Senator John DiSanto E-Newsletter

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In this update: 

  • DiSanto Announces Additional, No-Cost-To-Taxpayers Outreach Offices
  • Giving Thanks for Our Blessings
  • Local Food Banks Benefit from Hunters Sharing the Harvest
  • Limiting the Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel
  • Please Support Small Businesses with Holiday Shopping

DiSanto Announces Additional, No-Cost-To-Taxpayers Outreach Offices

With legislative redistricting effective as of December 1, 2022 (see www.senatordisanto.com/district-map/ for new map), residents of the 15th senatorial district may access the following Outreach Offices for constituent and legislative services:

Middletown
Middletown Borough Hall
60 West Emaus Street, Middletown, Pa, 17057
First and Third Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Harrisburg
Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library
2410 North Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
First and Third Tuesday 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Hummelstown
William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library
200 West Second Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Second and Fourth Thursday 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lower Paxton
East Shore Area Library
4501 Ethel Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Second and Fourth Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

In addition, I maintain a full-time office at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Appointments can be made by calling 717-787-6801 or visiting www.SenatorDiSanto.com.

I’m always looking for opportunities to save taxpayer dollars, so I decided not to incur the additional expense of renting a new district office when we can provide a full range of constituent service by phone, online, and in-person at the Capitol Office as well as local libraries and municipal facilities with free meeting rooms. I don’t take the state pension benefits or seek reimbursement for mileage, and I employ the least staff of any state senator. All legislators and state agencies should seek to be as economical with taxpayer dollars while providing effective service.

My offices can help constituents in processing PennDOT material, getting copies of birth and death certificates, obtaining Property Tax and Rent Rebates, and more. Residents are also welcome to stop by and share their views on legislation under consideration. These office locations and phone and online options will make it more convenient for constituents to obtain services and provide feedback.

Giving Thanks for Our Blessings

“Let all of us, in accordance with our hallowed custom, foregather in our respective places of worship or in our homes and offer up prayers of thanks for our manifold blessings. Let the happiness which stems from family reunions on Thanksgiving Day be tempered with compassion and inspired by an active concern for those less fortunate in our own country and in other lands; and let us ask God’s continuing help and guidance in our conduct, both as individuals and as a Nation.” — President Dwight Eisenhower, Thanksgiving Day 1957

I wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving filled with warmth and gratitude.

Local Food Banks Benefit from Hunters Sharing the Harvest

In 2021, Pennsylvanians participating in Hunters Sharing the Harvest donated 187,000 pounds of venison to families in need, helping to make their holidays brighter.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest allows hunters to donate their extra venison to food pantries and community assistance centers across Pennsylvania via a statewide network of butchers. Over the last 31 years, the program has distributed nearly 2 million pounds of donated meat.

An average-sized deer will provide enough high-protein, low-fat meat for 200 meals. Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity funded by public and private sources. Hunters wanting to help can find the nearest participating meat processor here.

Limiting the Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel

Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. That’s a 1.5% increase over 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes.

One way to get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel is the 511PA app. 511PA provides real-time, hands-free traffic advisories for every state roadway in Pennsylvania, and for major roadways in neighboring states of New Jersey and West Virginia.

The Historic Holiday Traffic page allows users to see how traffic speeds on the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2019 and 2021 compare to traffic conditions during a typical, non-holiday week. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded representation of traffic speeds to help them decide the best times to travel during the holiday.

AAA says traffic will be lighter before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thanksgiving, the best travel times are before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Please Support Small Businesses with Holiday Shopping

While online shopping has its place, local small businesses with brick-and-mortar stores and owners who live nearby are a huge asset to communities.

Small Business Saturday is a reminder that these businesses create 65% of jobs in Pennsylvania, and the holiday shopping season is a great opportunity to support them.

Many of the goods and services offered by these businesses are locally sourced or crafted, so the effect of buying local is multiplied. Please support our local employers this season and year round.

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