State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced recently the awarding of $104,999 in competitive grants to local career and technical schools for the purchase of new equipment aligned to training students in high demand occupations.
“I am pleased that the Commonwealth is being proactive in assisting our career and technical schools across the state to aid them in preparing our students for high demand occupations,” Boscola said. “These grants will allow our local career and technical schools to purchase needed equipment that will train our students for jobs that employers are seeking.”
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine urged residents to get their flu vaccine as flu season intensifies. As of Dec. 28, 2019, there have been more than 17,300 laboratory-confirmed cases and nine deaths statewide.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Jan. 18 through 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website at www.dmv.pa.gov.
Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, will hold veterans assistance appointment hours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 10 at his district office in the Lower Macungie Township administration building, 3402 Brookside Road.
An outreach specialist from the American Legion will be available to meet with veterans to discuss benefits and services.
Services available to veterans and their dependents include: assistance with compensation, pension, burial and survivor benefits, education, health care, obtaining military personnel and medical records as well as state benefits.
Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services is accepting nominations for Unsung Heroes.
To celebrate Older American’s Month, the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recognizes Lehigh County residents, 60 years of age or older, who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talent to enhance the lives of others and their community.
The Unsung Hero finalists will be honored at a special awards ceremony 1:30 p.m. May 20.
To request a nomination form, contact Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services at 610-782-3034.
The PA Turnpike Commission reminds customers that tolls have increased 6 percent for cash, E-ZPass and toll by plate customers.
The increase, approved by the commissioners last July, takes effect on all sections and extensions excluding three western Pennsylavnia “cashless” tolling facilities.
More Americans than ever on record – 115.6 million – were expected to travel this holiday season, Dec. 21, 2019 through Jan. 1. That is the most since AAA began tracking in 2000, and represents an increase of 3.9 percent over last year, or 4.3 million more people packing up their sleighs for a holiday getaway. More than 104 million of those holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, expected delays to be the worst Dec. 26, 2019 with afternoon delays reaching nearly double congestion-free drive times in major U.S. cities.
GOVERNOR TOM WOLF
With nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania’s licensed drivers 65 years of age or older, the Wolf Administration highlighted the unique challenges faced by older drivers during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week recently.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center.
The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Lehigh and Northampton counties.