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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)


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Sgt. Neil K. Dorrion Memorial Bridge Dedication

We had a wonderful turnout for the dedication of the Sgt. Neil K. Dorrion Memorial Bridge last weekend. It was a fitting tribute to this young man who served our country with such honor and bravery.

Sgt. Dorrion grew up in the Eldred area, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and reenlisted in April 1949. He served as a medic with the Medical Company, 5th Regimental Combat Team, 24th Infantry Division. He was killed in action on Nov. 4, 1950, at Kunu-ri, North Korea, while tending to his wounded comrades.

Thank you to everyone who came and to James Pries, second cousin to Sgt. Dorrion, for initiating the idea to name the bridge in his honor. I also want to extend a special thanks to SFC Steve Appleby, curator of the Eldred WWII Museum, who not only welcomed us to the facility but also went the extra mile to help put the event together.
Meeting with EmergyCare

Thank you to officials from EmergyCare for the opportunity to meet at their station in Kane last week to discuss the financial and staffing challenges they face as they work to provide life-saving care in our communities. EmergyCare is based in Erie but from their station in Kane provide coverage to portions of McKean, Elk and Warren counties. Pictured from left: Todd Steele, director of operations; me; Austin Goldthwaite, paramedic; David Basnak, president/executive director; and Howard Kane, EMT.
Dedication of New Display at Eldred WWII Museum

I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Eldred WWII Museum Wednesday to participate in the dedication of its new British Cap Badge Collection display and to present a citation in recognition of the museum’s 25th anniversary.

The British Cap Badges were donated to the museum by the Society for Military History and are meant to recognize the valor and sacrifice of the men and women of the British Empire during WWII. The dedication was also the opening event for the museum’s 25th anniversary themed “Women and Canada at War.” The theme is based on the area women who worked at the local munitions plant assembling line, providing arms for the British before and after America became involved in the war.

Pictured standing, from left: Zack Ankeny of Sen. Cris Dush’s office; David Smith, living historian and volunteer, 31 Service Battalion Museum; Chris Chase, treasurer, Eldred WWII Museum; Jesse Case, director, Eldred WWII Museum; me; Craig Felker, executive director, Society for Military History; Alvin Loveless, director, McKean County Veterans Affairs; and Steve Appleby, curator, Eldred WWII Museum. Kneeling in the photo is Andrew Smith.

This is a great facility and learning opportunity for people of all ages. Check out their Facebook page here.
Bradford Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Great things are happening in the Bradford community! We had the opportunity to celebrate some of our leaders last night at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards presentation. I was honored to present citations from the state House to each of the award winners. I'd like to thank them and everyone who came out last night for making the event and our community a success.

Pictured from left: Sen. Cris Dush; Christy Graham, Community and Spirit Award winner; me; Francie Ambuske, Legacy Award winner; Marty Cummins, Cummins Country Charm, Small Business Award winner; Barb Kervin, Chamber Board President; Julie Marasco, Northwest Savings Bank, Exemplary Business Award; and Heidi Scrivo-Passmore, Chamber Executive Director. Not pictured is Candy Tingley, Director's Award winner. (Photo credit: Bradford Era)
Primary Election Day Tuesday, May 17

This Tuesday is primary election day. Voters will have the opportunity to choose their party’s candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House and Senate, state House and state Senate (in even-numbered senatorial districts), as well as members of the Republican and Democrat State committees.

Voters may cast their ballots in person at their local polling place. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additional information about in-person voting is available here.  

Voters who have chosen to vote by mail-in or civilian absentee ballot must have those ballots back to their county Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on election day.

This is the first election in the Commonwealth since state legislative and U.S. congressional district lines were redrawn as a result of population shifts revealed by the 2020 Census. While the process may have changed the district in which you reside, it has no bearing on where you vote. But if you’re not sure of your polling location, you can check it here.

Only voters registered as Republicans or Democrats are eligible to vote for candidates in the primary election. For comprehensive information about the state’s elections, visit
Peace Officers Memorial Day Sunday

This Sunday, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day.

It is a day, first established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, designed to pay tribute to the brave local, state and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. The day falls during National Police Week, which is being marked from May 11-17.

We are blessed by the men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect and particularly those who have sacrificed their lives to protect public safety.
Honoring Vital Health Care Providers

We all know how important it is to have access to quality health care, but we may not always fully appreciate the people providing that care and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and healthy.

This past week, from May 6-12, was National Nurses Week. If there was ever any doubt about the value of both the physical care and emotional support provided by our nurses, the COVID-19 pandemic surely put those doubts to rest. If you’ve been to the hospital lately, whether as a patient or as a visitor, you’ve seen just how hard these men and women work.

Coming up next week is National Emergency Medical Services Week from May 15-21. The theme for 2022 is “EMS: Rising to the Challenge,” which is meant to highlight the ongoing challenges – from financing and staffing shortages to ongoing COVID-19 impacts – faced by EMS providers across the Commonwealth and the nation.

In recognition of these weeks, be sure to thank our nurses and EMS workers for the outstanding, life-saving care they provide.
DMVA to Host Virtual Town Hall

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will host the second in its five-part series of virtual Veteran Town Halls on Wednesday, May 18, with a focus on serving older veterans.

Speakers on the virtual town hall will include Robert Torres, secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, DMVA deputy adjutant general for Veterans Affairs; and Travis Davis, DMVA executive director for Long-Term Care. Discussion topics will include DMVA veterans homes, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Caregiver Support Program, senior centers, accessing nutritional programs, and recognizing abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly.

The meeting will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to participate via Microsoft Teams here.

The schedule of the remaining sessions is as follows:
  •   July 13: Resources for Homeless Veterans.
  •   Sept. 14: Transportation Issues Facing Veterans.
  •   Nov. 2: Honoring Veterans for Their Service and Sacrifice.

For more information about the virtual town meetings or other services available through DMVA, click here.

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