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December 2019

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Visiting Onex, Inc.


I recently had the opportunity to tour Onex, Inc. and visit with Ashleigh and Drew Walters. The values of this company along with their commitment to their customers and employees, exemplify a great American success story. So glad to have them in our district. Onex is a recognized leader in refractory and combustion solutions.

State Police Announce Thanksgiving Enforcement Results

The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 1,116 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 27 through Dec. 1), including seven collisions in which eight people were killed.

Of the 1,116 crashes investigated, 73 were alcohol-related and 247 people were injured. State Police made 729 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend. That represents a 14 percent increase from the 637 DUI arrests made during the same period in 2018. Troopers also issued 14,028 speeding citations, 1,366 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 205 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.

These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the State Police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.

Grants Available to Support Job Training Programs

Workforce development boards, industry associations, post-secondary schools and other organizations may be eligible for grants to boost job training programs and help more Pennsylvania workers find family-sustaining jobs.

The Department of Labor & Industry is providing grants through its PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership program to help connect employers within the same industry in order to identify and address training needs for job-seekers. Applications and more information is available here.

Support Our Military Heroes During the Holiday Season

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) reminds Pennsylvanians that the holiday season is a great time to give to programs that support the Commonwealth’s veterans, active military and their families.

The four tax-deductible programs administered by the DMVA are:

Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP): The MFRAP provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members who have an immediate financial need based on circumstances beyond their control.

Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF): The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans’ service organizations and county directors of veterans’ affairs to help veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living. The VTF also issues temporary assistance grants to individual veterans who have qualifying financial needs.

Residents’ Welfare Funds: Residents’ Welfare Funds at the DMVA’s six veterans’ homes help keep the residents active and healthy by providing activities, trips and entertainment.

Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund: Located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, and maintained by the DMVA, the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the first in the Commonwealth to honor veterans of all eras from the Revolutionary War forward and it is the largest veterans’ memorial located in any of the national cemeteries.

To donate online or to learn more about the four tax-deductible programs go to

Farm to School Grant Application Period Now Open

The Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for Farm to School Program grants.

The program provides schools with grants of up to $15,000 to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.  Interested applicants can apply at until January 15, 2020.  

PHMC Accepting Applications for Cultural and Historical Support Grants

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications from qualified museums and official county historical societies for nearly $2 million in Cultural and Historical Support Grants.

This is the seventh year that the PHMC has worked with the state legislature to provide funding for museums through the grant program.  A total of $2 million was included in the 2019-20 state budget for the program.

Applicants must meet organizational eligibility requirements. The PHMC website has eligibility information and grant guidelines. Applications must be submitted on the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance system by Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

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