Senator Stefano E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Around the district
  • Drivers safety event next week
  • How to Prepare for the Nov. 7 Election
  • PennDOT Survey Open Until Oct. 20
  • Enjoy PA’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage
  • Brush Up on School Bus Safety
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown: What to Do When Roads Flood

Around the district

Thank you once again to those who attended last week’s senior expo at Penn State Fayette. Rep Warner, Rep. Krupa and I are immensely grateful for our exhibitors, sponsors, and everyone who made our annual event a great success.

On Sunday, the Masontown Brethren Church held a “Pink Out” Worship Service to honor those who have been affected by any type of cancer. Thank you to Pastor Benjamin Zylka and the entire congregation for having me.

Last Saturday, Devi’s Annual Tractor Ride brought over 300 attendees and 60 tractors to Flatwoods Community Park.

For the past nine years, the ride has been held to honor Devi Matthews of Vanderbilt as her family raises money for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This year they raised over $12,000! Check out the story here.

On Tuesday, we broke ground at Gibbs Stadium for their new public service facility. This is the first phase of a major Capitol Improvement Project that will bring necessary upgrades to the Somerset Little League fields. Happy to see this grant funding being put toward safe recreation for the youth in Somerset County!

Drivers safety event next week

Next Friday, my office along with Rep. Ryan Warner, PA District 12-0 Community Traffic Safety Project and AAA East Central will be hosting a CarFit Check event for seniors.

Mature drivers will learn how to properly adjust their car prior to driving. They’ll also leave with recommended adaptations to make their vehicle safer. No reservations needed! Contact my office for more information.

How to Prepare for the Nov. 7 Election

Election Day on Nov. 7 is approaching. You’re able to participate as long as you’re registered to vote by Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, this is also a great time to double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.

Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You must be a registered voter to submit an application, which can be done here.

If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are needed to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.

PennDOT Survey Open Until Oct. 20

What do you think of PennDOT’s construction and maintenance services? Motorists have until Friday, Oct. 20, to provide feedback via an online survey.

The 24-question survey asks respondents how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations regarding construction and maintenance services. Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to their department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services.

Enjoy PA’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage

Some of the world’s most beautiful fall colors are in Pennsylvania. Our state also has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.

Find prime locations for viewing fall foliage in the commonwealth, as well as information about scenic driving tours, here.

Of course, there are all sorts of fun things to do in Pennsylvania this fall beyond leaf peeping. Read about autumn tourism activities – including partaking in festivals, enjoying seasonal foods and exploring architectural marvels – here.

Brush Up on School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 16-20, is the perfect time for students, parents and drivers to brush up on traffic safety rules.

For students, this means knowing how to safely board, ride and exit the school bus. For parents and all drivers, this means knowing what to do on the road when a school bus is in the area and being aware of the penalties associated with breaking Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law.

Detailed school bus safety information is available online.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown: What to do When Roads Flood

Flooding is more common during hurricane season. Please listen for flood warnings, and don’t drive through flooded roads. After all, it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car.

Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.

Learn more about flooding and how to prepare for it here.


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