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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
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Week of September 26, 2016
Thank America’s Teachers: Support for Mr.
Ludwig, Lebanon High School!
Farmers Insurance is giving $1
million to teachers through the
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
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
PennDOT Installing Cable Median Barrier along US 222, I-78 and US 15
The PA Department
of Transportation began a safety improvement project to install high-tension
cable median barriers to help prevent errant vehicles from crossing the median
and colliding with those traveling in the opposite direction. Crews will prepare
to install the concrete foundations and steel posts and attach the high-tension
cable along the following highways: US 222 in Lancaster county from the
Manheim-Warwick township line to the Lancaster-Berks county line; I-78 in
Lebanon County from east of Route 72 to the Lebanon-Berks county line, and; US
15 from south of the US 30 interchange to south of York Springs Borough.
Motorists are advised they may encounter left shoulder restrictions during
daylight operations through the beginning of winter. Crews will break over the
winter and resume work in the spring, with the project expected to be complete
by mid-August 2017.
Ft. Indiantown Gap Safety Briefings and Annual Fee Payments Now
Those wishing to hunt, fish and trap in restricted areas at
Fort Indiantown Gap can
now complete the mandatory safety briefing and pay the annual $50 fee
online. The briefing covers the
changes for the upcoming season which runs from October 2016 to May 2017 and
introduces hunters to the available hunting areas on the installation. All
hunters must also possess a valid
PA Game Commission
license. A lottery is used to select those who may hunt north of Blue Mountain
during regular rifle season. The lottery entry costs $20 and ensures a safe
hunting environment and assists with managing the harvest.
Additionally, there are 1,000 Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
coupons this year, which are available by visiting the Wildlife office weekdays
7-9 a.m., September 6-23. To be eligible to participate in the
hunters must also complete the online
safety briefing, pay the access fee, and have a valid
PA Game Commission
license. All fees collected are used for the protection, conservation and
management of fish and wildlife at
Fort Indiantown Gap,
including habitat restoration and improvement, biologist staff and support costs
and related activities.
After completing the online
registration and payment of fees, hunters will be able to check in and out of
the hunting areas using a new kiosk beginning October 1. For questions about the
new program, call (717) 821-3028 or (717) 861-2663, or e-mail
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Date Changes
The PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
is advising college-bound students and families of a date change to the
application timeline for federal, state and other sources of student financial
aid. Beginning with the 2017-18 student aid application cycle, the
FAFSA will be available three months earlier
than in previous years, with students able to apply for financial aid as early
as October 1, 2016 (in prior years, the FAFSA
did not become available until January 1). The U.S.
Department of Education made the change to better align the financial aid
application process with the actual college admissions timeline. The rules were
also modified to allow applicants to complete the 2017-18
FAFSA with financial information from the
2015 tax year. To further assist families with college and student financial aid
MySmartBorrowing.org, and for more information on the higher education
financial process, FAFSA Completion Session
schedules, financial aid deadline reminders, and higher education planning
information, visit PHEAA.org.
Congressman Costello Community Office Hours
Congressman Ryan Costello’s staff will
be holding community office hours to address federal questions and concerns in
my Lebanon District Office, Room 101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street,
on Thursday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Questions regarding the community office hours can be directed to Jason Carver
of Congressman Costello’s office at
(610) 376-7630 or (610) 696-2982.
Disability Employment Outreach Day
The State Civil
Service Commission, the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities, and
the Office of Administration
are holding a Disability Employment Outreach Day on Friday, October 21 at the
PA Fish & Boat Commission Headquarters,
1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg. Employment presentations will be at 9 a.m. and
1 p.m., and job counselors will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an
informational event only where individuals with disabilities are invited to
learn about the state’s civil service application, testing, and hiring process,
and are asked to bring an up-to-date resume (no interviews or hiring will take
place at the outreach event). To request accommodations for this event, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 214-4933 by
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