In this Update:
Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving
Pennsylvania has a rich history related to celebrating the day of thanks, as the first nationally recognized Thanksgiving was celebrated in York County in 1777. Americans had just soundly defeated the British in the Battle of Saratoga in the American Revolution. To mark the victory, the Second Continental Congress proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was also held in Pennsylvania in 1920 – four years before the first Macy’s parade.
May your holiday be filled with an abundance of blessings, health and good times. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, my office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.
Eagle Scout Nicholas Von Damico
Recently, I was able to join Nicholas Von Damico for his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony and present him with a citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania. Nicholas was joined by his parents John and Terra. As a member of Troop 31, he has served as Troop Quartermaster, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. For his Eagle Scout Community Service Project, Nicholas constructed a memorial pavilion at the Mount Varnum Cemetery in North Washington.
Congratulations, Nicholas, on this special achievement!
Playing Santa? Shop Small on Saturday
Small Business Saturday is this weekend, a great time to shop small when thinking about gifts for the holiday season.
Small businesses account for 99.6% of Pennsylvania businesses and half of our jobs. That’s why I’ve advocated for the continued phase-out of the state’s excessive Corporate Net Income Tax – which burdens many small business operators – and voted for a host of measures this year to cut government red tape that is hampering the work of these crucial job creators.
You can find state resources on starting a small business here.
Sen. Hutchinson meets with Jacob Hagofsky
Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Jacob Hagofsky of Buttercup Campground in Butler County. Jacob and other members of the PA Campground Owners Association traveled to Harrisburg to stress the importance of campgrounds and RV parks to Pennsylvania’s economy, and to the many individuals and families who enjoy visiting them every year. Entrepreneurial small business owners like Jacob truly are the lifeblood of our economy.
Healthy, Free Food Available to Low-Income Seniors
The Senior Food Box Program supplements low-income seniors’ diets with nutritious food, including non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, fish and canned fruits and vegetables.
To participate, individuals must be at least 60 years old and meet income eligibility guidelines. A single senior’s annual income may not exceed $18,954, and the income for a couple is capped at $25,636.
Seniors who would like to participate should call 800-468-2433 to be directed to the regional food bank distributing the Senior Food Box in their county of residence. Learn more here.
Preparing Pennsylvanians of All Ages for Career Success
People at any stage of their careers – and even before their careers have begun – may use SkillUp PA, Pennsylvania’s free online job training platform. The free trainings are designed to fill critical skill gaps that can be a barrier to employment, prepare people for credential or certification tests and sharpen soft job skills.
Some of the courses include Being an Effective Team Member, Essential Skills for Professional Telephone Calls, Interpersonal Communication: Listening Essentials and Thinking Critically: Coming to Terms with Assumptions.
Learn more about SkillUp and enroll here.
Winter Life Jacket Requirement in Effect
Until April 30, all boaters are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any kayak, canoe or paddleboard on all Pennsylvania waters.
A disproportionate number of boating fatalities occur from November to April in Pennsylvania, and cold water is one of the primary reasons. When water temperatures are less than 70 degrees, the cold water shock can cause an involuntary gasp, hyperventilation, breathlessness and a reduced ability to control breathing and swim.
A life jacket greatly increases your chance of survival in cold water. It also increases the amount of time for you to be rescued. Find more cold water survival safety tips here.
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