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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of October 17, 2016

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC Catalyst Award Recipients
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC announced the recipients of the 2016 Catalyst Awards who will be recognized at the annual awards event on Wednesday, November 30 at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. I am honored to have been chosen for the Government Leader of the Year award. Congratulations to the following businesses and individuals who were also selected:
Athena Award: Christine Sears, Penn National Insurance
Business Diversity Champion of the Year: Homeland Center
Catalyst Award: Harristown Enterprises, Inc.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Russ DiGilio, Duck Donuts Franchising Company
Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Goldstein
Small Business of the Year: Premier #1 Limousine Services
Volunteer of the Year: Brenna Kernan, Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Lebanon County Women’s Hall of Fame
The Lebanon County Commission for Women is accepting applications through November 30 for the Women’s Hall of Fame, which honors women who have made significant contributions to Lebanon County through their profession and/or volunteerism while serving as role models. Women being considered are to: live or work in Lebanon County, or; have played an integral part in the implementation of project(s) that have benefited the Lebanon Valley, or; have worked as hidden heroes touching lives in a positive way. Nominees may be living or deceased, and previous inductees and Commission members are not eligible. The categories include: Leadership; Creating Community; Promoting Agriculture; Advocating Athletics; Working for Justice; Promoting Healthy Lifestyles or Healthcare; Contributing to the Arts; Innovating in Education; Serving the Military, and; Fostering Advancements in Science/Technology. Click here for the nomination form.

Thank America’s Teachers: Support for Mr. Ludwig, Lebanon High School!
Farmers Insurance is giving $1 million to teachers through the Thank America’s Teachers program with 180 $2,500 grants, and six $100,000 grants. Once a teacher was thanked on the website, they can apply for a grant. Beginning October 1, fifteen teacher proposals will be posted on the Thank America’s Teachers website and the community votes on who should be awarded the grant. One of 15 finalists for the $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge is Dale Ludwig, a teacher at Lebanon High School. Beginning October 1, vote here! Click on “Vote for a $100,000 Proposal”, and vote for Mr. Ludwig daily! Voting tabulation will be done the first week of November.

Highlights of Mr. Ludwig’s proposal include: “The Great Lebanon Community Project” is to work closely with the Lebanon Mayor on a community-wide waterway and watershed project that would benefit both the PA Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency. Students would test water quality, assist with storm water drains, and public service announcements developing the skills necessary to be good citizens in the 21st century.

Michael Webster Recognized in Statewide School Bus Driver Safety Competition
Congratulations Michael Webster, of Lebanon, who was awarded Second Place in the Transit Category in PennDOT’s Statewide School Bus Driver Safety Competition! Competitors were required to complete a written examination and 11 behind-the-wheel events. Michael will be recognized on October 19 at the Governor’s Residence for his accomplishment in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week from October 17-21.

Bills Signed into Law by the Governor
House Bill 1155 – Act 108 – provides for license plates recognizing active members of the military, reserves and PA National Guard;
Senate Bill 1226 – Act 109 – enhances the PA Veterans Trust Fund.

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