Senator Pennycuick E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Pennsburg Manor Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Oley Valley High School Tour
  • Spring-Ford Rotary Club Meeting
  • Sheet Metal Workers School
  • MedReturn Boxes
  • Electric Prices to Adjust June 1
  • Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments
  • 2023 PA Fair Guide Released
  • Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors
  • License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans

Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend I attended both Topton’s Memorial Day Ceremony and Collegeville-Topton Memorial Day Parade. It was a meaningful weekend as we paid tribute to our fallen heroes. Their bravery and dedication continue to inspire us all. Together, we stand united in gratitude for our servicemen and servicewomen.

Pennsburg Manor Flag Raising Ceremony

Recently I attended the Pennsburg Manor flag raising ceremony. Together we hung the POW and American flag. A special thank you to Barry Simmons from Pennsburg Manor for doing such a wonderful job on coordinating this event! It was an absolute pleasure meeting all the residents.

Oley Valley High School Tour

Recently I visited Oley Valley High School to learn about their Agricultural and Engineering Programs. These programs included AG, Stem, Bio Med, and Earth Space Science programs! I was quite impressed by the amazing technology that has transformed teaching and learning within their school. Through state allocated funds and technology-specific grants it has enhanced their students learning. Thank you to all the students who showcased these amazing programs. You have immense potential to create wonders in life!

Spring-Ford Rotary Club Meeting

I was recently given the opportunity to join the Spring-Ford Rotary Club for their weekly meeting. Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to help the overall wellbeing of our communities. These weekly meetings provide an opportunity for local organizations to build strong and lasting friendships with those in the community. It is great to see the positive impact that the Spring-Ford Rotary Club is making!

Sheet Metal Workers School

I was thrilled to have visited the Sheet Metal Workers School in Shoemakersville! There I was joined by the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, William Dorward, Stephen Loch and Teacher Gary Walter. Not only did I get a 101 training on metalworking, but I was also able to add a new piece of artwork to my office! Thank you again for having me visit, I had an awesome time!

MedReturn Boxes

Have unwanted medication? Dispose of them safely at MedReturn boxes in Berks and Montgomery County. For more information regarding Berks County drop off locations please visit here. For more information regarding Montgomery County drop off locations please visit here.

Electric Prices to Adjust June 1

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers that on June 1, most electric companies will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping customers. Find out what your “Price to Compare” will be here.

In most areas of Pennsylvania, consumers can choose a different electric generation supplier for more competitive pricing by visiting The website offers comparison data regarding price, fixed-price contract terms, renewable content, deposit/cancellation fees and other relevant information.

Grants Available to Municipal Fire Departments

Municipal fire departments may apply for grants between $25,000 and $100,000 from May 30 to June 30.

Eligible expenses include establishing or modernizing firefighting facilities; acquiring or renovating structures that house firefighting equipment; or repairing or purchasing firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment.

Additional information is available here. Questions regarding grant administration and eligibility should be emailed to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner at

2023 PA Fair Guide Released

Fair season has started. If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer, the 2023 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is now available online.

Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.

The guide also highlights 16 fairs that offer harness racing.

Farmers Market Vouchers Available to Eligible Seniors

Through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, eligible participants will receive five $10 vouchers and a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets where vouchers can be used to purchase Pennsylvania grown fruits and vegetables. Vouchers are good until Nov. 30.

To be eligible, seniors must be 60 by Dec. 31 and have a household income less than $26,973 for one person or $36,482 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible.

Vouchers will be available beginning in June for pick up only until they are gone. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where it will distribute the vouchers. Learn more here.

License Plate Helps PA Women Veterans

In addition to recognizing the importance of women who served, purchasing an Honoring Our Women Veterans License Plate supports programs assisting women veterans in Pennsylvania.

Each plate costs $37, with $15 going directly to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The VTF regularly issues grants to statewide charitable organizations assisting veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs. The grants are used to aid veterans in need of shelter, essential goods and other services. The license plate is available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.

Additionally, Honoring Our Veterans license plates for passenger cars, trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds and motorcycles are available for $38 each, with $15 from each plate also going to the VTF.

Learn more or apply for either license plate here.


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