In this Update:
Honoring the Sacrifice of Our Fallen Heroes
Monday marks the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives serving our nation with dignity, bravery and distinction.
Today and every day, remember the valuable contributions and tremendous sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made on behalf of our country and the freedoms we so deeply cherish. The legacy of the veteran cannot be lost.
Thank You to All Who Came to Our Kids Extravaganza!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Kids Extravaganza! It was great getting to see so many families attend as well as have such a large group of vendors spend their time talking about the help they can provide.
Congratulations to Lucas Ringler, who won the chance to pie me in the face, and to Emily Baysinger and her sister, Haily who were the 1st and 2nd place winners of our coloring contest!
We also appreciate all who brought nonperishable food items to donate at our event!
I want to give a special thank you to our event sponsors: Armstrong, Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Heritage Valley Health System, Provident Charter School, Riverside Family Chiropractic, Rosalind Candy Castle, and Spokane Orthodontics!
Non-Profits Invited to Attend Our Virtual Grant Meeting
To better keep our area non-profits informed and up to date on grant opportunities available through our state and federal governments as well as other foundational grants and funding news, my office will be hosting a virtual non-profit education meeting on Wednesday, June 14, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom.
Joe Marsicano, who is a funding and resources manager with the Pennsylvania Senate, will be leading this important discussion and will be able to answer any additional grant questions you may have during the meeting.
Interested non-profits can register here. Once registration is completed, the Zoom meeting information will be provided via email.
Should you have any questions or concerns relating to this event, please reach out to Amy Reynolds at my Cranberry District Office at 878-978-2575.
Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors
Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.
To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.
Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.
Vogel and Schwank Urge the PA Milk Marketing Board to Extend the Over-Order Premium for Class 1 Milk
As chairs of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Senator Judy Schwank and I put out statements urging the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board to extend the Over-Order Premium on Class 1 Milk at its upcoming meeting.
Last month, we opened the doors to dairy industry stakeholders to begin crafting solutions to the ongoing over-order premium dilemma in Pennsylvania. It is a great start to the conversations we seek to have in the near future, which is why the MMB needs to extend the over-order premium and give us the opportunity to continue to work with stakeholders in an organized and efficient manner.
Read more about it here: http://bitly.ws/FnWf.
The meeting will be on Wed., June 7, at 9 a.m., at the Dept. of Agriculture Building, Room 309, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. To listen to the hearing dial 267-332-8737 and enter conference ID 849 531 250.
Electric Prices to Adjust June 1
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers that on June 1, most electric companies will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping customers. Find out what your “Price to Compare” will be here.
In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose a different electric generation supplier for more competitive pricing by visiting PAPowerSwitch.com. The website offers comparison data regarding price, fixed-price contract terms, renewable content, deposit/cancellation fees and other relevant information.
Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments
Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.
Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment; or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.
2023 PA Fair Guide Released
Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.
Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.
The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing.
License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans
In addition to recognizing the importance of women who served, purchasing an Honoring Our Women Veterans License Plate supports programs assisting women veterans in Pennsylvania.
Each plate costs $37, with $15 going directly to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF regularly issues grants to statewide charitable organizations assisting veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The grants are used to aid veterans in need of shelter, essential goods and other services. The license plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.
Additionally, Honoring Our Veterans license plates for passenger cars, trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds and motorcycles are available for $38 each, with $15 from each plate also going to the VTF.
Learn more or apply for either license plate here.