In this Update:
District of Character
The “District of Character” is an initiative I created to enhance character development and promote daily reminders for residents of the 40th Senatorial District about how we can create a stronger community without policy changes. No one is perfect, but we can always work to improve our character daily.
January word of the month is, respect: “Due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.”
My personal belief on respect: “You must always display respect if you expect to receive and gain respect. It doesn’t just go one way.”
Pennsylvania: Black History Month
This month, we will be highlighting some of the many contributions of African Americans to Pennsylvania history. This week, we are featuring the first black member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Harry W. Bass. Elected in 1911, Harry W. Bass was an American lawyer and politician who served two consecutive terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, he earned a degree from Lincoln University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Harry W. Bass here.
Punxsutawney Phil Predicts – Six More Weeks of Winter
Every year, on February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from its home on Gobbler’s knob. This year, Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. This formal event has taken place with 1887, although the folklore itself dates back even further.
Watch PA Wildlife Anytime from Home
You can watch black bears, eagles and snow geese this winter through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s round-the-clock livestreams.
A new 24-7 livestream from a black bear den in Pike County brings to four the number of livestreams the Game Commission plans to run into the spring of 2023. Also showing are the Farm Country Eagle Livestream, which provides a bird’s-eye view into a long-established nest in a giant sycamore overlooking scenic farmland, the popular Hanover, Pa. Eagle Livestream and the agency’s Snow Goose Livestream capturing the migratory action at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Pennsylvania’s black bears usually are born in January and begin walking in about eight weeks. They leave the den when three months old. Bald eagles typically lay eggs in mid-February and the eggs hatch in mid- to late March. Snow goose migration typically peaks at Middle Creek from mid-February to March.
How to File PA Income Tax Returns Online
Tax-filing season has opened, and the state Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers of the free online option to file their Pennsylvania personal income tax returns: mypath.pa.gov.
Taxpayers do not need to create a username or password to perform many functions in myPATH. That includes filing the Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax Return (PA-40), making a payment, responding to department requests for information and checking the status of a refund.
The deadline to submit 2022 personal income tax returns is April 18. Personal income tax assistance is also available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center and by calling 717-787-8201 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Taxpayers may also visit a Department of Revenue district office for state personal income tax filing assistance.
Entries Accepted for Statewide “Art of the State” Exhibition
Artists and craftspeople are invited to submit applications to show their work in the 56th annual “Art of the State” exhibition.
“Art of the State” is a juried exhibition open to Pennsylvania residents at least 18 years of age. Artists will compete in five categories: painting, work on paper, sculpture, craft, and photography and digital media. Entries must be submitted online. Additional information and the link to enter are available at statemuseumpa.org/artofthestate. The application deadline is May 5.
More than $4,000 in cash awards will be presented. “Art of the State” is scheduled to open to the public at The State Museum on Sept. 10.
Around the 40th District
This weekend, I was so proud to present my own son, Carter, a House and Senate citation for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout! Congratulations Carter – we love you! Thank you also to Troop 83; Mr. Green, Dr. Menio & Mr. Ferro; parents and fellow scouts for all their support! Thank you, Ken, from VIP Studios for the photo.
It’s always so wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate the wisdom, education and love that comes along with a 100th Birthday! This week, I presented Raymond Naholnik with a 100th Birthday Senate Citation at the Adult Daily Living Center in Hawley. With his daughters present, family, friends and other elected officials, Ray had a beautiful celebration!
This weekend, I stopped at the Marshalls Creek Fire Department’s banquet to say thank you and honor all, especially those with volunteer service from 10-60 years! Always amazing members of our community – never forget they are truly dedicated volunteers.
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