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Matzie: More than $104,000 in state grants to fund new equipment for Beaver County parks

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AMBRIDGE, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling $104,658 will fund new playground and recreational equipment for families visiting Beaver County parks, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the grants – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance the replacement of outdated equipment and installation of safety surfaces at parks in Harmony Township and Baden Borough. “Meaningful places for kids and families to play and interact are incredibly important,” Matzie said. “Beyond providing opportunities for fresh air and exercise, our parks are special places where kids make friendships and adults build bonds. They’re places that bring us together as a community to discover common ground and create memories. Investments that preserve and restore these special places yield returns for years to come.” Matzie said the funding is provided in two separate grants, with the details as follows: $62,158 to Harmony Township to purchase new play and fitness equipment – including climbers, spinner and rocker equipment, fitness equipment for adults and a picnic shelter – at three parks. The total project cost is $73,315. The township plans to use municipal labor to install the new equipment to limit the amount of the grant request. $42,500 to Read more

 

Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A bipartisan group of state legislators joined environmental organizations today to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to advance a crucial state Department of Environmental Protection rule to cut methane pollution from the natural gas industry. The legislators urged the governor to act on his 2016 plan now, in the face of proposed rollbacks of federal methane standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Controls that Wolf’s administration already emplaced cover new oil and gas drilling technology. The lawmakers said they also want Wolf to enact standards that cover methane emissions on existing sources of infrastructure used for natural gas development. “The climate crisis is urgent, and targeting infrastructure that has been polluting Pennsylvania for nearly a decade is necessary to protect clean air – especially as the Trump administration moves in the opposite direction,” said Rep. Steve McCarter, D- Montgomery . Recent analysis by Environmental Defense Fund found that methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the second largest in the nation, are five times higher than what is reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection – a staggering 520,000 tons of methane every year. “Gov. Wolf stood with us in July as we announced the state’s entry into the U.S. Climate Alliance and pointed to methane reduction as one of the solutions. Pennsylvania needed Read more

 

Harkins: $190,000 grant to fund improvements to McClelland Park

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ERIE, Sept. 17 – New walkways and structures will allow Erie residents to more fully enjoy a popular community park, thanks to a $190,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. Harkins said the grant to McClelland Park will fund multiple improvements, including the installation of an ADA-accessible land bridge to be constructed across a stream in the park’s eastern section, the construction of a 240-foot boardwalk to improve accessibility over wet ground, and the addition of two gazebos, two pavilions and signage. “I’m thrilled about this funding,” said Harkins. “McClelland Park is a very special place in our community – one that brings residents together to socialize, to exercise and to forge friendships. By funding new structures and creating easier access to park areas that were difficult to navigate, the grant will allow visitors to enjoy this special place from a new perspective.” Harkins noted that the funding was awarded by CFA under the state’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. The total project cost is $201,358, and the city will use the $82,671 land value as match. More information about the CFA is available at the agency’s website . Read more

 

Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that $175,000 in funding has been awarded to help Delaware River Waterfront Corp. with a local project. The $175,000 grant was given for improvements to the Beach Street Trail located in Philadelphia. “I am glad to see this money come to the district to help improve the Delaware River Trail and recreation for residents,” Isaacson said. “I hope the Riverwards community and neighbors will get more use out of this area once the project is complete and further enjoy all that the waterfront has to offer.” The project will include the acquisition of 2.7 acres of property adjacent to the Delaware River in Fishtown, as well as a 1/3-mile extension to the multi-modal Delaware River Trail. This segment of the trail will also connect other segments of the Delaware River Trail via Richmond, Beach and Cumberland streets. The total project cost is estimated to be $4.3 million. The funds were awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Read more

 

Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities

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State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, returns to Harrisburg today to start the post-budget legislative session. Earlier this year, which was Shusterman’s first time in session, she introduced five bills and two resolutions , and co-sponsored 91 bills and 37 resolutions. Her resolution declaring March 21 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” in Pennsylvania was adopted by the House unanimously. Shusterman also serves in the following roles: secretary of the House Judiciary Committee. Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Caucus co-chair. Democratic chairwoman of the House Travel and Tourism Committee’s Subcommittee on Arts and Entertainment. Aging and Older Adult Services Committee member. Additionally, Shusterman is deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus. Shusterman was the first freshman legislator to earn this title. “Today is the first day back in session since we passed the budget on June 28th,” Shusterman said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running and continue to fight for the issues my district is most passionate about.” Prior to the start of today’s legislative session, Shusterman spoke at a Moms Demand Action rally, emphasizing the need for Extreme Risk Protection Order laws to prevent suicides. Shusterman said in the coming weeks, she plans on introducing three bills that would increase firearm Read more

 

Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling a combined $200,000 were awarded Tuesday to North Versailles Township and Plum Borough, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said the funding – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance park improvements in both areas. “Today, both North Versailles and Plum received substantial funding for beautification efforts at two parks heavily trafficked by residents in the 25 th Legislative District,” Markosek said. “I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this funding, and I look forward to the park improvements that will follow this disbursement.” Markosek said $50,000 was awarded to North Versailles for light installation at Crestas Terrace Park and one of its baseball fields. Seven lights, poles and fixtures will be installed, Markosek said. He said the installation at the field and along the park’s main pathway will allow for more games to be held and the hosting of large tournaments. Plum Borough received $150,000 for the rehabilitation of Logan’s Ferry Park. Markosek said the project will focus on a new play area, as well as improvements to an existing parking area and basketball court. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department Read more

 

Rabb, PennEnvironment speak about PA’s ‘F’ grade on plan to spend $118 million Volkswagen settlement, urge shift to green energy investments

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today stood with PennEnvironment to urge Pennsylvania to improve its current F grade on a plan to spend a $118 million settlement it received from Volkswagen following an emissions scandal. “Right now, Pennsylvania is wasting an opportunity to lead the charge toward renewable energy,” Rabb said. “Volkswagen did no favors for our environment when it misled customers and installed software intended to cheat emissions tests in more than 500,000 cars it sold to consumers in the United States. Now, Pennsylvania is adding insult to injury by failing to responsibly invest settlement money paid out by Volkswagen – money that could be invested in electric vehicles.” Rabb and PennEnvironment discussed various ways that Pennsylvania could redeem itself by choosing green investment options. “While it’s disappointing that Pennsylvania’s first thought wasn’t to invest this settlement money in options that will be both environmentally and economically responsible, there is still time for Pennsylvania to properly steward this money,” Rabb said. “I offer every encouragement I can muster that Pennsylvania see the error of its ways and choose to invest the settlement money in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electric transit. These worthwhile, environmentally responsible options will be an investment in our Read more

 

Rabb announces $75,000 grant for Woodmere Art Museum outdoor recreation area, which will include sculpture garden, walking paths

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced that the Woodmere Art Museum has been awarded a $75,000 state grant to help fund the construction of an outdoor recreational space. “This grant is not only a vehicle by which Woodmere Art Museum can put its plan to build this outdoor recreational space into motion, but it’s also a gesture of the tremendous value of art and environmental stewardship,” Rabb said. “Visitors to Woodmere Art Museum will be able to enjoy another green space in our city while also feeding their appetite for arts and culture.” The $75,000 grant was awarded Monday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to Woodmere Art Museum focuses on greenways, trails and recreation. The total cost of the Woodmere Art Museum outdoor Read more

 

Historic Highland Park Tunnel project to receive state grant

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A project to restore an important and historic pedestrian connection in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park has been selected to receive a $75,000 state grant, Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today announced a $250,000 grant will help provide needed updates and create a safer environment at the Cobbs Creek playground. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to assist with the renovations. “The Cobbs Creek playground provides a fun multigenerational space for visitors and residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is crucial in maintaining a robust community,” McClinton said. “This funding will help build on that strong foundation by creating a safer recreational environment that everyone can enjoy, day or evening, in the years to come.” The Cobbs Creek playground lacks the appropriate lighting that is necessary to provide a safe environment when the sun goes down. The city of Philadelphia will install six new lights and eight cameras to provide a safer experience for visitors to the park. The city also plans to install new play and exercise equipment, as well as develop a new nature play space in the park’s surrounding wooded area. The total cost of the project is $300,000. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Read more

