Open Seat 48th E-Newsletter

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Week of February 25, 2019

48th Spotlight Video Feature: Mount Gretna Theatre

My first 48th Spotlight of 2019 features the Mount Gretna Theatre!  I spoke with Brian Kurtas, Executive Producer, at the beautiful and historic Mount Gretna Playhouse.  We also visited Movement Laboratory in Lebanon, about taking the arts into schools through touring outreach.  Watch below!

Spotlight on the 48th: Gretna Theatre

Lebanon County Officers Recognized for Aggressive Driving Enforcement

On February 19, the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and its safety partner, The Center for Traffic Safety, honored municipal officers for their outstanding participation in PennDOT’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.  Police across PA participated in this project to reduce aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating and running red lights.  Congratulations to the following officers from the 48th Senatorial District who were honored:  Patrolman Andrew Harner, Lebanon City; Patrolman Bradley Hain, North Cornwall Township; Patrolman Gregory Behney, North Lebanon Township, and; Patrolman Scott Firestone, South Londonderry Township!

PA Motorcycle Safety Program Clinics

PennDOT PA Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics focus on developing operator proficiency free-of-charge to prospective, experienced and new PA riders who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or license.  All training clinics are under the supervision of certified instructors and held at numerous riding ranges throughout PA.  Three of the clinics – the Beginning Rider Clinic (BRC), the Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC), and the 3-Wheel Riding Clinic (3WRC) – offer a pathway to earning a motorcycle license.

For those still not sure if they want to ride, PAMSP offers a four-hour Introduction to Riding Clinic (ITR), a non-licensing clinic that teaches students with a valid motorcycle permit the fundamental skills for operating a two-or-three wheeled motorcycle via classroom training and street skills and strategies.

There is also an Advanced Rider Clinic (ARC), a one-day clinic for experienced riders designed to enhance a their ability to avoid a crash through honing their decision-making abilities, riding strategies, risk management and rider behavior and choices.  Registration for the 2019 training season is now open.  Visit or call 1-800-845-9533 for more information or to enroll in a clinic.

Lebanon PA Made

You could be designated Lebanon PA Made if you fit any of the following requirements:

  • Create, produce or design anything while working in Lebanon County, including music, videos, movies, artwork on any medium, scripts, etc.
  • Produce products or raw materials used to create a final product and your plant is in Lebanon County
  • Build or create a final product in Lebanon County using materials sourced to you
  • Create outside of Lebanon County but have a storefront or business that sells the items you personally create and assemble

If you fit any of these categories, you could use the free Lebanon PA Made logo.  Request an introductory package of labels to place on your packaging or in your Lebanon County businesses, or use the print ready file to add to your packaging during the printing process.  For registration information, contact or (717) 228-4401.

Malt Beverage Tax Credit Program

The Malt Beverage Tax Credit Program through the PA Department of Revenue is a non-refundable, non-transferable tax credit for utilization against all taxable malt and brewed beverages as reported on a manufacturers Revenue Tax Form 1052.

A taxpayer and manufacturer of malt or brewed beverages may submit an application for tax credits against the malt beverage tax imposed under Article XX of the Tax Reform Code for investment in qualified capital expenditures.  You may qualify to claim this credit if:

  • You are a manufacturer of malt or brewed beverages in PA
  • Have a physical location in PA to manufacture malt or brewed beverages
  • Made investments in Qualified Capital Expenditures capitalized by the taxpayer and used in the manufacturing and sale of malt or brewed beverages
  • Can pass a state tax clearance evaluation

Applications are due by April 1, and can be found here:  For additional information, contact Matt Forti at or (717) 772-3896.

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