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Dear Friend –

As we move into the fall season, I want to keep you updated on the latest news from Chester County and Harrisburg.

Budget

The legislature has returned to session but unfortunately there is still no agreement on the budget. It is past time that legislative leaders sit down and hammer out a real budget plan. I will continue to urge both sides to put politics aside and reach a compromise for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. I am also calling on my legislative colleagues to stay in Harrisburg until a budget is passed. And, as you may have seen in the news, I am not cashing my paycheck until the budget impasse is resolved as a symbolic gesture in terms of the legislature doing the job it is paid to do.

Dedication of the Robbie and Ryan Miller Memorial Bridge

Pictured (from left to right) Senator Dinniman; Carole Miller and Robert Miller, parents of Ryan and Robbie; Deanna Harrison, sister; and Robert Harrison, brother.
Pictured (from left to right) Senator Dinniman; Carole Miller and Robert Miller, parents of Ryan and Robbie; Deanna Harrison, sister; and Robert Harrison, brother.

This week I had the honor of joining the Miller family, along with dozens of fire fighters, emergency first responders, motorcyclists, and friends of the late Robbie and Ryan Miller, to officially dedicate a bridge on Route 322 in their honor. 

Under Act 3 of 2015, the bridge on Route 322 crossing the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek in West Bradford and East Caln Townships was dedicated the “Ryan and Robbie Miller Memorial Bridge” in honor of the brothers who “were very well respected in their community for their courageous devotion to emergency response.”

Robbie and Ryan both passed away in separate tragic motorcycle accidents, but their light continues to shine as an example of courage, commitment and community service in Chester County. It is only fitting that this bridge will hold their name for posterity as a reminder of their lasting impact on our region and the ongoing courage and dedication of all members of our fire and emergency services. Read more.

DCED Secretary Visits Chester County

Pictured (from left to right) Senator Dinniman, CTDI COO Leo Parsons, CTDI CEO Jerry Parsons, Secretary Davin, and state Rep. Harry Lewis.
Pictured (from left to right) Senator Dinniman, CTDI COO Leo Parsons, CTDI CEO Jerry Parsons, Secretary Davin, and state Rep. Harry Lewis.

Recently, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin joined me for a tour of a number of economic development projects and businesses in Chester County.

We began in Downingtown, where we met with borough officials to discuss plans for the new train station as well as related economic development and revitalization projects.

Next, we visited the headquarters of Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) to meet with senior officials about the company’s plans to build a large, state-of-the-art customer service center in the Coatesville area.

Finally, we rounded out the day by visiting Cerner Corporation in Malvern to discuss opportunities for the health care information technology company to continue to grow in Chester County. Cerner recently bought Siemens Health Services and moved into the facility in the Great Valley Corporate Center. Read More.

Cerner Donates to Food Cupboard

Cerner Donates to Food Cupboard
Pictured (from left to right) Food Cupboard volunteer Morgan Westwood holding her daughter Evie Westwood; Donna Moore, Director of Divine Sent Food Cupboard; Trinity Westwood, daughter of Morgan Westwood; Senator Dinniman; and Melissa Freeman, Government Strategist for Cerner Corp.

Speaking of business, Chester County has a long and strong tradition of successful companies giving back to the community.

We are home to companies like CTDI that have generously supported community programs and needs over their decades-long history. In fact, this year CTDI received the Governor’s Impact Award for its Community Impact in Southeastern Pennsylvania

In addition, it is rewarding to see newcomers to our area, like Cerner Corp., embracing the local community ethic and giving back to those in need. This week, Cerner donated two laptop computers and a large screen monitor to the Divine Sent Food Bank in Oxford. The computers and monitor will replace items that were stolen from the food bank during a burglary over the summer. Read More. 

Artesian Well on Hold Again

Recently, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) voted to again delay its decision on Artesian Water Company’s application to withdraw water from the Broad Run Aquifer.  

Residents meet in Avondale to voice their concerns about the Artesian well.
Residents meet in Avondale to voice their concerns about the Artesian well.

The decision came after dozens of residents and representatives of regional environmental organizations joined me in raising concerns about the project’s potential impact on local wells, streams and ecology in New Garden, London Grove, Franklin, London Britain and the surrounding area. 

