Aug. 29, 2019

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

North Hills Road Widening Project to Begin Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 4, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., road crews will restrict travel to one lane to shift traffic along a section of North Hills Road in Springettsbury Township, starting the project to widen and resurface a section of North Hills Road to accommodate an additional northbound lane between Industrial Highway and U.S. 30 and to reconfigure North Hills Road to include two right-turn lanes onto U.S. 30 East.

Travel lanes on North Hills Road will not be restricted any day during rush hours between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. or between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. At other times, motorists may encounter single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic through the work zone as crews conduct utility, drainage, and widening work prior to resurfacing the roadway next year.

Eventually, road crews will set a long-term pattern that will permit two-way traffic on North Hills Road separated from the work zone as crews widen and install new drainage facilities along the southbound roadway and coordinate with the utility relocation work along the northbound roadway between the railroad tracks and U.S. 30.

Red Lion Felton Band Director Bill Ritz Retires
On Sunday, the Red Lion Felton Band played its last concert under the direction of Bill Ritz. It was a great celebration of Bill’s 30 years directing the band and I paid a surprise visit to present Bill with a Citation from the PA House of Representatives. Bill has been a community leader and a steady hand leading the band for many years and he will be missed. For a schedule of the band’s concerts, click here.

Daniel P. Keener and Alvin M. Hildebrand organized the Red Lion Concert Band July 4, 1932. A small German band, organized some four or five years prior to 1932, was the forerunner of this band. Alvin Hildebrand was the band's first director.

The Felton Band was established in 1892 and incorporated on February 20, 1893. Mr. William G. Reichard was this band's first director. The Red Lion Concert Band and the Felton Band merged to become the Red Lion Felton Band in April 1972. Together, the Red Lion Felton Bands have been entertaining Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware residents for over 126 years.

State Police Seek Horse Donations
The Pennsylvania State Police is asking the community for donations of horses to support its mounted patrol unit. The department maintains a stable at the academy in Hershey and relies on donations to fill a complement of 28 horses. The animals are deployed statewide for searches, crowd control, security and patrol of remote areas. They also participate in parades, demonstrations and other community events.

Donated horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old and stand between 16 hands (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and 18 hands tall. Draft and draft-crosses are the preferred breed. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.

Animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.

Upon retirement, state police horses are first offered back to their original owners. The department finds them suitable homes if the original owners are unwilling or unable to accept the animals. To arrange a donation or for more information, contact Cpl. Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or

York Fair Begins Sept. 6!
We are just a few weeks away from the 254th York Fair! On Friday morning, September 6, the gates will swing open and the biggest celebration in York County and southern Pennsylvania will take place with all kinds of Fair foods, fun, entertainment all in celebration of Agriculture and York County.

This year will feature the first Opening Night concert in many years featuring country music superstar, Brad Paisley. This will be the single largest stage production in the history of the York Fair as the tour is traveling with ten semi-tractor trailers of equipment and a large crew on ten motor coaches. Other fair concerts will feature Darci Lynne from America’s Got Talent, Bethel Music, Triple Play Tuesday with Tesla, Jackyl and Kix, Outlaws & Renegades featuring Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels, and Brantley Gilbert. All of the concerts have been selling really well and yet there are plenty of good seats still available as there is seating nearly 11,000 fans for a concert.

They have also kept the motor sports lineup intact for the last weekend of the fair. The 4th annual Monster Truck Showdown will take place on the last Saturday with two huge shows featuring Zane Rettew and Stinger Unleashed. There will also be a motorcycle stunt show as part of both events. The final day of the fair will feature the annual Demolition Derby which is free for everyone to watch with your paid admission. Combining the free Demo Derby with BOGO day gives fair guests a huge day value wise! Read more here.

Prepare for Emergencies with 30 Days/30 Ways
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is encouraging citizens to take steps to prepare for emergencies by participating in September’s 30 Days/30 Ways preparedness event.

Anyone who wants to participate can register to get weekly updates with helpful hints and tips to get them started on their journey to preparedness. The information in the weekly updates can easily be shared with family, neighbors, and loved ones. At the end of the month, participants who fill out a brief survey about their experience will be entered to win a random drawing of a wind-up radio, flashlight or phone charger.

There are simple things you can take now to prepare your family and help your community after an emergency:

• Take a basic first aid or CPR class;
• Create a family emergency plan so loved ones know who to contact and where to go in an emergency;
• Have a small kit of emergency supplies in your home and car;
• Know how to turn off utilities safely in your home;
• Review insurance policies and coverage to ensure it is adequate for the hazards you may face;
• Purchase flood insurance; and
• Build up an emergency fund.

More information about how to prepare for an emergency, including specific information for people with access and functional needs or pets, is available on the webpage.

My Labor Day Weekend Office Hours
Monday, Sept. 2nd, is Labor Day. My district office will be closed all day Monday. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend has also come to symbolize the end of summer and is celebrated with parties, street parades and athletic events.

Capitalizing on Technology for Education
Recognizing the impact missing school can have on a student’s education, the General Assembly recently adopted two new laws to make better use of technology to limit, or even eliminate, these impacts.

Act 18 of 2019 creates the Keystone Telepresence Education Grant Program to provide funding to intermediate units for the purchase of equipment and related services to support homebound students. Telepresence technology may include a robotic device that resembles an iPad mounted on a mobile Segway unit that allows real-time communication between students who are homebound and their classrooms. The technology is valuable for children with extended absences due to chronic illness, such as cancer, or recovery from surgery or injuries.

Act 64 of 2019 allows school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools and charter schools to establish a “flexible instructional day” program to use when school is closed due to weather, damage to the school building, disease epidemic or other temporary circumstances. Under the law, no more than five flexible instructional days may be used during a school year. Act 64 takes effect this Saturday, Aug. 31, while Act 18 will take effect Sept. 26.

Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on
Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

PennDOT Driver License Centers Closed for Holiday Weekend
All driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
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