May. 19, 2023

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Thank You, Teachers!

As the son of a special education teacher, I have seen firsthand the hours and dedication our teachers put in both in and out of the classroom. Teachers can have incredible impacts on the lives of their students, and I was glad to stop by each school in the 87th District to say, “Thank you!” to our teachers last week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Children’s Business Fair Held at Allenberry

This past weekend, Allie and I were thrilled to attend and judge the annual Children’s Business Fair at Allenberry Resort in Monroe Township. Students came up with their own business ideas and were awarded based on originality, business potential and presentation. Many of these students operate these small businesses on their own outside of this fair and are learning the value of the marketplace and what it takes to make a business successful. These impressive students brought their entrepreneurial spirit full force, and it was great to see so many creative business ideas!

Bubbler Foundation Holds Annual Meeting

Allie and I enjoyed spending time together with friends at the Bubbler Foundation and celebrating two new Wall of Acclaim awardees. It was a pleasure to meet so many people in the Boiling Springs Community and to recognize two individuals who have contributed to the community, Dr. Paul Davidson and Dr. Richard Gobin.

Congratulations and thanks to all those who serve on the board and in our community.

Rep. Kutz Tours New Hope Ministries

I had the privilege of touring New Hope Ministries’ Mechanicsburg facility this week and learning about their extensive operations. New Hope provides food, clothing, housing, transportation, job training and other opportunities for those in need of assistance. Their large footprint serves thousands in need in our communities and much of their food is sourced from community partners nearby. I appreciated the opportunity to have a discussion about how to address the root causes of these issues and how working with nonprofit organizations and private sector businesses has been so helpful in providing these services.

Armed Forces Day Saturday

This Saturday, May 20, is Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor the men and women who are currently serving in a branch of our armed forces.

The day was first celebrated in 1950, soon after the branches of the military were united under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Defense. In his proclamation marking the day, President Harry S. Truman called upon fellow Americans to “display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day and to participate in exercises expressive of our recognition of the skill, gallantry, and uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the Armed Forces in the carrying out of their missions.”

In other words, seek out opportunities to thank our men and women in uniform, not just this Saturday but every day. Thank you to all who serve!  
Recognizing Emergency Medical Services Providers

This Sunday, May 21, marks the start of the 49th annual National EMS Week, a time to recognize and appreciate the life-saving services provided by our emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and more.

In response to the growing challenges facing our EMS system, the General Assembly has advanced policies designed to boost funding and personnel. Specifically, we have twice increased the Medicaid reimbursement rates for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support services, increased funding for the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund, provided additional grant funding, and created training scholarships and active volunteer tuition and loan assistance.

We also eased minimum staffing requirements for BLS services and authorized local governments to offer tax benefits to volunteers.

This year’s theme for EMS week is “EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins.” Thank you to all our volunteer and career emergency medical responders who provide care in those critical early moments of an emergency. District 94 is blessed by your service!
Fish for Free Coming Up Next Weekend!

On Sunday, May 28, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a Fish for Free day to allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on all Pennsylvania waterways. No license is required, but all other fishing regulations still apply.

This is the first of two dates set by the PFBC to enhance fishing opportunities. The next day is Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. This is a great way to expose the next generation of anglers to the outdoors. More information about fishing in Pennsylvania is available here.
Have You Checked Out Your Local Farmers Market?

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of farms that sell direct to the consumer. You can find the markets closest to home through the Pennsylvania Farm Market Finder offered by the Penn State Extension.

The PA Farm Market Finder is an interactive map that allows you to search for farmers markets, on-farm retail markets and public markets, or all three. The markets are color coded to identify what kind of market it is, and you can zoom in to any area on the map to locate them. Simply click on a dot on the map and the information about that market will appear, including contact information and website if they have one.

Many on-farm markets and farmers market vendors are members of the PA Preferred® program or carry PA Preferred products. PA Preferred is the statewide branding program for agricultural products grown, produced and processed in Pennsylvania. When purchasing items with the PA Preferred checkmark, consumers are supporting locally grown and processed Pennsylvania agricultural products and directly supporting Pennsylvania farmers.  

Click here to find the farm markets near you!