Apr. 28, 2023

Capitol Report
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Silver Spring Township Holds Open House

I enjoyed spending time with neighbors in Silver Spring Township at their annual Open House. It was great to see the many residents, local groups, township supervisors and staff, and EMS and fire volunteers, who came out on Thursday evening.

A Warm Welcome to JMA Resources in Upper Allen Township

JMA Resources cut the ribbon to officially open its new office in Upper Allen Township this week. I was pleased to attend and present a certificate and welcome letter to their team. JMA provides many different types of support services for the Department of Defense and for our Armed Forces. Welcome to the community!

Rep. Kutz visits Mt. Tabor Church and Cemetery in Mt. Holly

I was moved to see the progress and rich history at the historic Mt. Tabor Church in Mt. Holly Springs. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who are dedicating so much time to restoring the historic AME church and preserving the rich history the church has in the community. The nearby cemetery grounds also provide informational markers for some of those who are buried there and has been home to Eagle Scout projects.

Welcoming our State Champion Bubblers to the Capitol

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the State Champion Boiling Spring Bubblers to the Capitol! The Boiling Springs field hockey team sprinted their way to an undefeated PIAA 1A State Championship last fall. These young women have so much to be proud of and they have an entire community proud of their hard work. It was a privilege to recognize them on the floor of the House and to welcome them with my colleagues Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland) and Sen. Greg Rothman (R-34).

Honoring World War II Veterans

I had the absolute privilege of meeting Richard DeVerter and Paul Steich, two World War II veterans and American heroes we had the honor of recognizing on the floor of the House this week.

Richard is a Buchenwald Concentration Camp liberator who served in Gen.George Patton’s Third Army as a crew member on a half-track in the 8th Armored Division. He was joined by his wife Marie, and they have been married for 74 years.

Paul served in the Battery D 501st Gun Battalion from 1943-1945. He has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbons with a Bronze Star. When he was discharged, he had attained the rank of sergeant. Paul also recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Meeting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capitol Region

Earlier this week, Big Brothers Big Sisters from Cumberland Valley School District visited the Capitol. This is a great program that pairs youth in our community with adult mentors, who provide support and guidance to their "little." It was great to recognize them and their mentors on the floor of the House.

To see their guest introduction, click on the video below.

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You’re Invited to My Upcoming Events

Open Houses
My last scheduled Open House is coming up this Thursday, May 4. Stop by to chat with me and my team!

Toast with Thomas
I will be providing breakfast at local diners in our community for constituents who wish to come. Breakfast is provided at no cost. Please join me at any of my remaining Toast with Thomas events and stay tuned for more information on upcoming weekend and early-riser Toast with Thomas events as well.

Breast Cancer Testing Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

A bill to boost early detection of breast cancer earned unanimous, bipartisan support in the House this week and is on the way to the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 8 would eliminate out-of-pocket costs associated with BRCA-related genetic testing and counseling, as well as supplemental screening such as breast MRI and ultrasound, for women at high risk for breast cancer.

High-risk conditions covered by the bill include dense breast tissue, personal history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer, genetic predisposition and prior radiation therapy.

Learn more about breast cancer and support services in the Commonwealth here.
LIHEAP Heating Assistance Program Extended to May 12

The deadline to apply for assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to Friday, May 12.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online at www.compass.state.pa.us, by phone at 1-866-550-4355 or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.

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