Mar. 29, 2018

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Mark Your Calendars
My office will be hosting a number of events in the coming months.

My Concealed Carry Seminar will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 9-11 a.m., at Word of Life, 4497 State Route 136, Greensburg. A number of speakers including attorney Ed Bilick and Kim Stolfer, a certified firearms trained instructor, will provide valuable information about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and firearms safety. To preregister for this free seminar, please call my Greensburg office at 724-834-6400.

My office will be hosting a morning coffee on Thursday, April 26, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Dapper Doughnut, 1669 New Stanton/Ruffsdale Road, Hunker. The event will include a discussion of state-related issues. Reservations are not required, but appreciated. To RSVP, please call 724-834-6400.

An evening coffee will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Panera Bread, Walmart Plaza, 300 Greengate Centre Circle, Greensburg. This will be another opportunity to discuss state-related issues. Reservations are not required, but appreciated. To RSVP, please call 724-834-6400.

Finally, my annual Senior Expo is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 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.

Heating Assistance Program to Close Soon
Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills should apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) before Friday, April 6, when the program closes.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,090; for a couple, the limit is $24,360; and for a family of four, it is $36,900.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.

‘Cashless’ Tolling to Expand Soon on PA Turnpike
Cashless tolling pilot projects on the Findlay Connector section of the Southern Beltway (PA Turnpike Route 576) in Washington and Allegheny counties and at the Clarks Summit and Keyser Avenue tolling points in Lackawanna County on the Northeastern Extension (Interstate 476) will be implemented at those locations on April 29.

“Cashless” means there will be no coin baskets or toll collectors along the roadway; cash will no longer be accepted.

Motorists with E-ZPass will not notice a difference and will continue to use the process with which they are familiar. For motorists who do not have E-ZPass, an image of their license plate is captured as they travel through a cashless facility. Using the address on file with PennDOT, a toll bill is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle — a cashless procedure known as “PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE.”

With the conversion of these two locations, the turnpike will have four cashless tolling locations, with existing locations at the Beaver Valley Expressway (Toll 376) and near the turnpike bridge over the Delaware River.

For more information on the projects, including videos about how cashless tolling works and location specifics, visit

New Motorcycle Safety Clinics Offered
PennDOT is offering new Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics in 2018 that are designed to focus on developing operator proficiency among prospective, experienced and new Pennsylvania riders. Clinics are offered free of charge to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license.

PAMSP will offer five revamped training syllabuses tailored not just to hone riders’ knowledge, but to test their ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly.

All training clinics are conducted under the supervision of certified instructors at one of numerous riding ranges located throughout the state. Three of the clinics – the Beginning Rider Clinic (BRC), the Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC) and the 3-Wheel Riding Clinic (3WRC) – offer a pathway to earning a motorcycle license.

Act 84 of 2012 requires that all permit holders under age 18 successfully complete the BRC to receive their motorcycle license.

For more information or to enroll in a clinic, visit or call 1-800-845-9533.
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