Senator Vogel E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Highlights in the 47th
  • Help Support Our Food Donation Drive in Honor of Hunger Action Month
  • Join Us for Our Annual Senior Expo on Sept. 29!
  • Stronger Rainy Day Fund Improves PA’s Financial Position
  • Preparing for Election Day
  • Free Support Available to Military Members
  • Fire, Ambulance Companies: Apply Now for State Grants

Highlights in the 47th

I had the pleasure of joining Senator Scott E. Hutchinson in presenting citations to this year’s business award winners which were announced during the Annual Celebrate Business event hosted by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce!

Below are the awards and their respective recipients!

Stan Kosciuszko Leadership Excellence Award – Butler County Commissioner Leslie Osche (pictured on the left)

William A. Morgan Jr. Entrepreneur of the year – Dr. Paul Keeland, Keeland Dental (pictured on the top right)

David L. Lloyd Chamber Champion – Mars Bank – accepted by Jim Diomise (pictured on the bottom right)

Congratulations to Mandy Cousins (EMS), Bruce Hezlep (Fire), and Ed Steinmetz (Police) who are first responders in Cranberry Township for being nominated for and receiving the first ever Hometown Heroes Award!

I had the pleasure of attending Harmony Fire District’s groundbreaking for what will be their new fire station. According to Fire district president Kevin Behun, the station is expected to be substantially complete by Aug. 30 next year!

Pictured with me from left: Butler County Commissioners Kim Geyer and Kevin Boozel, Butler County Chief of Planning and Economic Development Mark Gordon, and Congressman Mike Kelly.

Help Support Our Food Donation Drive in Honor of Hunger Action Month 

With September being Hunger Action Month and as one of the prime sponsors of Senate Resolution 157, my Rochester and Cranberry Township offices will be hosting a food drive through Friday, September 29. We will be accepting donations of unexpired, non-perishable food items – all of which will be donated to local food banks. Any contributions are appreciated!

Join Us for Our Annual Senior Expo on Sept. 29!

We are two weeks away from our Annual Senior Expo! Don’t forget to pre-register for our event at or by calling one of my district offices! You will then receive 2 additional tickets to enter into the basket raffle we’re holding during the expo!

We will see you on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community College of Beaver County (1 Campus Drive in Monaca)!

Stronger Rainy Day Fund Improves PA’s Financial Position

Moody’s Investor Services has affirmed Pennsylvania’s current bond rating and revised the state’s financial outlook from stable to positive.

As part of its decision to upgrade the commonwealth’s status, Moody’s commended the amount of money in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Bolstering our financial safety net has been a top priority in the past three years, and it is encouraging to see those efforts translate to real results.

Because of hard decisions made by Senate Republicans to resist the urge to spend billions and instead embrace smarter budgeting approaches, Pennsylvania’s financial position has improved.

Preparing for Election Day

In honor of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, it’s a great time to prepare for Election Day on Nov. 7. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, you can also double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.

Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You have to be a registered voter to submit an application.

If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are necessary to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.

Free Support Available to Military Members

As a reminder for Suicide Prevention Month, veterans in crisis can call the toll-free Veterans Crisis Line. It serves veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them.

A caring, qualified responder is available to provide confidential support and connect callers with resources 24/7, 365 days a year.

Call 988 and then press 1 or chat online.

Fire, Ambulance Companies: Apply Now for State Grants

Fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit an application for the 2023-24 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $20,000 for fire companies and $15,000 for volunteer ambulance services – increased this year because of legislation supported by Senate Republicans.

Find more information and apply online here by Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.


Please contact me to provide input on any state-related matter, or to receive help in dealing with a state agency.

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