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Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of Glade Run Lake Restoration Project
I was pleased to join with my colleagues Randy Vulakovich and Scott Hutchinson and local officials on April 12 for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the rehabilitation and restoration of Glade Run Lake Dam. Video of the entire ceremony.
I worked with Senators Hutchinson and Vulakovich to secure $2 million in state funding for the work, which involved the reconstruction of the dam's concrete spillway and the reinforcement of its embankment. Safety concerns about the dam forced the Fish and Boat Commission to drain the 52-acre lake in Middlesex Township, Butler County, several years ago.
In January 2014, we urged then-Governor Tom Corbett to provide state funding for the rehabilitation project. We noted the efforts of a strong private-public coalition in support of the work. Governor Corbett released the money in the spring of 2014 and a groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place in October 2015.
Glade Run Lake is a wonderful asset. The draining of the lake was a sad occasion for the region, especially for all of the anglers who made it a popular location for fishing. It was a pleasure to work with my colleagues and the community to support this project to bring back this recreational facility.
The project was strongly supported by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, a number of local municipalities, the Butler County Board of Commissioners and the Glade Run Lake Conservancy, a 2,000-member citizens group formed after the lake was drained in June 2011.
“We would like to thank all our members, donors, businesses, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and all the government officials for making the dream come true. The effort we started at the grassroots level gained support and gathered momentum,” said Siggy Pehel, President of the Glade Run Lake Conservancy. “Many have asked us, how did we do it? It wasn’t easy and took many long hours. There were numerous board meetings, countless phone calls, e-mails and presentations to many groups. Middlesex Township and the Butler County Commissioners stepped up and provided important funding for the project.”
Local students serve as “Senators for a Day”
A total of 144 students and advisors from 12 secondary schools across the 41st Senatorial District had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at legislative and state government operations during a student government seminar I hosted on April 27 in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Students had the opportunity to see how state government works. The attendees interacted with students from other high schools, elected officials and people in government relations while developing and voting on legislation as they served as members of the General Assembly.
In the morning they were broken down into committees: Communications & Technology, Drug & Alcohol, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health & Welfare, Judiciary, State Government, and Transportation to consider bills. The students came together as the “full Senate” in the afternoon to vote on the bills reported out of the committees.
Traffic Deaths Drop to Record Low in 2016
Traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a record low in 2016 with 1,188 fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways. That is the lowest number of total highway fatalities since record keeping began in 1928 and seven less than 2015, according to PENNDOT.
** Individual fatalities may be listed under multiple “types”
PENNDOT recently unveiled a new mapping tool on its Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool website, www.dotcrashinfo.pa.gov, which allows the public to query and map fatality and crash data. The site allows the public to search for the number of crashes, people involved, or vehicles involved. It can be filtered by time, location and various other crash details.
From 2012 to 2016, PENNDOT has invested more than $376 million on 434 unique safety projects. During that same time period, an additional $50 million was invested in low-cost safety improvements at approximately 4,000 locations. Low-cost safety improvements include centerline and edge-line rumble strips, and signing and pavement markings.
Pennsylvania Offering State Tax Amnesty Until June 19
Anyone owing back taxes to the state can benefit from a tax amnesty program running now through June 19.
The program does not forgive taxes owed, but it waives penalties, collection fees, lien fees, and half of the interest owed. To be eligible, taxes must have been owed as of December 31, 2015.
According to the Department of Revenue, 680,090 Pennsylvania taxpayers are eligible for tax amnesty this year. An additional 182,508 taxpayers who are eligible for amnesty are out of state, with nearly 70,000 residing in neighboring states. The program is expected to generate $150 million in revenue for Pennsylvania.
Visit www.revenue.pa.gov for more info.
State Police Youth Camp Set for June 11
The Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania American Legion are accepting applications from boys and girls ages 15 to 17 for “State Police Youth Week,” a week-long leadership camp at York College designed for teenagers interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military.
From June 11 through 17, cadets will take part in team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers, and a marksmanship course. Cadets will also visit the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey and Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Lebanon County.
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania American Legion website at www.pa-legion.com and click on the “Programs” link or call the Pennsylvania American Legion Headquarters at (717) 730-9100.
PFBC Sponsoring "Fish PA! Kayak Giveaway”
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is sponsoring a “Fish PA! Kayak Giveaway” that includes a fishing kayak, camping equipment, and a rod/reel combo, all to be awarded to three winners.
The public can enter this giveaway by visiting www.GoneFishingPA.com through May 12. No purchase is required and only one entry per qualifying adult will be accepted. The winners will be notified after June 2.
Mark Your Calendar
I am pleased to join with State Representatives Dave Reed, Jeff Pyle and Cris Dush, as well as the Indiana County Commissioners; the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce; and the PA CareerLink® Indiana County in announcing that Job Fair 2017 will be held on Thursday, May 4, in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Job Fair is free and will run from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Candidates of all ages, experience levels, and industries are encouraged to attend.
I will join with Representatives Eli Evankovich and Eric Nelson to co-host a Senior Expo on Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, 2360 State Route 66, Delmont. The Veterans’ Outreach Van will be at the free event along with representatives from state, county and local organizations to provide information on numerous subjects of interest to older residents including health care, health screenings, insurance, nutrition & fitness, fire safety, personal safety, banking and local, state and federal agency information and more. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call my Murrysville District Office at (724) 327-2422 or (724) 834-6400.
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