Senator Culver E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • PCN Interview Focuses on Before- and After-School Programs
  • Berwick-Nescopeck Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Local Eagle Scouts Recognized
  • Star of Life Awards
  • “Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam
  • Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues
  • Make Memories at a PA Fair
  • Planning Outdoor Adventures

PCN Interview Focuses on Before- and After-School Programs

I was recently interviewed on PCN to discuss Senate Bill 789, which would establish the Building Opportunity through Out-of-School Time (BOOST) Fund to support before- and after-school programs. These programs provide students with a safe place to stay during those key hours before and after school when their parents or guardians are working.  Watch the short video to learn more about this important proposal.

Berwick-Nescopeck Memorial Day Ceremony

This weekend, I spoke at the Berwick-Nescopeck Memorial Day Ceremony to honor and remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our nation’s military. It was an honor to join local veterans to celebrate Memorial Day.

Local Eagle Scouts Recognized

Congratulations to Thomas Kraintz of Troop 58, Alexander Lee of Troop 44, and William Leiby of Troop 309 for earning the rank of Eagle Scout! These scouts each held a Court of Honor to celebrate this achievement. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed, and I wish you all the best of luck in the future!

Star of Life Awards

Congratulations to Thomas Derby and Christopher Gardner for receiving the Star of Life Award from the Emergency Health Services Federation. The Star of Life is presented to EMS personnel who have actively served for 25 years or more. Thank you to Thomas and Christopher for your time and dedication to keeping the community safe!

“Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam

Scammers are becoming more skilled all the time. They have created pop-ups and ads for a “free” scan to keep your computer safe – some even with a Windows logo – that trick people into paying to fix computer problems that may not even exist.

While it’s illegal to lie about finding security threats on your computer, tech firms Reimage and Restoro did that to convince people to pay tens of millions of dollars for software and services to repair made-up problems.

Avoid tech support scams by never clicking a link or calling a number in a pop-up warning. Know that legitimate tech companies won’t contact you by phone, email or text message to tell you there’s a problem with your computer. Learn more.

Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation

Sadly, seniors are victimized financially not only by strangers but even people they know, such as their family member or caregiver. Scammers can swindle them out of their money, pension and even home.

A variety of factors make seniors more vulnerable, including when they have recently lost a spouse, are isolated or face pressure to change their will. When they fall higher on the vulnerability scale, it’s even more important to take precautions to avoid exploitation and fraud.

To protect themselves, seniors should not accept calls from anyone they do not know or give personal information to strangers – regardless of who they claim to be. Review financial account statements at least monthly and contact the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider immediately if there are unauthorized charges. Learn more.

Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

The Growing Greener Grant Program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals and exhibits, there’s something for everyone.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide maps out the fairs across the state, broken down by region. Find dates and locations to plan your day at the fair. The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer harness racing.

Planning Outdoor Adventures

As we celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June, it’s the perfect time to engage in recreational opportunities that allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and forests that Pennsylvania offers. Get a jumpstart planning your trip with information about lodging, dining, things to do, and, of course, outdoor adventures.

Great Outdoors Month first started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998.


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