In this Update:
Local Emergency Medical Services Worker Recognized
George Kost has been a member of Berwick Area Ambulance, Geisinger Emergency Medical Services, for more than 25 years. I had the honor this week to present him with a Senate citation recognizing him as a recipient of the Star of Life Award in honor of his dedicated service to his patients and the community. Throughout his tenure in emergency medical services, George has faithfully committed himself to preserve and protect the health, safety and welfare of his fellow citizens. Thank you, George, for your service to the community and your dedication to the many patients you have cared for during the past 25 years!
Photo License Technician Honored
This week I presented a Senate citation to Herb Gottshall, honoring him for his exemplary job performance. Herb recently received an achievement award and was recognized by UniqueSource for his outstanding performance as an employee at Suncom Industries. During the course of the last four years, Herb has developed his skills as a photo license technician and he is now lauded as the best technician with the company, often going above and beyond to help other employees learn the skills they need to succeed. Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition, Herb, and best wishes for your future!
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Picnic
Thursday afternoon, I had the pleasure to spend some time with farmers from Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Snyder and Union Counties. Thank you to the PA Farm Bureau for hosting PA State Rep. Robert Leadbeter, PA State Rep. David Rowe, PA State Rep. Michael Stender, and me at your annual Farm Bureau picnic at Knoebels Amusement Resort!
Pennsylvania to Receive More Than $1 Billion to Close Digital Divide
Pennsylvania is set to receive $1.16 billion in federal funding to increase access to high-speed internet connectivity for individuals, businesses, schools and hospitals.
Thanks to everyone who submitted information to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s map that indicates areas with and without high-speed internet connectivity, Pennsylvania had the third highest number of successful challenges in the country.
While funding was predicated on the map released by the FCC, residents may still view and challenge the map should the information be incorrect. Residents can view the statewide broadband map and learn more about challenging any location in Pennsylvania here.
Beware of Student Loan Scam Robocalls and Robotexts
Following the Supreme Court decision regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan forgiveness program, scammers are likely to attempt to use the program to make their misleading robocalls and robotexts seem more legitimate.
Common scams pretend to be from the “student loan forgiveness center” or from a state “forgiveness center.” Other messages reference a “settlement” with the U.S. Department of Education that entitles the recipient to “fully discharge” their student loan obligations. Incoming communications may also fraudulently reflect seemingly legitimate caller ID information to convince consumers to respond.
Learn more, including how to spot a scam and what to do if you are a target, here.
Purple Star School Program Supports Military-Connected Children
Thanks to legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) launched the Purple Star School Program.
The program encourages schools to support the children of service members on active duty and in the National Guard and Reserves as they transition to a new school due to a parent’s change in duty station. Public and non-public schools can receive the Purple Star Award from PDE if they demonstrate their commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.
Pennsylvania now joins 37 other states that offer this designation. Schools can learn more and apply for the Purple Star School designation here.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on PA’s Ice Cream Trail
Sunday, July 16, is National Ice Cream Day – a wonderful time to enjoy Pennsylvania’s Ice Cream Trail at a great creamery.
With locations across the state, you’re sure to find an ice cream destination in your area. They’re often family-owned and support the local community by using locally sourced, high-quality ingredients.
From cones to milkshakes to sundaes to soft serve, there are so many delicious ice cream confections to try. Check out the interactive map of more than 40 locations here, and learn about the creameries and what they offer here.
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