Jul. 28, 2023

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You’re Invited to My Document Shredding Event

Constituents of the 87th Legislative District are invited to my free Document Shredding Event on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Stop by the district office in Mechanicsburg to safely dispose of documents containing sensitive information, like tax forms.

No RSVP is required for this event. Shredding will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

I hope to see you then!


Tuesday is National Night Out!

Visiting New Kingstown Fire Company


This week I visited New Kingstown Fire Company on its joint training night with Silver Spring Fire Company. New Kingstown provides fire service in Silver Spring and Middlesex townships. I enjoyed touring the station, meeting some of the volunteer firefighters and hearing about its plans for the future to welcome more volunteers to the company and to continue to provide quality fire service to our community. Thank you to the team at NKFC for having me on training night! 

Learning More About Mt. Holly’s Amelia Givin Library

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the Amelia Givin Library in Mt. Holly. Built in 1889, the Amelia Givin library marked the first free public library in Cumberland County. A year later, with its impressive architecture and fully stocked shelves, the library opened to the public. In 2004, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and it continues to serve Mt. Holly and the surrounding communities to this day.

The Amelia Givin Library is an amazing local resource for learning, entertainment and more. Make sure to check out the library and the educational programming it offers! 

Discussing Rail Safety With Norfolk Southern

This week I joined Norfolk Southern for a conversation and demonstration about rail safety. Norfolk Southern conducts training with local first responders and hazmat teams to provide hands on experience with materials transported by rail. In light of recent events, I welcomed the opportunity to discuss rail safety and operations relating to the rail lines that run through the heart of the 87th District. 

If you have any questions or concerns about rail safety operations in our area, please feel free to contact my office so we can gather information to provide rail carriers in our community.   

Record Return of Unclaimed Property in 2022-23 – Could You Be Next?

More than $273 million in unclaimed property was returned to taxpayers in the 2022-23 fiscal year, the highest return ever.

However, more than $4.5 billion remains, so if you haven’t checked for your name on Treasury’s Unclaimed Property database, click here now. Remember, if you find property that is yours, you do not need to pay anyone to claim it. You may go directly through the Office of the Treasury or contact my office for assistance.

One in 10 Pennsylvanians is owed unclaimed property, and the average claim is worth about $1,600. Unclaimed property can include dormant bank accounts, abandoned stocks, uncashed checks and more. Property is always available for the rightful owner to claim. Tangible property – often the contents of forgotten safe deposit boxes – may be auctioned after three years, but proceeds remain available to claim in perpetuity.

Military decorations and memorabilia – often turned over to Treasury from abandoned or forgotten safe deposit boxes – are never auctioned and remain in the vault for safekeeping until a veteran or their family is found.
Measure to Boost Playground Accessibility

Working to ensure all kids and their families can enjoy the benefits of play, the state House recently approved legislation that would improve playground accessibility for children with disabilities.

House Bill 1173 would require the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to prioritize grant funding to park and recreation construction projects that establish or upgrade playgrounds for the inclusion of children with disabilities.

Research shows play is crucial to a child’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional development; however, children with disabilities tend to be excluded from some forms of play because of structural barriers in typical playgrounds. The bill aims to address those barriers.

It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Your Input is Needed for PA Master Plan for Older Adults

The Department of Aging is currently gathering input on Pennsylvania’s Master Plan for Older Adults, a 10-year, state-led and stakeholder-driven strategic plan designed to help transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for older Pennsylvanians.

The Department of Aging has created a webpage dedicated to the Master Plan for Older Adults, which provides information on why a master plan is needed, the core tenets, how the department will gather input for the plan, resources and more.

Individuals who would like to submit input on the plan can either email AgingPlan@pa.gov, provide feedback through an online form or send mail to:

      Pennsylvania Department of Aging
      c/o Master Plan
      555 Walnut St., 5th Floor
      Harrisburg, PA 17101

Additionally, all Pennsylvanians will have an opportunity to participate in the development process.. The Area Agencies on Aging and the Centers for Independent Living will host listening sessions where the public can learn about the plan and submit input. The stakeholder engagement process will involve outreach and requests for feedback from anyone or any group with a vested interest.

Learn more about the programs and services offered by the department on its website and its Facebook page.