Harrisburg—Oct. 17, 2017 - Sen. Brooks discussed employment opportunities for Pennsylvanians with disabilities with Keystone Blind Association’s President and CEO Jonathan Fister of Hermitage and Susan Miduri of UniqueSource, as they advocate for a Senate bill to establish Employment First, the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities, and the Employment First Oversight Commission.
Harrisburg—Oct. 12, 2017 –A group of 52 friends from Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville toured Central Pennsylvania recently, on a trip that included the state Capitol, Lancaster and Hershey.
Greenville --Oct. 6, 2017- - Sen. Brooks and Rep. Longietti were pleased to join Seth Allison in cutting the ribbon on his new enterprise, SA Self-Defense and Fitness, in downtown Greenville, offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a form of martial arts that is growing rapidly in popularity.
Greenville—September, 22, 2017 –Sen. Brooks was honored to meet a proud veteran, Donald Leax, at her Senior Expo in Greenville, where seven cartons were filled with donations from hundreds of patriotic seniors for our troops serving overseas.
September, 14, 2017 --Harrisburg --Criminal justice students from Thiel College toured the state Capitol for the first time, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Irvis Building. The students also attended a Keystone Research Center event honoring Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
September 13, 2017 –Erie—The Senate Majority Policy Committee held a hearing at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, Hamot Campus, on blight and economic revitalization, with Sen. Brooks expressing concerns about the complexity of federal paperwork and the need to spread the word about available economic development programs.
Waterford—September 8, 2017 --Sen. Brooks purchased this prize-winning hog from Taylor Kubeja at the Waterford Fair.
September 7, 2017 –Waterford –Taylor Kubeja displayed her Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog. Also pictured is Dan Trace.
September 7, 2017—Waterford –Sen. Brooks, who has sponsored bills protecting the unborn, visited with fellow pro-life supporters at the Waterford Fair.
September 7, 2017 – Waterford--Sen. Brooks congratulated Kaitlin Frontera on her Grand Champion Market Steer at the Waterford Fair.
September 7, 2017-- Waterford—Sen. Brooks enjoyed talking with Madison Whitford at the Waterford Fair.
September 6, 2017 --Jamestown -- Sen. Brooks joined the Jamestown community in paying tribute to Tedd Kunkel, this year's Jamestown Fair Ambassador. Also pictured are Charlene Kunkel and Dave Volosin.
August 30, 2017 –Centerville--Sen. Brooks enjoyed talking with area farmers and legislators about the challenges facing agriculture today.
August 30, 2017—Centerville—The latest technology in milking cows was on display at the beautiful Troyer farm.
August 30, 2017 –Centerville—Ron and Janet Troyer’s dairy farm was a perfect site for a tour of a model dairy farm.
August 26, 2017 – Transfer-- Sen. Brooks, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, and Rep. Mark Longiettti honored Ed Hnida as he received a “Friend of the Fair” Award at the Transfer Harvest Home Fair.
August 25, 2017—Sen. Brooks is cheering for the Reynolds Cheerleaders before the Harvest Home Community Fair.
August 24, 2017 --Meadville-- The Dumont Family talked about the new school year with Sen. Brooks at the Crawford County fair.
August 24, 2017 –Meadville—Elsie Smith was one of the many friendly visitors who stopped to chat at Sen. Brooks’ legislative table at the Crawford County Fair.
August 24, 2017 –Mahoning-Shenango Valley—Sen. Brooks was honored to speak to a local chapter of the Military Officers of America Association about current veterans’ issues. She thanked each veteran for their service and for sacrificing so much to preserve and defend this great nation we are blessed to live in.
August 23, 2017 --Meadville-- Sen. Brooks enjoyed visiting the Pro-Life booth at the Crawford County Fair.
August 22, 2017 –Transfer --Sen. Brooks enjoyed the Transfer Harvest Home Fair with these local Girl Scouts.
August 18, 2017 –Meadville— Senator Brooks purchased Emily Barr’s hog at the annual Crawford County Fair 4-H and FFA livestock auction. Also pictured is the 2017 Crawford County Fair Queen Jade Wilson.
August 10, 2017—Erie - Sen. Brooks joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other law enforcement leaders, county officials and legislators as General Shapiro announced arrests in a major methamphetamine ring.
August 10, 2017—Mercer County - A lively roundtable discussion on heroin and opioid addiction took place at the Mercer County Courthouse, led by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Sen. Brooks, and area House members, in a coordinated effort to implement solutions to an epidemic that claims the lives of 10 Pennsylvanians a day, most of whom are in the prime of their lives.
