Mar. 11, 2024

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Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend

Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before going to bed. This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. It is also recommended the alarms be replaced every 10 years.

Happy 100th Birthday, Jane!
Speaking of making history, it was my honor to present Jane Miria Horomanski with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation on Tuesday. Jane was born in the Bronx on March 4, 1924, and raised her family in New Jersey. As a military wife, she was a stay-at-home mom and volunteered at the hospital when the kids were in school. Jane enjoyed working in her garden and it was said she had “the best flowers on the block.” Jane has always enjoyed keeping up with family traditions and cooking Polish recipes like her mother. Her husband enjoyed eating everything. She is a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and her favorite thing to do now is to play bingo at Cumberland Crossings. Happy 100th birthday, Jane!

Early Voting in Person and Key Dates for Upcoming Primary Election
If you are a United States citizen and a registered Pennsylvania voter, you have the convenient option of applying for a mail-in ballot in person at the county board of elections office, then completing the ballot while there. In one visit, voters can apply for and cast their mail-in ballot

As soon as ballots are ready, you can request, receive, vote and cast your mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to your county election board or other designated location. With this option, there is no need for mail at all, and you can cast your vote at your convenience.

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to do so is Monday, April 8. To register to vote you must be a United States citizen, a Pennsylvania resident for at least 30 days before the next election and age 18 before the next election. You may register in person at your county elections office, by mail or by visiting the state’s online voter registration website

The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is Tuesday, April 16, by 5 p.m. Completed ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

For questions about voting in Cumberland County, contact:
Ms. Bethany Salzarulo, Director of Elections
Cumberland County Elections Bureau
1601 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-240-6385 or or visit here.

For more information about voting in the Commonwealth, including how to check your registration and voting location, visit

‘Election Threats’ Task Force Misses the Point

Gov. Josh Shapiro recently announced plans to create an Election Threats Task Force involving, among others, the Department of State and Pennsylvania State Police. Sadly, his approach misses the point when it comes to ensuring integrity in our elections.

Voter confidence has plummeted because the state Supreme Court willfully refuses to follow the plain language of Pennsylvania’s election laws; the Department of State offers conflicting, confusing and last-minute election guidance that purposefully sows chaos, confusion and discord into the election process; and Shapiro and members of his party have refused to embrace the most universally supported election security measure – voter ID.

We must shore up the very foundation of our voting system by guaranteeing uniformity in elections across counties, as is required by the Pennsylvania Constitution, and ensuring the administration is providing clear and consistent guidance to our election officials.

Budget Hearings Conclude – What’s Next?
The House Appropriations Committee concluded its three weeks of hearings about Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $48.3 billion budget proposal for the upcoming 2024-25 fiscal year.

While the hearings are designed to give the administration’s department heads the opportunity to advocate for their funding and lawmakers the chance to get more details about the governor’s proposal, members walked away with little – if any – more information than they had a month ago.

Based on responses from many cabinet secretaries about the governor’s key proposals, such as mass transit, higher education, basic education and recreational marijuana, it appears the testifiers were also in the dark about Shapiro’s plan.

One thing is certain. The governor’s budget spends beyond what Pennsylvanians can afford, and if enacted as proposed, it would lead to a significant tax increase in the near future. We owe it to our residents and employers to enact a fiscally responsible plan that will fund the core functions of government and eliminate waste. A final budget is due by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

For additional information about the budget, including video of each of the hearings, visit

County Weighs in on FPR Issue

Mark Your Calendar for Charter Day March 10!
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will celebrate the Commonwealth’s 343rd birthday this Sunday, March 10, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History and an exhibit of William Penn’s 1681 Charter at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Pennsylvania was established when England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn in March 1681. The 343-year-old charter, often referred to as Pennsylvania’s birth certificate, is written on parchment using iron gall ink. The Pennsylvania State Archives preserves the document in a high-security vault, shielding it from strong light and environmental fluctuations.

The 1681 charter will be on display on Sunday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m. at the new Pennsylvania State Archives facility, 1681 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg.

Additionally, state-owned historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History will offer free admission on Sunday, March 10. For a complete list of participating locations, click here.
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