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Senator Michele Brooks

Sen. Brooks Successfully Advances Legislation to Honor Veterans, Assist Farmers

Bridge and Road to Be Named after Veterans

Senator Michele Brooks is honored to report that the Senate has approved legislation to name a bridge spanning a portion of College Avenue in Mercer County as the Greenville Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The bridge crosses the Little Shenango River in Greenville Borough, Mercer County.

The naming was included as part of legislation passed by the full Senate on July 8, and which included an amendment offered by Sen. Brooks. She worked with the Greenville VFW and her Senate colleagues on the bill after the VFW approached her about renaming the bridge in honor of military veterans.

“This bridge already means a great deal for patriotic Pennsylvanians. The VFW places a wreath on the river on Memorial Day each year in solemn tribute to our American patriots who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Sen. Brooks said. “With the formal naming of this bridge, it will stand as a testament to the men and women who gave everything in defense of freedom and the families who loved and lost them.”

Sen. Brooks also worked to have a section of State Route 18 in West Fallowfield Township in Crawford County named the Staff Sergeant James Douglas Mowris Memorial Highway. This language was contained in the legislation approved Saturday.

“Thanks to a combined House-Senate push, this naming was also approved by the Senate to honor one of our own,” Sen. Brooks said.

The language memorializing U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Mowris was advanced by Rep. Parke Wentling and Sen. Brooks. If the House agrees to Senate changes, the bill will go to the governor for his signature.

Staff Sergeant Mowris was killed on January 29, 2004 while trying to clear an ammunitions and weapons cache in Afghanistan.

“Every time someone travels over this bridge or on this road, they will be reminded of the veterans who fought to keep this land free. This is just another way we can honor and immortalize their sacrifices.”

Brooks Seeks to Help Farmers Sell Homegrown Produce and Maple Syrup

Sen. Brooks successfully amended legislation on the Senate floor to relieve farmers from several burdensome government regulations that restrict the operation of roadside farm produce stands, maple syrup producers, and cattle auctioneers.

“In an effort to assist our farmers in offering their products at local farm stands, it was vital to exempt seasonal roadside farm stands from the Uniform Construction Code,” Sen. Brooks said.

“I also worked to exclude cattle-loading chutes at auction barns and maple sugar houses from the code. The agricultural industry faces enough challenges, on a daily basis, without enduring the added burden of over-reaching government regulations. It is my hope that this common-sense legislation will serve as a first step from which we can attempt to help our farmers, and relieve some of the most burdensome regulations on our agricultural industry.”

If the House concurs in Senate changes to the bill, it will head to the governor for his signature

Sen. Brooks worked with Representative Tina Pickett on the legislation.

“I would like to thank Rep. Pickett and extend a special thanks to our farming families for all they do to put food on our tables every day.”

This tractor at the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society event hails from the 1970s. That decade seemed like only yesterday, but this hardy piece of farm equipment is considered an “antique--” and now I am feeling my age!  As the Society marks its 50th anniversary, I thank all the dedicated volunteers who work so hard today to carry on the traditions of days gone by.


Sen. Brooks honors with a Senate citation Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society President Dave Goodwill


Eating ice cream sundaes for dinner is one of the best ways to spend a summer evening with friends and family while also building strong bones!  I was thrilled to work with Dairy Royalty and so many fellow dairy devotees at the Guernsey Ice Cream Supper, benefiting the Mercer County 4-H Club.


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