August 9, 2017—Cochranton-- Firefighters from Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Linesville, Sandy Lake, Vernon Central, and West Mead 2 joined Sen. Brooks at the Cochranton Community Fair, which continues until Aug. 12.
August 1, 2017 – Conneautville –The Annual National Night Out brought together the police and the community in a spirit of partnership at Lord Mason Park, and attracted such kid-friendly favorites as Smokey the Bear and Mr. Froggy.
July 25, 2017 –Sheakleyville –Sen. Brooks helped serve hot sausage sandwiches to fair-goers at the Sheakleyville Community Fire Department Homecoming, after walking in the annual parade to help support local firefighters.
July 15, 2017 --Waterford -- Judy Nelson, Fort Leboeuf Historical Society, and Randy Williams joined me at the annual Waterford Days celebration. The event, once known as Heritage Days, featured a car cruise-in, food vendors, crafts, and so many other family-friendly events.
July 15, 2017 –Waterford --Congratulations to the LeBoeuf Little League softball team, who had an awesome season and emerged as the Little League District 3 softball champions!
July 14, 2017 --It was great to visit with everyone at Townville’s Old Home Days. Thank you, Borough Council members and Mayor Vancise, for your dedication and leadership. So much amazing food, so little time: from the wings and French fries to the strawberry shortcake and root beer floats, Townville’s been getting it right since 1867
July 14, 2017—Coolspring Township -- Eating Guernsey ice cream is one of the best ways to build strong bones! Joining me at the Mercer County 4-H Ice Cream Supper for the best calcium around is our own Dairy Royalty: Jocelyn Snyder, Dairy Princess; Rachel Welch, Dairy Ambassador; and Dairy Maids Rebekah Leise and Callie Whiting.
June 23, 2017 – Vernon Township – Rain clouds parted as Vernon Township officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated playground at Roche Park. Funds were provided by a Crawford Co. grant of $10,000 from Act 13 funds, along with a $10,000 township match. Numerous businesses, labor organization United Steel Workers Local 1917 and individuals also provided materials, labor and funding to support the work. Representatives of these organizations along with county and local officials joined Senator Brooks at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
June 26, 2017 -- Harrisburg-- Viktor Durr, 10, and Delaney Ellison, 7, and their families visited Sen. Brooks to talk about the challenges facing the hearing–impaired, and to discuss the importance of family choice in language development
June 26, 2017 – Harrisburg --Benjamin and Sebastian Anastasi, accompanied by their mom Sarah and grandfather Ryland, served as guest pages recently. The young men, who are from Grove City, Mercer County, accompanied Senator Brooks to several meetings; took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol Complex; met PUC Commissioner John Coleman, Lt. Gov. Stack, and several activists for the hearing-impaired; and listened to the Senate’s floor debate.
June 23, 2017 – Atlantic – Senator Brooks stopped by the Fallowfield Junior Firefighter’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Atlantic Fire Hall. Not only did she enjoy the spaghetti, but also the conversation with the dedicated youth in the fire department.
June 21, 2017 - Harrisburg - At a Senate Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Sen. Brooks (pictured with Sen. Pat Browne) questioned Sen. Yaw about his bill to keep safe prescribing guidelines in place for the dispensing of opioids, in an effort to curb over-prescribing, abuse and addiction.
June 9, 2017 – Jamestown – Senator Brooks was honored to speak at the Pymatuning State Park dedication of the newly renovated Gatehouse and dam.
June 9, 2017 – Jamestown – Bertha Henegan-Viland along with her grandson Zachary Henegan joined Senator Brooks and DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn at the dedication of the recently completed Pymatuning dam and gatehouse renovation project.
June 7, 2017—Harrisburg—Sen. Brooks asked pointed questions about accountability during a hearing on the state’s exorbitantly priced “Open Sky” radio system, which many derisively call “Broken Sky,” because it failed to work properly, potentially jeopardizing the lives of police, firefighters, and EMTs in desperate need of emergency communications in life-and-death situations.
June 6, 2017 --Sen. Brooks considered it a true privilege to join the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in approving 10 Army National Guard and Air National Guard promotions, and to personally meet, thank and pay tribute to the Guardsmen and women and their families.
June 6, 2017 –Harrisburg—Former Sen. Bob Robbins was joined by his family members and former Senate staff members as he was inducted into the Keystone Games’ Hall of Fame and honored for his years of service to the Commonwealth.
