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DCNR Responds to Visitors’ Feedback, Announces More ‘Smoke-Free’ Beaches, Enhanced Reservation Systems Added to PA State Park System

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Harrisburg, PA – With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the traditional start of the camping season, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that the 2018 camping and swimming season will usher in new “Smoke Free Beaches” at six state parks in Pennsylvania.

“Success of our initial goals, as well as feedback from park visitors across the state, encouraged us to continue expanding the ‘Smoke-Free’ Beach areas this season,” Dunn said. “With the addition of the six, we now have smoking restrictions at 43 of our 54 state park swim beaches.”

Latest state park additions are:

  • Clear Creek, Jefferson County
  • Presque Isle, Beach No. 11, Erie County
  • Pymatuning, Jamestown Campground Beach, Crawford County
  • Raccoon Creek, Beaver County
  • Shawnee, Bedford County
  • Yellow Creek, Indiana County

Surveys, feedback to park managerial staff, and reservation information all played a key role in the department’s decision to continue expanding a policy that began in 2013. Beach restrictions consistently have been hailed by visitors for significantly improving air quality and reducing cigarette-butt litter, Dunn said.

“It was this same ongoing bid to gauge the pulse of the public that led our Bureau of State Parks to also expand its ‘pet-friendly’ camping policy,” Dunn noted. “From the outset of this program in 2001, with nine parks participating, we now have included campsites and cabins to the point where all of our state parks that provide camping now have sections designated for pets.

Dunn also said park campers can expect improved RV accessibility, new facilities, and other major improvements at many state parks. An online, enhanced reservation system helps them find exactly what they are seeking.

Park beach visitors are reminded smoking constraints at designated parks eliminate smoking on beaches and at swimming areas. For visitors who smoke and still want to use these beaches, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided.

Restrictions include cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and the increasingly popular e-cigarettes. Staff at newly affected parks have been preparing for the change by purchasing and installing butt disposal units; installing new signage; establishing designated smoking areas with seating; and informing park user and support groups.

Visit the DCNR State Parks Rules and Regulations web page for more information on pets and State Parks Swimming web page for smoke-free beach information. Reservation information is also available.

DCNR Announces Series of Meetings Seeking Public Input On State Forest Districts Across Pennsylvania

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced new public involvement in charting the future course of Pennsylvania’s state forests begins later this month when Sproul State Forest District hosts the first of 20 public meetings across the state.

“In creating its comprehensive management plan for more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, the Bureau of Forestry changed management techniques, updated forest inventories and, most importantly, listened to the public,” said Dunn. “This accent on public involvement continues as the bureau kicks off a series of public meetings tailored to address district topics of local interest and significance.”

The first public meeting begins at 6:30 P.M. Thursday, May 31, when Sproul State Forest District, based in Renovo, Clinton County, will host its meeting in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, Main Ballroom, of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, 10 Susquehanna Ave, Lock Haven, PA 17745.

Dates and locations of other district public meetings will be announced locally in the future.

“Paramount in these sessions is an effort to address the uniqueness of each of our 20 forest districts across Pennsylvania,” Dunn said. “Development encroaches on Pocono state forest tracts, for instance, while in the southcentral counties, state forests are feeling the pinch of mushrooming public usage. In northcentral counties, we address the vital economic worth of the timber industry; in the southwest, there is the value of increased tourism.”

The public meetings will focus on district specifics of the plan and aid the bureau in revising its District State Forest Resource Management Plans (DSFRMP). A DSFRMP is written for each of the bureau’s 20 forest districts across the state.

“This district planning revision process provides a great opportunity for the public to learn more about their local state forest and to get involved in district state forest management priorities,” Dunn said. “I invite our state forest visitors to take advantage of this opportunity, and make their feelings known.”

Both the district-level and statewide plans are designed to provide bureau staff a framework for work and management decisions; and to communicate to stakeholders how their forest is being managed. District plans build upon the foundation of the statewide plan, while providing a greater level of detail and more focus on district-level priorities.

