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(HARRISBURG) – The deadline to apply for home heating assistance under the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to May 1, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who urged eligible residents to apply.

LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

Scarnati said LIHEAP applications were supposed to be submitted by April 3, but the severity and duration of this winter’s weather resulted in the deadline being moved.

“This winter had been especially harsh, resulting in higher heating bills for many senior citizens and those on a fixed income,” Scarnati said.  “This extension will help those in need to take advantage of an important program.”

The cash grants are determined from several factors, including household income and family size.

Scarnati said residents can apply for LIHEAP, online at COMPASS.  They can also contact their local county assistance office or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
717-787-7084

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(HARRISBURG) – Today Tom Wolf proposed devastating tax increases of $4.7 billion as part of his 2015-2016 state budget proposal, according the Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained at a press conference following the Governor’s budget address, that Senate Republicans, who hold a 30-19 majority in the Senate, will not support Tom Wolf’s enormous tax increases on Pennsylvania families and employers.

“I certainly respect that the Governor has a concept for the 2015-16 state budget, however the Senate Republican Caucus does not believe that massive tax increases will help make Pennsylvania a stronger state,” Scarnati said. “Today’s budget clarifies that Governor Wolf is fixated on taxing and spending his way out of the state’s problems. As budget discussions progress, I will continue to be a voice for reason and helping to provide relief from the disastrous effects Tom Wolf’s budget would have on hardworking residents across our Commonwealth.”

In his budget, the Governor has proposed tax increases of 16.1 percent more than Fiscal Year 2014-15. His proposal would raise taxes by $12 billion over the next two fiscal years – about $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Pennsylvania.

“We expect Pennsylvania families to live within their means and our government must learn to do the same,” Scarnati said. “My constituents have sent me to Harrisburg to protect working families. We cannot expect them to give us even more of their hard earned paychecks.”

Scarnati stressed that under the Wolf plan, families will pay more in personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, as well as on new taxable items. While the portion of his proposal to reduce property taxes is certainly a good concept, it is immensely concerning that in his proposal, there is nothing that will keep property taxes from going back up.

“While Gov. Wolf wants to borrow over $6 billion against the state, and spend billions and billions of dollars, my colleagues and I will remain focused on tangible initiatives to help Pennsylvanians, such as passing pension reform and improving the state’s business environment,” Scarnati explained.

Strengthening Pennsylvania’s economy needs a clear and predictable course that focuses on fiscal restraint and core priorities.

“Over the past four years Pennsylvania’s economy has been on the right track, as Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is at the lowest rate in more than six years and with the right fiscal policies, it can go lower,” Scarnati stated. “We will not allow the irresponsible budget proposed by Tom Wolf to destroy the hard work we have done over the past several years to develop a strong business climate and increase access to good family sustaining jobs across Pennsylvania.”

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CONTACT: Drew Crompton dcrompton@pasen.gov 717-787-7084

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The 4th annual Art and Vino Venue will be held Saturday, April 25th, 1:00-5:00, at the Youngsville Fire Hall.
Admission is free.
BE PREPARED TO SHOP, GRAB LUNCH, ENJOY FINE WINE AND RELAX!

This year our Wineries will be Allegheny Cellars Winery, Courtyard Winery, Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars, Burch Farms Winery and Country Market, and Shadow Vineyards and Winery. Enjoy the fantastic mouth watering BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders of CJChuckwagon along with his wine paring snack trays and sweet tooth pleasers from Jessica’s Cupcakes and Sweets. Wine Slushies, Kare and Cher dips, and Wildtree Natural seasonings. Shopping for everyone with vendors including Mason Designs artistic jewelry and apparel, Pine Grove Studio with hand painted glassworks, Soaps by Golden Kisses, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Jamberry Nails, Origami Owl, Weidner’s Genuine Jerky, Essential Oils and more.
Advance sales for Wine Tasting Tickets are $10 for those 21 and older, available at Youngsville Pharmacy, Youngsville Borough Office, Allegheny Cellars Winery, Warren County Insurance, or by calling 814-730-2899. Tickets will be $12.50 day of the event. First 300 advance sale tickets will come with complimentary glass, sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank in a goodie bag sponsored by Warren County Insurance/Winans Insurance and Employee Benefits. Each ticket will be entered for prize drawings during the event.
Event is hosted by the Revitalization of Youngsville and the Youngsville Borough with all proceeds benefiting the Youngsville Streetscape project.
See www.artandvinovenue.blogspot.com for vendor forms, and updates.