May 30, 2017 – Edinboro – Senator Brooks joined General McLane High School graduating seniors Hunter Beddick (Air Force), Brody Wise (Army), Chloe Casbohm (Navy), Derek Hecker (Navy), Marisa Sammons (Navy) and Daniel Reed (Army ROTC) to recognize their commitment to the armed forces during a “Military Signing Day”.
May 30, 2017 – Titusville – Senator Brooks was honored to speak at the weekly Titusville Rotary meeting where she shared updates on the 2017-18 budget process among other topics.
May 29, 2017 – Mercer – Senator Brooks met up with Al Chamber and John Kerestan from the Mercer VFW recently before the Mercer 500 parade.
May 29, 2017 – Mercer – Senator Brooks had the pleasure of visiting with Chuck Thorpe (Vietnam), Harold Beerbower (WWII) and Ken Anderson (Cold War) at the Mercer 500 Day ceremony.
May 29, 2017 – Mercer – During the Mercer 500 day’s festivities, Daniel E. Evans (Vietnam), Carl Heckman (WWII), Joseph L. Hood (Vietnam) along with families of Posthumous honorees John R. Ellis (WWII), Jack Hedglin (Vietnam) and Miles Bradley Hedglin (Vietnam) were honored for their military service.
May 23, 2017 - Harrisburg--Sen. Brooks introduced to her Senate colleagues third-grader Nathan Craig, from Saegertown Elementary School, and his parents. Nathan won the Outstanding Elementary School Student Education Video Award from the Department of Labor and Industry, as part of the Blindness Awareness Expo. Nathan’s video showcases how he uses technology to “see.”
May 23, 2017 - Harrisburg--Sen. Brooks welcomed the opportunity to introduce to the full Senate Douglas R. Hazlett, Ph.D., Professor of Education, and Education Department Chair, at Thiel College in Greenville.
May 22, 2017 - Pennsylvania’s recipient of the 2016 Beekeeper of the Year Award, Charlie Borisek, of Linesville, joined Sen. Brooks, along with Dr. Harland Patch from Penn State’s Department of Entomology, to highlight the importance of conserving wild bee populations for the long-term sustainability of agricultural production.
May 22, 2017 - Harrisburg—Sen. Brooks spoke with Paula and Vincent “Joe” Smith at the 40th annual ABATE rally in the state Capitol Rotunda, which showcases the ongoing need to preserve motorcyclists’ rights and safety.
May 17, 2017 – Jefferson Township – Senator Michele Brooks welcomed The Lakes at Jefferson Retirement Community at the ribbon cutting event at their new facility in Jefferson Township.
May 15, 2017 – Springfield Township - Senator Brooks and other local legislators met with Mercer County Township Officials to discuss legislation and other issues pertaining to local government.
May 8, 2017 - Sen. Brooks was honored to meet with area psychologists who visited the Capitol for a statewide Advocacy Day.
May 8, 2017 - Some of our best and brightest students demonstrated how they have effectively utilized technology in their lives at an academic showcase sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
May 5, 2017 – Greenville – Senator Brooks welcomes Dr. Susan Traverso as she becomes the 20th President of Thiel College.
May 5, 2017 – Grove City - Intermediate Units across northwestern Pennsylvania conducted a Superintendents’ Summit at Grove City College. Senator Brooks along with her colleagues, answered questions of interest to the area school superintendents in attendance.
May 5, 2017 – Grove City - Senator Brooks spoke at the annual 79-80 Interstate Development Corporation meeting regarding economic development.
April 30, 2017 - Joshua Tingley of Stoneboro, Mercer County, was honored with a citation from Senator Brooks to salute his attainment of his Eagle Scout Award, Scouting’s highest honor. Joshua built bat houses and bird houses around the Sandy Lake Area for his Eagle Scout project.
April 28, 2017 - Grove City - Sen. Brooks saluted the talent and hard work of the Grove City Swim Team, who swam their way to the state divisional championship, and produced state champions in the 200-meter and 400-meter relays. The team is coached by Karen Wendelschaefer, aided by assistant Kellie Kleinert.
April 28, 2017 – Grove City-- Sen. Brooks was excited to congratulate Grove City junior Emily Gordon, who became Mercer County’s first-ever state champion in girls’ tennis after winning the Class AA title at the Hershey Racquet Club. Emily is also the three-time District 10 girls’ tennis singles champion. She compiled a flawless 18-0 record this past season.
April 24, 2017 - Harrisburg--Four outstanding 14-year-olds from St. Michael School in Greenville served as guest pages on the Senate floor with Sen. Brooks. These student-leaders included Joseph Pfleger of Jamestown; Evan Cianci from Greenville; Alaina Harpst of Greenville; and Anna Cooper from Greenville. Their chaperones were Pam Cianci and Doug Dorio.
