Apr. 26, 2019

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 #Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol

Foundations of Our Communities - Library Expansions Planned

I recently spoke at a press conference announcing the expansion of the York County Libraries. I have always been a strong supporter of our brick and mortar libraries. In an age of iPads and cellphones, libraries continue to play an important role in the community. Not everyone can afford the technology, and broadband is lacking in part of the state, including sections of York County. Outside of schools, libraries serve as the educational system. They are not just a place to read, but also to find a job or fill out a resume. The libraries are the foundation of our communities. In fact, last year our libraries had 1.5 million annual visits. That's more than the Appell Center, DreamWrights, the York Fair, the baseball stadium and the county parks combined.

Martin Library – A $6 million renovation plan calls for re-purposing 18,000 square feet. It will include an open space for the community to meet, an expanded teen area with digital media labs and a place for hands-on learning for children.

Kreutz Creek Library – The library will be moving out of a FEMA trailer into the Hellam Township building. The township will be constructing a new municipal building, and officials donated the current municipal building for the library. The new space will include more computers and a space designed for teens. The estimated cost is $2 million.

Kaltreider-Benfer Library – The $2 million expansion will include a children's space that is double in size. The design includes riser seating and nooks and crannies to spark imaginations. The library also will have a teen center geared toward their needs. It will expand to 14,000 square feet.

Indian Steps Museum Now Open for the Season

I attended opening day 2019 of one of Pennsylvania’s most interesting museums on Native Americans – Indian Steps. Located in southern York County along the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Indian Steps Museum tells the story of Native Americans from both the local area and from around the country. The museum's home was built as a home by John Vandersloot in the early 20th century. Vandersloot designed the home with many pieces of his stone collection housed directly in the home's walls. The museum does a great job covering the history of local tribes, with a smattering of other native groups mixed in.

The museum is located at 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville, and is open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 20 through mid October. Group tours and programs are available. Call (717) 862-3948 in season, (717) 891-4828 off season, or visit the website

Dog wardens to conduct license, rabies compliance checks in York
State Dog wardens will canvass homes in York County during the month of May to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. All dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Licenses may be purchased in person at the county treasurer’s office between 8:00am-4:30pm; by mail to York County Treasurer at 28 E. Market Street, Room 126, York, PA 17401; or online at doglicenses.us/PA/York/ or at the agents below. Questions may be directed to the treasurer’s office at 717-771-9603.

Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers Available for Seniors
The York County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible York County seniors.This program provides $20 in vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from participating local farm markets.

York County residents are eligible to participate if they are 60 years of age or older by December 31, 2019, and have a 2019 total gross annual household income at or below $23,107 for a single person or $31,284 for a couple. All income is included when calculating total gross income. Proof of age and York County residency must be presented to obtain vouchers. A couple may each receive a voucher if their combined total income is within the income requirements.

2019 Proxy Forms are required for those eligible seniors authorizing someone else to pick up the vouchers for them. Power of Attorneys and spouses must also use a proxy form. ID for the senior and the proxy is required. The 2019 Proxy form is available at most senior centers, the York County Area Agency on Aging’s office at 100 W. Market St., York City, or can be downloaded from the Forms & Documents page of the agency’s website at www.ycaaa.org.

One individual may not pick up vouchers for more than four people. Individuals are eligible to receive the vouchers only once per calendar year. The vouchers can be redeemed between June 1 and November 30, on fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania.

Residents of nursing homes, personal care homes or any residential facility where meals are provided are not eligible to receive vouchers. Anyone requiring further information should contact Cindy at the York County Area Agency on Aging at 717-771-9610.

Vouchers will be distributed from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) at the following locations in the 94th District for as long as supplies last:

Delta Area Senior Center
5 Pendyrus Street, Suite 1, Delta
Tuesday, June 4
Golden Connections Community Center
20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion
Thursday, June 6
Golden Connections Community Center
20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion
Thursday, August 1
Springettsbury Township Municipal Office
1501 Mount Zion Road, York
Wednesday, August 21
York County Area Agency on Aging Booth
at the 50plus EXPO
York Expo Center, Memorial Hall East
Wednesday, September 25 Note: 9:30 AM—1:30 PM

Click here for a full list of York County voucher locations.                                   

Agency on Aging Seeks Volunteers
The York County Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers for its Friendly Visitor and Financial Counselor programs. A volunteer friendly visitor is someone who is willing to share an hour or two each week with a homebound older adult. Many of these older adults have very limited social contact. These visits are often the high point of their week, whether spent reading, writing letters, playing card or board games, or just chatting.

Financial counselors visit older adults on a regular basis, and assist them with budgeting, balancing a checkbook, paying bills and other financial functions. Financial counselors work closely with the consumer’s care manager.

These are perfect volunteer opportunities for both men and women of all ages (18 or older), who like to help others. No experience is needed as YCAAA provides training for both programs.

For more information please contact Hope Eberly, Volunteer Coordinator, at 717-771-9610, 1-800-632-9073 or at HCEberly@yorkcountypa.gov. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from the “Forms and Documents” page of  ycaaa.org.

Share the Road

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more Pennsylvanians will ride their bicycles on the roads. Both motorists and bicyclists can work together to ensure everyone shares the road and gets home safely.

Motorists and bicyclists have the right to use the roads in Pennsylvania and should work to maintain a 4-foot barrier between each other when passing. Motorists are allowed to overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance. You can learn more about Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws here

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday
Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands. Locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here

April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. An estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help families, providers and those with autism access services to help meet their needs, Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services maintains a comprehensive online resource at PAautism.org. The website helps connects people with autism or those who support people with autism with resources and a community to help them improve their lives.

The General Assembly further supports people with autism by dedicating funding to autism intervention and services in the annual state budgets. In the current 2018-19 budget, funding totals more than $31 million, an increase of $3.6 million over the previous fiscal year’s spending. Learn more here.  
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