Sep. 15, 2023

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First Town Hall Held in Upper Allen Township

On Wednesday, I hosted my first town hall meeting in Upper Allen Township. Thank you to everyone who came out to share their concerns and ask questions about the latest news in Harrisburg and the 87th District.

If you were unable to make it to this week’s town hall, stay tuned for more information about my next town hall on Oct. 23 in Boiling Springs.

Sharing Resources at South Middleton Township Senior Expo

Thank you to all who stopped by my legislative booth at the South Middleton Township Senior Expo on Wednesday. It was great to catch up with friends and neighbors at this event to share information about senior health and wellness programs!

Touring Rice Elementary School

This week, I had the opportunity to meet with Principal David Boley at Rice Elementary School in South Middleton Township. It was great to take a tour of the school and get an update on what’s happening now that students are back in class.

Class is in Session!

Class is also in session at Monroe and Silver Spring Elementary schools. I had a great time touring these Cumberland Valley School District schools and connecting with students and teachers. We are blessed to have such great institutions and educators in our community!

First Responders Dinner Coming Up!

For questions and to RSVP, please call 717-975-2235 or visit  
Keeping Kids Safe in the Car

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40% of children who died in 2021 were riding in a vehicle unrestrained. On average, three children, age 14 and under, were killed in traffic crashes each day in 2021.

As we mark Child Passenger Safety Week next week, Sept. 17-23, parents and caregivers are reminded of the importance of properly restraining children in vehicles.

The Commonwealth’s primary seat belt law requires all vehicle occupants younger than 18 to wear a seat belt when riding anywhere in a vehicle. Children up to the age of 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday. Parents are also reminded that due to potential dangers associated with air bag deployment, children 12 and younger should always ride buckled in a vehicle’s back seat.

This year’s theme is “Car Seat Safety Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes” to highlight the importance of selecting a size-appropriate car seat for every child and using it correctly. For more information about finding the right car seat and additional safety tips, visit PennDOT's Safety Page.
Searching for Scholarships?

The cost of a postsecondary education can add up quickly for students and families. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will hold a webinar to help students and their families learn how to cover those expenses. PHEAA will share tips to help students successfully search and apply for scholarships. After attending this webinar, students will understand the different types of scholarships, resources for finding them, and tools to help increase their chances of earning those scholarships. The webinar will be held Monday, Sept. 18, from 6-7 p.m. To register, click here.
Counties Seek Poll Workers for Upcoming Election

To ensure elections run smoothly across the Commonwealth, the Department of State is calling on citizens to consider serving as poll workers in the upcoming election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Open positions vary by county but may include judge of elections, majority inspector and minority inspector, which are elected positions. Counties also need clerks and machine operators/inspectors at each precinct. These positions are filled by appointment.

Counties train poll workers on their election day duties. Workers receive payment for training and for their service on election day.

In order to serve, you must be registered to vote in the county where you wish to work. Exceptions exist for 17-year-old high school students; contact your county election office for more information. Government officials and government employees generally are not allowed to serve as poll workers. Likewise, you are not permitted to serve if your name appears on the ballot.

Poll workers generally work for the entire day on election day, from before the time the polls open at 7 a.m., until after the polls close at 8 p.m.

People interested in serving as poll workers should start by filling out this form. If you have questions, call 877-VOTESPA (877-868-3772) or email
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide claims the lives of over 2,000 Pennsylvanians each year. That’s an average of five lives lost EACH DAY.

Nationwide, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with one suicide occurring every 11.1 minutes. There are more than 1 million suicide attempts each year. This tragedy affects ALL ages, races, genders, sexuality, denominations, incomes and educational levels. It can affect anyone and everyone.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to remember and honor those lost to suicide, as well as support suicide attempt survivors and all who experience suicidal ideation, mental health challenges and crisis every day.

It is important to remember help is available. Just dial 988 to connect with the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Learn more about Prevent Suicide PA’s work around Pennsylvania at