Apr. 21, 2023

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Learning More About Supply Chain Issues at Allen Distribution

Thanks to the team at Allen Distribution for welcoming me to your facilities in Upper Allen Township. Headquartered here in Cumberland County, Allen provides services for many of the foods you see in our grocery stores including many made in Pennsylvania.
Our supply chain depends on the intersection of workforce, infrastructure, housing and manufacturing. I appreciate the opportunity to see the process in motion right here in our community.

It’s Rural Road Safety Week

This week is Rural Road Safety week. I stopped by Strock Enterprises for a ride and demonstration before heading over to visit Stamy Farms in Monroe Township. Please be mindful when you see large farm equipment on the road around our community.

Discussing PASSHE at Shippensburg University

Earlier this week, I visited with President Charles Patterson at Shippensburg University to discuss the PASSHE system, tour the elementary school on campus and discuss pathways to help address our growing teacher and workforce shortage.

Playing Mini Golf to Support the Bubbler Foundation

After stopping by the South Middleton Steam opening day festivities, the Bubbler Foundation held its first mini golf tournament last weekend at Iron Forge Elementary School. We winded through the hallways, gymnasium and the upstairs treehouse for a fun time supporting the Boiling Springs community. Looking forward to next year’s event already!

Student Work on Display at CPACTC Auction

The Cumberland Perry Area Career and Technical Center (CPACTC) hosted its student project sale last weekend on its Silver Spring Township campus. Students sold many of the projects they’ve been working on all year, including plants and picnic tables. I caught up with the CPACTC team and some of the instructors to hear about the work students are doing in so many different fields.

It’s Time to Play Ball!

Baseball season is underway! I enjoyed the Upper Allen Mechanicsburg Baseball Association Opening Day Ceremony at Fisher Park and seeing so many kids getting out to play this season. Special shout out to Upper Allen Fire Department for helping make the day special. Be sure to stop by opening day for softball this Saturday at Winding Hill Park!

Kids Fishing Derby at Mt. Holly Springs

What a great turnout for the Mt. Holly kids fishing derby! Thanks to the Mountain Creek Trout Club and Conservation Society for stocking the creek and hosting this awesome event for so many kids in the Holly community. I’m excited to see the transformation of Veterans Park along the creek!

Property Tax Rent/Rebate Event Well Attended

Thank you to all who attended the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Assistance event my team and I hosted at the Amelia Givin Library yesterday! I enjoyed chatting with everyone, and I am glad I could provide the 87th District with some help navigating this important state program.

You’re Invited to My Upcoming Events

Open Houses
Join me and my staff tomorrow, Saturday, April 22, for an Open House at my district office in Mechanicsburg. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you can’t make it, please be sure to mark your calendar for my next one!

Toast with Thomas

If You’re Traveling, Be Aware

With more and more people choosing to travel internationally again, the time to renew and issue passports has increased significantly.

According to the U.S. Department of State, the current processing time for routine passport applications is 10-13 weeks, and for expedited applications it is 7-9 weeks.

If you’re looking to travel internationally and either don’t have a passport or have an expired one, be sure to gather the necessary paperwork and submit your application as soon as possible.

Learn more about applying for a passport here.
House Set to Return to Session Next Week

With state budget hearings completed, the House is set to return to legislative session next week, April 24-26.

Session will convene at noon Monday and at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Several committee meetings are planned to conduct informational sessions or vote on bills. Session and all committee meetings are streamed live at www.PAHouseGOP.com.

For a schedule of committee meetings, visit https://www.legis.state.pa.us.  
Help Keep Drugs Out of the Wrong Hands

This Saturday, April 22, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to help raise awareness and give citizens across the Commonwealth and the country the opportunity to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs.

One of the best ways to fight drug abuse is to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Find a drop-off location near you.
Applications Open for Youth Camp

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania National Guard and American Legion are seeking applicants for its annual youth camp. The Elmer Hafer-American Legion-State Police-National Guard Youth Camp will be held June 11-17, at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.

The six-day summer leadership camp is designed for teenagers, ages 15-17, who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military. During the camp, cadets work on team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers, and a marksmanship course.

Anyone interested in applying for the camp must:
  •   Be between the ages of 15 and 17 prior to entering the camp and not reach the age of 18 during the camp.
  •   Not have previously attended the camp.
  •   Possess a good academic record, be physically fit and be in good health.

The camp is free of charge as their local American Legion post sponsors their attendance. Interested applicants can read more about the camp by visiting pa-legion.com. The application can be found here. It must be returned to the applicant's local American Legion by May 15.