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(HARRISBURG) – The state Senate this week, approved legislation that would deny public benefits, such as Medicaid, welfare, and unemployment compensation, to illegal immigrants living in Pennsylvania, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 9, explained that the legislation would establish tighter scrutiny and criminal penalties, which the Commonwealth’s almost 200,000 estimated illegal immigrants would face when applying for services funded by taxpayer dollars.

“America is a country with people of many diverse backgrounds,” Scarnati said. “But in recent years, our state and country have been confronted with illegal immigration which is draining public funds, straining existing services, and creating unfair competition for jobs with American workers.”

Senate Bill 9 would require anyone receiving public benefits in Pennsylvania to provide identification proving they are legal residents. In addition, individuals would be required to sign an affidavit stating they are a United States citizen, or an immigrant lawfully residing in this country. Any illegal immigrant who falsely claims they are residing in the country legally, in order to obtain public benefits, will have committed a second degree misdemeanor and be subject to arrest.

The legislation would provide compassionate exceptions to its tough restrictions. The measures would only apply to residents age 18 and older and would exempt seniors who are Medicare eligible as well as disabled Pennsylvanians who are receiving SSI or SSDI. The bill would also allow every person in Pennsylvania access to emergency medical care, necessary immunizations and disaster relief.

“Addressing the issue of illegal immigration is one that I have been pushing very strongly for a number of years, but with these tough economic times, it is now even more crucial that we stop providing benefits to individuals who are living outside the law,” Scarnati said. “Pennsylvania citizens, who are struggling to make ends meet, should not have their hard-earned dollars going toward benefits for illegal immigrants.”

Senate Bill 9 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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CONTACT:
Casey Long
clong@pasen.gov
717-787-7084

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Exhibition through Saturday, March 14, 2015

GARY TANERI
Portraits: Narratives in Context
Gary Taneri has been painting since 1977 when he entered the Ohio State University as a Fine Art major. His major eventually changed to Architecture and after 4 years at Ohio State he enrolled at Youngstown State University as an Engineering major. In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering. While working as a Civil Engineer in Florida and Ohio he continued to paint and show his work in local museums and galleries including The Butler Institute of American Art and The Trumbull Art Gallery. He studied with painter and sculptor Csaba Kur during the 1990’s when he first painted portraits. He spent many years painting Plein-air which has sharpened his skills of observation and developed his painterly style. In 2009 he started graduate school online and went on to earn his MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California in 2011. He has been showing his paintings in a number of local, regional and national shows, winning awards and public acclaim. In 2013 he became an adjunct professor at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Gary currently lives and paints in Warren, Ohio.

For more information, visit the artist’s website.

MARK HULINGS
A New Day
Mark Hulings’ work is strongly influenced by the Early German Romantics, John Singer-Sargent, the Brandywine School of Southeastern, Pennsylvania including N C Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and Andrew Wyeth. Each work, he acknowledges, is an invitation for the viewer to become involved on a deep, intimate level.

During his youth Mark traveled with his family throughout the 48 states and Canadian provinces. This allowed him to witness the landscapes that would eventually influence his artwork. After studying portraiture privately under Robert Ernst of Titusville, he then attended York Academy of Art & Design, graduating 1982 with a Major in Interior/Environmental Design with a minor in Fine-Art and Graphic Design. He spent the next years living and working in the Tri-County area, photographing, drawing and painting, being inspired from the country side, architecture and local genre.

