Senator Pennycuick E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Senior Expo Invitation
  • Do You Want Internet Improvements? You’re Invited to Share Your Stories!
  • Mobile Office Hours
  • Supporting Children Who Faced Trauma
  • Save Your Child from Preventable Death
  • Watch Out for Heat-Related Illnesses
  • Smart Money Management Leads to Financial Independence
  • Searching for High School Students to Keep PA Clean

Senior Expo Invitation

Rep. Milou Mackenzie and I are hosting a Senior Expo on Friday, September 15 at the Upper Perk YMCA (1399 Quakertown Rd, Pennsburg, PA 18073). This event will include community resources, health screenings, educational information, and a wide variety of exhibitors! More information about this event can be found on the flyer. I encourage you to share the flyer with your loved ones and those in your community. To pre-register we kindly request you visit my website at I hope to see you there!

Do You Want Internet Improvements? You’re Invited to Share Your Stories!

Does your internet cause you headaches? Do you face challenges using the internet or devices? The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority is developing an action plan to help alleviate these issues, but we need to hear from you to help it succeed.

PA is expected to receive substantial federal funding for the purposes of broadband expansion, adoption, and literacy. Senator Dillon and I are teaming up to host a meeting to speak with community members about the programs, including providing information and asking for feedback on broadband service and experiences. Your participation will be appreciated and is essential to supporting our collective interests in fast, reliable high-speed internet service for everyone. 

Our meeting is scheduled for September 5, 2023 at 6:00pm, at Montgomery County Community College Pottstown Campus’ North Hall building, Room 202, located at 16 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. In order to attend, please RSVP by using this link.  

The internet has become a vital part of our society, and its use only continues growing. But homes and communities in our area and throughout the Commonwealth still face challenges getting – and staying – online.


  • A boxed meal will be provided for all participants.   
  • Children are welcome!  We’ll have coloring books and crayons.   
  • You do not have to register in advance but knowing how many people are joining us helps with our food order. We’d appreciate if you let us know you will attend (no names needed) by completing this short RSVP form at

To learn more about Pennsylvania’s efforts to minimize the digital divide and to see a list of upcoming community events, visit  

Mobile Office Hours

My mobile office hours are a great opportunity to connect with my staff, discuss legislation, and receive help with state resources.

Supporting Children Who Faced Trauma

This week, the Senate Aging and Youth Committee held a hearing to gather information about the critical roles played by children’s advocacy centers across Pennsylvania.

Children’s advocacy centers (CACs) coordinate the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing teams of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health.

Without CACs, children who already had traumatic experiences – like sexual abuse – are revictimized when they are forced to repeatedly relive their horror by describing it separately for people representing county agencies, law enforcement and health care. At CACs, everyone gathers at one time in a way that is comfortable for the child.

Pennsylvania has 41 CACs, which provided services to 15,735 children in 2022. Types of cases include sexual abuse, physical abuse, child witness to violence, drug endangered children and others. Learn more about the hearing and access video here.

Save Your Child from Preventable Death

Since 1998, more than 900 children have died from vehicular heatstroke – a tragedy we never want to experience. Luckily, it is preventable.

The National Safety Council offers a free online course about the danger of vehicular heatstroke and children, the three primary circumstances that have led to children dying and what we can do to prevent these deaths.

Keep in mind that even on mild or cloudy days, temperatures inside vehicles can reach life-threatening levels. Leaving windows slightly open doesn’t help, and children should never be left unattended or be able to get inside a vehicle. Learn more here.

Watch Out for Heat-Related Illnesses

When it’s extremely warm outside, there are several heat-related illnesses that can impact you and your loved ones. While many of us have experienced sunburn before, you should also be aware of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash.

In an effort to avoid these illnesses, stay hydrated and be careful with how long you’re exposed to the heat – even if you’re not in the sun.

Read more here about the signs of heat-related illnesses and what to do if you have one.

Smart Money Management Leads to Financial Independence

To become financially independent and create the foundation for a secure life, thoughtfully considering financial decisions and their implications is key.

Monday, Aug. 14, is National Financial Awareness Day, which reminds all of us to plan for a more financially successful future. Of course, in addition to a willingness to plan, we must also have the knowledge about positive versus negative money management practices.

Senate Republicans passed a bill to improve personal financial literacy by requiring completion of a high school course that would advise on basic money matters like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; and college, home and auto loans. By teaching high school students the basics, they will be able to make better decisions to position themselves for a lifetime of financial independence.

As you take an active role in managing your money, you may come up with a question, concern or complaint about Pennsylvania financial institutions, services or products. Call the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-722-2657 or fill out the online complaint form here.

Searching for High School Students to Keep PA Clean

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are inviting 10th -12th grade students from around the state to help keep Pennsylvania clean and beautiful through the Young Ambassadors program.

The program provides opportunities for high school students to train and network with industry leaders, state agencies, local media and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful network to increase leadership and problem-solving skills.

Learn more about ambassadors’ responsibilities and apply for the program by Sept. 14 here.


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