Senator Hutchinson E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Corry Manufacturing Tour
  • BC3 Personal Empowerment Training
  • Electric Prices to Adjust June 1
  • Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments
  • 2023 PA Fair Guide Released
  • Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors
  • License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans
  • Honoring the Sacrifice of Our Fallen Soldiers

Corry Manufacturing Tour

Last week, I joined Corry Manufacturing’s Strategic Business Manager Vince Catalfu, Vice President of Operations Gary Dietz and President Mike Biedrzycki (not pictured above) for a tour of their Erie County facility.

Corry Manufacturing was established in 1945 and employs over 300 people across our region. They have integrated engineering, in-house tool design and precision manufacturing to deliver customers the best value in aerospace and gas turbine industries.

Thank you for the company tour as well as your hard work and dedication in making such quality and technologically advanced components right here in the 21st Senatorial District! 

BC3 Personal Empowerment Training

Butler County Community College (BC3) is offering a free training to Butler County Recovery Members in June.

According to BC3: Personal empowerment training is for all human beings. It allows everyone to respect and honor the inherent value within ourselves and for each other. Rooted in emotional intelligence, participants will learn 40 concepts such as beliefs, self-esteem, empathy, active listening and managing conflict. This 24-hour cohort-based learning experience incorporates high levels of activity and engagement. Participants will experience increased knowledge, practice, and application that encourage new perspectives and habits. The common theme for this program is building hope for one’s future.

The dates for the trainings are June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28. All trainings run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The training will be held in the large conference room of the Holly Pointe Building, 220 S Main St., Butler.

BC3’s Community Leadership Initiatives Assistant Ken Clowes will be facilitating these sessions.

Registration is limited to 20 participants and registrations need to be in by May 31. You can register by contacting Dina Fricke at (724) 287-8711 ext. 8421 or

More information can found here as well as be requested from Tricia Pritchard, BC3 Director of Community Employment Development,, (724) 287-8711 ext. 8281

Electric Prices to Adjust June 1

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers that on June 1, most electric companies will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping customers. Find out what your “Price to Compare” will be here.

In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose a different electric generation supplier for more competitive pricing by visiting The website offers comparison data regarding price, fixed-price contract terms, renewable content, deposit/cancellation fees and other relevant information.

Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments

Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.

Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment; or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.

Additional information is available here. Questions regarding grant administration and eligibility should be emailed to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner at

2023 PA Fair Guide Released

Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.

Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.

The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing.

Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors

Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.

To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.

Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.

License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans

In addition to recognizing the importance of women who served, purchasing an Honoring Our Women Veterans License Plate supports programs assisting women veterans in Pennsylvania.

Each plate costs $37, with $15 going directly to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF regularly issues grants to statewide charitable organizations assisting veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The grants are used to aid veterans in need of shelter, essential goods and other services. The license plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.

Additionally, Honoring Our Veterans license plates for passenger cars, trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds and motorcycles are available for $38 each, with $15 from each plate also going to the VTF.

Learn more or apply for either license plate here.

Honoring the Sacrifice of Our Fallen Heroes

Monday marks the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, when we honor the men and women who gave their lives serving our nation with dignity, bravery and distinction.

Today and every day, remember the valuable contributions and tremendous sacrifices members of our Armed Forces have made on behalf of our country and the freedoms we so deeply cherish. The legacy of the veteran cannot be lost.


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