Phillips-Hill Posts Satellite Hours September 13, 2018
Residents of the 93rd Legislative District may attend satellite office hours for state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill in September. The satellite office at Citizens Volunteer Fire Company, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove, will be open on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information, readers may call Phillips-Hill's district office at 717-428-9889 or 877-207-2272.
Grove Plans Citizens' Forum September 12, 2018
A Citizens' Forum hosted by state Rep. Seth Grove will take place at the West Manchester Township Building, 380 E. Berlin Road, on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Grove will give updates on state legislative issues. Residents of the 196th District will be encouraged to ask questions and join in the discussion. Reservations are not needed.
Residents who are unable to attend the forum but who have a question, concern or idea to discuss may call Grove's district office at 717-767-3947 during normal business hours. Citizens may also contact Grove by visiting www.RepGrove.com or www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.
The 196th District includes Dover, Paradise, Jackson, North Codorus and West Manchester townships, as well as Spring Grove, Dover and New Salem boroughs.
Concussion News Posted September 10, 2018
Students, parents, and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize and manage concussions. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Concussions can have serious short-term and long-term impacts, especially on young people, whose brains are still developing. In 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in Pennsylvania, requiring all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student athletes with concussions, as well as requiring related training for coaches.
Readers may visit www.health.pa.gov and search for "traumatic brain injury" for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related resources. Most importantly, if parents think their child has a concussion, they should seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach, and not allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.
Safe Driving Reminder Posted September 10, 2018
Motorists, parents, and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles.
Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Drivers should not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record, and a 60-day license suspension.
Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.
For more information and tips on school bus safety, readers may visit www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/TrafficSafetyAndDriverTopics/Pages/School-Bus-Safety.aspx.
Paper Shredding Event Posted September 5, 2018
Bancroft Elementary School, 181 Bancroft Road, Kennett Square, will be the site of a paper shredding event on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held by Rep. Eric Roe as a free service to the community.
In addition, attendees may bring shoes, toys, small appliances, and kitchenware for a company that uses donations to generate funds for charities.
For more information, call Roe's district office at 610-388-3100.
Seniors Invited To Breakfast September 5, 2018
Rep. Eric Roe invites all seniors of the 158th Legislative District to a breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Kennett Middle School, 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landenberg. Everyone age 60 and older is welcome to attend.
Attendees may share their thoughts on state-related issues and will be updated on current state legislation while enjoying the light breakfast.
The breakfast is free to attend, but food is limited, so preregistration is encouraged by calling Roe's office at 610-388-3100.
State Capitol Will Offer Tours September 5, 2018
The state Capitol tour office is accepting reservations for the 2019 spring season. The late spring and early summer seasons are the busiest time for Capitol tours, so early reservations are recommended.
To schedule group tours, readers may call the Capitol tour office at 800-868-7672. Callers should specify their group name, total number of participants, and contact information.
People may also visit the Capitol in small groups, including as families or individuals. Reservations are still recommended.
Tours are available from Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Capitol is closed for tours on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Weekday tours begin on the hour and every half-hour. The tours last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the size of the group.
For more information, readers may visit www.pacapitol.com/tours.html.
Board Seeks New Members August 29, 2018
Columbia Borough is seeking building professionals to serve on the borough's board of review and appeals. The board hears appeals from residents regarding property maintenance matters, including violations of existing borough ordinances.
To fill vacancies within the board, the borough will select five individuals with experience and training on matters pertaining to property maintenance. Individuals who may be interested include general contractors, HVAC technicians, electricians, plumbers, historic renovation specialists, property managers, and landlords.
To express interest in serving on the board, email Rebecca S. Denlinger, borough manager, at email@example.com.
CCAP Awards Posted August 28, 2018
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) recently bestowed Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century Best Practices Awards.
The 2018 Best Practices Award in the large county jail category was presented to Lancaster County Prison for their PrisonStat Program, an active leadership strategy to achieve transparency, accountability, and efficiency at the prison, drive real measurable results, and help turnaround within the organization. First initiated in 2016, PrisonStat is modeled on the Performance Stat idea which is an active leadership model that uses an ongoing series of regular meetings during which the chief executive and/or leadership team uses current data to analyze aspects of an organization's performance. This continuing analysis of predetermined metrics produces results by pushing the organization toward performance targets. It also provides leaders with the ability to articulate to the organization and public what improved results need to be demonstrated. Each department head is assigned a metric pertaining to their job description, and are responsible for oversight of a specific area. They are held accountable during the public meeting scheduled every two months and their performance is transparent for the public to see whether positive or negative.
