Senator DiSanto E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • DiSanto Announces $2.1 Million in District Grants
  • DiSanto Hosts Veterans Appreciation Breakfasts
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Sharing the Harvest
  • Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel

DiSanto Announces $2.1 Million in District Grants

A robust park system and transportation infrastructure that reduces traffic congestion and enhances safety are important for maintaining vibrant communities. I’m an advocate for returning state tax dollars to our cities, townships and boroughs to help pay for projects that benefit the local area.

Last Friday, the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved these grants for park and transportation projects in our area:

Dauphin County

City of Harrisburg – $150,000

To rehabilitate Reservoir Park with recreational upgrades and updates to amenities. The project includes construction of a playground for younger children and expanded parking to allow for more visitors. The total project cost is $550,213. (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)

East Hanover Township – $213,000

To help pay for improvements to the township community park. The work includes replacing play equipment, improving ADA accessibility and restoring a small stream. The total project cost is $905,000. (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program)

Linlo Governor Crossing, LLC (Derry Township) – $750,000

To improve access to the Governor Crossing development in Derry Township by widening Fishburn Road to allow for a left turn lane, as well as the relocation and signalization of Sandy Hill Road. The project will reduce congestion and stacking along Governor Road (Route 322). The total project cost is $2.8 million. (Multimodal Transportation Fund)

Highview Commercial WH1 LLC (West Hanover Township) – $353,315

To make improvements to the intersection of Route 22 and Clover Lane in West Hanover Township to support the development of a 7-Eleven gas station at the site. The project will include adding a deceleration lane, improving existing entrances and adding sidewalks. The total project cost is $504,736. (Multimodal Transportation Fund)

Hummelstown Borough – $450,000

To help pay for the creation of a safe sidewalk connection for pedestrians in Downtown Hummelstown, adding sidewalks along Poplar Avenue, Hanover Street, and Quarry Road. The total project cost is $1.4 million. (Multimodal Transportation Fund)

Perry County

Bloomfield Borough – $200,000

To help pay for the paving of streets in the Lakeside Development, which have recently been taken over by the borough. The total project cost is $537,386. (Multimodal Transportation Fund)

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds projects that involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.

Multimodal Transportation Fund grants are used for transportation development, rehabilitation and enhancement projects, including work to improve streetscapes, lighting, sidewalks, pedestrian safety, transportation system connections and transit-oriented development.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development that administers many of Pennsylvania’s economic development and community improvement programs.

DiSanto Hosts Veterans Appreciation Breakfasts

Last week I hosted two Veterans Appreciation Breakfasts, at the Linglestown American Legion Post 272 and the New Bloomfield VFW Post 7463, to recognize our area residents who served or are currently serving in our armed forces.

In addition to a great breakfast and a legislative update regarding veterans benefits and programs, we heard informative reports from PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs officials. And, State Treasurer Stacy Garrity, herself a veteran, shared an update on her efforts to safeguard taxpayer dollars.

We were also treated to excellent patriotic musical performances from talented choral students at Susquehanna Township and Susquenita High Schools. As well, the Honor Guards conducted a moving ceremony on the meaning of the 13 folds of the American Flag.

My thanks to everyone who participated! Below are a few photos from the events. I look forward to hosting again next year.

Happy Thanksgiving

President Lincoln began his proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday by writing: “The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

It was October 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, but Lincoln pointed Americans toward developments for which the nation should be thankful.

Today, we can be thankful that, despite often heated divisions and the remnants of the pandemic, we live in peace and relative abundance in 2021. I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude.

Pennsylvania Hunters Provide Food for Neighbors

As families across the commonwealth give thanks, Pennsylvania deer hunters have a way to brighten the holidays for those in need.

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 30 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 can find the nearest participating meat processor here.

Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel

Travel experts say all types of Thanksgiving travel are projected to rebound to near pre-pandemic levels this week.

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.

Quick Tip: AAA says that if you’re hitting the road Wednesday, traffic will be lighter after 9 p.m. If heading out on Thanksgiving, it’s best to depart before 11 a.m.

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