Senator Gebhard E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Damaged License Plate? Replace It For Free At Our Drive-Thru Event
  • Legislation Introduced to Improve Fort Indiantown Gap
  • Magnolia Place Community Breaks Ground: Gives a Veteran a Free Home
  • “Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam
  • Seniors: Protect Yourself from Scams and Exploitation
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues
  • Make Memories at a PA Fair
  • Planning Outdoor Adventures
  • Local Events

Damaged License Plate? Replace It For Free At Our Drive-Thru Event

Damaged plates have loss of reflectivity, peeling, blistering, or discoloration, and are unreadable from 50 feet away. Stop by our drive-thru event on July 9th from 4:30-6:30pm at the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center & Fairgrounds to have your license plate checked. The police will determine if the plate needs replacement and help with appropriate paperwork. There is no fee for this service.

Once submitted to PennDOT, the new replacement plate will arrive to our district office for pick up. Please contact our District Office at 717-274-6735 for more details or to pre-register. Please bring your vehicle registration card.

Legislation Introduced to Improve Fort Indiantown Gap

I have introduced two bills to improve Fort Indiantown Gap. Fort Indiantown Gap is one of the largest military bases in the United States and crucial to not only the 48th District, but our State and Country.

Senate Bill 1192 would create a fund for service member veterans and their families for quality-of-life programs. It would allow the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs to lease real estate at Fort Indiantown Gap and use the proceeds to fund these programs. The land to be leased is outside of the base fence and is not suitable to be used for training purposes.

Senate Bill 1228 would allow Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG) police officers to be Act 120 certified under the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). This would provide parity with every other municipal police department and address retention and recruitment issues for their police department.

Magnolia Place Community Breaks Ground: Gives a Veteran a Free Home


Last Friday, I attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Magnolia Place. The affordable home development will consist of 38 homes in West Lebanon Township behind the Lebanon Valley Mall. The Community Health Council recently completed a housing assessment that determined a shortage of affordable housing options in Lebanon County.

They also gave a free home away to a Veteran through generous donations from local businesses and foundations. This was a great example of the generosity of our community.  It was great to see small businesses working together with local government and non-profits to address the needs of our area.

“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.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals and exhibits, 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.

Planning Outdoor Adventures

As we celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June, it’s the perfect time to engage in recreational opportunities that allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and forests that Pennsylvania offers. Get a jumpstart planning your trip with information about lodging, dining, things to do, and, of course, outdoor adventures.

Great Outdoors Month first started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998.

Local Events

Friday, May 31, June 1, June 2: Lebanon Weekend at the Lancaster Barnstormers
650 North Prince St, Lancaster (Lancaster, PA)
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Friday, May 31, 4pm-8pm: Palmyra Football Food Truck Frenzy
Palmyra Area High School (Lebanon, PA)
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Saturday, June 1, 7am-4pm: Lebanon County Youth Field Day
20 Sportsman Ln, Newmanstown (Lebanon, PA)
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Saturday, June 1, 3pm-7pm: Hilltop Playground Food Truck & Crafters Festival
801 North 6th St, Lebanon (Lebanon, PA)
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Saturday, June 1, 4:30pm: 74th Bellegrove Firemen’s Carnival
1743 Blacks Bridge Rd, Annville (Lebanon, PA)
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Saturday, June 1, 8am-4pm: William D. Lebo Memorial Foundation Car Show
1505 Quentin Rd, Lebanon (Lebanon, PA)
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Saturday, June 1-2, 9am-4pm: Eagle Gun Show
Lebanon Expo Center (Lebanon, PA)
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Sunday, June 2, 12am-4pm: Colonial Craft and Demonstration Day at Conrad Weiser Homestead
28 Weiser Lane, Womelsdorf (Berks, PA)
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Sunday, June 2, 2pm-4pm: Brian Engelhardt, historian, and author will present Baseballtown: the story on why Reading lost three baseball teams in four years in the 1960s immediately before the Phillies moved their AA team to Reading. Open to Public Free at 2201 Tulpehocken Road Wyomissing, PA 19610 (Berks, PA)
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