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In this Update:

  • Make Summer Memorable with Fairs, Food and Family Fun
  • Plan Your Next Great Outdoor Adventure at
  • “Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam
  • Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Make Summer Memorable with Fairs, Food and Family Fun

With the official start of summer only a few short weeks away, I am greatly looking forward to volunteering and supporting our region’s many outstanding fairs, carnivals, and festivals. 

In addition to the Jefferson County Fair, Cameron County Little League Carnival, Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, and Centre County Grange Fair (all pictured above), Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and family-friendly events taking place throughout summer and fall.

Please note:  all counties in the 25th Senate District have summer fairs to enjoy.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals, exhibits, rides, games and many other attractions, there’s something for everyone.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide maps out the fairs across the state, broken down by region. Find dates and locations to plan your day at the fair. The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer harness racing.

Right here at home across the 25th Senate District, there is always something going on where you can have a great time with family and friends for little (and sometimes no cost). 

Our people are friendly and community-minded; and it’s always a great opportunity to meet someone new.

Plan Your Next Great Outdoor Adventure at

Ahead of last Sunday’s statewide Fish for Free Day, I participated in a tour of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Oswayo State Fish Hatchery in Coudersport, along with state Rep. Martin Causer and state Rep. Brian Smith.

Many thanks to the PFBC for maintaining hatcheries like this across the state to keep our waterways well-stocked and enhance fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages.

As we celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June, it’s the perfect time to engage in fishing and many other recreational opportunities that allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and forests that Pennsylvania offers.

Get a jumpstart planning your next trip with information about lodging, dining, things to do, and, of course, outdoor adventures at

“Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam

Scammers are becoming more skilled all the time. They have created pop-ups and ads for a “free” scan to keep your computer safe – some even with a Windows logo – that trick people into paying to fix computer problems that may not even exist.

While it’s illegal to lie about finding security threats on your computer, tech firms Reimage and Restoro did that to convince people to pay tens of millions of dollars for software and services to repair made-up problems.

Avoid tech support scams by never clicking a link or calling a number in a pop-up warning. Know that legitimate tech companies won’t contact you by phone, email or text message to tell you there’s a problem with your computer. Learn more.

Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation

Sadly, seniors are victimized financially not only by strangers but even people they know, such as their family member or caregiver. Scammers can swindle them out of their money, pension and even home.

A variety of factors make seniors more vulnerable, including when they have recently lost a spouse, are isolated or face pressure to change their will. When they fall higher on the vulnerability scale, it’s even more important to take precautions to avoid exploitation and fraud.

To protect themselves, seniors should not accept calls from anyone they do not know or give personal information to strangers – regardless of who they claim to be. Review financial account statements at least monthly and contact the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider immediately if there are unauthorized charges. Learn more.

Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

The Growing Greener Grant Program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.


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