In this Update:
Regan Attends Check Presentation for PDE Grant Awarded to Link Center 4 YOUth
This week I was honored to be on hand at the Link Center 4 YOUth, formerly known as Medard’s House, for a check presentation of a $500,000 grant from the PA Department of Education that I proudly supported.
The Link Center is located in New Cumberland and provides mentorship, tutoring, and a safe place for young people to visit and enhance their life skills with the ultimate goal of helping youth cope with stressful situations they may face.
This organization was created in memory of Medard Kowalski, a beloved Cedar Cliff High School student known as “everyone’s best friend”, who passed away in a tragic canoeing accident. Before his untimely death in 2014, Medard and a group of roughly 35 students would meet informally at Saundra Collelo’s house for a hot meal and a sense of family, faith, and connection. They then began spreading this sense of community throughout their daily lives, bringing together unlikely groups of teenagers to eat together, to confront and prevent bullying, and to create friendships and a support system.
After Medard’s passing, the Kowalskis and Saundra Collelo made it their mission to formalize this extended family model that was first sparked by Medard, then by those who rallied together following his death, and Medard’s House – now Link Center 4 YOUth – was born.
PennDOT Survey Open Until Oct. 20
What do you think of PennDOT’s construction and maintenance services? Motorists have until Friday, Oct. 20, to provide feedback via an online survey.
The 24-question survey asks respondents how they receive PennDOT roadway information and how often PennDOT meets or exceeds expectations regarding construction and maintenance services. Respondents are also asked about experiences with reporting concerns to their department, and whether or how they use the state’s 511PA traveler information services.
How to Prepare for the Nov. 7 Election
Election Day on Nov. 7 is approaching. You’re able to participate as long as you’re registered to vote by Oct. 23. If you’ve moved, this is also a great time to double check that you’re registered to vote at your current address.
Anyone who wishes to vote by mail must apply by Oct. 31. You must be a registered voter to submit an application, which can be done here.
If you are looking for a way to help your community, learn more about becoming a poll worker here. Thousands of Pennsylvanians are needed to run elections, and poll workers are needed in all 67 counties.
Enjoy PA’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage
Some of the world’s most beautiful fall colors are in Pennsylvania. Our state also has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.
Find prime locations for viewing fall foliage in the commonwealth, as well as information about scenic driving tours, here.
Of course, there are all sorts of fun things to do in Pennsylvania this fall beyond leaf peeping. Read about autumn tourism activities – including partaking in festivals, enjoying seasonal foods and exploring architectural marvels – here.
Brush Up on School Bus Safety
School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 16-20, is the perfect time for students, parents and drivers to brush up on traffic safety rules.
For students, this means knowing how to safely board, ride and exit the school bus. For parents and all drivers, this means knowing what to do on the road when a school bus is in the area and being aware of the penalties associated with breaking Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law.
Detailed school bus safety information is available online.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown: What to do When Roads Flood
Flooding is more common during hurricane season. Please listen for flood warnings, and don’t drive through flooded roads. After all, it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car.
Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.
Learn more about flooding and how to prepare for it here.
Senate Returns to Session Next Week
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