Some Good News on Roads and Bridges
8/9/2019
 
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Some Good News on Roads and Bridges

 
The work on Snyder Corner Road bridge over Fishing Creek is complete and the road was reopened to traffic Monday morning.

The Rippling Run Road bridge over a tributary to the North Branch of Muddy Creek in North Hopewell Township is scheduled to reopen on or before September 1, 2019.
                                                       

Conservation Awards
 
I attended the York County Conservation District (YCCD) awards ceremony last night. This is Susan Byrnes being presented the Distinguished Service Award. In the picture from the left, Jeff Gossert, YCCD Chairman; County Commisisoner Doug Hoke; Kim Young, Education/Communications Coordinator; County Commissioner Susan Byrnes; Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill; Rep. Saylor; and Mark Kimmel, Conservation District Manager. 

The YCCD was founded in 1938 when 554 farmers signed a petition requesting assistance for protecting the natural resources of York County. Today, they not only assist farmers and all residents, by promoting the maintenance, improvement and wise use of land, water, soil and other related natural resources within the County.


FCC Passes New Rules Against “Spoof” Robocalls
There's a big new push by federal authorities to crack down on annoying robocalls from overseas, calls that may be using your own number. The Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules that won't stop the calls but will enable the FCC to now go after perpetrators making scam calls and texts from overseas.

“You feel so helpless because you have no control over where your phone number is going,” victim Beverly Figueroa said.

Foreign scammers hijacked Figueroa's cell number through a technique called “spoofing” that made it appear as if she was calling countless potential victims. Hundreds of those potential victims called angrily called Figueroa until she changed her number. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission made it illegal for foreign callers to spoof a U.S. number, with the hope it will prompt phone companies to block more calls and texts and give law enforcement new tools to go after scammers.

“We're confident that the FCC, exercising the authority that we have, will be able to stop some of these problems we have before they materialize,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.
 

National Night Out

National Night Out was a huge success in the 94th District. I attended events in Springettsbury and Lower Windsor Township. These fun gatherings feature a fair type atmosphere with games, rides and first responder demonstrations. They are an opportunity for the public to interact with police, fire, EMS and other emergency personnel outside of the adverse settings in which they might otherwise meet. If the community is more comfortable around officers, and vice-versa, it’s more conducive to sharing information.

 
Springettsbury Township event: Me, Rep. Keith Gillespie, Springettsbury Police Chief Daniel Stump, and York County Court of Common Pleas Judge Todd Platts

 
Lower Windsor Township event: Me, Police Chief David Arnold, and Township Supervisor Don Schock.
 

Library Revitalization Efforts Appreciated

 
Ellen Helfrick, Branch Manager of Collinsville Community Library, presents me with numerous ‘thank you’ cards from children who use the library in response to the additional $5 million in public library funding I secured for them in this year’s budget.
 

Career Construction Days
 
Career Construction Days is meant to give Central Pennsylvania residents a glimpse of family-sustaining careers that can be achieved through training at one of Pennsylvania’s many excellent career and technical training schools. Hosted by Harrisburg and Keystone Contractors Association, The event will be held this Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg, 1227 Berryhill Street, Harrisburg.

The event introduces the numerous career opportunities in the construction industry. K-12 students can learn about the construction industry and what steps they can take now to enter this industry in the future by speaking with construction companies and labor organizations. Job seeking individuals can discover the current openings and what skills and capabilities employers are looking for.

The following organizations will be on hand to meet with attendees: ACE Mentor Program Carpenters Union; Ironworkers Union; Keystone Contractors Association; Laborers Union; Painters & Allied Trades Union; Quandel Construction; Ralph E. Jones, Inc.; Reynolds; and many more employers are expected!
 

Making PA Schools Safer
 
Recognizing the importance of ensuring our children feel safe at school, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of investing an additional $60 million in the School Safety and Security Block Grant program.

Now in its second year, the program provides flexible funding that schools may use for a variety of security-related initiatives, including hiring school police officers, school resource officers, counselors and/or mental health counselors; alternative education and diversion programs; violence prevention initiatives; school safety and emergency preparedness plans; or physical upgrades to school buildings and equipment to improve safety.

Based on revisions to the grant funding guidelines, each school entity that submits an application for funding to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will receive a base grant of between $30,000 and $45,000, based on the school’s average daily attendance.

As part of the Public School Code bill that accompanied passage of this year’s budget, lawmakers also are requiring each public school district to create at least one multi-disciplinary threat assessment team to identify students in distress before their behavior escalates to a level that raises concern about safety.
 

Safe2Say Something Reporting System Gets Results
An anonymous reporting system designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems has collected nearly 23,500 tips in its first six months of operation, according to a report from the Office of Attorney General.

The Safe2Say Something program, created by a 2018 law, launched in mid-January to give students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Among the most common issues reported included bullying/cyber bullying; cutting/self-harm; suicide/suicide ideation; depression/anxiety; and drug use/distribution/possession.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to safe2saypa.org or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.
 

Slow Down for School Buses, Pedestrians
In the next few weeks, students will head back to class. Motorists, parents and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension. Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus. Click here for more information and tips on school bus safety.
                                   

Get the Facts About Concussions
With many student athletes gearing up for fall sports practice, students, parents and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize and manage concussions.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Concussions can have serious short-term and long-term impacts, especially on young people whose brains are still developing.

To protect students, the 2011 Safety in Youth Sports Act was passed to require all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student athletes with concussions, as well as to require related training for coaches. Visit the Department of Health’s website at health.pa.gov and search for “Traumatic Brain Injury” for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related resources.

Most importantly, if you think your child has a concussion, seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach and don’t allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.
 
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