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Sometimes getting away can provide perspective about issues we are dealing with here in Pennsylvania. Recently, my family and I took a "heritage trip" to help us connect to our roots. I'm Jewish, so we went to Israel. My wife Jen is Armenian, so we toured Armenia. We also went to Greece, which, to be honest, wasn't so much about connecting us to our heritage as it was about connecting us to Greek food and great views. (The rest of the trip was purely educational, I swear!)

During our travels we learned about how each country was dealing with particular environmental challenges. For example, Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world and is essentially a desert, so there are limited natural resources to help them deal with an exploding population. There are water shortages, air pollution and waste disposal, not to mention that the Dead Sea is rapidly shrinking. How did Israel deal with these problems? For a start, they addressed them in a non-partisan manner. There are many issues that deeply divide the various political parties in Israel's parliamentary system. But dealing with the crises that threaten all of them, they put their differences aside and switched to problem-solving mode. As a result, they have the most advanced water conservation and desalination system in the world. They also made a conscious decision to significantly invest in increased efficiency of their power plants and are aggressively moving towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Armenia is also a small, resource-poor country and unlike Israel, it is landlocked. They can hardly be faulted for putting environmental concerns on the back-burner. However, they also came together to address a clear threat to their nation's well-being. Armenia has established the Ministry of Natural Protection and raised taxes to pay for reduced air-pollution and solid waste disposal. They've also helped organize efforts to join with other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which is an organization of twelve former soviet Republics to directly address climate change. Finally, they closed a number of Soviet-era power plants that were not meeting environmental standards and posed a threat to sources of clean drinking water. 

To me, this was a striking contrast with how we deal with similar issues here. In both Harrisburg and Washington, it seems like everything is tied-up in partisan gridlock, and the goal is not to solve a problem, but to beat the other party. This is incredibly frustrating, particularly on environmental issues because they affect all of us, especially our children.

We see the dramatic effects of climate change occurring now, as well as the dire forecasts of the experts about what to expect in the years to come. This is a huge problem. There are solutions, but they depend on us putting aside our partisanship and learning a lesson from countries with far fewer resources than we have.

I am anxious for session to reconvene in September and to get back to work in making the Commonwealth a better, healthier environment for all its citizens.

I hope you all had a nice summer and if you need anything, please reach out to my office at 610-768-4200.

Wishing everyone a great start to the school year.

Sincerely,

Daylin

Record-Breaking 2019 Kidsí Fair

State Senator Daylin Leach poses with attendees at his 11th annual Kids’ Fair.

This past Thursday I hosted my 11th annual Kids’ Fair at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, PA. This year’s event, which drew a record 1,500 constituents despite the blistering heat, showcased information from more than 60 state and local agencies. Families in attendance enjoyed free access to the zoo and free entertainment, along with complimentary food and drinks from local businesses.

Local families look forward to this event every year. I’m glad to be able to continue to provide an opportunity for members of the community to connect with local service organizations in a space that is fun and educational for kids.

A huge thank you to the Elmwood Park Zoo for continuing to open up their zoo for this event, and the Suburban Community Hospital for their contributions to making this event a success every year. 

Sponsors of the event included Elmwood Park Zoo, Suburban Community Hospital, Comcast Cable, PECO, Main Line Health, Nemours Children’s Health System, Independence Blue Cross, McCaffrey’s Food Market, GSI Concrete, Kaiserman JCC, Soccer Shots, Spanish Exploradores and The Handwork Studio.

Notary Services

In need of a notary? You can have most official documents notarized free of charge in my district office. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, but please call ahead to make sure our notary is available and can accommodate your type of document.

National Night Out

Every year, communities gather together to celebrate National Night Out, an initiative that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Typically, the events will include food, entertainment, police demonstrations and much more. This year, in multiple townships throughout the 17th district, National Night Out fell on August 6th. My staff and I had tables at the events in Lower Merion, Upper Merion, Norristown, West Conshohocken and Havertown. We had a blast talking to constituents about whatís going on in Harrisburg, important legislation and the services available through my office. We are looking forward to next year!

National Night Out

 

Senior Crime Presentation

A huge thanks to David Shallcross from the Senior Protection Unit at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General! He came out to Normandy Farms in Blue Bell to talk about senior crime prevention and how we can all be safer in our communities. Let us know if you could use one of these events in your neighborhood by calling 610-768-4200.

Senior Crime Presentation

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Radnor Fall Festival

The Radnor Fall Festival is in its 27th year of entertaining the community. ALWAYS on the Third Sunday of September, the Radnor Fall Festival is the largest event put on by the Wayne Business Association. Encompassing the streets of North Wayne Avenue and West Avenue Between Lancaster Avenue and the Wayne train station, local merchants, service providers and restaurants are all on hand to share with the community. This event features street performances by local bands, dancers from local dances studios, face painting and carnival rides make it fun day for the whole family. For more information, call (610) 687-7698 or visit www.radnorfallfestival.com.

27th Annual Radnor Fall Festival

First Fridays in Narberth

First Fridays in Narberth are always a good excuse to get out of the house and unwind. Grab a friend, bring the family, or meet your neighbors downtown to have dinner in one of our restaurants, and check out the stores that stay open late. Stroll the town and enjoy music, beer tastings, art, and special offerings. It's always a good time when you spend a night out in Borough! For more information, visit https://www.narberthonline.com/first-fridays.html

Narberth Downtown

East Norriton Township Community Day

Montco SAAC’s Open House & Community Day

Bring out the family for the Annual East Norriton Township Community day on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 3 PM. Food, vendors, games, rides and more. Fireworks at dusk!

