Veterans' Recognition Event Posted April 19, 2017
The fifth annual breakfast and recognition ceremony to honor and recognize veterans and active military personnel residing in the 88th legislative district will occur on Tuesday, May 2. The event, hosted by state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, will take place at the First Church of God Community Center, 201 E. Green St., Mechanicsburg. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8 a.m.
All service members are welcome to participate, regardless of when they served. Vietnam veterans will receive a special commemorative lapel pin as part of the nation's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general, will be the keynote speaker.
Veterans and active duty personnel are invited to bring a guest to the event; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Those interested in attending may register by visiting www.RepDelozier.com or calling Delozier's district office at 761-4665.
More details are available at the previously mentioned website and www.Facebook.com/RepDelozier.
Tax Amnesty Program Posted April 19, 2017
Pennsylvanians who owe state tax will have the option to pay those back taxes through a new tax amnesty program. The program, which offers incentives to Pennsylvanians to settle their delinquent tax accounts, is expected to generate as much as $150 million in revenue for the Commonwealth. The amnesty period will run from April 21 through Monday, June 19.
The program does not forgive taxes owed, but instead waives penalties, collection, and lien fees and half of the interest owed. All taxes owed to the Commonwealth administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible for the program. The delinquent taxes must have been owed as of Dec. 31, 2015. Any unpaid taxes, penalties and interest resulting from periods after Dec. 31, 2015, are not eligible for the program.
More information is available at www.revenue.pa.gov.
Candidate Meet-And-Greet Planned April 18, 2017
The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library extend an invitation to all New Cumberland Borough candidates to participate in a meet-and-greet in Foundation Hall, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, on Tuesday, May 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception will offer candidates a chance to interact socially, starting with introductions followed by a brief question-and-answer period.
Candidates running for elected positions in New Cumberland may indicate their interest in participating by contacting Barbara Warfel, Friends group vice chair, at 774-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 1.
Business-Education Partnership Receives Funds April 11, 2017
State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently announced that the Chester County Workforce Development Board will receive $135,000 in state funding for programs to connect local businesses with school districts to promote job and career opportunities.
The Business-Education Partnership grant, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, was part of $2.4 million in total state funding awarded to 19 recipients throughout the Commonwealth. The funding supports the Educator in the Workplace initiative, which aims to connect classroom learning with business practices.
In November 2016, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board recommended a portion of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act discretionary monies from fiscal year 2015-16 be used to fund the Business-Education Partnership program. These partnerships connect local businesses with school districts to support job opportunities and career pathways to increase awareness of in-demand technical careers. They also aim to provide career-related experiences and exposure opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring.
Ryan To Host Open House April 7, 2017
Rep. Frank Ryan will host an open house on Thursday, April 20, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at his district office, 1044 E. Main St., Palmyra.
The event will offer an opportunity for residents of the 101st District to meet Ryan and his staff and learn about services offered. Constituents may tour the office and share their opinions or concerns regarding state government. Light refreshments will be available.
The 101st District includes the boroughs of Cornwall, Mount Gretna, and Palmyra; the townships of North Cornwall, North Londonderry, South Annville, South Londonderry, and West Cornwall; and the city of Lebanon.
Fire Department Kicks Off Capital Campaign April 5, 2017
State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently visited the Keystone Valley Fire Department (KVFD) to mark the kickoff of the department's Capital Fundraising Campaign to renovate and rebuild its station in downtown Parkesburg.
Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, agreed to join the KVFD Capital Campaign Committee at the request of its members.
KVFD began operations in the spring of 2013 by consolidating the Atglen Fire Company, Parkesburg Fire Company No. 1, and Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. The new regional department aims to increase efficiency and reduce redundant services to streamline fire and emergency coverage and better spend taxpayer dollars.
KVFD's main station, located at 329 W. First Ave., Parkesburg, has been in use for more than 80 years and is in need of significant upgrades and improvements to meet current standards for the latest emergency response equipment and apparatus. The department is planning a complete overhaul and renovation of the facility, including gutting the existing administrative offices to bring them up to modern-day ADA and code requirements. In addition, the engine bay will be completely demolished and reconstructed due to failing foundation, and new, wider apparatus bays and doors will be built to accommodate six vehicles total.