April 19, 2017 – Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) hosted its annual Pharmacy Legislative Day. Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students from across the commonwealth attended to display how they are putting patients first. Pictured with Senator Brooks are Marissa Waterloo, Alyssa Gosnell and Vincent Shaffer.
April 19, 2017 –Harrisburg--Sen. Brooks was proud to introduce Talia Morgenstern of Mercer County to the Senate. Talia was among the 53 winners of the Liquor Control Board’s Alcohol Awareness Poster contest. She is a seventh grader at Kennedy Catholic Middle School who spotlighted the dangers of underage drinking in her poster. She is pictured here with her parents, Paul and Susan, and her two sisters, Amariah Ava and Asia Moriah.
April 18, 2017 - Sen. Brooks honored the state’s wrestling champions, the matmen of Reynolds High School in Mercer County, on the Senate floor.
April 18, 2017 - As casino and online gambling grow in popularity and compete with the state Lottery’s games, Sen. Brooks joined in a joint hearing to examine and ensure the long-term stability of the state Lottery Fund, which supports a growing population of older Pennsylvanians with such vital needs as food, transportation, heating aid, and tax relief.
April 12, 2017 – Sharpsville – Sharpsville Middle School is 1 of 38 schools in PA, 1 of 400 throughout the nation and the first school in Mercer County to be named a “School to Watch”. Senator Brooks was honored to present a PA Senate Citation in recognition of this outstanding achievement.
April 5, 2017 – West Middlesex - Senator Brooks was honored to recognize these Mercer County individuals at the 40 under 40 event sponsored by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce and Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce for their demonstration of values and commitment professionally or personally in our communities who are under the age of 40.
March 31, 2017 – Greenville – Senator Brooks hosted a Seniors for Safe Driving refresher course presented by Richard D’Arcangelo at the Greenville Senior Center designed especially for seniors to help them stay up-to-date on the latest laws while also helping them save money on their car insurance.
March 29, 2017 – Harrisburg - Senator Brooks joined Senators Baker and Bartolotta in leading a lengthy hearing on whether the Governor’s call to merge four major health and human service departments into one will actually save tax dollars without hurting vital services for senior citizens and those facing poverty, illness and addiction.
March 23, 2017 – Edinboro – Senator Brooks stopped by the Edinboro University Highland Ambassadors' sponsored "Meatballs" benefit for the Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team.
March 23, 2017 - Edinboro - Sen. Brooks was exceedingly honored to welcome H. Fred Walker as the 18th president of Edinboro University. With an impressive background in business, engineering, technology and communications, President Walker has pledged to both honor tradition and foster transformation in this historic university.
March 19, 2017 – Victor Anderson of Greenville, Mercer County was honored with a citation from Senator Brooks to salute his attainment of his Eagle Scout Award, Scouting’s highest honor. Victor led the construction of 27 rabbit cages to be used at the Transfer Harvest Fair for his Eagle Scout project.
March 18, 2017 – Jamestown - John and Carol Johnson celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family as Senator Brooks presented them with a PA Senate citation.
February 25, 2017 – Conneautville – Senator Brooks visited with Cub Scout Jacob Hackworth at the annual Gold Banquet held at the Kiononia Center, encouraging him to work hard and have fun in scouting.
February 22, 2017 – Conneautville – Conneaut Valley Elementary School welcomed Senator Brooks to participate in the “Read Across America” program. Senator Brooks is reading the Dr. Seuss book “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny” to Dr. Piper’s 2nd grade class.
February 22, 2017 – Conneautville – Conneaut Valley Elementary School welcomed Senator Brooks to participate in the “Read Across America” program. Senator Brooks asked questions to Mrs. Thomas’ 1st grade class as she read Dr. Seuss’ book “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny”.
February 18, 2017 – Hermitage – Senator Brooks was given an opportunity to say a few words in support of Pro-Life and talk about SB 3 at the annual Pro-Life of Mercer County breakfast.
February 16, 2017 – Saegertown – The Crawford County Conservation District celebrated their 60th Anniversary at their annual meeting. Pictured with Senator Brooks are Commissioner John Amato, George Greig (vice-chairman), Vernon Knapp, Heidi Morehead, Andrew Hyde (chairman), Senator, Amber Heil, Rob Waddell and Vicki Leap.
February 7, 2017 - After the Governor’s budget address, Senator Brooks joined Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (at podium) and her colleagues to respond and take questions regarding the Governor’s budget address.
