Senator Robinson E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Robinson Honors the Late Jim Roddey
  • Construction and Building Trades Day at Junior Achievement
  • Valley Ambulance Authority Chief Retires
  • Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues
  • Make Memories at a PA Fair
  • Planning Outdoor Adventures

Memorial Day Weekend

There were many events and moving tributes to honor our fallen heroes this past weekend for Memorial Day. It was wonderful to see so many people throughout the 37th district remembering and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Here are some highlights from the weekend:

I was honored to join fellow veterans for lunch at American Legion Post 862 in Robinson Township on Friday.

I participated in Thornburg Borough’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony, and also presented them with a proclamation for their 125th anniversary.

It was great to have local the Boys Scouts and First Responders participate with the VFW at the ceremony in Collier Township.

Highlights from the Sewickley Memorial Day parade.

At Heidelberg’s ceremony, Mayor Ken LaSota read the names of every Heidelberg veteran through the years, and many attendees laid flowers in remembrance of our fallen heroes at the base of their war memorial.

Highlights from the Coraopolis Memorial Day parade. Such a great turnout and lots of festive decorations!

Chatting with veterans at Burkett Park in Robinson Township after their Memorial Day ceremony and parade.

Memorial Day ceremony in Oakdale.

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Jefferson Hills Memorial Day Ceremony after their parade, which stepped off at Floreffe Fire Department.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to celebrate Memorial Day and to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

Robinson Honors the Late Jim Roddey

It was my honor to join in the celebration of the visionary and monumental life of Jim Roddey at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall. Jim was an incredible civic leader in the Pittsburgh community and served as Allegheny County’s First County Executive. However, I knew him best through his work with veterans; Jim was a fellow Marine and never forgot the men and women who wore the nation’s uniform. Semper Fi, my friend.

Construction and Building Trades Day at Junior Achievement

I had a great time attending Construction and Building Trades Day at Junior Achievement. It was fun to teach entrepreneurship and business skills to the next generation, and I also had the pleasure to swear in the Mayor of JA Biztown! Thank you to Junior Achievement for the wonderful opportunities you provide for our young students!

Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation

Sadly, seniors are victimized financially not only by strangers but even people they know, such as their family member or caregiver. Scammers can swindle them out of their money, pension and even home.

A variety of factors make seniors more vulnerable, including when they have recently lost a spouse, are isolated or face pressure to change their will. When they fall higher on the vulnerability scale, it’s even more important to take precautions to avoid exploitation and fraud.

To protect themselves, seniors should not accept calls from anyone they do not know or give personal information to strangers – regardless of who they claim to be. Review financial account statements at least monthly and contact the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider immediately if there are unauthorized charges. Learn more.

Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

The Growing Greener Grant Program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals and exhibits, there’s something for everyone.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide maps out the fairs across the state, broken down by region. Find dates and locations to plan your day at the fair. The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer harness racing.

Planning Outdoor Adventures

As we celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June, it’s the perfect time to engage in recreational opportunities that allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and forests that Pennsylvania offers. Get a jumpstart planning your trip with information about lodging, dining, things to do, and, of course, outdoor adventures.

Great Outdoors Month first started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998.


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