In 2016, the bureau revised its State Forest Resource Management Plan, the primary instrument used to plan, coordinate, and communicate management of the state forest system. It provides management principles, goals, and objectives that apply at a statewide level, regarding various uses and values of state forestland.

The bureau will be collecting public comment on draft versions of district plans at upcoming meetings. Also, it invites input by way of mail, email, or an online survey. Questions or comments about upcoming public meetings can be directed to district offices hosting them.

A complete schedule of district public meetings can be found at DCNR’s State Forest Resource Management Plan web page.

Not all meetings are scheduled now; dates and meeting details will be posted on the page above, as well as on the individual district websites. Individual DSFRMPs can be found on district web pages.

Wolf Administration Thanks 45,000 Pennsylvania EMS Providers

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Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration this week visited several locations across Pennsylvania as part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week and thanked the commonwealth’s 45,000 EMS providers for their role in keeping Pennsylvanians healthy and safe, in particular as the state continues to battle the opioid epidemic.

EMS agencies play a critical role in the opioid epidemic by getting those suffering from substance use disorders into treatment. EMS providers are a key step in the warm handoff process, by working quickly to get patients to the hospital so they can get the help that they need.

“EMS providers are the first line of help for patients who need immediate medical treatment,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “When dealing with the effects of the opioid epidemic, these medical providers can find themselves in dangerous situations. The tireless and selfless work by these providers deserves the thanks of all Pennsylvanians.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is the lead agency for emergency medical services in the commonwealth. Within the department, the Bureau of EMS is responsible for the statewide development and coordination of a comprehensive system to reduce premature death and disability.

Penn State Health and Life Lion, which hosted an EMS Week kickoff event on Monday, provide both ground and air critical care transport to patients in need throughout south central Pennsylvania.

Fayette EMS in Fayette County, western Pa., held the second EMS Week event on Wednesday. Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, in Bucks County, held the last EMS Week event today. Both of these EMS providers are part of a growing number of EMS agencies taking part in the naloxone leave-behind program. This program, part of the Governor’s disaster declaration, uses a standing order allowing providers to leave-behind naloxone for someone who is at risk of overdosing.

Pennsylvania’s more than 45,000 certified EMS providers work for over 1,300 licensed ground and air EMS agencies to provide services to respond to more  than one million requests for service each year.

Wolf Administration Discusses Effects of Opioids on Youth at Event in Washington D.C.

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Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today highlighted its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and its impact on Pennsylvania youth during a public forum hosted by media outlet The Hill in Washington D.C.

“The opioid crisis is one of the worst public health issues our state and country has seen in recent years,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We need to make sure that our youth and teens are being educated on the dangers of opioid use. Prescription opioids are prescribed for a person who needs them, and if they are not being used, should be taken to a drug take back box to ensure they do not get in the wrong hands.

“The Wolf Administration continues to work to assist those who are affected by opioid use disorder by ensuring that those suffering from this epidemic get into treatment. You cannot treat someone who is dead, and the Administration continues to work diligently to make sure those who need treatment receive it.”

The following statistics have been reported to the Opioid Operational Command Center through May 11:

  • ​656 cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome have been reported to the Department of Health;
  • 4139 doses of naloxone administered, with the highest week from April 8-14; and
  • 186 requests for birth certificates for individuals with OUD.

On January 10, Governor Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid epidemic to enhance state response, increase access to treatment, and save lives. On April 4, Governor Wolf renewed that disaster declaration, calling on agencies and the legislature to continue their work to help communities and individuals affected by the opioid epidemic.

