‘Rooted in progress’: State officials announce 2023 Farm Show theme | Five for the Weekend

BY: - October 1, 2022

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the theme for the 107th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Jan. 7-14, will be "Rooted in Progress."

GOP lawmakers introduce mandatory minimum for illegal firearms | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 17, 2022

Republican state Reps. Frank Farry and Kathleen "K.C." Tomlinson joined law enforcement officials in Bensalem Township on Friday to announce the new legislation. 

Wolf admin announces $10K grants for farmer-veteran startups | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 10, 2022

The $200K in funding for the program comes from the Pa. Farm Bill. 

State officials gather in Harrisburg to kickoff National Recovery Month | Five for the Weekend

BY: - September 3, 2022

“People can and do recover from the disease of addiction. September is a time to celebrate the gift of recovery and to remind people in recovery, and those who support them, that no one is alone in their journey,” Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said.

State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to buy local produce this fall | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 27, 2022

Speaking from Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth-generation vegetable farm and on-farm market in Gibsonia, Allegheny County on Thursday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding encouraged Pennsylvanians to buy local and support local farmers this fall.

State health officials urge unvaccinated Pennsylvanians to get polio vaccine | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 20, 2022

Symptoms of the polio virus are flu-like and include sore throat, fever, nausea and stomach pain. A portion of those who contract the virus develop more serious symptoms such as paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State officials reaffirm access to reproductive health services post-Roe | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 13, 2022

“With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, we know that many people are confused and worried about getting the reproductive health care they need and deserve to keep themselves and their families healthy,” Department of Human Services acting Secretary Meg Snead said.

New advisory group aims to improve pregnancy, postpartum care in Pa. | Five for the Weekend

BY: - August 6, 2022

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the creation of an advisory group to improve pregnancy and postpartum care support across the commonwealth. 

Grants available for UC education, awareness, Wolf admin. says | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 30, 2022

In June, the state was awarded $6.8M from the DOL for projects aimed at promoting equitable access to the UC program.

On anniversary of last minimum wage increase, advocates call for a raise | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 23, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  This Sunday marks 13 years since the federal minimum wage was last raised, the longest period in history without an increase. The federal minimum wage was at its peak purchasing power in 1968, when the minimum wage was worth $13.86 in 2022 dollars, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator. “Every day without a raise is another day […]

Online addiction treatment provider tool now available in Pa. | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 16, 2022

Known as ATLAS (Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform), the online tool was created by Shatterproof, a national nonprofit working to combat addiction in the United States.

Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith

DDAP visits Allegheny Co. as part of statewide listening tour | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 9, 2022

“This a comprehensive way to learn about local efforts to manage the addiction crisis in Allegheny County, which has lost a devastating number of individuals to an overdose in the last few years alone,” DDAP Secretary Jen Smith said. “It’s also an opportunity to hear directly from folks in this region of the state regarding what successes and challenges they’re currently experiencing and how our multiple levels of government moving forward can collectively address substance use trends, while more broadly tackling the behavioral health crisis we are experiencing.”