 

McClinton celebrates ‘wisest constituents’ with annual senior fair

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton welcomed more than 400 of her “wisest constituents” to her annual Healthy from Head-to-Toe Senior Appreciation Fair. The event was held at Presbyterian Homes and featured health screenings; entertainment by The Guiding Lights, Cornerstone Christian Academy and GymRatz Athletics; and 20 vendors with resources, giveaways and tips on healthy living. “This event was a wonderful opportunity to talk with many of the seniors in my district while having a little fun and providing information and tools that they could use to help them live happier and healthier lives,” McClinton said. “I’m always honored to host this event to show my appreciation to my ‘wisest constituents.’” McClinton presented legislative acknowledgments to constituents for their contributions to the community. Also, McClinton thanks the community sponsors and partners of this year’s event, including AETNA, Health Partners Plans, United Health Care, Compassionate Care Providers and Dedicated Senior Medical Center. Read more

 

Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County

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Rep. Thomas Caltagirone announced $252,821 in grant funding has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support recreation improvement efforts in Berks County. Read more

 

Snyder: $200,000 in state funds awarded to Masontown Borough, Fayette County

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Several river access improvements, including a concrete boat launch ramp and on-site parking, will soon be underway in Masontown Borough in Fayette County, thanks to a $200,000 grant awarded today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds will be used to provide convenient, safe access to the Monongahela River to residents of Masontown Borough, and German and Nicholson townships, including a safe point of entry for local first responders who conduct river rescue operations. “I’m very pleased the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved this grant,” Snyder said. “This project will make it easier and much safer for our emergency responders, but it also includes several upgrades and improvements to make river and outdoor excursions more enjoyable for residents and the general public, including new boat docks, a kayak launch and improved security lighting.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. To learn more about the Commonwealth Financing Authority, visit its website . Read more

 

Burgos kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., on Monday joined representatives with the Commission on Latino Affairs in the state Capitol to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. “Today, we celebrate Latinos and their contributions to Pennsylvania,” Burgos said. “We also join together to ensure that Latinos who give so much of themselves to make our state a great place to live, work and play have access to the resources they need. There are so many tools and resources available to our Latino brothers and sisters, but those tools do no good if Latinos are not aware of them or able to access them.” Burgos drew attention to the importance of Latinos being counted in the 2020 Census. The theme for this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month is “A History of Serving Our Nation.” The theme is a reflection on Hispanic American’s service and contributions to the history of the nation and honors the significant achievements and contributions of Latino cultural leaders. ### Read more

 

Petrarca: $6.5 million in funding for Westmoreland County Community College

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – An estimated funding amount of $6.5 million has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to update Westmoreland County Community College’s enterprise resource planning system, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. “This funding will be used to modernize the college’s system to improve student-driven processes and activities,” said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. “Investing in our community colleges reaps substantial benefits, not only by offering the most up-to-date resources and educational programs for students, but in providing them with the vital tools they need to succeed in the workforce.” PDE will provide 50 percent of the annual capital expense of the project, with the remaining funds financed by local sponsorship. Pennsylvania has 14 community colleges across the state, educating more than 300,000 students. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov . Read more

 

Howard announces $250,000 grant for East Whiteland Township to design a trail to connect areas of the community to Chester Valley Trail

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today announced that East Whiteland Township has been awarded a $250,000 state grant to help create a 0.7-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail to connect office, residential, educational and recreational sites to the Chester Valley Trail. “This grant will enable people who live and work in East Whiteland Township to take full advantage of the recreational benefits of the Chester Valley Trail,” Howard said. “The trail will foster community by bringing East Whiteland Township’s different areas together.” The $250,000 grant was awarded Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to East Whiteland Township focuses on greenways, trails and recreation. The total cost of the Read more