The disaster declaration focuses on 13 initiatives:

  • ​Establishes an Opioid Operational Command Center located at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency;
  • Expands access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to other commonwealth entities for clinical decision-making purposes;
  • Adds overdoses and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) as Reportable Conditions in Title 28, Chapter 27;
  • Authorizes an emergency purchase under the procurement code for the 24/7 helpline, 1-800-662-HELP;
  • Enables Emergency Medical Services providers to leave behind naloxone by amending the current Standing Order;
  • Waives regulations to allow pharmacists to give greater access to naloxone to prisons and treatment programs;
  • Allows for the immediate temporary rescheduling of all fentanyl derivatives to align with the federal DEA schedule while working toward permanent rescheduling;
  • Authorizes emergency purchasing to allow for an emergency contract to expand the advanced body scanner pilot program currently in place at Wernersville that is used on re-entrants returning to the facility;
  • Waives the face-to-face physician requirement for Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) to allow initial intake review by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) or Physician Assistant (PA);
  • Expands access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by waiving the regulatory provision to permit dosing at satellite facilities;
  • Waives annual licensing requirements for high-performing drug and alcohol treatment facilities;
  • Waives the fee provided for in statute for birth certificates for individuals who request a good-cause waiver by attesting that they are affected by Opioid Use Disorder; and
  • Waives separate licensing requirements for hospitals and emergency departments to expand access to drug and alcohol treatment to allow physicians to administer short-term MAT consistent with DEA regulations without requiring separate notice to DDAP.

Governor Wolf and state agencies have been increasing efforts in the fight against prescription drug abuse in multiple areas, including numerous programs and initiatives:

  • ​Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;
  • Strengthening the PDMP through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;
  • Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;
  • Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;
  • Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools; and
  • Awarding four $1 million grants for medication-assisted treatment using a hub and spoke model for Pennsylvanians who are uninsured, under-insured or have private insurance.

Wolf Administration Launches CHIP Strong Campaign Statewide

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a new statewide Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) public awareness campaign, CHIP Strong. The federally funded television, radio, and social media messages encourage Pennsylvanians to enroll their children in the high-quality health insurance program, including dental and vision health care coverage.

“CHIP provides a vital service to families across the commonwealth,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “I am extremely proud of our department’s participation in the program to administer health insurance for our most vulnerable – Pennsylvania’s children and pregnant women. The launch of the CHIP Strong campaign reminds families to enroll in CHIP, and how important it is to ensure the health of our children.”

Currently, CHIP provides free or low-cost health insurance for more than 180,000 children in Pennsylvania and approximately 9 million kids nationwide. The program provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens up to age 19 who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medicaid. CHIP is available for families whose income is above the 133 percent of the poverty level.

Recently the Trump Administration proposed a rescission package of $15 billion to Congress; $7 billion of the entire package would be from CHIP, nearly half the program’s annual funding. Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, and DHS continue to push back, urging Congress to continue to support CHIP and not allow funding cuts.

Signed into law in 1992 by Governor Bob Casey, Pennsylvania’s CHIP program was the first in the nation of its kind. Ten years ago, Governor Ed Rendell expanded CHIP to offer coverage to all children. Since 2009, more than 850,000 Pennsylvania kids have enrolled in CHIP, a program that has widespread, bipartisan support.

For more information on CHIP and how to enroll, visit

To view the CHIP Strong campaign, click here.

Wolf Administration Visits STEM Summit at JP McCaskey High School, Highlights Governor Wolf’s PAsmart Job Training Proposals

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Lancaster, PA – Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani today visited the Junior Achievement STEM Summit (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at JP McCaskey High School in Lancaster and highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart proposal that would invest in STEM training in Pennsylvania.

“Bolstering the STEM workforce in the commonwealth remains a top priority of the Wolf administration,” Cipriani said.  “Encouraging students to pursue in-demand, STEM-related occupations provides them with an opportunity to explore jobs in various science and technology fields that lead to family-sustaining jobs.  Additionally, encouraging STEM education and training provides employers with a pool of highly skilled job seekers prepared to meet future employment needs.”

Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania hosts the day-long STEM Summit program at high schools throughout the region. Approximately 300 ninth-grade students participated in Wednesday’s program. Student groups rotated through nine sessions throughout the day, each facilitated by business and community volunteers. The sessions included a career panel, biology, chemistry, and physics experiments, competitions in math, robotics, and a STEM relay, and activities in CAD and coding.

