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Penn State Children’s Hospital, Eagle Scout impressive: Tom Mehaffie

Posted 1/25/17

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives convened so that the oath of office could be administered to House members. The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members. 

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Penn State Children’s Hospital, Eagle Scout impressive: Tom Mehaffie

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On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives convened so that the oath of office could be administered to House members. The House is now comprised of 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats, including 23 first-term members. 

The day also included certification of election results, election of the Speaker of the House and the House Parliamentarian and adoption of rules that will govern the chamber. To learn more about my goals for the new session, visit RepMehaffie.com.  

PSU Children’s Hospital tour

I recently had the opportunity to take an in-depth tour of the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, and it was quite an amazing experience. 

We all pray our children never need the care of the Children’s Hospital, but if they do, we should all take comfort in knowing we have one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals right in our own backyard. This hospital and its remarkable team of doctors, nurses and medical professionals are dedicated to providing the best possible care for children and their families. 

I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital, the College of Medicine and all of its components to ensure this incredible community resource is able to continue to provide high levels of care. The hospital’s pediatric trauma and injury prevention program manager, Amy Morgan, BSN, RN, took me on my tour.

Impressive Eagle Scout

We have some very impressive young people in the 106th District! I recently had the chance to meet one of them and present him with a citation for obtaining the highest rank in scouting. 

Congratulations again to Peter Michael Gingrich of Troop No. 203 of Hershey for achieving the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle project, Peter landscaped around the new Hershey Food Bank and built garden beds to grow additional food for the organization. His proud parents are Shawn and Laura Gingrich.

Farm Show attracts thousands

The 101st Farm Show wrapped up recently, with hundreds of thousands of visitors having walked through the doors at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. 

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast. On my visit to the Farm Show, I had a chance to talk with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, take in the entertaining and educational displays and taste some of the hundreds of different food items made right here in Pennsylvania. 

Locally, the 106th District boasted a lot of blue-ribbon entries in this year’s Farm Show. Be sure to check out the list of winners on the Farm Show website at http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition, and recipes from the award-winning baking contests.

LIHEAP helps with energy bills

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program this winter. 

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service. 

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,820; for a couple, the limit is $24,030; and for a family of four, it is $36,450. 

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the Dauphin County Assistance Office at 717-265-8919. Find a link to apply online on my website, RepMehaffie.com.

Rep. Tom Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara, represents the 106th House District, which includes Middletown, Lower Swatara Township and Royalton. Email him at tmehaffie@pahousegop.com. His Capitol office telephone number is 717-787-2684.

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