Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Senatorial District and the State Capitol. If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about my legislative priorities issues that may affect you and your family.
Week of October 15, 2018
General Assembly Poised to Conclude 2017-18 Session
With just three scheduled Senate Session days remaining in the 2017-18 Legislative Session, both Chambers will be deliberating a host of measures prior to the November 30 sine die constitutional deadline. Any bill not reaching the Governor’s desk by that time will die and need to be reintroduced next session to be considered to become law.
PA Dairy Industry Investment Program Grants
PA Dairy Farmers are invited to apply for a new grant program providing $5 million to support the dairy industry. The PA Dairy Industry Investment Program will support projects to improve the production, processing and distribution of dairy products. Grants of up to $100,000 will be available for research and development and marketing projects, and grants of up to $50,000 will be offered for value-added processing projects and dairy operations transitioning to organic products.
Funding is only available for projects that are not already underway. Eligible applicants include dairy businesses and cooperatives, non-profit agricultural organizations, schools and institutions of higher learning. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as funding is available. A 15% cash match of the total project cost is required. Applications can be submitted online with the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Electronic Single Application for Assistance.
Constituent Highlight: Retired Highspire Police Chief and Borough Manager John McHale
Congratulations to John McHale on his recent retirement as the Borough of Highspire’s Police Chief and Borough Manager after 40 years of distinguished service. Chief McHale began his career as a Dauphin County dispatcher in 1978 and worked his way up to Assistant Shift Supervisor. In 1982, he began as a full-time patrol officer with Highspire Police Department while also working part-time with the Penbrook Police Department.
Chief McHale was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and to Chief two years later, and has received numerous letters of commendation and accolades for his duties, including the Merit Award for Excellent Arrest. In addition to his position as Chief, he accepted the role of Manager of the Borough of Highspire in 2003, and continued working in both positions until his retirement.
Throughout his career, Chief McHale as striven to adhere to the highest standards of service and has rightly earned the respect and admiration of his many friends and colleagues. Thank you for your loyalty and service, and demonstrating extraordinary commitment to the Borough of Highspire. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement!
Leashed Tracking Dogs Allowed to Recover Big Game
As the statewide deer season has started, hunters will have their first opportunity to recover shot big game with leashed tracking dogs. Senate Bill 135, which was unanimously passed both Chambers and was signed into law earlier this year as Act 11, provides another tracking option for hunters who have shot and inflicted injury on a white-tailed deer, black bear or elk, but lose the trail.
KILE Outstanding Youth
Congratulations to the following youth from the 48th Senatorial District who recently received Outstanding Youth Awards at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition: Dylan Bomgardner, of Annville, and Wilhelmina Voight, of Fredericksburg!
Safe Schools Grants Awarded
The PA Department of Education has announced 2018-19 Targeted Safe Schools Grants, including six in the 48th Senatorial District:
Middletown Area School District – $24,079 – Equipment Grant
Cornwall-Lebanon School District – $40,000 – School Police Officer Grant
Eastern Lebanon County School District – $40,000 – School Police Officer Grant
Palmyra Area School District – $40,000 – School Police Officer Grant
Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 – $20,000 – School Police Officer Grant
Swatara Township Police Department – $60,000 – School Resource Officer Grant
Dauphin County Polling Place Changes
Five polling place changes in Dauphin County will take effect for the upcoming General Election on November 6th. All impacted voters should have already been notified. Should you have any questions, please contact Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections Director Gerald Feaser, Jr. at (717) 780-6360.
Londonderry Township 2nd Precinct (located in the 48th Senatorial District)
FORMER: Londonderry Township Building, 783 Geyers Church Road, Middletown
NEW: Londonderry Fire Company, 2655 Foxiana Road, Middletown
Harrisburg’s 12th Ward
FORMER: Neighborhood Center, 1801 North Third Street, Harrisburg
NEW: Laurel Towers Apartments Community Room, 1531 North Third Street, Harrisburg
Lower Paxton 4th Precinct
FORMER: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1214 Crosby Street, Harrisburg
NEW: American Legion Post 272, 505 North Mountain Road, Harrisburg
Lower Paxton 25th Precinct
FORMER: Sports City, 4141 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg
NEW: The Village of Laurel Ridge, 399 Ring Neck Drive, Harrisburg
West Hanover 3rd Precinct
FORMER: West Hanover Elementary School Gymnasium, Harrisburg
NEW: Office of MDJ Lowell Witmer, 8010 Bretz Drive, Harrisburg
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