An Honorable Mention in the large jail category was awarded to Berks County Prison for their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification. With their rising mental health population, they recognized a need to improve staff training and education about signs and symptoms of mental illness, for all staff, especially custody supervisors and correctional officers. Staff was trained through Mental Health First Aid USA, an eight-hour course that teaches a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer and self-help care. This approach is demonstrating results throughout the prison and better outcomes for both inmates and staff.
The 2018 recipient of the Juvenile Alternatives Program Award is Lancaster County for their P.U.L.S.E. Evening Treatment Center. Lancaster County's Juvenile Court, the Office of Juvenile Probation, and the Children and Youth Agency were experiencing a reduced accessibility to specialized programs, as well as the closure of some residential facilities. This resulted in their need to seek out opportunities to keep low to moderate risk juveniles within close proximity to home and community resources which could parallel the successful outcomes of long-term placements.
The Youth Intervention Center initially developed the P.U.L.S.E. Weekend Program with the objective of providing short-term, evidence-based treatment with the goal of diverting juveniles away from the need for long-term placements. The participant's goals, program length, and groups will be determined based on recommendations from the juvenile probation officer or children and youth caseworker, consultation with the parents/guardians, and results of various assessments. The youths participate in evidence-based programs, as well as psycho-educational groups. The results are demonstrated in improved outcomes for juveniles and their families.
The Partner Award recipient is Carolyn McKenna, director of development at Home of the Sparrow in Chester County. Trauma histories, substance use, housing and self-sufficiency are among the challenges facing women's successful re-entry from incarceration in Chester County's criminal justice system. Partnering with the County Criminal Justice System, Home of the Sparrow provides case management services to women re-integrating into their communities following the Collaborative Casework-Women Model developed by the National Institute of Corrections. Home of the Sparrow embraces the philosophy that case management for justice-involved women should be a dynamic, seamless process from entry into the system and continue until the woman is stabilized in her community with the goal of not only reducing criminal behavior but increasing the health and well-being of women, their families, and community. They provide a comprehensive case management model that addresses the complex and multiple needs of women involved with the justice system, recognizing that women have strengths that can be mobilized, while matching services in accordance with risk level and need.
CCAP salutes everyone involved in these efforts for being innovative pioneers in meeting the challenges facing all county jails and juvenile justice providers.
Telephone Town Hall Planned August 22, 2018
A telephone town hall for residents of the 156th Legislative District will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. State Rep. Carolyn Comitta will host the town hall.
Residents of the 156th District will receive a call to their home phones at 7 p.m. To take part in the meeting, people will be asked to stay on the phone. Residents may listen in and ask questions or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Topics will include education, pipeline safety, and gun violence prevention.
Anyone who wants to make sure they receive the phone call may register at https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/rep-carolyn-comitta-teletownhall-signup/. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, readers may call Comitta's office at 610-696-4990.
PA Child Abuse Hotline Posted August 13, 2018
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, all schools in Pennsylvania will be required to publicly display a poster containing the statewide toll-free number for reporting suspected child abuse. Known as ChildLine, the toll-free hotline number to report suspected child abuse in Pennsylvania is 800-932-0313.
Posting this critical information in schools will let students know they have somewhere to turn if they need to report abuse or neglect that they have suffered or if they suspect another child is being abused or neglected. The poster is required to be displayed in a high-traffic, public area widely used by students. The poster also would include the address of the Department of Human Services' website that provides information and resources related to child protection.
For more information, readers may visit www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.
Phillips-Hill Receives Nomination August 10, 2018
State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill has been nominated as the 2018 Statesman of the Year by York County Action and the Conservative Christian Center (CCC). She has confirmed that she will attend the annual awards breakfast and candidate forum at the York County Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 6. United States Congressman Scott Perry, the 2017 award winner, has also confirmed he will attend.
Public comment is being sought about this year's nominee before the final vote of the Conservative Christian Center to choose its Statesman of the Year. Comments may be sent to email@example.com.
