Senator Baker E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions
  • Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania
  • Luzerne County Mine Subsidence Repaired
  • Kingston Active Adult Center Celebrates 50 Years
  • Spring Gobbler Season Begins April 27
  • April is National Donate Life Month

Training PA’s Workforce for Available Positions

Complementing Senate Republicans’ efforts to protect Pennsylvania jobs, support is available for community colleges, trade or tech schools, school districts and nonprofits through the Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant Program.

The program is designed to help companies identify and train a skilled workforce for existing positions or ones that will be open soon. It is also designed to advance capacity for local and regional manufacturers and increase awareness of manufacturing career opportunities for youth or those with barriers.

Grants may be used for professional services/consultants, internships, equipment purchases, shop modifications, program development, marketing, domestic travel and salaries. Learn more and apply online.

Increasing the Number of Firefighters in Pennsylvania

The Senate approved a bill aimed at increasing the number of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania by reforming the certification process without sacrificing quality or safety.

Current firefighter applicants must complete four training modules totaling 188 hours. They then must pass a cumulative test covering all four modules. Senate Bill 1101 would enable applicants to be tested following each of the four modules.

In the 1970s, the commonwealth had as many as 300,000 volunteer firefighters. There currently are fewer than 38,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania.

Luzerne County Mine Subsidence Repaired

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Anthracite District In-House Construction Team has been working night and day to protect our communities from potential risks and ensure the safety of our residents. Their quick actions helped preserve a long-time business – Luzerne Lumber – and stopped the encroachment of a subsidence into a home in Swoyersville Borough.  Their immediate response to the mine subsidence in Glen Lyon in September assisted in saving a housing complex and allowed residents to safely return to their homes. We are appreciative of their efforts. This subsidence posed unique challenges due to Toby’s Creek, so we are thankful to see the situation is under control.

Kingston Active Adult Center Celebrates 50 Years

The Kingston Active Adult Center recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Established on February 18, 1974, it was first located at the Kingston Presbyterian Church. In 1989, it relocated to Wyoming Avenue before moving to its current location on Third Avenue in 2013. The mission of the Kingston Active Adult Center is to help older adults remain healthy, active, independent, and contributing members of the community.  The center provides socialization, nutritious lunches, health screenings, recreation, and health and wellness programming.  Here’s to 50 more years of working to ensure the well-being and independence of older Pennsylvanians!

Spring Gobbler Season Begins April 27

On Saturday, April 27, spring gobbler season opens with a half-day hunt for junior hunters and mentored hunters 16 and under. All participants must be accompanied by adults, and hunting hours run from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon.

The regular season runs from May 4-31. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from May 4-18 and 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset from May 20-31.

Approximately 172,000 people hunt spring turkeys in Pennsylvania every year. Last season, hunters harvested about 39,500 gobblers – an increase from 35,700 in 2022 and 28,100 in 2021. Information about spring turkey hunting rules and regulations, for youth and regular hunts, is available here.

April is National Donate Life Month

Making a difference in the lives of others might be easier than you think. With nearly 7,000 Pennsylvanians awaiting organ transplants, donors can save up to eight lives. People donating tissue can enhance the lives of 75 others by helping them recover from trauma, spinal injuries, burns and vision loss.

If you aren’t an organ or tissue donor yet but would like to be, there’s no need to wait until you get or renew your driver’s license, learner’s permit or photo ID. It’s easy to register online to donate.

Misconceptions about organ and tissue donation can discourage people from taking the important step to save lives. Find myths and facts here.


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