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Come to My Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars!

Saturday, April 7, 9-11 a.m., we will host our annual shredding and electronics recycling event at my office at 515 Stump Road in North Wales.

Electronics and shredding are free, though TV and monitors will be recycled for a flat rate of $30 (no size restrictions) to cover the recycling costs of E-Waste Experts Inc. The shredding will be handled by J&K Shredding.

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to noon, is my free fishing derby for kids at Graeme Park, 859 County Line Road in Horsham. The pond will be stocked and we’ll have lots of fun and some great prizes!

Thursday, April 26, I will host a community meeting on cyber safety with the office of the state Attorney General’s office at Horsham Library, 435 Babylon Road in Horsham. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

The more time we spend online, the greater the risk of having your identifications and credit cards compromised. Learn how to protect yourself.

For more information, please contact my office at 215-368-5165.

Education, Human Services Focus of Final Budget Hearings

Making sure every dollar of state tax money is used to its maximum benefit, the House Appropriations Committee wrapped up its three-week series of budget hearings Thursday, with two full days of questions about the education and human services aspects of the governor’s proposal and accountability measures.

Monday’s hearing featured both K-12 and higher education, with main topics addressing school safety, state financial investment and career-technical education. Special attention was placed on the long-term future of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its increasing expenses, tuition rates and contract costs.

Citing the governor’s veto of the Human Services Code last year, both the committee and the administration focused much of their discussion about ways in which the Department of Human Services can be more innovative to better serve the neediest of citizens and reduce costs.

The Appropriations Committee will take the testimony gathered from these hearings into negotiations for the 2018-19 budget. All of the hearings are available here.

Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress on First Responders
The impact of traumatic experiences on first responders and a resulting increase in suicide was the subject of a meeting of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee this week.

A focus of the conversation was the stigma that prevents many from seeking or accepting help, especially from those without similar experiences, and the fear of sharing horrors that will only infect the other person without alleviating anything from the first person.

First responders are also concerned that trauma and stress on them could cause their employers to consider them incapable of doing their jobs, leaving them without access to insurance or workers compensation benefits, and unable to provide for their families.

A number of improvements are being considered, including a hotline staffed by police, firefighters, emergency service providers and their family members to give people the opportunity to talk anonymously with people who have experienced the same things.

Free Admission at Several Local Museums This Sunday
To help the Commonwealth celebrate its 337th birthday on Charter Day, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Sunday, March 11.

Pennsylvania was created when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in 1681. Once each year, the Pennsylvania State Archives displays the original document, for a limited time, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. For the remainder of the year the charter is safeguarded in a special vault within the archives.

Charter Day celebrates the founding of the Commonwealth and gives visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania a rare opportunity to see the original Charter of Pennsylvania written in 1681. This year, four original Indian deeds tracing the sale of lands by American Indians to William Penn and his successors between 1683 and 1789 will be part of the display. The documents will be on display until Friday, March 16.

For a complete list of the participating museums and historic sites in this year’s celebration, click here.

Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend
Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. They should also be replaced every 10 years.

Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 4.
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  515 Stump Road, North Wales, PA 19454 |  Phone: 215-368-5165
  4A East Wing, PO Box 202151, Harrisburg PA 17120-2151  |  Phone: 717-260-6163
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