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My office will be hosting a number of events in the coming several weeks.

A morning Coffee Talk will be held on Friday, May 10, from 8-10 a.m., at Carbon Volunteer Fire Department, 421 Juniper St., Greensburg. This will be another opportunity to discuss state-related issues. Please RSVP by May 8 by calling 724-834-6400.

My annual Senior Expo is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department, 2360 State Route 66, Delmont. A wide variety of vendors and exhibitors will be available from local, state, federal and nonprofit organizations to answer questions on health care, insurance, nutrition, personal safety and much more.

A second morning Coffee Talk will be held on Monday, May 20, from 8-10 a.m., at the Wagon Wheel, 6912 State Route 22, Greensburg. This will be another opportunity to discuss state-related issues. Please RSVP by May 16 by calling 724-834-6400.

Westmoreland Road Resurfacing Projects Set
PennDOT has announced that about 31 miles of state roadways will be resurfaced in Westmoreland County beginning in May or June and continuing throughout the summer.

Because each roadway is different, these daylight projects may include milling, base repair and placing an asphalt overlay. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers when necessary, and the project depends on the weather conditions. Tentative locations are approximate. Start dates will be updated as they get closer.

Projects slated for work are:

• State Route 56 in the city of New Kensington west of the intersection of State Route 56/366. (0.55 mile)
• State Route 130 between State Route 2017 (Beatty Road) and State Route 30 in Unity Township and the city of Greensburg (5.35 miles) and ramps at State Route 30/130 intersections. (0.36 mile)
• State Route 819 between State Route 380 and Main Street in Salem and Bell townships. (4.01 miles)
• State Route 982 between State Route 130 and State Route 30 in Unity Township. (5.76 miles)
• State Route 3025 (Vernon Drive) between State Route 51 and State Route 136 in Rostraver Township and West Newton Borough (3.36 miles) and a small section of State Route 136 in West Newton Borough. (0.04 mile)
• State Route 3049 (Guffey Road) in Sewickley and North Huntingdon townships. (4.18 miles)
• State Route 4001 (College Avenue) in the city of Greensburg north of the railroad tracks. (0.47 mile)
• State Route 4007 (4th Street/3rd Street) in the city of Jeannette. (1.19 miles)
• State Route 4075 (Milligantown Road/Schafer Road) between State Route 780 and the Allegheny County line (2.67 miles) and the intersection of State Route 4075 and State Route 4036 (Oak Lake Road) in Upper Burrell Township. (0.14 mile)
• State Route 4081 (Wildlife Lodge Road/Milligantown Road) between State Route 4077 (Bair Road) and State Route 4079 (Garvers Ferry Road) in the city of Lower Burrell. (2.94 miles)

Surface improvements that are continuing from last season’s contract are:
• State Route 51 in Rostraver Township from the Fayette County line to the ramps for State Route 201. This stretch is approximately 4 miles.
• State Route 119 in the city of Greensburg from Main Street to Arch Avenue. This stretch is approximately 0.2 miles.
• State Route 3007 in North Belle Vernon Borough and Rostraver Township from the State Route 8016 interchange and ending at Fayette County line. This stretch is approximately 0.7 miles.
• State Route 3026 in the city of Greensburg and Hempfield Township beginning near State Route 30 to Main Street. This stretch is approximately 1.8 miles. Work is occurring on ADA ramps.
• State Route 3105 in East Huntingdon Township from State Route 3105 to State Route 819. This stretch is approximately 1 mile.

                                Touring U.S. Steel

Steel and coke manufacturing have long been a hallmark of the Pittsburgh region with great historical significance. Even today, the metals industry makes up the largest part of southwestern Pennsylvania’s advanced manufacturing sector with steel manufacturing at its heart.

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to tour U.S. Steel’s Pittsburgh-area operations and learned more about the company’s innovation and how employees provide support to the company’s integrated steelmaking operations worldwide. The 3,000 Pennsylvanians employed directly at the U.S. Steel Mon Valley Works support an additional 10,500 jobs throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

U.S. Steel has hired more than 400 new workers and is looking for more. If you are interested and can pass a drug test, please visit

Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars
As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels that can be deadly for children and pets locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind.

The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather.

For the safety and well-being of your children, they should not be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather.

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescriptions This Saturday
Residents have an opportunity to remove opioids and other unused medicines from homes this Saturday, April 27, as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

More than 18 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of across Pennsylvania in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day held last October. The initiative helps prevent unused medications ending up in the wrong hands.

Locations to safely dispose of unused drugs are listed here.

You can also find permanent disposal boxes in your community by clicking here

Share the Road
As the weather continues to warm up, more and more Pennsylvanians will ride their bicycles on the roads.

Both motorists and bicyclists can work together to ensure everyone shares the road and gets home safely.

Motorists and bicyclists have the right to use the roads in Pennsylvania and should work to maintain a 4-foot barrier between each other when passing.

Motorists are allowed to overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance.

You can learn more about Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws here

April is Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. An estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help families, providers and those with autism access services to help meet their needs, Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services maintains a comprehensive online resource at

The website helps connect people with autism or those who support people with autism with resources and a community to help them improve their lives.

The General Assembly further supports people with autism by dedicating funding to autism intervention and services in the annual state budgets. In the current 2018-19 budget, funding totals more than $31 million, an increase of $3.6 million over the previous fiscal year’s spending.

Learn more here.  
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