This is a clear indication that Chester County residents will be heard and that our citizens will have a say when it comes to protecting, preserving and safeguarding their natural resources.  If we hadn’t stood up, spoken up and made a strong case this would have been a done deal. Now, we have three months to work to ensure that all of the latest research, studies and alternative methods and proposals receive due diligence in any final decision

The DRBC’s next opportunity to vote on the matter will be at its public hearing and business meeting in December. Read more.

Senate Bill 875

While we are on the subject of protecting our water, this week, despite my opposition, the legislature passed Senate Bill 875, legislation that promotes the use of treated coal mine water for fracking. The bill also gives coal and oil and gas companies wide-reaching immunity from liability for the use of mine water in fracking.

On Tuesday, I joined 17 of my fellow senators in voting against concurrence to amendments made in the House – amendments that do not even begin to address the significant and substantial problems with this bill.

Please know that I remain a strong, consistent and vocal supporter of defending our waterways and our environment.

Recognizing Sister Maureen McDermott of Bishop Shanahan

Residents meet in Avondale to voice their concerns about the Artesian well.
Pictured (from left to right) are Mary Kate McCracken, Student Council Treasurer; Michael Vanic, Student Council President; Sr. Regina Plunkett, President of Bishop Shanahan High School; Senator Dinniman; Sister Maureen L. McDermott, Principal; Julia Krieman, Student Council Vice President; and Matthew Holowsko, Senior Class Officer.

As we come off a historic visit from Pope Francis to our region, I want to take a moment to recognize the work of Sister Maureen McDermott, IHM, Ph.D. who is leaving her position as principal of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown this week for a new role with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Maureen has consistently proven herself to be an academic leader, an innovative instructor, and a passionate advocate for Catholic school students, families and teachers in Chester County. During her almost two decades of service at Bishop Shanahan she oversaw a period of unprecedented growth, while personally touching the lives of countless students. I thank her for her service and wish her the best for the future.

More Train Stops Coming to Coatesville

In anticipation of the new Coatesville Train Station, more trains will be coming to the steel city beginning this month.

Amtrak will add two additional stops at the Coatesville Train Station as part of a series of updates and improvements to its Keystone Service line that runs between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

The westbound 641 and 643 trains, departing Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively will stop in Coatesville at 9:41 a.m. and 11:41 a.m.

The increased stops are part of a growing effort to increase ridership and restore more frequent rail service to Coatesville – an effort that goes hand-in-hand with plans to redesign and rebuild the Coatesville Train Station. Plans for the new station call for a dual-purpose building featuring a waiting and ticketing area, as well as a career education and entrepreneurial center. Read More.

The Importance of the Arts

Residents meet in Avondale to voice their concerns about the Artesian well.

My latest episode of Capitol Update focused on the importance of the arts in Chester County not only for their incomparable role in educating and inspiring our young people, but also for their contributions to the economic revitalization of so many towns and municipalities.

Leaders of arts organizations from all corners of my district joined me for the discussion, including Mary Foote, Executive Director, Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT); Christine Grove, Executive Director, Oxford Arts Alliance; and Lindsay Brinton, Founding Director, Art Partners Studio.

Our arts and cultural organizations represent a connection to our heritage, as well as a crucial part of the quality of life in our communities and the success of countless local economies across our region. Watch Capitol Update.  

Prostate Cancer Awareness

Finally, I want to encourage men to be aware of the dangers of prostate cancer and to talk with their doctors about getting screened if they are at risk.  

As a prostate cancer survivor who underwent successful surgery in 2011, I cannot overemphasize how important early detection is in beating this disease.

Understandably, this is not an issue that most men like talking about, but it’s one that affects so very many of us. According to the Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition, prostate cancer strikes 1 in 6 men, making it the leading type of cancer in men.

The key is to be proactive in taking care of your health and getting screened. As men, we owe it to ourselves, as well as to our families, to talk to our doctors about getting checked for prostate cancer. Read More.

And as always, don’t hesitate to give me a ring at my West Chester office or e-mail me directly at andy@pasenate.com

 

Sincerely,

Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District

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West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
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