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happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress
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Week of December 4, 2017
LAST CHANCE: “Talk to Your State Senator” Statewide Video Competition
The PA Senate is holding a statewide video competition with support from the
Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA. The competition is
open to all PA students grades 6-12. The video entry must address preventing
teens from starting drugs – legal and illegal – including alcohol. Help the
legislature create policies that work. Deadline for entry
is December 10. Find more information, official rules and the
here. Videos will be judged in two categories: Middle School and High
School. First place in each category will receive $2500, second place will
receive $1500 and third place $1000. Prize money will be awarded through the
PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan.
PA Game Commission Preliminary Statewide Bear Harvest Results
The 2017 statewide bear season harvest was 1,796 – about a 30 percent
decrease from the 2016 season. Extensive rain on the season’s opening day
attributed to the decline. Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is
not included – comprehensive bear harvest totals will be released in the coming
months. The top 10 bears were estimated/confirmed to have live weights of over
576 pounds. The state’s heaviest bear was a male estimated at 700 pounds in
Venango County. Click
here for more details.
PA Department of Health Increases Cost of Death Certificates
My office recently became aware the
PA Department of Health has increased the fee of a death certificate from $9
to $20 (already effective). For more information on Pennsylvania birth and
death certificates, click
Veterans in Agriculture at the PA Farm Show
PA Department of Agriculture is partnering with the PA Department of
Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA)
to host Veterans, Military and their families on Thursday, January 11 at the PA
Farm Show. The day will begin with an opening ceremony on the Lancaster Farming
Stage at 9 a.m. in the Expo Hall, which will include patriotic music, a
ceremonial color guard and featured speaker Greg Stegall. Stegall, a Veteran,
manages mobile distribution programs at the Central PA Food Bank and the
MilitaryShare program, which provides fresh, nutritious foods for families with
at least one member who served in the Military. In 2017, the program
distributed 15,100 boxes of food through more than 20 monthly distributions at
VFWs, American Legions and other Veterans’ organizations.
At 1 p.m., the annual Army vs. Navy Cook-Off will be on the
PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage. Culinary Specialist First Class Frida
Karani will represent the US. Navy, and Chef Adalberto Campos will represent the
U.S. Army. And at 2 p.m., also on the Culinary Connection Stage, awards will be
presented to PA’s newest inductees in the
PA Preferred Homegrown By Heroes program.
Homegrown By Heroes is the official farmer veteran branding program of
America, available to farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers of
all branches and eras of Military service.
DMVA Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will also be set up in the Exposition Hall
all week to provide assistance to Veterans and family members who may be
eligible for programs, benefits and services, such as service-connected
disability compensation, pensions, health care benefits, burial benefits,
education benefits, vocational rehabilitation, active service bonuses, state
nursing home care and more.
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