Senator Culver E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving
  • Playing Santa? Shop Small on Saturday
  • Join Me for Coffee and Conversation
  • North Shore Railroad Toys for Tots
  • Healthy, Free Food Available to Low-Income Seniors
  • Local Group Celebrates 50 Years of Making a Difference
  • Preparing Pennsylvanians of All Ages for Career Success
  • Winter Life Jacket Requirement in Effect

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Pennsylvania has a rich history related to celebrating the day of thanks, as the first nationally recognized Thanksgiving was celebrated in York County in 1777. Americans had just soundly defeated the British in the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolution. To mark the victory, the Second Continental Congress proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving.

The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was also held in Pennsylvania in 1920 – four years before the first Macy’s parade.

May your holiday be filled with an abundance of blessings, health and good times. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, my office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.

Playing Santa? Shop Small on Saturday

Small Business Saturday is this weekend, a great time to shop small when thinking about gifts for the holiday season.

Small businesses account for 99.6% of Pennsylvania businesses and half of our jobs. That’s why I’ve advocated for the continued phase-out of the state’s excessive Corporate Net Income Tax – which burdens many small business operators – and voted for a host of measures this year to cut government red tape that is hampering the work of these crucial job creators.

You can find state resources on starting a small business here.

Join Me for Coffee and Conversation

Please join me for my first Coffee and Conversation! Join me on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 9:00- 10:30 a.m. at Georgie’s Deli and Bagels in Berwick to share with me your thoughts and opinions. This event is free but you MUST RSVP in advance. Please contact Kristy in my Bloomsburg Office by calling or texting 570-784-3464 or by email at I hope to see you there!

If you are not local to Berwick, please be aware that I am planning to host more Coffee and Conservation events throughout our district.

North Shore Railroad Toys for Tots

I had an amazing time at North Shore Railroad’s 20th Annual Toys for Tots this past Saturday!  I am always excited to be a part of this event, and it is incredible to see the generosity of the citizens living in our communities. This year was extra fun thanks to my wonderful, young helper! All donations from the event go towards support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Healthy, Free Food Available to Low-Income Seniors

The Senior Food Box Program supplements low-income seniors’ diets with nutritious food, including non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, fish and canned fruits and vegetables.

To participate, individuals must be at least 60 years old and meet income eligibility guidelines. A single senior’s annual income may not exceed $18,954, and the income for a couple is capped at $25,636.

Seniors who would like to participate should call 800-468-2433 to be directed to the regional food bank distributing the Senior Food Box in their county of residence. Learn more here.

Local Group Celebrates 50 Years of Making a Difference

Congratulations to the Warrior Run Woman’s Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This group of dedicated women has been making an immeasurable impact on the community for the last half a century. Thank you to the club members for their steadfast dedication to the community, and a special thank you to the club’s founder, Ellen Cook, for seeing the needs the club could fill and taking action to make a difference. My office was honored to participate in the celebration.

Preparing Pennsylvanians of All Ages for Career Success

People at any stage of their careers – and even before their careers have begun – may use SkillUp PA, Pennsylvania’s free online job training platform. The free trainings are designed to fill critical skill gaps that can be a barrier to employment, prepare people for credential or certification tests and sharpen soft job skills.

Some of the courses include Being an Effective Team Member, Essential Skills for Professional Telephone Calls, Interpersonal Communication: Listening Essentials and Thinking Critically: Coming to Terms with Assumptions.

Learn more about SkillUp and enroll here.

Winter Life Jacket Requirement in Effect

Until April 30, all boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe or paddleboard on all Pennsylvania waters.

A disproportionate number of boating fatalities occur from November to April in Pennsylvania, and cold water is one of the primary reasons. When water temperatures are less than 70 degrees, the cold water shock can cause an involuntary gasp, hyperventilation, breathlessness and a reduced ability to control breathing and swim.

A life jacket greatly increases your chance of survival in cold water. It also increases the amount of time for you to be rescued. Find more cold water survival safety tips here.


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