Welcome Home Major Gabler
Welcome Home Major Gabler

Recently at DuBois Central Catholic High School, I helped to welcome home Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) after spending almost all of 2018 serving our country on deployment in the Middle East.

Matt is an outstanding man, a loving husband and father, and a smart and talented public servant. He returns home to be with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Caroline.

Thank you for your service, Major Gabler, and welcome back!

 Pictured with Rep. Gabler and me are (left) Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Cambria/Clearfield) and Rep. Cris Dush (R-Indiana/Jefferson).

Boys Scouts Honored

This weekend, I presented House of Representatives citations to Boy Scouts from Troop 81 and Troop 344 who attained the rank of Eagle.

It takes a great deal of work and dedication to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. The designation "Eagle Scout" was founded more than 100 years ago. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process.





Scouts honored from Troop 344 include (top, left to right) Jack Hutchinson, Tyler Simmons, Michael Sipper, and Noah Plaza. Scouts honored from Troop 81 include: Christian Giannetti, Joseph Kunz and Pavle Djokic.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!
Veterans Assistance Available

I urge veterans to take advantage of a very beneficial program. My district office in McCandless is hosting veterans’ outreach hours on Friday, Feb.15.

Openings are available by appointment only. Please call my office at 412-369-2230 to schedule an appointment.

During these special hours, a veterans outreach specialist is available to meet with local veterans and assist them with issues they may be having accessing benefits and services from the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Veterans are encouraged to apply for federal health care and state benefits by visiting their local county director of veterans affairs or area accredited service organizations. County directors can by found by clicking here.

To get timely information about state benefits, programs and services, veterans are urged to sign up for DMVA’s Veterans Registry at register.dmva.pa.gov.

It gives me great satisfaction to make programs available to our men and women who have served with such dignity.

Veterans are a symbol of what makes our country great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.
PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program

College students can now apply for PennDOT’s 2019 Summer Maintenance Program which will run May through August 2019.

The program is designed to supplement PennDOT’s permanent workforce by providing maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities and supplying additional labor and performing flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites. The hourly rate for these positions is $13.56.

To be eligible for consideration, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age.

  • Be enrolled full-time in college for the fall 2019 semester.

  • Have a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.

Interested students are encouraged to contact my district office at 412-369-2230 to convey interest in the position and to apply online at www.employment.pa.gov to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Opens Jobs section of the website.
Applications should be made no later than Friday, Feb. 15.
Franklin Park Voted Number 1!


The best place to live in Pennsylvania is right here in the 28th District. Recently, USA Today and 24/7 Wall Street published a list of the best cities to live in each state and Franklin Park was cited as number one Pennsylvania.

In compiling the list, the publication said the area has a high share of residents with high educational attainment. Approximately 70 percent of adults hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Also, Franklin Park is a relatively safe community, with a violent crime rate of 14 incidents per 100,000. That is one of the lowest in the country.

Franklin Park is part of the North Allegheny School District, recently rated the second-best district in the Pittsburgh area by the information research company Niche.

I am proud to be the state representative in Franklin Park. No doubt, a special place to live, work and raise and family.
Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect

An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect in Pennsylvania.

Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.

Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This law is in addition to the “Steer Clear” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.
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