As part of the renovation, KVFD has partnered with the Parkesburg VFW to build a memorial to commemorate local veterans who perished in all major conflicts and the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as local firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The entire project is estimated to cost approximately $3 million, and the department is currently seeking tax-deductible contributions to offset the cost. Dinniman said he also plans to explore grant-funding opportunities to support the new station.
For more information, readers may visit www.kvfd8.com.
Chester County Hospitals Receive Donation March 29, 2017
As part of Chester County's team effort to fight the opioid and heroin crisis, the county commissioners, District Attorney Tom Hogan, and members of the Chester County Overdose Prevention Task Force presented checks for $5,000 to representatives from all five of the county's hospitals at a recent public sunshine meeting. The funds, earmarked to support each hospital's warm hand-off program, will help to ensure that those who have experienced an overdose are referred directly to treatment and counseling to begin on a path to physical, mental, and emotional healing.
Chester County's Overdose Prevention Task Force - which includes representatives from the commissioners' and District Attorney's offices, as well as the county's Health Department and Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, law enforcement, and community organizations - is focused on the fight against opioid and heroin addiction. The task force approach includes the arrest and prosecution of drug dealers, diverting addicts into treatment and counseling through Drug Court, educating children and their parents through the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) program, taking drugs off the streets through the drop box initiative, working with doctors and health care providers on opioid prescribing practices, and now the warm hand-off program with hospitals.
Chester County's Color 5K, held in November 2016 in West Chester, served to raise awareness of the crisis and Chester County's work toward combatting it, as well as to raise funds for the warm hand-off program. More than 770 people of all ages participated in the event, which, together with sponsorships, raised $25,000. The second Color 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4.
Legislator Posts Satellite Office Hours March 29, 2017
Residents of the 93rd legislative district are invited to take advantage of the April satellite office hours scheduled by state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill.
The satellite office hours will take place on Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hopewell Township Building, 3336 Bridgeview Road, Stewartstown, and on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at Citizens Volunteer Fire Company, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove. Attendees may ask questions and receive assistance with paperwork.
For more information, readers may call Phillips-Hill's district office at 717-428-9889 or 877-207-2272.
Myanmar Ambassador Visits Mount Joy March 27, 2017
On March 11 and 12, the recently appointed Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, paid a visit to Lancaster County. U Aung Lynn; his wife, Kay Thi; and two staff members traveled to Lancaster city, Gordonville, and Mount Joy, where they were hosted by Mount Joy mayor Tim Bradley.
Bradley noted that Myanmar has experienced significant governmental change since 2010 and is now a young, emerging democracy with newly restored diplomatic relations. Aung Lynn was appointed to be the new Myanmar ambassador to the United States in July 2016. Prior to that, he served as the permanent secretary of Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as director general of the ministry's ASEAN Affairs Department, according to www.cogitasia.com.
The ambassador's visit to the Lancaster area focused on local culture and the agricultural economy of the region. "The big thing for him was to see Main Street America and to understand how people live and work," Bradley said. "We tried to give him a sampling of what life is like here."
Bradley was identified as a potential delegation contact and escort following his selection and participation in a multiple international political exchanges, the most recent as an American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegate to Japan in December 2016. The ambassador had also been interested in visiting the area since his daughter graduated from Franklin & Marshall College.
Aung Lynn had the chance to explore Central Market in downtown Lancaster before being shuttled to Gordonville to experience the community's annual spring mud sale and auction. Next, Aung Lynn met Bradley in Mount Joy for a tour of Fire Department Mount Joy and to discuss volunteerism and local governance.
Bradley then escorted the ambassador's delegation to Brubaker Farms in Mount Joy, where owner and operator Luke Brubaker discussed environmentally sound agricultural practices and provided a tour of the facilities. The whirlwind day concluded with a historical tour of a Mount Joy brewery.
On March 12, the ambassador's delegation attended a service at LCBC church in Manheim. Bradley said the service gave the delegation a look at an American evangelical church in order to better understand the facets of Christianity and American nondenominationalism.
"I believe he has been the first ambassador from overseas to visit our community," said Bradley. "He said that he really enjoyed his time here."
Bradley noted that prior to returning to Washington, D.C., the ambassador expressed interest in discussing options for bringing political and business leaders to the region in the future for further dialogue with the local business and agricultural communities.