Senator Stefano E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Bedford Chamber Holds Annual Awards Dinner
  • Local Farm Bureau Leaders Visit the Capitol
  • AAA Welcomes New Council Members
  • Funding for Local Projects Announced
  • Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care
  • Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety
  • Voter Registration Deadline is April 8
  • Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

  • Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8
  • Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Bedford Chamber Holds Annual Awards Dinner

Congratulations to the business community members who were honored at the Bedford Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner:

Citizen of the Year: John Dailey Chandler

Rising Stars: Dr. Kaci Batzel and Matt Godissart

Service Above Self Scholars: Alyssa Horton, Allison Leader, and Craig Samuel Prescott

Bedford Business Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Bedford County Agricultural Society
  • Bedford Rural Electric Cooperative
  • Burger King of Bedford
  • Lana’s Custom Draperies and Blinds
  • Structural Fiberglass

Local Farm Bureau Leaders Visit the Capitol

It was great to see our local farmers in Harrisburg this week for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Legislative Luncheon. I was grateful to spend time with members of the Fayette and Somerset County Farm Bureau and discuss legislative issues affecting our agricultural community.

AAA Welcomes New Council Members

The Huntingdon-Bedford-Fulton Area Agency on Aging’s Citizens Advisory Council named 3 new members last week: Congratulations to Ralph Scott of Bedford County as well as Paula Shives and Ron Morgan!

Funding for Local Projects Announced

This week, more than $2.5M in state funding was awarded to the 32nd District for projects dedicated to making our roadways, and overall our communities, safer. Commitment to investing in vital infrastructure projects leads to better roads for residents and visitors. Congratulations to all the awardees!

Bedford County

🚧 Bedford Township: $365,768

Fayette County

🚧 Connellsville Township: $107,867
🚧 Henry Clay Township, Sugarloaf Road: $400,000
🚧 South Union Township, Sheepskin Trail: $301,504

Somerset County

🚧 Boswell Borough: $491,401
🚧 Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County, Berlin Main Street: $300,000
🚧 Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County, Learning Lamp Bus Loop: $75,000
🚧 Somerset County, Lower Humbert: $244,801

Westmoreland County

🚧 Scottdale Borough: $159,066
🚧 Scottdale Borough, Streets Department: $67,774
🚧 Scottdale Borough, Fire Department: $32,140

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Senate Votes for Athletic Trainers to Provide Important Care

Two bills modernizing the capabilities of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania were passed by the Senate and moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senate Bill 559 and Senate Bill 560 would allow athletic trainers to deliver a wider scope of health care services to more individuals.

The bills would permit athletic trainers to practice specific invasive procedures under a written protocol with a licensed physician. Some of the procedures include medication injections, blister and nail care, administration of Naloxone and any other procedures authorized by the State Board of Medicine.

Supporting Firefighters, Community Safety

Applications for the federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs will be accepted until Friday, April 12. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering webinars to assist in the process.

The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

SAFER Grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, front-line firefighters available in their communities. SAFER’s goal is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards.

Voter Registration Deadline is April 8

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s April 23 primary election is Monday, April 8. Your county election board must receive your application for a mail-in or absentee ballot by Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.

To legally register, individuals must be a citizen of the United States, reside in their local voting precincts at least 30 days prior to the election and be at least age 18 on Election Day, Tuesday, April 23. Once registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name or political party affiliation.

Voter registration forms, mail-in ballot applications and absentee ballot applications are available here or from your local county’s Board of Elections. You can also use the site to check your registration status.

Free Tax Resource for Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue myPATH site is a free resource all Pennsylvanians can use.

Using the website, residents can file their PA personal income taxes, make a payment and check the status of their refund. There is also an option to verify your tax refund to expedite processing.

Anyone who needs some extra help using myPATH can access video tutorials explaining how to create a profile, file a personal income tax return and use a smart device to access myPATH.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

On Monday, April 8, the continental United States will experience its last total solar eclipse until 2044. As it travels from the southwest to the northeast, the eclipse will cross through a portion of northwest Pennsylvania, including Erie, Crawford, Warren and Mercer counties. For nearly four minutes around 2:30 p.m., the afternoon sky will go dark. The sun will slowly reemerge, and by 4:30 p.m., it will be as if nothing happened.

You must be in the path to see the sun totally eclipsed by the moon. Most of Pennsylvania lies within the 90% coverage range, so there will be excellent viewing across the state, weather permitting, even outside the path of totality. Before the total solar eclipse, many state parks have free eclipse educational programs.

To safely view the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye, through an unfiltered camera lens or with any kind of standard sunglasses. Find more information about safety and what to expect here.

Happy Easter to You and Your Family

Warmest wishes for you and your family as we prepare to celebrate the holy holiday of Easter. While we reflect on the hope and love the day symbolizes, may you enjoy time surrounded by loved ones. Happy Easter!


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