For more information, visit http://www.eastnorritontwp.org/

8th Annual KPVFC 9/11 Memorial 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk

8th Annual KPVFC 9/11 Memorial 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk

Come out on September 8th at 9 AM for a 5K run and a 1-mile walk to support the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company 9/11 Memorial as well as the Dave DeRosa Scholarship Fund. Pre-registration is available here and day-of registration opens at 7:30 AM.

For more information, their website or send them an email.

COMMUNITY KUDOS

For Peteís Sake Cancer Respite Foundation

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite FoundationIt is a simple fact: Cancer stinks. It is a horrible, relentless disease that has rocked countless families across the Commonwealth and the nation. When Pete Bossow was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, the time after his diagnosis was precious. So, Pete’s friends and family sent him and his wife Marci on vacation. On their trip they got a chance to connect and enjoy each other without the constant worries and fears. They were able to be Marci and Pete again – instead of Marci, Pete and cancer. Most importantly, the experience built Pete’s spirit back up and strengthened his resolve for what lay ahead.

Pete fought extremely hard, but unfortunately lost his battle with cancer one year later. Pete’s wish was that he wanted other cancer patients like him to get the opportunity to relax and regenerate their minds and bodies so they too will realize that cancer does not define them.

Pete's dream has since become a reality with the creation of the non-profit organization For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, founded by his wife Marci Schankweiler. For Pete’s Sake (FPS) enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite vacations.

For Pete’s Sake

Marci and her team believe that travel is transformative, and their main goal is to tackle the emotional and psychological impacts of cancer on the patient and their family. FPS works with oncology professionals at cancer centers to nominate patients between the ages of 24-55 for a respite vacation.  FPS schedules the trip and covers the expense for each family with a cash stipend, journals, and inspirational materials so they can have a transformative vacation.

A typical vacation includes:

  • Up to a week’s accommodation for the patient and family. FPS covers most of the expenses for the vacation and work with families to ensure the timing is good for the patient and family to take the vacation.
  • A Take a Beak Bag, which includes a cash stipend, writing journals, toiletries, and inspirational books to keep their spirits high.
  • A Take a Break Bag for children, which includes snacks, games, and encouraging notes from other children.
  • A photo keepsake that captures all the best moments of the vacation.
  • Continued emotional support after the vacation and referrals to other non-profits.

After the vacation FPS continues to provide support and work with families to create mini breaks for them while offering support through their journey. FPS has provided over 1,600 vacations for cancer patients and their families. Over 7,250 people have traveled with FPS.

For Pete’s Sake - Family Vacation

2019 has been a particularly big year for the organization. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary in September and expect to help 190 families travel between July 1 and June 30, 2020.

On September 30th, FPS is hosting the 20th Annual Peter R. Bossow. Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament at the Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, PA. Take a break on a Monday and enjoy rolling hills, great company and some friendly competition, all for a great cause. After the tournament, stay for dinner and cocktails as FPS presents awards and raises more funds for their valuable mission. For more details or to register, visit: https://one.bidpal.net/fpsgolf2019/welcome

If you would like to donate or learn more about For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation and the wonderful work they do, please visit their website at https://takeabreakfromcancer.org/ or call their office in Plymouth Meeting at 267-708-0510.

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If you are a gardener looking for an environmentally friendly way to best improve your garden’s soil, look no further than cover crops. Cover crops are plants that you grow in your garden during the off season that can benefit your soil in multiple ways. These plants can help fertilize your soil by absorbing nutrients and adding organic matter, which decreases your need to use harmful fertilizers. Instead of leaving your soil bare, if you plant cover crops, they will help to reduce erosion by protecting the soil from adverse conditions, such as heavy rains. Planting dense cover crops will also help prevent weeds from growing, saving you time and energy in the future.

When deciding which species of cover crops to plant, you will have to take into consideration both the needs of your garden and the season that you are planting in. There are three main types of cover crops (grasses, legumes, and brassicas) and each group has their own strengths and weaknesses. Legumes, such as soybeans, peas, and clover, are good at fixing nitrogen, which allows them to supply additional nitrogen to the soil. However, legumes struggle to retain nitrogen. On the other hand, grasses, such as rye, wheat, and oats, are good at retaining nitrogen and preventing leaching, but they are not as successful at supplying nitrogen to the soil. The use of brassicas, such as canola, rapeseed, and forage radish, has increased because it is believed that the chemical compounds they release are toxic to soil-borne pathogens and pests. You may want to consider planting a mix of grasses, legumes, and brassicas in order to fully benefit your garden.

There are two main seasons of cover crop planting: warm season (spring/early summer) and cool season (late summer/early fall). Depending on what season you are growing during, there are different cover crops that you should plant. During the warm season, you will want to grow plants like buckwheat or beans, which thrive in the heat. In the cool season, oats, rye, and wheat are often grown. The exact planting time varies by the species you are planting, as does the process you need to follow when planting.

If you are interested in growing cover crops in your garden, the following resources can help you determine which cover crops to plant in your garden, when and how you should plant them, how to kill them when the time comes, and everything else you’ll need to know!

 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.