More than 30 volunteers from companies including Citizens Bank, CNH Industrial, Excelon Nuclear, Lanco Federal Credit Union, Listrak, McKonly & Asbury LLP, Nielson, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and Wells Fargo Bank helped to facilitate the day’s activities. Each volunteer has a career in a STEM field and was able to share their background with the students throughout the day.

“Junior Achievement is excited to be part of expanding STEM awareness in South Central Pennsylvania,” said Tom Russell, President of JA of South Central PA. “This year over 12,000 students participated in the STEM Summit.   We are excited to bring the program to JP McCaskey High School.”

Governor Wolf’s PAsmart proposal is a new way of thinking about job training and workforce development by providing targeted funding for STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, and more so students and workers get the training and skills needed for in-demand, middle class jobs.

The proposal includes $25 million to expand STEM and computer science education and training at all levels, as well as $10 million to develop career and technical education and STEM career paths.

Over the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs will require education and skills beyond high school.

“JP McCaskey High School promotes career and technical education programs that prepare students for successful careers, to better meet the needs of local employers,” said Cipriani. “Governor Wolf’s PAsmart proposal supports new investments to improve access for Pennsylvania students and workers to education, training, and career readiness programs.”

“As a district, we want to expose students to careers in areas they might not think about,” said School District of Lancaster Superintendent Dr. Damaris Rau. “We know there is a significant need for employees in STEM, and we are excited to introduce students to new areas of study. As a district of over 11,000 students, there are countless future STEM workers in our educational system.”

JP McCaskey’s career technical education (CTE) program provides students with a career path and college-readiness skills. As a comprehensive high school, McCaskey is one of the few high schools in Pennsylvania to offer PDE-approved CTE training programs that lead to industry certifications and offer articulated credits at dozens of state colleges. CTE seniors complete an end-of-program, national occupational competency assessment. The NOCTI exam is based on industry standards and assesses students’ knowledge and performance skills.

For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.

Wolf Administration Visits Schuylkill Technology Center, Highlights Investments in Job Training Through PAsmart

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Frackville, PA – Department of Labor & Industry Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani today visited the Schuylkill Technology Center in Frackville and was joined by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials to view the school’s co-op program at PennDOT’s Schuylkill County Maintenance Office in Schuylkill Haven. The tour highlighted Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart  proposal to prepare students with the education they need to obtain good, middle-class jobs and to demonstrate how the school works with local employers to ensure students have the skills they need to succeed in the job market.

“Investing in career and technical education at schools like Schuylkill Technology Center ensures that our workers and students get the real-world skills they need for in-demand, 21st century jobs,” said Cipriani. “It is our goal that by 2025, 60 percent of Pennsylvanians will have some form of postsecondary education and training. Governor Wolf has proposed historic new investments to improve access for Pennsylvania students and workers to education, training, and career readiness programs.”

With employers expanding in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf has made education and job training a top priority for his administration. In his 2018-19 budget, the governor proposed PAsmart – a first-of-its-kind workforce development proposal a $50 million targeted investment in STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, vocational training and more, so students and workers get the skills needed for in-demand, middle class jobs.

Cipriani toured Schuylkill Technology Center’s job training programs including the electromechanical, emerging health and the culinary arts programs. Later, she was joined by PennDOT officials and viewed the school’s co-op program at PennDOT’s Schuylkill County Maintenance Office in Schuylkill Haven and spoke with students in the auto/diesel mechanics program.

The School to Employment at PennDOT (STEP) Program introduces eligible high school seniors to PennDOT’s operations and provides them with meaningful work assignments in skilled trades, professional and technical work, and administrative skills. Since the program’s implementation, 126 students have participated or are active in the program.

“There are so many opportunities at PennDOT and our partnership with educational institutions is critical to showing those opportunities to the next generation of workers,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Our STEP program is one example of how we’re providing hands-on, valuable experience to students who will bring those skills to the department or other employers in the future.”

Three auto/diesel mechanic intern students are participating in this year’s STEP program through Schuylkill Technology Center.

