Open Seat 48th E-Newsletter

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Week of December 17, 2018 

Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania

Congratulations to Vicki Fern and Aislynn Moyer, both of Lebanon County, who were finalists in the 2018 Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, a statewide, non-profit foundation created to help recruit and retain nursing professionals.  Vicki, who works at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, was a finalist in the Community Nursing category, and Aislynn, who works at Penn State Health, was a finalist in the Executive Nursing Administration category.  Thank you for all you do, and keep up the great work!

PA State Capitol Self-Guided Tour App

The historic Pennsylvania State Capitol now has a new self-guided tour app with maps and information on the building’s history and architecture, interactive games and other items to make the most a visit.  Explore the Capitol at your leisure from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on regular weekdays.  Pennsylvania’s Capitol building was officially opened on October 4, 1906, and was heralded by President Theodore Roosevelt as “the handsomest building I ever saw” at its dedication ceremony.  Check it out and see its unique history and beauty for yourself!

Congratulations to Timothy Schaeffer, PFBC’s New Executive Director

Congratulations to Timothy Schaeffer, the new Executive Director of the PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).  Tim was the Director of Policy and Planning at PFBC from 2008 to 2017, and most recently served as the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Water Programs at the PA Department of Environmental Protection.  The PFBC’s mission is to “protect, conserve, and enhance aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities.”  I look forward to working with Tim and his team in the months ahead.

Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART)

The PA Department of Human Services has launched a new online tool to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and supportive services for themselves or a loved one.  The tool centralizes ways to connect a person to drug and alcohol treatment and related support services and can be found at  The DART tool is a free, anonymous resource with results generated off a person’s answers to survey questions (individuals may skip a question at any point), and is not a diagnostic assessment nor does it gauge eligibility for any programs – the goal is to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin.


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