May. 14, 2024

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Connecting With Our Future Workforce

Canton Elementary fourth- and fifth graders had the opportunity to connect with many talented workforce leaders in a vast array of careers during their career fair. More than two dozen separate businesses, services, nonprofit organizations and government officials attended the event to share with the students what it takes to work in their area of expertise. Students were eager to learn how much money the job pays, and the kind of education or certification they need to get a job in which they are interested.

It is important these students begin to see the many opportunities that lie ahead of them in local, state and federal government. I always enjoy sharing the day and life of a state legislator, and the need for good ones in the future.

I appreciate and am thankful for the hard work, organization and effort that Mrs. Boyce, fifth-grade teacher, puts into this career day for Canton students. Other districts in the area are offering the same opportunities for their students, and I’m so grateful to see our schools, business community, nonprofits and more working together to help our kids plan for their futures.

It is always good for our workforce to have opportunities to educate and share what they are doing to keep our towns, community and Commonwealth thriving through their careers. There is no time like the present for our young ones to dream, explore, and plan their career and how to become a contributor to our community.
Tioga County Conservation District Legislative Update

We are called to steward our earth well, protecting its land, water, and animals. Those who have a deep passion for restoration, preservation, and a wise use of our natural resources will become part of the workforce, or a legislative committee, or even volunteer on a team in a conservation capacity. A career in conservation will help strengthen the usage, beauty and protection of our rural lands where many people desire to live or visit, thus promoting positive economic development and growth in our district.

The Tioga County Conservation District held its annual legislative update where local and state legislators received a brief snapshot of the program’s accomplishments from the past year and a look ahead at programs, activities and goals for the current year.

I appreciate the continuous and diligent work TCCD does to stabilize our creeks and streams, and to serve our farmers. We had a great conversation regarding efforts to provide excellent service in the community, helping them to navigate bureaucracy to best implement development and growth, both personal and commercial.

If you would like to know more about the Tioga County Conservation District, be sure to check out its website with several links and connect on its Facebook page.
Investing in Future Leaders

The Tioga County Partnership for Community Health (TCPCH) offers a nine-month Youth Leadership Program each year as an opportunity for select Tioga County high school students. The mission of the Tioga County Youth Leadership Program is to engage youth to discover and enhance their leadership skills and strengthen their capacity to work proactively to improve their communities.

There were 27 students who participated and upon completion had the choice as to the host location for their graduation, and they selected Three Springs Ministry. Tioga County Commissioner Sam VanLoon welcomed and congratulated students, and Cheryl Edgcomb was the evening keynote speaker.

The program this year consisted of the students participating in a variety of team building opportunities and connecting with community services, programs and businesses. They experienced a ropes course, building their own nonprofit, tours of local businesses and services, all to build upon their already natural leadership skills. This opportunity also offers the student leaders an idea of potential career paths they may not realize are out there. I am thankful for the way in which TCPCH is investing in our future generations, strengthening our community and Commonwealth.

Be sure to check out TCPCH website here for more details on the program.
Conversations with Clint is BACK!

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My first guest is Rose Anna Moore, founder and CEO of Wellsboro-based This is My Quest Inc., which recently received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Commonwealth.

It’s inspiring to learn how she turned her passion for the outdoors into a career that positively impacts and strengthens our community and Commonwealth now and for the future. Her nonprofit does great work to educate and offer experience for others wanting to learn more about nature and conservation.

Check out my conversation with Rose Anna above. Be sure to connect on her Facebook page and learn more about opportunities to participate with This is My Quest on her webpage here.
Summer Motorcycle Awareness

We certainly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the state, which brings the motorcycle riders out to enjoy the beauty of our region. This is a huge contributor to our local economy. A big thank you to the Tioga County Commissioners who helped pull together a motorcycle awareness ride and proclamation over the weekend! I also want to thank our local chapters of A.B.A.T.E. for their advocacy. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and we need to make sure we share the road this riding season! Thanks for the invite to join in on the fun!
Celebrating 85 Years with the Troy Lions Club

What a wonderful evening with the Troy Lions Club as they celebrated 85 years of serving the community! It was quite a list of accomplishments from the past 85 years and the future sure looks bright for their club. Be sure to connect with this active club if you're interested in learning more about how you can help! Troy Lions Club Facebook Page.
PA Needs Tax Cuts, Energy Savings Plan

I joined House Republican leaders last week in voicing support for an historic tax cut and energy savings plan passed by the state Senate to help working families, job creators and energy consumers across the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 269 would reduce the state Personal Income Tax (PIT) rate from 3.07% to 2.8%, putting more money in the wallets of every Pennsylvanian who earns a paycheck. The bill would also eliminate the Gross Receipts Tax on energy, effective on Jan. 1, 2025, providing critical relief from high energy costs.

The largest tax cut for working families in the Commonwealth’s history would save taxpayers an estimated $13 billion over the next five years and inject an additional $3 billion into the state’s economy. This stands in stark contrast to efforts by majority House Democrats and the Shaprio Administration to grow the size and cost of government, placing an increasingly heavy financial burden on future generations.

We are calling on majority House Democrats to bring this bill up for a vote so we can give our citizens the relief they need and deserve.  
House GOP Calls on PA Attorney General to Investigate Handling of Boyle Arrest Warrant

Pennsylvania House Republicans are calling on state Attorney General Michelle Henry to investigate Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner on the handling of an arrest warrant issued for state Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia) and any possible election law violations.

Officials issued the warrant last month saying Boyle had violated a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order but six days later said the PFA was no longer active and therefore no violation occurred.

The involvement by Krasner and his office in the issuance and withdrawal of the arrest warrant issued for Boyle on the literal eve of a primary election in which he was a candidate for office raises serious questions, especially given the known partisan and unprofessional manner in which Krasner has run his office.  

Read a copy of the letter requesting the investigation here.
Peace Officers Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 15, marks Peace Officers Memorial Day.

First established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, the day is designed to pay tribute to the brave local, state and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. The day falls during National Police Week, which is being marked from May 12-18.

We are blessed by the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect and particularly those who have sacrificed their lives to protect public safety.  
Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and continuing the fight against the stigma people face when seeking help.

In Pennsylvania, mental health services are administered through county Mental Health and Developmental Services programs. To learn more about mental health care in Pennsylvania, click here. 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.
May is Bike Safety Month

Did you know anyone under the age of 12 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Pennsylvania? This law applies to anyone operating the bicycle, riding as a passenger, or riding in an attached restraining seat or trailer.

May is Bike Safety Month, and PennDOT is reminding bicycle enthusiasts of the following safety tips:

  •   Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
  •   Ride on the right side of the road or trail, with the flow of traffic.
  •   Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  •   Slow down when you approach an intersection.
  •   Look left, look right, look left again, then look over your shoulder before entering an intersection.
  •   Use proper hand signals when turning to communicate with drivers.
  •   Wear bright or reflective clothing to help drivers see you.
  •   Adjust the bicycle to fit you properly.
  •   Maintain your bike regularly to keep it working smoothly.

Also, Pennsylvania law requires drivers to give bicyclists 4 feet of space when passing them at a reduced speed. When approaching a bike rider, slow down, check for oncoming traffic and decide if you can safely pass while maintaining the 4 feet distance.

Click here for more information about bicycle safety and Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws.