Senator Ward, J E-Newsletter

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Committee Chair Appointment Offers New Opportunities for Progress

The work performed by legislative committees is one of the first and most important steps toward a bill becoming a law. I am extremely pleased that the first of my committee assignments for the 2019-20 Legislative Session will allow me to work on issues that are critical for our region.

I was honored recently to be appointed to serve as Chair of the Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. The panel is responsible for reviewing bills that are designed to restructure and streamline state government.

In previous sessions, the panel studied proposals to consolidate state departments and legislative service agencies and reviewed other plans to expand, eliminate or modify existing government programs. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to play a leading role in exploring new ways to make state government operate more efficiently and effectively.

I hope to learn more about my other individual committee assignments in the coming days. More news will be posted to my website at in the near future.

Great things are happening in the 30th Senatorial District! I had the pleasure of attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Conemaugh Nason Medical Center Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Tony’s Antiques in Duncansville. A representative of my office also attended the ribbon-cutting for the Corner Restaurant in Mount Union. Congrats and best wishes to all!

Highlights from the 103rd Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg was a great success, and I appreciated the chance to take part in the festivities again this year. I especially enjoyed meeting local residents who were representing our local agriculture community, including Huntingdon County residents Mikara and Paige, who were showing their sheep.

In the world famous Farm Show food court, I had a chance to stop by and visit Blair County native Melissa Watters Fraker’s stand.

I enjoyed speaking with some of our local royalty during the show as well. I visited with Brooke Emery, the PA Dairy Princess from Huntingdon County, and Kara Stultz, the PA Alternate Dairy Princess from Blair County.

I also had a chance to sit down with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding to discuss the importance of Pennsylvania agriculture. You can check out our full interview here.

Congratulations to all of our local participants and exhibitors!

District Office Open House Scheduled for January 31

Last month, I opened a new district office in Hollidaysburg to better serve the needs of local communities. I look forward to hosting a ribbon cutting and open house at the new office on January 31 to give all community residents a chance to learn more about the services we offer.

The open house will take place from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the new office location at 1904 North Juniata Street. Light refreshments will be available for visitors.

I look forward to seeing you there!

I enjoyed my visit with the Webelos from Pack 332 and our conversation about local issues and the responsibilities of a state Senator. Thank you for the invitation!

Applications Available for Construction Industry Scholarships

Individuals who are interested in seeking to further their education in careers in construction can apply now for scholarships offered by the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Merit Shop Construction Scholarships of up to $4,000 are awarded yearly through the program.

To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a trade school, college or university program that is directly related to a construction career, including skilled trades, engineering, or construction management. The deadline to apply is February 22.

More information on Merit Shop Construction Scholarships is available here.

I participated in the Respect Life March in Tyrone sponsored by the St. Gregory Council, Knights of Columbus. The march began with a prayer service at St. Matthew Church followed by a march to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe in Oak Grove Cemetery, where a graveside prayer service was held.

I was at Saint Francis University for their March for Life that has gone on for the past 6 years. A great event to show respect for human life. Pictured with me is Patrick, a Knights of Columbus member who came for the event and a group of Friars and Brothers who participated. The event began with the recitation of a Rosary and ended with Mass in the Chapel. Thank you to Fr. Malachi and SFU for your support of life!

Grant Available to Support Community Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be accepting applications for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program now through April 10. The program offers assistance in support of community projects that help plan, acquire and develop parks, recreation facilities and trails; and conserve critical conservation areas and watersheds.

More information, including a schedule of grant webinars for applicants, is available here.

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