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Many Museums Offering Free Admission This Sunday

To help celebrate Pennsylvania’s 336th birthday on Charter Day, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to many historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Sunday, March 12, including the Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland. Click here for a complete list of participating museums and sites.
 
 
Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend

Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which should also be replaced every 10 years. Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 5.
 
 
You’re Invited to a Basic Handgun Safety Training Course

I am hosting a Basic Handgun Safety Training Course on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Keystone Fish and Game Club in Paxinos. Only 25 spots are available, so RSVPs are required in advance. Please call us at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060 to reserve your seat today!
 
 
Mark Your Calendars: Student Art Open House on March 30

If you are a student, or know any students in the 108th District who are interested in displaying their artwork, please contact my Sunbury District Office at 570-286-5885 or toll free at 1-800-924-9060.
 
 
 
U.S. Army War College

Earlier this week at the state Capitol, a joint House and Senate informational meeting was held with officers and students from the U.S. Army War College’s Advanced Strategic Arts Program. As a member of the committee, I attended this meeting, where the group discussed a number of issues, from veteran-related legislation to the border patrol and the heroin crisis. The group is pictured here in the Main Rotunda following Tuesday’s meeting.
 
 
Recognizing Delphine Gibson, Oldest American Resident

Last week, Aging Secretary Teresa Osbourne visited Huntingdon County resident Delphine Gibson, who is 113 years old. It has been verified that as of Feb. 28, 2017, Ms. Gibson is the oldest American resident. She was born on Aug. 17, 1903, in South Carolina, and after marrying her husband, Taylor, they moved to Pennsylvania where they raised their four children. She credits her longevity to her faith in God, church and church family. We congratulate Ms. Gibson, and wish her much health and happiness. As March is Women’s History Month, I encourage you to click here to read more about this inspiring Pennsylvanian.
 
 
Education, Human Services Focus of Budget Hearings

 
The House Appropriations Committee wrapped up its three-week series of budget hearings Thursday, with two full days of questions about the education and human services aspects of the governor’s proposal.

Monday’s hearing featured the Department of Education, including details about increased funding for basic and higher education, and whether additional state investments are being directed into the classrooms.

Questions about the opioid crisis, child care, food stamps, Medicaid and specific programs for those with developmental and physical disabilities were the focus of Tuesday’s hearing, with members asking details about waiting lists for services, program eligibility, and federal and state matching funds.

During its appearance, the state police answered questions about the governor’s proposed $25 per person fee for coverage in municipalities without their own police protection. The final hearing involved the Office of the Budget and included questions about the governor’s overall $32.4 billion spending plan and the estimates on a number of cost-saving initiatives.

The Appropriations Committee will take the testimony gathered from these hearings into negotiations for the 2017-18 budget. All of the hearings and written testimony are available here.
 
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