Mar. 10, 2017

Legislative Report 
The latest news from the State Capitol
Going Fishing in the Classroom 
On Wednesday, we had an incredible day teaming up with local educators and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to showcase the Beth-Center Middle School’s Trout in the Classroom curriculum and several other educational pilot programs that are designed to enhance student interest in fishing and other outdoor activities.

As you can see from the accompanying photos, the participating students love casting their reels to improve their fishing skills. They also greatly enjoy spending time in the “classroom” learning about aquatic life and boating safety.

The educational development and the safety of our school students remain serious tasks for both parents and educators. Every day our youth continue to face issues, such as the Mon Valley’s drug epidemic, that can lead them down potentially damaging pathways.

In order to promote healthy alternatives to these challenges and as a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, I am encouraging increased community participation in these instructional programs that are not only educational, but also important in sustaining our region’s abundant creeks, streams, rivers and wildlife.

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Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend 
Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which should also be replaced every 10 years. Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 5. 
Out and About in the 49th Legislative District 
Last Sunday, I finished the weekend hanging out with our great neighbors at the Rossell’s Maple Syrup open house in Coal Center. Many thanks again to the Rossell family for extending the invitation and the warm hospitality.