt, PA 15486.
Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Applications are due by June 30.

Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

Copies of the forms, as well as FREE assistance with filing them, are also available by contacting my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242 and online at
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