Senator Hutchinson E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Legislation to Fund Emergency Services Now Law
  • Celebrating 70 Years of A&B Heating & Sheet Metal Company
  • PA Farm Show Runs Jan. 6-13
  • NW IRC Highlights Recipes for Manufacturing Success
  • Mature Drivers: Take a Course, Save on Insurance
  • Resources to Help Quit Using Tobacco
  • Happy New Year!

Legislation to Fund Emergency Services Now Law

The Senate passed legislation that is now law to preserve the availability of life-saving services for Pennsylvanians. It supports the 911 emergency communications service by reauthorizing a fee assessed to wireless lines.

Costs for equipment, operations and new technology continue to rise, threatening the availability of these critical services. The reauthorization helps to offset operation and maintenance costs associated with the state’s emergency response infrastructure.

The law has been extended until Jan. 31, 2029.

Celebrating 70 Years of A&B Heating & Sheet Metal Company

I recently presented a Senate Citation to A&B Heating & Sheet Metal Company, Inc., in Warren on behalf of their 70th Anniversary. Founded in 1953 by Carl Papalia, it soon became a family business when his brothers Ralph and Joe joined him for more than four decades. In the early 1990s current owner, David Papalia, took sole ownership and has grown the business to twenty employees, headquartered right here in Warren County. A&B has maintained a tradition of excellence, remaining responsive to the everchanging needs and interests of the community it serves. Here’s to another 70 years! Here I am pictured with John Papalia, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry; Dave Papalia, owner; and Dave Wortman, Mayor of Warren.

PA Farm Show Runs Jan. 6-13

As a state where agriculture is one of the top industries, Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation. The 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs from Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg.

The Farm Show features nearly 6,000 animals and more than 10,000 exhibits. There are also thousands of competitions and educational and entertaining events – and of course the famed Food Court, offering Farm Show milkshakes, fried cheese and so much more. Admission is free, and parking is $15 per car. Make the most of your trip with the visitor’s guide.

Agriculture in PA employs nearly half a million people and contributes $132.5 billion to the state’s economy annually.

NW IRC Highlights Recipes for Manufacturing Success

An interesting and inspiring podcast series released earlier this year by the Northwest Industrial Resource Center highlights success stories of local manufacturers and employers.  Hosted by NWIRC’s Robert Zaruta and Robin Keller, the Recipes for Manufacturing Success in Northern PA podcast is released twice monthly and focuses on the keys to attracting and retaining employees, implementing new technologies, achieving profitable sales growth, and more.  Their most recent episode features Gregory Austin, President of Targeted Pet Treats in Warren, a leading innovator and manufacturer of injection molded pet chews and treats.   Listen here, or on Spotify, Apple, or Google Podcasts.

Mature Drivers: Take a Course, Save on Insurance

Mature drivers who would like to brush up on their driving skills and save money on car insurance are invited to take a Basic or Refresher Mature Driver Improvement course.

The approved courses provide information about how aging affects driving abilities and insight into driving on today’s roadways. There are no written or practical driving tests.

By completing the Basic Mature Driver Improvement Course, drivers are eligible for a 5% discount on their vehicle insurance. Check course fees and availability here.

Resources to Help Quit Using Tobacco

As we approach the New Year, many people are thinking about changes they can make in 2024. If one of your resolutions is to stop smoking – or to give up tobacco use in any form – resources are available.

Learning tobacco-free coping skills is safe and achievable; improves physical and mental health; and aids long-term success. Access free online resources.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers a free support hotline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Happy New Year!

Pennsylvania is a wonderful and unique place to live all throughout the year, including during the holidays. Our state offers some quirky New Year’s Eve drops, from the bologna drop in Lebanon to the strawberry drop in Harrisburg. There are also family-friendly options, including Crayola’s Jazzberry Jammin’ New Year’s Eve in Easton. Find a special way to celebrate.

No matter how you choose to ring in the New Year, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state senator. Helping our communities is a true honor.

May your 2024 be filled with blessings and happiness.


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