In 1989 he moved to Anchorage, AK taking the opportunity to explore artistic style and techniques in amongst the pristine scenery of the Alaskan wilderness while working as a surveyor and illustrator of the Alaska Pipeline corridor. During this time he was elected as a member of the AKWS (Alaska Watercolor Society). He also participated in “Arts, for the Parks” National competition and had numerous solo exhibits. Due to the unique location as a global hub, Alaska enabled Marks work to be collected world-wide.

Upon his return to Pennsylvania in 1997 Mark utilized his 3-D capabilities as a model maker for Graham Packaging in York. PA. He created models for Fortune-500 companies like, Tropicanna, Gatorade, Hershey and many others.

Now residing in the sleepy town of Corry, Pa . Mark has focused his attention and abilities to restore a 1870’s vintage Italianate home, where he has established his studio/gallery in hopes to encourage more artisans to relocate and flourish.

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(HARRISBURG) – State grant assistance for home heating costs is still available to qualifying Pennsylvania residents through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati explained that LIHEAP is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and provides assistance with heating expenses in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

“In the winter months the burden of an added expense for heating can be especially heavy on low-income families and those individuals on fixed incomes,” Scarnati said. “As cold temperatures and inclement weather begin to impact our region I want to remind residents that there is help for those who may need assistance with heating costs.”

Eligibility for grants begins, for a household of one, with a maximum income limit of $17,505 and increases by $6,090 per additional household resident. Grant amounts are based on income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.

Applications for the 2014-2015 LIHEAP program will be accepted through April 3, 2015. Applications are available by contacting Senator Scarnati’s offices in Brockway (814-265-2030), Kane (814-837-1026) or Wellsboro (570-724-5231).

Local residents can also apply for LIHEAP grants online at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website, www.compass.state.pa.us. For more information please contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
717-787-7084

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Warren County got out the vote during the final two weeks of the PA Organzation for Rivers and Watersheds’ (POWR) 2015 River of Year contest! Trailing by 10% of the total vote just over 2 weeks ago, a concerted effort by the Conewango Creek Watershed Association (CCWA), numerous local businesses, and individuals brought the Conewango Creek into the lead and home for the win, as voting closed this evening. Thank you to all who voted! Special thanks to Tom Osborne of Conewango Kayak Canoe Rentals and the Conewango Creek Watershed Association for their tireless work cleaning up and promoting the Conewango Creek.

As of this morning, 9,700 people had voted for their choice of River of the Year.Final tallies are:
Conewango Creek – 42%
Loyalhanna Creek – 30%
Lackawanna River – 15%
Neshaminy Creek – 9%
Ohio River – 5%

For the past twenty years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has annually recognized one river as the River of the Year. This recognition is done to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams.

The River of the Year is celebrated throughout the year. Events have included paddling trips, a speaker series, clean up days, photography contests, and more. Partnerships of community groups organize the events including a Sojourn paddling trip. In addition, POWR coordinates the production and distribution of a free poster celebrating the river.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administers the River of the Year program. Local organizations submit nominations. POWR also helps organize and support local watershed associations, as well as the groups who lead a dozen sojourns on rivers around the state each year.

Pennsylvania’s River of the Year honors have been presented annually since 1983. The past feature Rivers of the Year are:
2014 – Schuylkill River
2013 – Monongahela River
2012 – Stonycreek River
2011 – Delaware River
2010 – Lackawaxen River
2009 – Lower and Middle Susquehanna River
2008 – Youghiogheny River
2007 – Lehigh River
2006 – Three Rivers
2005 – West Branch Susquehanna River
2004 – North Branch Susquehanna River
2003 – French Creek
2002 – Delaware River
2001 – Juniata River
2000 – Kiskiminitas-Conemaugh River
1999 – Schuylkill River
1998 – Youghiogheny River
1997 – Lehigh River
1996 – Tulpehocken Creek
1996 – Clarion River
1995 – Upper Delaware
1995 – Juniata River
1994 – Allegheny River
1994 – Susquehanna River
1993 – Meshoppen Creek
1993 – North Branch and Main Stem Susquehanna River
1992 – Yellow Breeches Creek
1992 – West Branch Susquehanna River
1991 – North Branch Susquehanna River
1991 – Pine Creek
1990 – Catawissa Creek
1989 – Bear Run
1988 – West Branch Susquehanna River
1986 – North Branch Susquehanna River
1983 & 1984 – Clarion River