“The Schuylkill Technology Center is fortunate to have supportive partnerships with local business and industry, such as PennDOT, which provide our students invaluable opportunities to enhance their education in a real-world setting,” said Schuylkill Technology Center Assistant Principal Stacey Minahan. “To be competitive in the 21st Century economy, every student needs career readiness and applied technical skills.

“At the Schuylkill Technology Center, these goals are being met through theoretical classroom lessons and practical, hands-on instruction on a daily basis. The additional opportunity of school-to-work programming allows students to take the knowledge they acquire in the classroom and emulate it in a real-word setting, and provides students with the necessary skills to successfully transition into the workforce or post-secondary setting,” added Minahan.

The Schuylkill Technology Center offers career and technical education to students in 10–12th grade with the support of the following sponsoring school districts:  Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove, Pottsville, Saint Clair, Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah Valley, Tamaqua, Tri-Valley, and Williams Valley.  STC operates campuses in Frackville and Marlin, and students have the opportunity to choose from 20 programs of study to prepare for careers in tomorrow’s high-tech workforce, enabling students to get a “head start” on post-secondary careers.

All Schuylkill Technology Center Programs of Studies have articulation agreements to various post-secondary higher education institutes, thus providing for advanced placement and advanced skill opportunities.

For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.7 Percent in April

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Commonwealth Sets Jobs Record for Thirteenth Consecutive Month

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for April 2018. As unemployment declined, the number of jobs in the commonwealth reached a record high for the thirteenth consecutive month.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from March to 4.7 percent. This was the first decrease in the rate after 10 consecutive months at 4.8 percent. The commonwealth’s rate remained above the U.S. rate, which fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in April. Since April 2017, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point.
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was down 16,000 over the month to 6,378,000 as both components (employment and unemployment) declined. Resident employment and unemployment were also each down over the past twelve months, by 36,000 and 21,000, respectively.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 9,100 from March to a record high of 6,015,300. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
·       Thirteenth consecutive record month
·       Jobs were up in six of the 11 industry supersectors
·       Record levels of jobs in professional & business services, education & health services, and other services
·       Professional & business services experienced the largest gain in April, up 5,100
Since April 2017, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.4 percent. During this same timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs with increases ranging from 2,200 in mining & logging to 37,800 in education & health services.
Additional information is available on the L&I website at or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or
Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  April March April March 2018 April 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Civilian Labor Force 6,378 6,394 6,435 -16 -0.3% -57 -0.9%
Employment 6,081 6,089 6,117 -8 -0.1% -36 -0.6%
Unemployment 297 304 318 -7 -2.3% -21 -6.6%
Rate 4.7 4.8 4.9 -0.1 —- -0.2 —-
Civilian Labor Force 161,527 161,763 160,181 -236 -0.1% 1,346 0.8%
Employment 155,181 155,178 153,161 3 0.0% 2,020 1.3%
Unemployment 6,346 6,585 7,021 -239 -3.6% -675 -9.6%
Rate 3.9 4.1 4.4 -0.2 —- -0.5 —-
Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
April March April March 2018 April 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,015.3 6,006.2 5,931.7 9.1 0.2% 83.6 1.4%
Goods Producing Industries 848.7 848.5 833.1 0.2 0.0% 15.6 1.9%
  Mining & Logging 28.1 27.8 25.9 0.3 1.1% 2.2 8.5%
  Construction 255.2 255.9 245.2 -0.7 -0.3% 10.0 4.1%
  Manufacturing 565.4 564.8 562.0 0.6 0.1% 3.4 0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,166.6 5,157.7 5,098.6 8.9 0.2% 68.0 1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,130.7 1,130.6 1,127.3 0.1 0.0% 3.4 0.3%
  Information 81.6 81.8 83.5 -0.2 -0.2% -1.9 -2.3%
  Financial Activities 322.8 322.9 320.5 -0.1 0.0% 2.3 0.7%
  Professional & Business Services 815.7 810.6 799.1 5.1 0.6% 16.6 2.1%
  Education & Health Services 1,276.0 1,273.6 1,238.2 2.4 0.2% 37.8 3.1%
  Leisure & Hospitality 573.3 573.7 566.1 -0.4 -0.1% 7.2 1.3%
  Other Services 266.0 263.6 261.2 2.4 0.9% 4.8 1.8%
  Government 700.5 700.9 702.7 -0.4 -0.1% -2.2 -0.3%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the
Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit
Note: May 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released June 15,2018.

