“Brett Miller is the best choice to represent our families, seniors and children in Harrisburg. He has a proven record of putting aside partisan games to stand up for taxpayers and working to make our community stronger. That’s the kind of experience we need in Harrisburg.” - Representatives Ryan Aument and Bryan Cutler
I was pleased to meet with Dr. Brenda Becker, Superintendent of the Hempfield School District. First on the list of topics was to congratulate her on her tenure as Hempfield and to wish her well as she begins her final year leading up to her retirement in June 2015. Next, we discussed the completion of the East Hempfield Township Zoning Ordinance and I thanked her for her time serving on the Ordinance Steering Committee. This committee was responsible for developing the basic major components of the Ordinance. The main topic of discussion, however, was education. We discussed the importance of education and the need to keep public education very strong. We had an excellent conversation about the challenges facing public education. Topics discussed included the need for reforms in public pensions, in the special education funding formula, in prevailing wage legislation, and property tax reform, among others. Having 25+ years of public education experience has made me personally very aware of the issues faced by public schools and the pressures faced by teachers. Our discussion only served to deepen my resolve to try to advocate for solutions that will help our teachers, our students, and our taxpayers.
I am thankful for the good relationship I have been able to build with Dr. Becker through these years and I wish her all the best as she finishes her career as Superintendent. Thank you Dr. Becker!
Discussing Lancaster County's #1 industry, agriculture, with Wilmer Shertzer, a farmer in West Hempfield Township.
It's an incredible blessing to live somewhere where the communities so actively invest in public education. This past weekend, Jen and I had a wonderful evening at the Penn Manor Education Foundation dinner. PMEF is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to enhancing and enriching the educational experiences of the students and faculty in the Penn Manor School District public schools. Pictured here: (front) Martha and Willis Herr. (Back from left) Sue Charles, me, my wife Jen, and Fiffer Raush.
A great Pie & Politics event with the very engaged residents at Homestead Village in East Hempfield. Rep. Ryan Aument and I spoke to dozens of residents who asked great questions on Pennsylvania's public pension crisis, education funding and school district costs, and much more. I'd like to think they came to hear Rep. Aument and me, but when there's 11 kinds of pie available from Shady Maple, it's kind of hard to compete.
Excellent meeting with Dr. Mike Leichliter, superintendent of the Penn Manor School District. Great conversation regarding our ideas for pension reform and property tax reform - and I got a tour of Hambright Elementary, Elizabeth Martin Elementary and Penn Manor High School. I've spent nearly my entire career in public education - and it's great to get the perspective of some of Lancaster County's true educational leaders.
Happy 200th birthday, Mountville! The rain held off and it was a great morning to join in on the Mountville Bicentennial parade. Thanks for the invitation - and thanks to the sign-waving, candy-tossing group that came along with me!
Brett with Lancaster County Commissioner Scott Martin at a recent Miller Victory Committee fundraiser.
Thanks to Lt. Dave Patterson with Lancaster EMS for inviting me on a tour of several of their facilities, as well as giving me a chance to join some of his team members on a couple of emergency calls. Great to see first hand the professional work of our local first responders, We also had a good talk on topics like training standards, liability, and the impact that Obamacare is having on the work of first responders.
Very happy to meet with the leaders of a true Lancaster County gem - the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Dr. William Griscom (college president - on the left) and Alex Munro (Alumni foundation executive director - and proud resident of the 41st Legislative District) showed me the impressive facility. We also had an excellent discussion on the benefits and future of trade education. Very thankful to get their perspective.
A gorgeous evening tonight for the Design Day finale for the Amos Herr Dream Park. After teams visited every elementary school in the Hempfield School District to get ideas from students, an initial design was unveiled this evening to a great crowd. I'm very thankful for the work that so many dedicated volunteers are putting in and excited about this project for kids in West Hempfield, Mountville, East Hempfield, and the rest of the surrounding area. So many people deserve thanks for getting this project off the ground. With me in this photo are Design Day volunteer Deb Van Pelt, my wife Jen, me, and the three heroic co-chairs of the Dream Park team: Ben Craddock, Bill Keays, and Kristi Newport.
Grateful for the support of many local leaders, like Dave Dumeyer, chairman of the West Hempfield Township supervisors.
My wife, Jen, and I learned much about the history of the event from longtime Washington Boro residents Edith Funk, Kim Funk, and Arlene Forney.
Brett has coached hundreds of middle school students in track and field. A long-distance runner himself, Brett has completed 8 marathons.
Thanks to Sue Charles for hosting a wonderful meet and greet for me at her home in Manor Township. We barely had enough chairs! The conversation and questions were really god.
Talked first responder issues with several guys with the Blue Rock Fire Rescue in Washington Boro.
Great conversation with Manot Township residents Alan and Fiffer Raush at the Washington Boro Tomato Festival.
A great discussion on the issues last night with several folks from Manor Township. Thanks to Ed and Stephanie Hersh of the Blue Rock Bed & Breakfast for hosting us. If you're interested in having a meet and greet with some of your neighbors in the 41st district,contact us here and let us know.
I took a meeting with one of Manor Township's most important residents a few weekends ago after running the Turkey Hill Country Classic race.
Thankful for the support of many municipal leaders, like Al Kling, vice-president of the Manheim Township Commissioners.
A special thank you to those who helped do all the behind-the-scenes work for this year's wonderful Memorial Day service in Landisville. Pictured with me, from left: Scott Russell, vice-chair of the East Hempfield supervisors (US Army), John Crispeno, and our speaker Paul Spurgin with Keystone Wounded Warriors (USMC).
I was honored to stand with Rep. Ryan Aument last night as he gave his victory speech after winning the Republican primary for the 36th district state Senate seat. With me (from left) Dave Zimmerman, the Republican candidate for the 99th legislative seat, me, Rep. Dave Hickernell, Ryan, Rep. Mindy Fee, Rep. Keith Greiner, and Rep. Steve Mentzer.
Excellent afternoon talking with first responders from all over the region at the Lancaster County Fireman's Association Annual Convention at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. It was also a celebration of East Hempfield's own Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center. I got some great information from several police officers about C.A.S.E. - Lancaster County Campaign Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children. I winced as I saw one of our East Hempfield Township police officers serve as the "test subject" for a taser demonstration. And I congratulated several members of theLancaster Township Fire Department as they took this 1989 engine out for one of its final public demonstrations. It's being retired after many years of service and is in the process of being replaced. Great to connect with so many amazing volunteers and leaders who do so much to keep our communities and families safe.
A beautiful afternoon to meet the crowds at the annual Hempfield Cops & Rodders car show at the Hempfield High School! There were some amazing cars at this event - plus a nice show from the police departments in Hempfield. My wife, Jen, and I were there to help out at the Dream Park stand. Proceeds from this event benefit the Safety Through Technology Education Partnership for the Hempfield School District. If you've never been to this event, you should put it on your calendar for next year. http://www.hempfieldcopsandrodders.com/