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(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has taken steps to establish Pennsylvania’s first Rural Regional Community College, announced Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senator Bob Robbins (R-50) and Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

According to the legislators, the newly created community college is being established with the goal of offering two-year associate degrees, as well as training and certificate programs to underserved areas of the Commonwealth. Curriculum of the college will be determined by the Board of Trustees, based upon the future workforce needs of the designated region of Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.

“I am very excited that groundwork for launching the Rural Regional Community College is now in place,” Senator Scarnati stated. “This will be the first community college to offer greatly needed higher educational opportunities to northwestern Pennsylvania. Thanks to input by education, business and community leaders, we have been able to establish a solid foundation for helping students have access to quality, affordable education near their hometowns.”

“This will certainly expand the educational options for students in our region,” Senator Robbins said. “Education is the key to success, and a two-year college program is an excellent option for young people who are looking at job opportunities in many career fields. The truth is it’s also a cost-effective way for students to complete their basic studies at a smaller college before finishing their degree at a larger university.”

“I’m thrilled with the rapid progress on the Rural Regional Community College and I’m grateful for Senator Scarnati’s leadership in making this concept a reality,” Senator Hutchinson said. “The positive effects this college will have on our region cannot be understated – there is an immediate need for quality career and technology education in many rural areas of the Commonwealth. The Rural Regional Community College will help residents of our area get the training and education they need to continue working and living right here in our community.”

Senator Scarnati explained that earlier this year, language from his Senate Bill 1000 to establish the rural regional community college initiative was included in the Fiscal Code (Act 126 of 2014). Senate Bill 1000 was a bi-partisan initiative, based largely on recommendations by a Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) study completed in December 2011.

On August 1st, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) appointed the Educational Consortium of Upper Allegheny (ECUA) as the non-profit entity to assist with designating the community college region to be served, as well as advising PDE on the appointment of members of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Dick McDowell, Chairman of the ECUA Board of Trustees stressed the importance of the new community college.

“Providing people with access, affordability and articulation that a community college can offer will be a tremendous asset to rural Pennsylvania,” Dr. McDowell said. “We are pleased to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide advice to help develop a rural higher education system that offers greater accessibility for students at affordable rates.”

Earlier this month, the following 15 individuals were named to serve on the Board of Trustees by PDE Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.

– Ms. Mary Bula, Collective Impact at United Way of Erie County

– Ms. Nancy Decker, Laurel Technical Institute

– Mrs. Amanda Hetrick, Forest Area School District

– Mr. Robert Kaemmerer, United Refining Company

– Mr. Hank LeMeur, Superior Tire and Rubber Company

– Mrs. Kate Lomax-Brock, Elk Cameron Community Education Council

– Mr. Greg Mahon, Office of the Senate President Pro Tempore

– Dr. Richard McDowell, President Emeritus University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

– Mr. Douglas Morley, Potter County Commissioner

– Mr. Ed Pitchford, Cole Memorial Hospital

– Mr. Louis Radkowski, City of Saint Marys

– Mrs. Susan Snelick, North Central Workforce Investment Board

– Dr. Karen Whitney, Clarion University

– Mr. Dennis Wilke, Precision Manufacturing Institute

– The Honorable Mary Jo White, Former State Senator

Term length of the Board members will be determined at the first Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for December 2, 2014. The meeting will be open to members of the public and the location of the meeting will be determined by PDE in the coming days.

