November 2, 2018 - The Cochranton High School boys’ track and field team are regional champions who will soon be competing for the state championship in Hershey. The team, coached by Mark Roche, toured the Capitol and the State Museum during their trip to central Pennsylvania.
October 17, 2018 - It was an honor to show our local librarians, who were here to support continued state funding, the Capitol’s Senate Library. Marcia Wilking and Sheryl Thomas of Erie carried the message that “Libraries Carry PA Forward.”
October 15, 2018 - Sen. Brooks joined Sen. Scott Hutchinson and Sen. Elder Vogel in welcoming to the state Senate the Sons of the American Revolution, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year.
October 2, 2018 – Sen. Michele Brooks and Sen. Pat Browne were gratified to witness the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 1056, now Act 72 of 2018, which will help generate jobs through the state’s fair treatment of depreciation for those job-creators paying corporate net income tax. With this passage, Pennsylvania is no longer the only state in the nation to treat depreciation in such a negative way. Supporters from the fields of accounting and small business also joined the signing.
September 13, 2018 - Poppies are a sign of the bloodshed in Flanders Field in World War I. This inspiring poppy display was unveiled at the Shenango VFW Post 1338 by Michaelene McCartney, to remind all Americans that these brave soldiers from every conflict have not died in vain.
September 8, 2018—Sen. Brooks enjoyed meeting Girl Scouts at the Jamestown parade
September 2, 2018 --It was a joy to celebrate the Arnetts' 60th wedding anniversary with their family and friends. Wishing them many more!
Aug. 24, 2018 - Sen. Brooks joined in honoring the many outstanding citizens who have made the Crawford County Fair a popular annual tradition and who continue to promote the joy and value of agriculture in the Commonwealth.
July 31, 2018 - Sen. Brooks joined many faithful volunteers to work in the sausage booth at the Sheakleyville Fireman's Homecoming.
July 27, 2018 - Sen. Brooks recently visited the world's largest cone company, Joy Cone, based in Hermitage. Joy Cone is an independent, 100 percent employee-owned business, practicing the art of cone baking for a remarkable 100 years. Rep. Longietti and Sen. Brooks met with Scott Kalmanek, CFO, and David George, President and CEO, to see how they can keep Joy Cone "celebrating with joy."
July 21, 2018 –Waterford-- Erie County Dairy Princess Anna Damore was one of the stars of the Waterford Days parade.
July 21, 2018—Sen. Brooks was pleased to meet the Waterford Bucking Broncos, a 4-H club who joined her at the Waterford Days Parade.
July 20, 2018 - The annual Guernsey Ice Cream Supper was held on a sunny, but steamy, evening at the Mercer County 4-H Park. Pictured with Sen. Brooks are Mercer County Dairy Princesses, Dairy Maids and Dairy Darlings: Christa Ealy – Mercer County Dairy Princess; Rebecca Leise – Mercer County Alternate Dairy Princess; Callie Whiting – Dairy Maid; Ashlee Riley – Dairy maid; and several Dairy Darlings.
July 16, 2018 –Senator Brooks was honored to take part in the annual Townviile Old Homes Day Parade, during the festival to benefit our local volunteer firefighters and ambulance service.
July 16, 2018 – Zachary Reynolds represented Lyona Bible Church on their float in the Townville Old Homes Day Parade.
July 9, 2018-- Saegertown—Sen. Brooks joined in the ribbon-cutting for the Memory Garden at Crawford County Care Center. The Memory Garden is a secured environment for loved ones who have been diagnosed with dementia and is designed to maximize each resident’s abilities and interests.
June 25, 2018 –Roy (Trey) Wilt III met Gov. Tom Wolf after he himself was elected “governor” of Keystone Boys State, a one-of-a-kind leadership development program offered by the PA American Legion. Trey is the grandson of ex-State Sen. Roy Wilt and nephew of ex-State Rep. Rod Wilt.
June 22, 2018 –Sen. Michele Brooks joined Majority Leader Jake Corman and her colleagues as Sen. Corman explained the priorities funded in the new, no-tax-hike 2018-2019 budget, which included added funding for school safety, agriculture, critical access hospitals, Lyme disease and other pressing needs.
June 12, 2018 - Madelyn Dragosavac, Finley Rauscher, Brock Cunningham, Hailee Rodgers, and Bradyn Field are the Cambridge Springs Middle School students who won first place in the middle school category for the statewide Heroin and Opioid Video Contest. The team, with the help of adviser Angela Mumford, crafted a video that urged students to engage in positive activities instead of turning to drugs, and to make their own health and future a priority.
June 12, 2018 - A marvelous group of supporters accompanied Brock Cunningham, Madelyn Dragosavac, Bradyn Field, Finley Rauscher and Hailee Rodgers of Cambridge Springs Middle School as they were honored on the Senate floor for their first place win in the Senate Heroin and Opioid Video Contest, sponsored by the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of PA.
June 11, 2018 --Isaac Kolacek of Titusville, a student at Maplewood Junior High School, joined Sen. Brooks on the Senate floor as a guest page. Isaac was joined by his dad Ryan, mom Allison, sister Gabby, and brother Maxwell.
