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Senator Elder Vogel

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Elder Vogel

It’s an honor to be awarded the Legislative Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

Senate Approves Tax Exemption for Active Duty Military Pay

Active duty military pay would again be exempt from local taxes if legislation recently approved by the Senate becomes law. The policy had been in place for 50 years, until changes intended to improve tax collection enforcement inadvertently ended the exemption in 2012.

I voted for and the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 652 to correct the problem and expand the benefit to include all active military service, whether earned inside or outside of the Commonwealth. Wages earned during training exercises or other inactive duty would continue to be taxed. Senate Bill 652 now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.

Public Input Wanted!


The Beaver County Commissioners & the Dept. of Recreation and Tourism are seeking input from county residents about the future of recreation, parks, and open space throughout Beaver County. And they would like to hear from you concerning your wants and needs and desires for recreation and parks. There are many opportunities for you to have your say (all public meetings are at 6:30 p.m.):

- August 5th: Old Economy Village, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge – Education Class Room/Visitors Center

- August 6th: Beaver County Court House, 810 Third Street, Beaver – Commissioners Conference Room

- August 12th: Geneva College, 3200 College Avenue, Beaver Falls – Alexander Dining Hall, Benedum Room

- August 13th: Community College of Beaver County, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca – Room 9103

You can also complete the Beaver County Recreation, Parks, and Open Space Questionnaire at

If you need a printed copy of the survey, request one by emailing

You can follow the planning process and share your comments by visiting the project blog at

Congratulations to Brighton Music Center (located in downtown New Brighton) for being named one of the top 100 music retailers in the entire United States by the National Association of Music Merchants!

Small Business Advantage Grant Window Open

Small Businesses can apply now for PA Advantage Grants to help pay for energy-efficient upgrades. The grants provide funding to projects that include anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, and waste recycling systems. The grant is a 50% matching grant up to a maximum of $9,500.00. For more information and to apply, click here.

Lancaster Township Receives $565,000 PENNVEST Grant

Lancaster Township, Butler County, will receive a $565,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

PENNVEST awarded the funds at its July 22 board meeting. PENNVEST financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state. It is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth.

The township will use the money to install 2,400 feet of storm sewers along Scott Ridge Road, an area prone to flooding during wet weather events.

When wet weather conditions overwhelm the capacity of the existing system, the water floods the roadways and carries sediment and gravel into the lanes of traffic. Portions of the road are steep and this runoff and icing conditions during the winter create sever safety hazards for motorists. This investment by PENNVEST will address the drainage problems without placing financial burden on township residents.

Choose PA Preferred Produce


From almonds and apples to yams and zucchini, Pennsylvania is blessed with rich soils, beneficial topography and conducive climatic conditions giving rise to a multitude of locally grown fruits and vegetables proudly labeled PA Preferred, according to the PA Department of Agriculture.

PA Preferred, a trusted symbol of quality and excellence, allows you to easily select produce grown, produced or processed in PA. Choose something new and locate an award-winning recipe for a special PA summer-harvest delight. The Pennsylvania Preferred Culinary Connection 2015 Recipe Book offers more than 80 pages of recipes, ideas, healthy tips, and suggested wine pairings from executive chefs.

The PA Farm Market Guide provides a list by county of markets, along with location, contact information, hours of operation, and available products to help you begin selecting only the best for your family.

2015 PA Fair Guide Available

What makes a fair so special? It’s the community coming together, the entertainment and homemade food. It’s the best of show, field, woodshop, oven, garden, paintbrush, needle and thread.

Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in 109 different fairs across the state. Support your friends, your family, and your farmers.

Support your fair.


Venomous Snakes in PA?

What do the Copperhead, the Eastern Massasauga, and the Timber Rattler have in common? Each belongs to the pit viper family and comprise the full complement of venomous snakes inhabiting PA.

The PA Fish & Boat Commission recommends awareness and avoidance and reminds us, both Timber Rattlers and Copperheads are protected snakes, sharing an integral role in Pennsylvania’s eco-system. PA requires an annual Venomous Snake Permit to hunt, take, catch or kill Timber Rattlers or Northern Copperheads. No authorization exists to hunt or possess the Eastern Massasauga, currently classified as a state endangered species.

With only two or three snake bites occurring annually among the thousands of known and unknown venomous snake encounters in the Commonwealth, the PF&BC recommends learning to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes, for your personal safety.

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Senate Box 203047
362 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3047
Phone: (717) 787-3076
FAX: (717) 772-2756

8:30 - 4:30

488 Adams Street
Rochester, PA 15074-1940
Phone: (724) 774-0444
FAX: (724) 773-7384

New Castle
1905 W. State Street
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 654-1444
FAX: (724) 656-3182



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