Nov. 22, 2023

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For centuries, Americans have come together in the spirit of thanksgiving. From the earliest traditions that began in Plymouth, Mass., in 1621 to the first official national observance in 1863, families have gathered in November to celebrate bountiful harvests and all that has been given to them.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, state offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, along with my offices. PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on those dates as well, though many services are available online at

If you are traveling, be sure to check for the latest traffic and weather information.

From my family to yours, may you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
Touring Land O’Lakes with Secretary Redding

On Monday, I had the opportunity to join Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding for a tour of the Land O’Lakes plant in Cumberland County. We learned a lot about the facility and our local dairy industry.

The plant has been upgraded in many ways since the facility joined the Land O’ Lakes family in 1997. The plant sources its milk from local farmers with about 70% coming from farms around the 87th District. The remaining 30% is outsourced from other farms around the Commonwealth.

I appreciated the opportunity to tag along on this tour and learn more about how our local dairy is being used to create other products for consumers around the country!

Recognizing a Local Eagle Scout

Last Friday, Max Harris and his father, Steve, visited the Capitol. It was an honor to present Max with a House citation to recognize his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout! This is the highest honor one can achieve in Scouting, and I appreciated the opportunity to recognize Max's hard work and dedication. He has a bright future ahead!

We’re Here to Help!

My district offices are ready and available to help you with a wide variety of state-related and legislative issues. Watch the video to learn more about how me and my team can serve you!

The Upper Allen and South Middleton Township offices operate on different hours; see when we're open here:

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You’re Invited to My Upcoming Events

Pancake Breakfast

Legislative Open House

RSVPs are encouraged. Please call my office at 717-975-2235 or click here to let us know you’re coming to the Pancake Breakfast.
Supporting Small Businesses

Consider showing some love to the small businesses in our community throughout the holiday season but especially on Small Business Saturday, which is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Launched by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to support the small businesses that help drive the economies of our communities.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday here.
Safety Tips for this Hunting Season

Firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 25. As you prepare to head out to our fields and forests, be sure to keep safety in mind. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers these important tips:

Basic Safety
  •   Positively identify the target – Be sure you are shooting at legal game and not another hunter. And never shoot at sounds or movement.
  •   Stay in the zone! Hunters should be spaced 25 to 40 yards apart, and always in sight of one another. Each hunter’s zone of fire spans about 45 degrees directly in front of the hunter. Never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.
  •   Plan your hunt! Let someone know where you're hunting and when you'll return.
  •   Buckle up! If you hunt from an elevated stand, always wear a full-body, fall-restraint device as soon as your feet leave the ground until they return.
  •   Keep fit! Hunting is hard work. Don't become a statistic. Keep physically fit. Start with a check-up and follow your doctor's advice.
  •   Stay found! Become familiar with your hunting area. Learn how to use a map and compass or GPS unit. Be prepared for emergencies. Carry a basic survival kit and know how to use it.
  •   Be seen! Wear or display the required amount of fluorescent orange clothing.

Firearms Safety
  •   Handle all firearms as if they’re loaded. Never assume they are unloaded and double check to be sure.
  •   Always point the muzzle in a safe direction and don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  •   Unload and place your firearm on the ground before crossing a fence, log or other obstacle, or climbing a tree.
  •   Shoot only when a safe and adequate backstop exists. Don’t shoot at hard, flat surfaces, water or a target on the horizon.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest

The state Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Game Commission are again encouraging hunters to consider sharing their deer harvest to provide thousands of pounds of venison to people in need.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) is Pennsylvania’s venison donation program for hunters who share their extra venison via a statewide network of participating butchers to food pantries and community assistance centers across the Commonwealth. One deer provides about 200 servings of high-protein, low-fat venison. Thanks to the program’s generous supporters, hunters pay nothing to ensure their venison helps to provide a warm meal to someone in need in their community.

The program reported record participation last year with 235,532 pounds of venison donated in the 2022-23 deer season. HSH has distributed 2.2 million pounds of donated venison since 1991. More information about the program and how to participate is available at