The Senators also recognized the contributions of members of the House of Representatives who worked on the measure, especially Representative Martin Causer who introduced a companion bill to SB 1000, which also sought to establish a rural community college program.

“Thanks to the efforts and input of numerous educational, business, community and government leaders, we are now helping to provide students with more tools they can use to access good, family-sustaining jobs. We look forward to witnessing the positive impacts of the college in the years to come.”

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CONTACTS:

Greg Mahon (Senator Scarnati) gmahon@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084

Mike Hengst (Senator Robbins) mhengst@pasen.gov (717) 787-1322

Justin Leventry (Senator Hutchinson) jleventry@pasen.gov (717) 787-9684

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Conewango-Creek-ROY-2015-PhotoThe Conewango Creek, along with the Lackawanna River, Loyalhanna Creek, Neshaminy Creek, and the Ohio River are finalists for Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for 2015. Currently, Loyalhanna Creek is in the lead with 39% of the vote. Voting ends on December 15, 2014

Cast your vote here!

From pariveroftheyear.org:

For the past twenty years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has annually recognized one river as the River of the Year. This recognition is done to raise awareness of the important recreational, ecological, and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams.

The River of the Year is celebrated throughout the year. Events have included paddling trips, a speaker series, clean up days, photography contests, and more. Partnerships of community groups organize the events including a Sojourn paddling trip. In addition, POWR coordinates the production and distribution of a free poster celebrating the river.

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administers the River of the Year program. Local organizations submit nominations. POWR also helps organize and support local watershed associations, as well as the groups who lead a dozen sojourns on rivers around the state each year.

 

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 6, 2014
TICKETS
$25.00 per person. Must be 21 or over. Call Brandon: 814-688-9698
Includes Comedy Show and Buffet Dinner.
SHOW TIME: 8:00PM. DOORS OPEN AND DINNER BEGINS AT 6:00PM.

Headliner
Mike Stankowicz – Originally from Erie, PA, Mike has been named “Best Comic in Philly,” and has worked at virtually every comedy club in the U.S. He has appeared on A&E’s Comedy on the Road. Mike’s blue collar approach and conversational style connects him with all audiences. Buckle up for a night of non-stop laughs!

Featured Comic
John Kensil – Has written for Jay Leno and Joan Rivers, and has appeared on Comedy Central, King of Queens, and How I Met Your Mother. John’s whacked out views of ordinary situations and stories from his Irish Catholic working class background will have you rolling in the aisles!

North Warren VFD – 12 South State St.,North Warren, PA 16365
website: www.northwarrenfire.org

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(HARRISBURG) — Senate Republicans today elected their leadership team for the 2015-2016 legislative session.

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been nominated again to serve as President Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on Scarnati’s nomination when it reconvenes in January. Since his election to the position of President Pro Tempore, Scarnati has been a leader in reforming the way business is conducted in the Senate and remains committed to making the institution more open and accessible to the citizens of the Commonwealth. In this position he will continue to be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the Senate. He will also play a significant role in legislative negotiations with the Administration and House of Representatives.

Senator Jake Corman (R-34) will serve as Senate Majority Leader. His duties include overseeing the legislative agenda, developing policies and strategies for the Senate Republican Caucus, chairing the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee and playing a key role in floor debates. He will also have a major role in negotiating issues with the Administration and House of Representatives and in supervising action on the Senate floor. Corman previously served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Pat Browne (R-16) will be the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most influential of the standing committees. The committee reviews all legislation for its fiscal impact and plays a crucial role in developing the state budget. Browne is an attorney, a CPA and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Senator John Gordner (R-27) has been elected Majority Whip. His duties include acting as assistant floor leader, working to gain support for legislation and ensuring that Republican policies and strategies are maintained through the cooperative efforts of the majority caucus.

Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) will serve as Majority Caucus Chairman for the 2015-2016 legislative session. As chairman he will preside over Republican caucus meetings to discuss bills and amendments and to develop caucus strategy.

