Open Seat 48th E-Newsletter

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Week of June 4, 2018

Constituent Highlight: Northern Lebanon County Authority, “2018 Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year”

Congratulations to the Northern Lebanon County Authority and its operations staff, Dusty Keller, Jim Darkes and Tad Barnhart, for receiving the PA Rural Water Association “2018 Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year” award, which is given annually to a PA wastewater treatment plant that demonstrates a commitment to excellence to the community served! The Authority provides sanitary sewer service to Jonestown Borough and portions of Union and Swatara Township.

AlertPA Notification System by CodeRED

PA residents can join the free AlertPA notification system by CodeRED for emergency and weather related alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other updates from PA Commonwealth and federal agencies. A CodeRED Weather Warning will automatically alert you if your address falls in the path of severe weather as determined by the National Weather Service. Sign up here.

Keystone Grants for Public Libraries

The PA Department of Education, through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development, administers the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund grants for public libraries program which is funded from a portion of realty transfer taxes. Grants pay up to 50% of eligible costs to plan, acquire, construct or rehabilitate public library facilities. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, a new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansions and new construction.

The maximum Keystone grant award is $750,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar match. There is no minimum amount that may be requested. Matching funds may include cash and in-kind contributions, federal funds and other state funds, and must be on hand at the time of the application. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2018. Questions can be directed to Ed Lupico, Keystone Grants Administrator at (717) 783-5747 or Click here for more information, guidelines and application.

Historical & Archival Records Care Grants

The PA State Historic Records Advisory Board announced an opportunity for repositories to apply for Historical & Archival Records Care Grants.  The PA Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will provide the funding intended to improve the preservation and accessibility of historically valuable records.  The following are eligible to apply:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Historical societies
  • Public and private libraries
  • Museums with archives and records management responsibilities
  • Historical records repositories whose primary mission is the preservation of historical records to make them available to the public
  • Museums and historic sites owned and operated by independent nonprofit organizations
  • Other historical organizations open to the public with consistent hours
  • County governments
  • Municipalities
  • School districts
  • Statewide elected official and government associations
  • Individual subunits under certain conditions

Find further information regarding eligibility requirements, levels of funding, categories of support, evaluation criteria, and application process instructions here. The application deadline is August 1, 2018.

School Breakfast Initiative Grants Awarded

The PA Department of Education recently announced the inaugural round of School Breakfast Initiative grants to help schools make breakfast available for children to start their day with a healthy meal. Schools will use the grants to increase and sustain breakfast participation by implementing or expanding alternative breakfast options, such as grab-n-go breakfast, breakfast in the classroom, and second chance breakfast during study halls. Currently, over 3,000 PA schools report they offer breakfast, however fewer than half of those schools offer alternative serving methods. Serving students in the 48th Senatorial District, the following schools received funding:

  • Central Dauphin School District
    • Tri-County Elementary School – $4,998.97
    • Central Dauphin East High School – $5,000.00
    • South Side Elementary School – $4,998.97
    • Lawnton Elementary School – $4,854.98
  • Steelton-Highspire School District
    • Steelton-Highspire High School – $2,875.75
  • Cornwall-Lebanon School District
    • Cedar Crest Middle School – $4,993.98
  • Palmyra Area School District
    • Palmyra Area High School – $4,750.00

Cable Show:  State Museum of Pennsylvania

Check out my latest cable show, which takes us on a tour of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, including a rare look at original Indian deeds to William Penn from 1683 to 1789, the original Penn Charter and Mammal Hall. You can watch below, and Comcast on Demand and WHBG TV20 should also be airing through mid-June!

May 2018 - State Museum of Pennsylvania,Indian Deeds and Penn Charter

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