May 22, 2018 - Lt. Gov. Mike Stack joined Sen. Brooks and four eighth-grade students from St. Michael’s in Greenville on the Senate floor. The students - Jude Yurisic, Sarah Gonzalez, Julianne Johnson, and Halle Murcko, served as guest pages, and attended constituent and committee meetings.
May 22, 2018 - Sen. Brooks explained the legislative process and Senate voting procedures, and shared interesting anecdotes about the artwork on the Senate floor, to St. Michael’s guest pages and chaperones from Greenville - Mike and Jude Yurisic, teacher Jennifer Petrucci, Sarah Gonzalez, Julianne Johnson, and Halle Murcko.
May 9, 2018 --The Greenville FOP Memorial Ceremony, held in Wentling Park, saluted the proud service and courage of our local heroes who reached the end of their watch.
May 1, 2018 –Students from Titusville High School’s Stand Tall program, along with history teacher Scott Tenney, visited the Capitol to advocate for a change in Pennsylvania’s legal age to purchase cigarettes.
April 25, 2018 - Sen. Lisa Baker and Sen. Brooks were among the senators who took part in a joint hearing on flooding issues with the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
April 25, 2018 - Meadville City Manager Andy Walker was an excellent testifier at a joint Senate hearing today, sharing the story of our region’s ice jam in January which caused flooding in low-lying areas and a well-coordinated local emergency response.
April 17, 2018 –The Northwest legislative delegation turned out in force to meet with our local farmers from Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango, Forest, Beaver, Lawrence, Butler, Clarion, Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson Counties to discuss the dairy market, local tax reform, rural broadband access, agro-tourism, and other key agricultural and economic issues.
April 16, 2018 --Sen. Pat Stefano and Sen. Brooks teamed up with some enthusiastic young bocce players for a very special "Special Olympics" tournament in the Capitol's East Wing.
April 12, 2018 --The husband and wife team of Clark and Carole Hall were honored as Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year. Sen. Brooks presented them with a Senate citation after a surprise announcement by the Chamber.
April 11, 2018 – Sen. Brooks joined Sen. John DiSanto and two state representatives in a lively panel discussion regarding “Cutting Red Tape and Reducing the Regulatory Burden in PA” at the NFIB of PA’s annual conference at the Hilton in Harrisburg.
April 5, 2018 –The richly deserving Stainbrook family was chosen to receive the Crawford County Farm Bureau’s Ag Legacy Award. Although Wayne is no longer with us, Sen. Brooks was honored to present a formal Senate citation to his wife Jessie and his family for their work with the PA Environmental Coordinator Program, 4-H, dairy promotion, the Crawford County Fair and so many other valuable local endeavors.
March 19, 2018--Sen. Brooks listens to Sen. Ryan Aument (far left) along with Sen. Scott Martin as they ask a wide-ranging series of questions on the heroin and opioid epidemic, grandparents’ rights, Lyme Disease, rural access to health care, and more in considering the nominations of Acting Secretaries Rachel Levine (Dept. of Health), Teresa Miller (Human Services) and Jennifer Smith (Drugs and Alcohol).
March 2, 2018 – Sen. Brooks hosted the Grove City Show Choir and Chamber Singers at the Capitol, who sang and danced in the Rotunda for an admiring crowd.
March 2, 2018—As part of “Music in our Schools Month,” Grove City High School traveled to Harrisburg to perform to some favorite show tunes, and then toured the many sights and sounds of the Capitol.
March 2, 2018 – The woes of P.J. Funnybunny were shared with an attentive third-grade class at Conneaut Valley Elementary School, when Sen. Brooks read “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny” by Marilyn Sadler.
February 6, 2018 –Sen. Brooks and her Senate and House colleagues listened to the governor’s budget address, as he outlined his plans to increase funding by more than $1 billion, including for career and technical education and workforce development.
February 6, 2018 --Sen. Brooks joined Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Yvonne Longenecker at the Farm Bureau’s Cornucopia event in the Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda, showcasing the finest and freshest products from our local farmers.
February 2, 2018 –Sen. Brooks joined Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego, Sen. Jay Costa and fellow members of the SR 6 Commission in a lively subcommittee dialogue designed to devise strategies for recruiting and retaining firefighters, to include her legislation to expand online training opportunities for both career and volunteer firefighters.
February 1, 2018 - Thiel College President, Dr. Susan Traverso, joined Sen. Brooks in honoring recipients of the Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award at the college’s Founders Day celebration. Among the honorees presented with a state Senate citation were Tom Roberts, Executive Director of the Hope Center for Arts and Technology in Sharon, and Michael P. Walton, CEO and co-owner of Jamestown Coating Technologies in Jamestown, and Jamestown Powder Coatings in Girard, who also serves as board president of the Hope Center.
January 29, 2018 – International archery champion Calvin Smock of Fredonia, joined by his wife Janet, 17-year-old Allison Smartsport of Hickory High School, and Bill Whitman, were introduced by Sen. Brooks to the full Senate and honored for their many archery awards. Smock has attracted a worldwide following since his international team win in France recently.
Jan. 20, 2018—Sen. Brooks presented flowers and a Senate citation to Rosemarie Palmiero at Wesbury Retirement Community in Meadville as Mrs. Palmiero celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.
January, 17, 2018 - Meadville – Sen. Brooks helped to organize an informative heroin and opioid roundtable with Attorney General Josh Shapiro and state and county leaders at the Crawford County Courthouse.