Senator Lisa Baker E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • 100th Anniversary of The Harveys Lake Fire & Ambulance Company 
  • September is National Preparedness Month 
  • House Committee Hearing at Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.
  • Assistance Available for Fire & EMS Companies to Help with Costs
  • Virtual Town Hall to Focus on Transportation Issues Veterans Face
  • Municipalities can Apply Now for Grants to Improve Traffic Flow

100th Anniversary of The Harveys Lake Fire & Ambulance Company

 

Congratulations to Harveys Lake Fire & Ambulance Co. on their 100th Anniversary! In honor of this occasion, I was very pleased to join Rep. Karen Boback, in presenting Citations from the Senate and House of Representatives, during the community celebration at Sandy Beach over the weekend.

Members of the Fire and Ambulance Company have been working to safeguard the community since 1922. Serving round the clock, every day of the year, with unwavering commitment, they are routinely called upon to preform extraordinary acts which are often taken for granted despite the risks that so regularly attend the discharge of their duties. Please join me in thanking them for their service and dedication!

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to take steps to prepare for emergencies and ensure that our homes, businesses and possessions are adequately insured.

September is also when Pennsylvania experiences a higher risk of flooding due to hurricane and tropical storm activity in the Northeast this time of year. The state Insurance Department encourages property owners to consider purchasing flood insurance.

Simple, low- or no-cost steps you can take now to prepare for emergencies include:

  • Creating a family emergency plan so loved ones know who to contact and where to go in an emergency.
  • Signing up for weather alerts.
  • Knowing how to safely turn off utilities in and around your home.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency can help you prepare for emergencies through Ready, Set, and Check! It includes an informative card that will help you with simple, yet important, steps to get started and track your progress.

House Committee Hearing at Wallenpaupack Brewing Co.

On Wednesday, I was pleased to participate in a public hearing of the House Policy Committee at Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. in Hawley.  The hearing focused on an examination of legislation to permit a small business to hold both a brewery license and a “limited distillery” license for the same location. 

A good portion of breweries in the Commonwealth desire to expand their operations to include distilled spirits; however, current liquor laws in Pennsylvania impede this development. Under current law, a brewery and a distillery may not operate at the same location, nor may they serve on-premises consumption at the same location. Legislation introduced by my colleague, Rep. Jonathan Fritz, House Bill 2757, would change the law to remove this impediment to commerce and support breweries that choose to expand.

You can watch video of the entire hearing here.

Assistance Available for Fire & EMS Companies to Help with Costs 

First responders have until Oct. 21 to apply for assistance through the state Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

It helps fire and EMS cover the rising costs of training, equipment, recruitment, retention and more.

The financial challenges facing first responders are especially serious for volunteer companies. Each new generation sees fewer volunteers, increasing the workload on those willing to step up. This grant program is one of the most important that the General Assembly funds each year and I hope it provides some relief to our local first responders.

Virtual Town Hall to Focus on Transportation Issues Veterans Face

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will host the fourth in a five-part series of virtual Veteran Town Halls on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. The town hall will focus on resources to assist veterans facing transportation issues.

Attendees can participate by using this Microsoft Teams link. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the program through the chat feature.

Older veterans and those with a disability often have problems accessing health care because of not having proper transportation available to them. The town hall will outline community resources ready to provide veterans with transportation to and from the federal VA and other health care providers.

Municipalities Can Apply Now for Grants to Improve Traffic Flow

A new grant program created by the General Assembly this year to reduce traffic congestion is now accepting applications from municipalities.

The Traffic Signal Technologies Grant program is unique in that it is intended only for new technologies at existing traffic signals, including adaptive signal control technology, which adjusts the timing of lights to accommodate changing traffic patterns and ease congestion.

No local matching funds are required. A pre-application form must be completed by Sept. 23.

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