Senator Baker E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Share Your Opinion about Broadband in Pennsylvania
  • Impressive Season Comes to a Close for Back Mountain Little League Major Baseball Team
  • Report Abuse of Adults Living with a Disability
  • Recognizing National Farmers Market Week
  • Free Tool to Relate Military Experience to Civilian Job Requirements
  • National Night Out Connects Communities with Law Enforcement 
  • Submit or Search for a Veteran Job

Share Your Opinion about Broadband in Pennsylvania

Rather than a luxury, high-speed internet is a necessity to participate in today’s economy. Access to high-speed internet helps to ensure public safety, benefits employers and Pennsylvania’s workforce, and provides an equal opportunity for students.

Pennsylvania has been awarded $1.16 billion in federal funding to expand internet access across the commonwealth. Community members – including residents, businesses and organizations – are invited to comment on the draft five-year implementation plan via an online survey available through Aug. 8.

Impressive Season Comes to a Close for Back Mountain Little League Major Baseball Team

After an exciting few weeks spent earning the District 31 and Section 5 championship titles, our Back Mountain Little League Major Baseball team ended an impressive season placing fourth at the state tournament this past weekend.  Throughout their journey, this talented group of athletes played with tremendous heart, demonstrated true sportsmanship, and exemplified the character, courage, and loyalty the program is known for.

Every player dreams of making it to the Little League World Series. The road to Williamsport begins on opening day and continues with long nights of practice, regular games, and a lot of hard work and determination. We congratulate our boys for all they have accomplished this season, and all they promise to achieve in the future.

Report Abuse of Adults Living with a Disability

Sadly, adults living with a disability are more likely to face abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment.

Common signs of abuse include bruises or broken bones, weight loss, memory loss, personality changes, social isolation and changes in banking habits.

If you suspect abuse, report it by calling the Protective Services Hotline at 1-800-490-8505. A report can be made on behalf of the adult whether they live in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, group home or hospital. Reporters can remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination, and civil and criminal prosecution.

Recognizing National Farmers Market Week

Aug. 6-12 is National Farmers Market Week, and there are so many places to celebrate in Pennsylvania. With agriculture as the state’s top industry, farmers markets can be found all across the commonwealth.

Farmers markets offer more than the freshest produce. You can also find delicious baked goods, cheeses and craft coffees. Some even offer how-to classes and the opportunity to pick your own produce.

Find a farmers market to enjoy here.

Free Tool to Relate Military Experience to Civilian Job Requirements

The Department of State has an innovative tool to help veterans and service members translate their military experience into civilian career opportunities. The military occupational crosswalk is a series of charts for each occupation licensed by the department that compare licensing requirements with typical duties, training, qualifications and related credentials with military occupations.

Created after Act 35 of 2022 received unanimous support from the General Assembly, the crosswalk defines a military applicant as a service member, veteran or military spouse; provides initial licensure fee waivers for military spouses who must relocate because of a service member’s military orders; allows service members to reactivate an expired professional or occupational license without penalty if the reactivation coincides with a deployment and is completed within one month of returning from the deployment; and more.

Read more here about professional and occupational licensing in the commonwealth.

National Night Out Connects Communities with Law Enforcement

This week, communities across our area took part in commemorating National Night Out. The annual community-building day has acted to bring a sense of camaraderie between our neighborhoods and law enforcement. Many places host events such as cookouts and festivals to celebrate the day, while also providing safety demonstrations, seminars, and displays. All of this helps to allow for more positive connections with first responders, making our communities safer, more caring places to live.  

Submit or Search for a Veteran Job

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers a job listing as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania. It is a comprehensive resource for the state’s more than 700,000 veterans as they consider new employment opportunities.

Submit a job or view the current listings – which include roles for nurses, police officers, recovery specialists and more – here.


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