Sep. 05, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
More Aggressive Approach Combatting Cranberry Lake Overgrowth to be Employed

Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) and I recently met with officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources regarding possible resolutions for the overgrowth at Cranberry Lake.

The excessive vegetation at the lake has been troublesome for years because it is nature’s way of trying to revert to its natural state as a cranberry bog. Of course, this creates problems for many people.

The plan to decrease the amount of vegetation will include a combination of previous approaches, as they are expected to be more effective when executed together.

We are grateful that the PFBC and PGC are working together to employ a more aggressive approach and hope to see improvement in two years. Of course, as more information becomes available and action is taken, I will regularly provide updates.
Free Save-a-Life Training on
Sept. 12

The training will include Narcan, Stop the Bleed, hands-only CPR and EpiPen administration. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, from 3-5 p.m. in the Fay Penn Building, Room 200, 1040 Eberly Way, Lemont Furnace.

I am proud to join Reps. Bud Cook, Pam Snyder and Ryan Warner, as well as Sen. Pat Stefano, in sponsoring this important training.  

Click here to RSVP.
Don’t Miss These Free Events

Financial Aid Seminars
Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church, 425 Union St., Uniontown

Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Meyersdale High School Auditorium, 1349 Shaw Mines Road, Meyersdale

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and local schools, including vocational schools and institutions of higher education, will be on hand to help students with financial aid questions. The seminars are open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as non-traditional students and their families.

Senior Safe Driving Courses
Friday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church, 425 Union St., Uniontown

Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meyersdale American Legion, 413 Grant St., Meyersdale

Seniors for Safe Driving will provide a PennDOT-approved course for Mature Driver Improvement. The course is designed for drivers 55 years-of-age and older to become safer and more confident on the road. Upon completion of the course, participants may receive a minimum of 5% discount on their auto insurance premium for three years, as mandated by Pennsylvania State Law. Registration is required. Participants much register at  or 1-800-559-4880.

Click here for a full listing of upcoming events.
Educating All Students for Success

Working to ensure Pennsylvania’s special education students have access to the quality education they deserve, the General Assembly recently reestablished a Special Education Funding Commission to review the formula that determines payments to school districts across the Commonwealth.

First formed in 2012, the commission conducted several meetings to gather information and made recommendations to improve the special education funding formula by better reflecting student need, as well as community differences such as market value/personal income aid ratio, equalized millage rate, and small and rural school districts.

The changes were adopted by the General Assembly and since the 2013-14 fiscal year, lawmakers have continued their commitment to supporting all students, increasing funding for special education by 15.6% or $160 million. Total education funding has jumped by 29.5% from $9.85 billion to more than $12.75 billion this year.

The newly reestablished commission features a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers, as well as the secretary of education and other representatives of the Wolf administration. The group will meet throughout the fall and intends to issue its report to the General Assembly no later than Nov. 30.
Fighting Back Against Spotted Lanternfly

Recognizing the devastating impact the ongoing spread of spotted lanternfly could have on key sectors of the state’s agriculture industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is again inviting students to help spread the word about this threat.

For the second year in a row, first- through eighth-grade students are being invited to submit entries in a calendar contest designed to educate people about this invasive insect that was first identified in Berks County but has since spread to more than a dozen counties in the eastern and central regions of the state. Spotted lanternfly could be devastating to the state’s grape, hops and hardwoods industries.

All entries must include one fact about spotted lanternfly with artwork created by the student in an 11-by-17-inch, horizontal poster format. A completed contest submission form must be attached or emailed with each entry. All entries must be original artwork; no copies will be accepted.

More than 800 entries were received for the 2018 calendar contest. This year’s competition runs through Oct. 31. For contest rules and additional information, click here.
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