January 27, 2017 - Sharon - Senator Brooks along with Representatives Tedd Nesbit and Mark Longietti enjoyed celebrating with Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) NWPA as they cut the ribbon announcing the opening of a new location in downtown Sharon.
January 25, 2017 – Harrisburg - In a debate over sanctuary cities at a Senate Local Government Committee meeting, Sen. Brooks said the bill is an important public safety measure designed to protect law-abiding citizens and support the police.
January 24, 2017 - Sen. Michele Brooks honored Paralympic gold and bronze medalist Trevon Jenifer on the floor of the Senate Tuesday. Also pictured (left) is Edinboro University coach Jim Glatch.
January 24, 2017 - (Left to right) Edinboro University Coach Jim Glatch, Governor Tom Wolf and State Sen. Michele Brooks honored Paralympic gold medalist Trevon Jenifer at the Capitol on Tuesday. Trevon and Team USA Basketball won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Paralympics and defeated Team Spain to clinch a gold medal in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
January 23, 2017 - Sen. Brooks directed tough questions about public safety to Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and other corrections officials as she spoke out against the possible closure of SCI Mercer at a joint Senate hearing.
January 23, 2017 - In the joint Senate prison closure hearing, Sen. Brooks asked officials about the high number of parolees committing crimes, the anticipated travel time for transferred correctional officers, the facility upgrades already made to the SCI Mercer facility, and the dangers of interrupted treatment.
January 23, 2017 - Sen. Brooks (right, foreground) joined a Capitol rally opposing the governor’s plan to close two state correctional facilities, which would negatively impact jobs, correctional officer and public safety, and all facets of SCI Mercer’s rural home communities.
January 18, 2017 – Grove City – Recently Eric Thomas was presented with the Grove City Area Chamber “Community Service Award”. Along with the surprise presentation by the Chamber, Senator Brooks presented a Senate citation in honor of this recognition.
January 15, 2017 – Hermitage – Senator Brooks was honored to present a Senate citation to the Hickory Hornet football team for winning their 6th straight District X Championship. Coaches, teammates and managers were presented their championship medallion by Senator Brooks and Rep. Longietti to special music and a strobe light in honor of the celebration.
January 13, 2017 – Greenville – In honor of St. Paul’s 150th anniversary celebration kick off, Senator Brooks presented St Paul’s President/CEO Chris Wright with a Senate citation with congratulations.
January 9, 2017, Harrisburg – Senator Michele Brooks spent time at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show visiting with folks back home. Hearing about experiences on her family farm and at the Farm Show, Senator Brooks interviewed Shaila Shannon pictured with her lamb.
January 9, 2017, Harrisburg – Senator Michele Brooks spent time at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show visiting with folks back home. Pictured with Senator Brooks are the Schmidt cousins; Josh and Justin (brothers) and Nolan and Austin (brothers). Nolan was showing his beef while Josh was busy fitting the animals for showing.
January 9, 2017, Harrisburg – Senator Michele Brooks spent time at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show visiting with folks back home. Sara Downs along with her father David visited with Senator Brooks in the show arena prior to showing their beef.
January 9, 2017, Harrisburg – Senator Michele Brooks spent time at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show visiting with folks back home. The Conneaut (CASH) and Union City FFA Chapters traveled to the Farm Show for the Pennsylvania FFA Convention held in the New Holland Large Arena. Seven of CASH’s members were receiving the prestigious Keystone Degree, five their FFA blue jacket and from the Union City chapter, two received their blue jackets. Several members also participated in the square dance completion as well that evening.
January 9, 2017, Harrisburg – Senator Michele Brooks spent time at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show visiting with folks back home. Senator Brooks met up with Laura Dengler from How Sweet it is Maple Products, Saegertown, PA at the Maple Syrup display. Laura shared the process of making maple syrup.
January 9, 2017, Harrisburg – Senator Michele Brooks spent time at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show visiting with folks back home. Emma and Leah Marsteller talked with Senator Brooks about bringing their llamas to the Farm Show. This year is the first time for llamas at the Farm Show. Leah also took the time to explain to Senator Brooks about “felting” and provided a sampling of her work. Little sister Alexa also shared in the fun.
January 7, 2017 – Erie – Senator Brooks had the pleasure to meet Ruth Graham and Windsor Bauders, daughter and granddaughter of Rev. Billy Graham at the People for Life breakfast in Erie.
January 3, 2017 – Harrisburg – Senator Brooks was honored to be an escort along with Senators Folmer and Dinniman for Senator Scarnati as he heads to the rostrum after being unanimously re-elected by members of the Senate to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate for 2017.