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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of March 13, 2017

PennDOT Offering Free Motorcycle Training Courses
The PA Department of Transportation Motorcycle Safety Program is offering free statewide training courses, for novice to seasoned riders, who hold a motorcycle learner’s permit or license. For permit holders seeking a license for the first time, there is a five-day, 15-hour Basic Rider licensing course, which consists of five hours in-class instruction, and 10 hours of practical riding. Students taking the Basic Rider Course are provided with a motorcycle and helmet, but are responsible for providing all other protective gear. Act 84 of 2012 requires all permit holders under the age of 18 successfully complete this course in order to receive their motorcycle license.

More experienced riders who have held a permit for an extended period of time may take the one-day, six-hour Basic Rider 2 licensing course, in which they must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear. Licensed motorcyclists may take the Advanced Rider Course, which is a one-day training session modeled after a military training course, with a minimum of 3.5 hours of classroom instruction and 4.5 hours of practical riding experience. Participants must provide their own motorcycle. Last is a 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course, consisting of four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of practical riding. Students must provide their own three-wheeled motorcycle and protective gear.

Motorcycle learner’s permit holders who successfully complete any of the courses will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass the 3-Wheeled Basic Rider Course will be issued a motorcycle license with a “9” restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a two-wheeled motorcycle. For more information or to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com or 1-800-845-9533. Potential riders looking to prepare for the knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app at www.pa.gov.

Lebanon County Association of Realtors Scholarship Contest
The Lebanon County Association of Realtors invites Lebanon County high school seniors to apply for a $500 scholarship. Students must write an essay (500 word max) on how searching for a home is similar to searching for a college. Rules are available at www.Lebanon-Realtors.com, and the deadline for applications is March 27. Three winners will be announced in April.

March Community Report Cable Show: 911 Rapid Responsee
My March cable show is ready to watch! Check out 911 Rapid Response in Annville, Lebanon County, an all-inclusive small business providing complete emergency vehicle installation services, custom decals, a gun range, embroidery shop and EMS apparel retail store, all under one roof! A great small business success story! You can also watch the show on Comcast on Demand and Harrisburg Broadcast Network (Harrisburg, WHBG-20).

March 2017 - 911 Rapid Response

Hershey Story Museum Homeschool Day
The Hershey Story Museum, 63 W. Chocolate Ave., will hold an “All About Chocolate” themed Homeschool Day on Wednesday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will participate in a sweet chocolate quest throughout the museum galleries, learn about different varieties of cacao beans, take a class in the Chocolate Lab, and make their own chocolate candy bar to take home. The cost is $10 per person (students and adults). Registering is required at www.HersheyStory.org by March 31. Questions can be directed to info@hersheystory.org or (717) 520-5596.

PennDOT Summer Internships for Students
The PA Department of Transportation is offering summer internships for students in the engineering, science, and technology fields. Internships are offered in areas including seasonal construction, roadway data collection, and roadside development. Applications will be accepted through March 30. Find more information here.


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