The CCC board will review public comment and counsel from its advisers and will make a decision on the 2018 Statesman of the Year by the end of August. Candidates who wish to confirm their slot to speak may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Conservative Christian Center and York County Action are projects of a nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS and do not endorse candidates for office. Breakfast tickets can be purchased at https://statesman2018.eventbrite.com. Further information may be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Local Service Hours Posted August 9, 2018
A representative from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office will offer constituent service hours in the office of state Rep. Frank Ryan on Wednesday, Sept. 5. A representative, Marta Gabriel, will be available in Ryan's office, located at 1044 E. Main St., Palmyra, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer assistance with issues related to the federal government, including problems with federal agencies and programs.
Appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes. Constituents must call for an appointment by contacting Ryan's office at 717-838-3823.
Phillips-Hill Posts Satellite Hours August 9, 2018
Residents of the 93rd Legislative District may attend state satellite office hours for state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill in August. The satellite office at Citizens Volunteer Fire Company, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove, will be open on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information, readers may call Phillips-Hill's district office at 717-428-9889 or 877-207-2272.
Veterans Assistance Hours Posted August 6, 2018
Rep. Kate Klunk will host Veterans Outreach Days twice a month at her district office, located at 118 Carlisle St., Suite 300, Hanover. Veterans' outreach assistance with a representative from the American Legion will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next service date is Aug. 28.
Some of the services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension claims, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans' benefits. All veterans and their spouses are encouraged to sit down with a veteran service officer to understand what services may be available for them.
Appointments must be made in advance by contacting Klunk's office at 717-630-8942.
Digital Technology Efforts Honored August 1, 2018
Chester County's increased advancement in digital technology has earned a top 10 ranking among America's more than 3,000 counties in the 16th annual Digital Counties Survey. The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and National Association of Counties (NACo) have placed Chester County as ninth in the nation for best technology practices, including initiatives designed to save tax dollars, boost transparency, and focus on cyber security and citizen engagement. This is the third consecutive year the county has received the award.
Chester County was recognized for various efforts, including providing public access to information; prioritizing of information technology security; maintaining a robust social media operation, which focuses on wellness issues; and improving its business processes to save money on technology purchases. The award was presented at the NACo Annual Conference in Nashville. Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell and county chief information officer Glenn Angstadt accepted the award. Farrell recognized the county's department of computing and information services and its digital communications personnel, along with members of other departments, for their efforts related to the county's digital technology initiatives.
The Digital Counties Survey is conducted annually in the spring. All U.S. counties are invited to participate in the survey, which examines the overall technology programs and plans of the participating counties. For more information about this year's survey, readers may visit www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2018--Winners-Announced.html.
Church Receives Recognition August 1, 2018
State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized Saint James Episcopal Church on its 175th anniversary. The senator visited the church on July 25 to congratulate the congregation during its anniversary celebration, which coincided with the Feast Day of Saint James the Apostle.
He also presented the Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, XVI bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the Rev. John Symonds, rector of Saint James Episcopal Church, with an official senate citation in honor of the milestone anniversary. In addition, Dinniman invited Symonds to serve as official senate chaplain for a day in Harrisburg this fall.
Academy Honors Dinniman, Crowding July 24, 2018
State Sen. Andy Dinniman and Beau Crowding, deputy director of fire services for the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, were both recognized by the Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy for their support of the Octorara School District program. They were each presented with official academy shields. Earlier this year, Dinniman secured $50,000 in state grant funding for the academy to purchase specialty training equipment and professional gear.
The program allows high school students to get a head start on careers in firefighting, emergency response, and law enforcement. Young people under the age of 18 can earn firefighter certification in preparation for joining a fire department on their 18th birthday.
The Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy is a three-year career and technical education program offered to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The academy has partnered with the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus (CCPSTC) to offer an opportunity for students interested in careers in firefighting, law enforcement, and emergency medical services.
The academy consists of two half-day programs at the CCPSTC and student academic instruction at their sending district's high school. The academy is housed at the CCPSTC to provide students with the latest technology and equipment available while offering them the opportunity to interact with firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency management professionals on a daily basis. Cadets in the academy also join their local fire department or emergency service department upon entering the program.
Students who complete three years of the Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy program may earn up to 60 state and national certifications, as well as up to 54 college credits. Internships and co-op work opportunities are available for select students.
2018 Fair Guide Now Available July 24, 2018
The 2018 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online. Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations, and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania. The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer live harness racing as part of one of the nation's leading fair-racing programs.
Readers may visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/Business_Industry/pafairfund/Documents/2018FairGuide.pdf to view the guide.