Aug. 18, 2023

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Honoring Troop 190’s Newest Eagle Scout

I had the pleasure of presenting a citation to Eagle Scout Colby Kostelac from Troop 190 in Grantham during a visit to the Capitol last week.

In addition to earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Colby has also served his troop as quartermaster, patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader and is an ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Scout project, Colby designed and constructed a pump track for the new and repurposed mountain bike and hiking trails at the Trails and Trees Environmental Center in Mechanicsburg. Keep up the great work, Colby!

Lisburn Fire Celebrates its 70th Festival

I was glad to volunteer at the 70th annual Lisburn Festival last week! I grew up coming to the festival and it was a pleasure to join Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Lower Allen Commissioners Chuck Brown, Jennifer Caron and Dean Villone in supporting our awesome community. We were on trash duty in the dining hall!

Silver Spring Township to Receive Grant for Traffic Signal Upgrades

Funding for traffic signal upgrades in Silver Spring Township was approved last week under PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program, which aims to increase safety and mobility across communities all over the Commonwealth.

The Green Light-Go funding award will make a positive impact in the 87th District by addressing congestion and traffic flow issues that impede drivers and pedestrians alike. Thanks to the grant, residents of Silver Spring and those passing through can get where they need to go more safely and efficiently. It’s great to see state dollars invested locally, where Cumberland County and its growing population will benefit.

Under Green Light-Go, Silver Spring Township will receive $408,128 to update vehicle detection along the Carlisle Pike (Route 11) corridor.

Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. These projects will be funded through the appropriation for fiscal year 2023-24. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to, light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.
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Human Trafficking Community Workshop

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Slow Down for School Buses

With students returning to class, school buses are or soon will be back on the roads. Motorists, parents and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. This applies to motorists when they are behind or traveling alongside a school bus, as well as those meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.

Vehicles should remain stopped until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.  

Click here for more information and tips on school bus safety.
Education Assistance Available to Eligible Children of Veterans

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is reminding eligible veterans with children and their family members that financial assistance may be available to help them pursue higher education.

The DMVA’s Educational Gratuity Program provides financial assistance to children of honorably discharged veterans who have service-connected disabilities and served during periods of war or armed conflict, or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict.

The eligible child must be between the ages of 16 and 23, must be living within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania five years prior to application, and must attend a school within the Commonwealth. All applicants must demonstrate a financial need.

Payments will not exceed $500 per term or semester per qualified child to each approved educational institution over a total of eight terms or semesters. For more information about the program’s criteria, eligibility and needed documentation, go to the Educational Gratuity Program page on DMVA’s website.  
New 511PA Features to Aid Little League Fans, Truckers, Human Trafficking Prevention

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently unveiled updates to its 511PA traveler information service.

Motorists heading to the Little League World Series (LLWS) in Williamsport are encouraged to plan their trip using the real-time travel and alternate-route information available online at The website is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the event, including Route 15 south to Route 220 to Market Street (from north); Route 15 north (from south); Interstate 80 east to Route 220 north to Market Street (from west); and I-80 west to Route 15 north (from east).

Commercial vehicle drivers can benefit from the new “PennDOT Bridges” feature on the 511PA traffic map. It shows locations for all state-owned bridges posted with weight or other limits, along with closed bridges. This information can be viewed on the web map and is also available as an alert that can be heard in drive mode on the mobile app.

To combat human trafficking, PennDOT updated the 511PA Travel Links page to include new information for such crimes. Travelers can report suspected human trafficking via the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) tipline at 888-292-1919 or 511PA also includes more information with recommendations from PSP on how to recognize and report suspected human trafficking. The 511PA mobile app and phone service have also been updated to provide travelers easy access for reporting suspected human trafficking activity.
Call Before You Dig

Aug. 11 marked National 811 Day – a day dedicated to reminding residents, contractors and utility workers of the importance of calling 8-1-1 before digging to help ensure the safety of excavation projects across the state.

Every time an underground utility line is hit, there is a risk to the contractors or homeowners who are doing the digging; to utility workers and emergency responders who are mobilized to deal with the damage; and to bystanders who live, work or travel near the locations of the incidents.

State law requires contractors and residents to contact PA One Call at least three business days prior to excavation – triggering alerts to all utilities within an intended digging area and prompting utilities to mark where their facilities are located. Pennsylvanians can dial 8-1-1 to connect with the One Call system, while out-of-state residents or businesses can call 1-800-242-1776.

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