 

Malagari announces grant totaling more than $290,000 for Whites Road Park project

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Steve Malagari announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant was approved today for Lansdale totaling $290,672. The grant will be awarded to Lansdale to begin work on a streambank restoration project within Whites Road Park along a tributary of Towamencin Creek. “Whites Road Park is a major part of the Lansdale community,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “Poc kets of nat ure and recreational spaces are the heart of great neighborhoods like ours, and stabilizing our local environment is a quality use of state funds. “It’s fantastic to be able to continue to invest in a project that will preserve this park for current and future generations.” The grant is part of a $598,092 project to restore and stabilize the eroded streambank within t he park. Sediment bars will be removed along the stream. Vegetation will be planted along the banks, and coir logs, or vegetation p acked inside netting, will be installed to manage the velocity of water. “Whites Road Park is a beautiful and integral part of our community.” Malagari said. “Among its numerou s uses, it allows families a chance to explore the outdoors close to home, and it provides us with a chance to take in a concert under the stars.” The CFA was Read more

 

Kulik: $85,000 grant to assist Carnegie’s flood clean-up initiative

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HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, on Tuesday announced the awarding of $85,000 in flood mitigation funding to Carnegie Borough. The funding will assist the borough in debris removal that was a result of recent flooding. “The spring and summer seasons were true to form in the 45 th Legislative District. Carnegie, on more than one occasion, was the recipient of torrential rain and severe weather, causing flooding that overwhelmed our waterways and caused flood damage to many basements and backyards. This funding will go a long way in helping the clean-up initiative currently underway in the borough,” Kulik said. Kulik said the grant – financed by the Commonwealth Financing Authority though the state’s Flood Mitigation Program – will help fund the clearing of debris from the Campbells Run Stream to allow for the free flow of water and to prevent future flooding and property damage in the area. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. Read more

 

Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill restoration project to receive $100,000 state grant

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A project to restore key historic portions of Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill has been selected to receive a $100,000 state grant. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District

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WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of two Commonwealth Financing Authority grants by the state Senate totaling $165,000 for North Branch Land Trust and Hanover Township. The funds will go toward two separate projects, including: $115,000 to North Branch Land Trust to construct a 6-mile section of D&L Rail trail. $50,000 to Hanover Township for the restoration of a 600-foot reach of Spring Run through natural stream design. “Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of life in the 121st District and our region,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide another tremendous opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast PA. I’m truly appreciative to state Senator John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, and his senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.” North Branch Land Trust’s grant will go towards the construction of the final 6 miles of the 165-mile D&L Heritage corridor and includes Laurel Run Borough, Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships. The trail will begin in Oliver Mills and end at North Hampton Street in Wilkes-Barre Township. The project includes trail construction, installation of wood fencing and gates at pedestrian crossings, signage Read more

 

Matzie: More than $104,000 in state grants to fund new equipment for Beaver County parks
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Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks
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Harkins: $190,000 grant to fund improvements to McClelland Park
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Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project
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Shusterman returns to Harrisburg today, outlines legislative priorities
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Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects
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Rabb, PennEnvironment speak about PA’s ‘F’ grade on plan to spend $118 million Volkswagen settlement, urge shift to green energy investments
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Rabb announces $75,000 grant for Woodmere Art Museum outdoor recreation area, which will include sculpture garden, walking paths
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Historic Highland Park Tunnel project to receive state grant
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Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant
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McClinton celebrates ‘wisest constituents’ with annual senior fair
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Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County
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Snyder: $200,000 in state funds awarded to Masontown Borough, Fayette County
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Burgos kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month
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Petrarca: $6.5 million in funding for Westmoreland County Community College
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Howard announces $250,000 grant for East Whiteland Township to design a trail to connect areas of the community to Chester Valley Trail
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Malagari announces grant totaling more than $290,000 for Whites Road Park project
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Kulik: $85,000 grant to assist Carnegie’s flood clean-up initiative
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Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill restoration project to receive $100,000 state grant
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Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District
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