Honoring an ‘Ambassador of Peace’
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Honoring an ‘Ambassador of Peace’

It's hard to express how special it was to present the “Ambassador of Peace” medal to William Deabler for “preserving and restoring the Republic of Korea’s freedom and democracy.” The medal was created by the Republic of South Korea as a way to thank American Korean War veterans, like Deabler, for their bravery and sacrifice. The event took place at FOP Senior Citizens Inc. with Mr. Deabler surrounded by his family and friends. I want to thank all Korean War vets for their service.

SNAP Benefits Being Distributed Early
Please be aware that anyone who is part of the federal government’s SNAP program will receive their February Food Stamp benefit this week instead of February 1. This early disbursement means there will be no additional benefits distributed in February. Please consider this when purchasing food for your family. Make sure you carefully budget your SNAP funds so you are not caught short next month.

PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program
PennDOT will again sponsor an extensive Summer maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce.

These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a least 18, enrolled full-time in college for the Fall 2019 semester, and have a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License.

All candidates, including new hires and rehires, must complete the online application to be considered for employment. Applicants must apply online for these student summer maintenance positions at employment.pa.gov/ to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Open Jobs section of the website. The hourly rate is $13.56.

Call my office at 215-330-3711 with any questions or for any help in applying.

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication
As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.

Radon – Is Your Home Safe?
An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

January is national Radon Action Month. For more information on radon in the home, click here.

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