Donating to Pennsylvania’s Veterans’ Memorial during Memorial Day Holiday is an Ideal Way to Pay Tribute to Those Who Served

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Annville, PA – As Indiantown Gap National Cemetery prepares to host a Memorial Day ceremony for the 2018 holiday, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) invites everyone to attend the Memorial Day tribute and also visit the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial, the largest veterans’ memorial located in any of the U.S. National Cemeteries.

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial, located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Lebanon County, stands as a lasting tribute to those who served our state and nation in times of war and peace. The annual Memorial Day service will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. rain or shine.

“It is important to honor the legacy of our military heroes long after they have passed, and one way to do that is for families and members of the general public to visit and pay their respects at memorials like the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “Equally important is maintaining the beauty of the memorial, which is done with funds from generous donations to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund. One-hundred percent of all donations are used to keep the memorial structurally sound and the grounds pristine.”

The Memorial design is intended to evoke “the ruins of a war-torn building centered in a land of solemnity.” Its architecture is peaceful and harmonious, containing the elements of air, land and water representative of the battlefields where our veterans fought for our freedom. A tomb for all fallen soldiers, known or unknown, is strategically placed, mindful of the sacrifices shared by veterans in the cause of freedom. It serves as an active living memorial to the ideals and principles for which veterans have served, done battle and died.

Carrelli said donations go towards routine upkeep such as landscaping, lighting, and fountains as well as needed maintenance for structural and cosmetic components throughout the memorial.

Donations to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund can be made online at or by sending a check made payable to the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” and mailed to: DMVA Office for Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002. Donations can be made “In Honor Of,” “In Memory Of” or “On Behalf Of.”

Anyone interested in supporting additional veteran’s causes can visit to consider contributing to the Veterans’ Trust Fund, the Military Family Relief Assistance Program or any of the six Veterans Homes Resident Welfare Funds.

For information about any of the DMVA’s services or programs for veterans visit or call 1-717-861-8910.

PA Governor Wolf Announces $1.6 Million for Troops for Teachers Program

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that his administration has secured a $1.6 million, 5-year Troops to Teachers grant. The program, managed by the Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), makes federal funding available to recruit and help military veterans who are considering a career in teaching.

“Pennsylvania has a proud military heritage and is home to many tremendous veterans who want to continue serving their community,” said Governor Wolf. “The Troops for Teachers program is a great way for veterans to bring their knowledge and skills to our classrooms, which benefits veterans and our students.”

Under the state’s Troops to Teachers program, veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching are provided with counseling services on teacher education requirements and programs, as well as guidance around the teacher certification process and referrals to employment opportunities. In some cases, veterans are eligible for bonuses if they choose to teach in a high-need school.

“As Pennsylvania explores new approaches to generating a diverse pool of educators – and especially with a growing emphasis on STEM education – in many cases veterans or service members may be a great fit for the commonwealth’s classrooms,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “Service members are known for their initiative, commitment, and leadership skills, which can make them successful when transitioning from the armed forces to our state’s schools.”

With the grant, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has also funded a PA Regional Partnership program, led by Slippery Rock University (SRU) to recruit eligible veterans into specially-tailored, one-year post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs in secondary STEM and in world languages. SRU and West Chester University are offering the program.

Service members often learn about the Troops to Teachers program when separating from active duty service. Additionally, to reach veterans, PDE includes Troops to Teachers information in a mailing to military members residing in Pennsylvania when they separate from service.

For information about the program, visit Troops to Teachers or the Department of Education.

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