Senator Judy Ward E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Telephone Town Hall
  • Tips for Cars and Motorcycles Sharing the Road
  • Watching the Development of the Capital’s Young Peregrine Falcons
  • Lowering Your Risk of Skin Cancer
  • Honoring the Work of EMS Personnel
  • Emergency Services Workshop
  • Out and About in the 30th

Telephone Town Hall

On Monday, May 23rd at 5:30 P.M. I will be hosting a live telephone town hall to answer any state-related questions that you may be experiencing or would like to learn more about. I hope this can be helpful to get your questions answered and to bring up any issues that you would like to share. I look forward to talking to everyone who can join.

Tips for Cars and Motorcycles Sharing the Road

As warmer weather brings more motorcycles to our roadways, it’s a good time to consider some safety tips for sharing the road:

  • Be aware that motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and at intersections.
  • Allow more following distance, at least four seconds of distance between a motorcycle and your vehicle.
  • Remember that motorcycles have the same rights and privileges as any vehicle on the roadway.
  • Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width as the motorcyclist needs the room to maneuver safely in all types of road conditions.

There were 3,578 crashes involving motorcycles on Pennsylvania roadways in 2021, resulting in 226 fatalities, an increase in both from 2020. For more information on motorcycle safety, visit the PennDOT website.

Watching the Development of the Capital’s Young Peregrine Falcons

Pennsylvanians are tracking the development of young peregrine falcons nesting on a ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.

The live Falcon Cam provides a window into the lives of the falcon nestlings and adult birds. The peregrine falcon was removed from the federal Endangered Species List in 1999 and the Pennsylvania Threatened List in 2021 but remains federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the state Game and Wildlife Code. Eighty-three falcons have hatched in Harrisburg since reproduction began in 2000.

The birds are banded and tracked throughout North America by biologists and birdwatchers.

Falcons born on the ledge at the Rachel Carson building have been tracked to Florida and Canada. The next phase should start around May 22, as these falcons attempt their first flights.

Lowering Your Risk of Skin Cancer

With more than five million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer. Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable.

Reducing your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can lower your chances of getting skin cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone can get skin cancer, but people with certain characteristics are at greater risk, such as a lighter natural skin color, certain types and a large number of moles, a family history of skin cancer and more.

You can learn about ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer here.

Honoring the Work of EMS Personnel

This week, we celebrate the men and women who serve our community during the worst or most challenging moments, and who ensure their patients receive high-quality, compassionate and lifesaving care.

Members of EMS teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their skills. We owe them our gratitude for their time and dedication.

Emergency Services Workshop

Out and About in the 30th

Recently I participated in the Blair County Social Services annual roundtable discussion to discuss service updates, challenges, and future plans. Thank you to Jim Hudack, Director of Blair County Social Services, for his effort to bring everyone together for productive discussion that benefits our community.

Pictured is County Commissioner, Bruce Erb, discussing the need for increased mental health funding that would benefit the county’s prison.

 

I had an energizing time at the Raystown NRA Banquet in Huntingdon County this past weekend. I will always defend our 2nd Amendment rights for the citizens of Pennsylvania.

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