Senator John R. Gordner E-Newsletter

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September 10, 2019

Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

I was honored to recently participate in the kick-off event for Going Gold, an initiative to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. The event took place at Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville. To start off the event, attendees gathered outside the restaurant and watched as Mayor Bernie Swank and a young child battling cancer tied a ceremonial gold ribbon on a parking meter.

In 2018, the General Assembly passed legislation that would add an option to donate up to $5 toward pediatric cancer research when renewing one’s vehicle registration online. Governor Tom Wolf signed it into law as Act 73 of 2018. The bill gave PennDOT a period of time to do the necessary background work and update its online forms to reflect this new donation option. I was pleased to recently learn that this became live on August 18. I am hopeful that this can be another piece to the puzzle of effectively treating childhood cancer.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled two hearings to discuss and examine the issues of behavioral health, 2nd Amendment rights and other gun-related issues. The first will be held on Tuesday, September 24 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. The second will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. As a member of the Committee, I look forward to participating in these important discussions. The hearing will be available for live viewing online at and then clicking on the link for the Judiciary Committee.

Everyone’s Playground Now Open

On August 18, I was pleased to participate in a ceremony for Everyone’s Playground in Penn Township near Selinsgrove. This new facility will allow children of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy a time of playing and enjoying their youth.

I was honored to partner with then-Representative Fred Keller to obtain a grant in the amount of $234,332 through the Commonwealth Financing Authority to assist in the design and construction of the playground.

Fall Flooding Facts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2019 hurricane season update predicting an above normal level of activity in the Atlantic for the peak months of September and October, provides a good backdrop to consider flood facts for driving.

Key considerations for driving during heavy rainfall include:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • Do not drive around road closure barriers erected by emergency responders to protect motorists and their passengers.

Before traveling in questionable weather, consult 511PA for conditions on 40,000 roadway miles including more than 860 traffic cameras. The app, available for iPhone or Android devices, is free and available 24 hours a day, details traffic delays, issues weather forecasts, and more.

Weatherproofing for Winter Months Ahead

Early fall temperatures offer perfect conditions for weather-proofing your home, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

The heat loss due to a quarter inch gap at the base of a three-foot wide exterior door is equal to the loss through a three inch hole in the wall of your home. Prepare Now to conserve energy and money later with the following resources:

Utilities are required by the PUC to offer programs and protections that help low-income customers maintain utility service.


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