As the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary, Senator Richard Alloway (R-33) will oversee all executive nominations submitted to the Senate for confirmation. He will coordinate the review of the background and experience of nominees and ensure that proper documentation is submitted.

Voters across Pennsylvania strengthened the Republican majority in the state Senate on Election Day, returning all incumbent Republicans up for re-election and electing three additional Republicans to the chamber. Senate Republicans hold a 30-20 majority in the State Senate. The new members of the Republican caucus include:

– Tom McGarrigle, 26th Senatorial District (portions of Chester and Delaware counties) — Senator-elect McGarrigle is a small business owner who served as Chairman of Delaware County Council. He played an integral role in projects providing jobs for Delaware County residents, working with state and federal officials to save refinery jobs in the region, and helping make the Philadelphia Union soccer stadium a reality.

– Pat Stefano, 32nd Senatorial District (Fayette and Somerset counties, and parts of Westmoreland County) — Senator-elect Stefano is a third-generation owner and operator of a family printing company. Active in the business community, he served as Vice President of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the county’s “Buy Local” Steering Committee.

– Ryan Aument, 36th Senatorial District (Lancaster County) – Senator-elect Aument has served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since being elected in 2010, and previously served as a captain in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A fiscal conservative, he has also led school reform efforts, working to pass new, stricter teacher evaluations.

– Mario Scavello, 40th Senatorial District (portions of Monroe and Northampton counties) — Senator-elect Scavello was previously elected to six terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he most recently chaired the House Labor and Industry Committee. In addition to being a champion for school funding reform, the Senator-elect’s legislative accomplishments include the enactment of his legislation ensuring that patients with prosthetics and orthotic services are receiving care from properly trained practitioners.

– Camera Bartolotta, 46th Senatorial District (Washington and Greene counties, and parts of Beaver County) — Senator-elect Bartolotta is a small business operator, running the family’s Mon Valley oil-change business. She is actively involved with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association of Washington County, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Gilda’s Club of Western PA.

– Michele Brooks, 50th Senatorial District (Crawford and Mercer counties, and portions of Erie and Warren counties) — Prior to being elected to the state House in 2006, Senator-elect Brooks served as vice chairman of the Mercer County Board of Commissioners. As a House member, her priorities have been reducing crushing taxes on job creators, improving state services for senior citizens, re-prioritizing state government spending and limiting borrowing by the Commonwealth.

Three Senate Republicans will retire at the end of the year. They are Senator Bob Robbins (R-50), Senator Ted Erickson (R-26), and Senator Mike Brubaker (R-36).

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CONTACTS:
Drew Crompton – Senator Scarnati (717) 787-7084
Mark Meyer – Senator Corman (717) 787-1377

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(HARRISBURG) – Fire and emergency companies can now apply for grants through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said the AFG will award approximately $340 million in competitive grants nationwide to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations, and state fire training academies during the 2014 fiscal year. The grant application period opens on Monday, November 3, 2014, and closes on Friday, December 5.

“This grant program is part of a large and coordinated effort to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts by providing first-responders with the resources they need,” Scarnati said. “I encourage our local fire & EMS companies to apply for these grants.”

Interested organizations are eligible to submit up to three applications for the AFG funding under the following categories:

Operations and Safety:
– Grant projects funded include professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations.

Vehicle Acquisition:
– Eligible vehicles and parts included, but not limited to: pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances.

Regional Grants:
– These grants will benefit activities and projects within a region by supporting multiple organizations (Fire and/or non-affiliated EMS) that serve more than one local jurisdiction.

To apply or view additional information regarding the AFG program please visit http://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant. Interested applicants may also contact the AFG Program Help Desk by calling 1-866-274-0960 or via email at firegrants@dhs.gov

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CONTACT:
Kate Eckhart
keckhart@pasen.gov
(717) 787-7084