So, the old saying, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” doesn’t apply to me any longer

Article posted on February 28, 2013

My schedule has been just plain crazy for the past two weeks. I can’t imagine working without a smart phone. If I couldn’t return calls and emails when away from my desk, I’d be toast. On top of the many emails I receive daily from constituents, I get news stories by the dozen and lots of back and forth from staff concerning my schedule and general questions. I could have a Blackberry provided by the Senate, but I bought my own. I have three email accounts on it and recently gained access to my facebook page. The facebook usage is somewhat limited on the phone, but still helpful. So, the old saying, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” doesn’t apply to me any longer. My mother should be relieved.

-John

I’m really putting the miles on the truck this week

Article posted on February 27, 2013

I braved the elements this morning and drove to Harrisburg for a couple of very important meetings. I’ve noticed on a few of my recent trips east that the snow covered highway ends coming into Water Street in Huntingdon County. It’s nice to get to just a wet road after driving on an icy one. I’m headed back to Huntingdon tonight for dinner then back in the morning for a Chamber breakfast. I’m really putting the miles on the truck this week and finding out all of the good places to eat.

-John

The good new is that the first day of Spring is only 22 days away

Article posted on February 26, 2013

The weather is the big story tonight. At church last Sunday, I was in the cloak room afterwards and a couple of our senior ladies told me that “the groundhog lied to us”. I concur. Whatever we get around here isn’t anything like what some parts of the country are experiencing, however. We can be thankful for that. Fortunately, I don’t have an appointment tonight. I do have to go to the capitol tomorrow morning. I’ll plan to get going earlier than usual and keep an eye on the forecast. The good new is that the first day of Spring is only 22 days away!

-John

We’re getting back to normal after the Sports Show

Article posted on February 25, 2013

I was invited to speak to a senior class at Bishop Carroll this afternoon. It was a nice group of kids. We went over some general information about the legislature then I took questions. They kept their focus on state government, which is better than many groups I speak with. Folks often have a tendency to talk about what’s on the evening news. I got a few things done at the office the remainder of the day. We’re getting back to normal after the Sports Show. What a weekend!

-John

It was a great weekend to get a pulse on what’s important to the people in our region

Article posted on February 24, 2013

Well, the 2013 Jaffa Sports Show is on the books. The crowd today was not nearly as big as yesterday, but overall, for the weekend, I’m told the show shattered all previous attendance records. We went through about 73 boxes of material including several items that we ran out of yesterday and promised to get to people when we can get another order printed. Not surprisingly, any information we provided on guns was very popular. That subject also tracked with what I heard from folks. Not supporting any additional gun control measures was number one, selling the liquor stores was number two, asking questions about pension reform was number three and then I heard about a plethora of things like road problems, college scholarship opportunities, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, job training, not raising gas taxes, and small games of chance issues to name a few. It was a great weekend to get a pulse on what’s important to the people in our region. I appreciated all who stopped by our booth and the work of my staff on this project, spearheaded by Wendy Reitz.

-John

Protecting the 2nd Amendment is a battle cry that America needs to hear right now

Article posted on February 23, 2013

The weekend of the Jaffa Sports Show, for me, is like an episode of “Survivor”. Today, I was there part of the morning, then spoke at the Blair County Tea Party’s National Day of Resistance – Protect the 2nd Amendment Rally, then went back to the Sports Show for a little while before leaving for a dinner in McConnellsburg. The crowd at the show has been huge. We had gone through over 60 boxes of material as of this afternoon. I did enjoy all of my stops. The rally was part of a national effort. Well over 100 people braved the cold in the name of freedom and liberty. Protecting the 2nd Amendment is a battle cry that America needs to hear right now.

-John

No one for it, hundreds against

Article posted on February 22, 2013

This is my first day back to using a keyboard. After my brace came off two weeks ago, I had to tape two of my fingers together to restrict the movement above the bone broken in my hand. That requirement was lifted today and it feels great to get back to some degree of normalcy. I’m supposed to do a little therapy for a week and should be back to full strength soon. After a morning in Bedford County with the Chamber and the Area Agency on Aging, I headed to the Jaffa Sports Show to work at our booth. We handed out about 25 boxes of materials today and expect the crowds to get even bigger tomorrow and Sunday. The number one issue on the minds of folks I spoke with today was gun control. No one for it, hundreds against.

-John

What a sad tale for this once proud family and our Commonwealth

Article posted on February 21, 2013

It was Chamber Day for me. I attended, and said a few words, at the Tuscarora Area Chamber breakfast this morning. I’ve been to a few of their functions before and appreciate their warm welcome and leadership in that community. For lunch, the Huntingdon Chamber hosted PA Ag Secretary George Greig. They had a big crowd and the lunch at the CTC was very good, as expected. I ended the day at a Bedford Chamber After Hours. Tomorrow morning I have a Bedford Chamber breakfast (maybe I should have just stayed overnight). The big news in Harrisburg this afternoon was the guilty verdicts in the cases against Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister Janine. They will join their Sister former State Senator Jane Orie in the state prison system. What a sad tale for this once proud family and our Commonwealth.

-John

And no, I’m not on the take

Article posted on February 20, 2013

There was a letter to the editor today in a local paper from Thomas Harclerode of Everett. I don’t know Mr. Harclerode and he clearly doesn’t know me. He doesn’t like my support of the Governor’s decision to have the management of the lottery go to a private company, especially a British owned company. He’s entitled to his opinion, misguided as it may be, but what he should never do is say that I must be on the take to have that position. That’s what people say when they can’t argue the facts. I guess the shortage of funding for our seniors is okay with him, it’s not with me. And no, I’m not on the take.

-John

Senator Eichelberger to Attend 31st Annual Jaffa Sports Show

Article posted on February 20, 2013

** NEWS RELEASE**

31st Annual Jaffa Sports Show
Senator Eichelberger and Staff to Attend Show

Hollidaysburg, PA – February 20, 2013, Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. and staff will again host a booth at the 31st Annual Jaffa Sports Show. Senator Eichelberger will be providing copies of Pennsylvania laws and regulations regarding hunting, fishing, boating, and firearms to attendees.

WHO: Senator Eichelberger and Staff
WHAT: 31st Annual Jaffa Sports Show
WHEN: February 22-24, 2013
WHERE: The Jaffa Shrine, Altoona, PA

The show hours will be Friday, February 22nd from noon until 9:00 PM, Saturday, February 23rd from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 24th from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Senator Eichelberger will be present throughout much of the weekend.

Please contact Wendy Reitz, Legislative Aide, at 1-866-509-EICH(3424) or email wreitz@pasen.gov for further information.