It’s the right thing to do for many reasons

Article posted on November 30, 2013

What a game for Penn State! They were the underdogs, but managed to surprise everybody with a W over the 15th ranked Badgers. After that game, we turned the channel to see the remainder of the Auburn/Alabama contest. I never saw a finish like that. Wow! The media has reported recently about the cost of living increases for state officials effective December 1st. The increase is tied to a federal inflation index and totals one quarter of one percent this year. In compliance with the state constitution, every legislator must receive the same paycheck. So, those of us who don’t accept it must write a check back to the Commonwealth for the difference. I will be writing those checks again this year, it’s the right thing to do for many reasons.


It’s a nice evening for the community

Article posted on November 29, 2013

The office was closed today, but I got in a little work. I also volunteered at the Soup Sampling in Hollidaysburg. I’ve done this for years and would say that tonight’s weather was about the best I can remember. It was cold, but not as cold as it has been and there was no wind, which is uncomfortable and plays havoc with the napkins and styrofoam containers. I worked with nice people tonight and when it was all said and done, served 3 roasters of wonton soup. The fireworks display was better than I remember also. It’s a nice evening for the community.


Happy Thanksgiving

Article posted on November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that everyone had time with family and friends today. Johnny got home from Texas. We hadn’t seen him since late August. We spent most of the day at my brother, Todd’s house in Bedford. We had a great time and way too much food. We’re having leftovers tonight while we watch the Steelers. It’s great to have him back, even if it’s just for a few days.


I enjoyed meeting a number of the business leaders in that community

Article posted on November 27, 2013

Fortunately, I wasn’t on the road again today. I had a few meetings with constituents, made calls and was able to sit down with district staff for the first time in 2 weeks. My meal last night at Flannery’s Tavern in Mercersburg was excellent. The Tuscarora Area Chamber had the entire place for their dinner and sold every seat. I enjoyed meeting a number of the business leaders in that community and learning more about the issues that are important to them. I’m happy tonight to be home with Charlotte eating a simple pizza and taking care of a few things around the house.


I enjoyed seeing many of my old Commissioner friends

Article posted on November 26, 2013

I left home early this morning to get to the Hotel Hershey where I participated on a panel at the County Commissioners Assoc. of PA’s Fall Conference. I enjoyed seeing many of my old Commissioner friends. I had time to get to the Capitol for a couple of hours in the office before heading to Mercersberg to see the Charles Brightbill Environmental Center, which was very impressive, then to a Tuscarora Area Chamber dinner. It will be a late night.


They honored me today with their Legislative Service Award, which I deeply appreciate

Article posted on November 25, 2013

I drove to Harrisburg this morning to meet with the PA Municipal League’s board of directors to discuss several bills on their priority list. The problems facing local government are becoming more difficult each year and in this economy, their financial issues are excellerated. As chairman of the Local Government Committee in the Senate, I work closely with all of the local government organizations and learn a great deal about their needs from the relationships I’ve built over the years. They honored me today with their Legislative Service Award, which I deeply appreciate. Tonight, I had a town hall meeting in Bedford. We had only 6 people in attendance, plus a reporter. We spent much of the time discussing the transportation bill, which was signed into law today by the Governor. Most of the group appeared to be in favor of the new law. We also talked about pension reform and liquor store privatization.


That’s got to be a record for this area

Article posted on November 24, 2013

The Winterfest Parade in Hollidaysburg was cancelled today because of the snow. Looks like it will be rescheduled for December 8th. Charlotte is the emcee and I planned to ride in the parade, but I’m not sure I can make it on the 8th, we’ll see. I attended an Eagle Scout ceremony in Bedford this afternoon where 6 scouts earned their Eagle award. I’ve been to a few ceremonies where multiple boys were recognized, but never 6. That’s got to be a record for this area. I didn’t receive any news clips today from the service that provides them to the Senate. This company isn’t as reliable as they should be. It’s important to see what the papers from around the state are saying in their Sunday additions. I don’t always agree with their take on state issues, but I’d like know what they’re putting out.


We all need to be inspired and from time to time take on missions that might seem too difficult

Article posted on November 23, 2013

With the schedule I’ve had lately, I had to get as much done today as possible. The truck was way overdue for an oil change, which I accomplished this afternoon, and I made a serious dent in my office work backlog. I was in the Winterfest Parade in Martinsburg this morning and it was more like Winter than the past few years. The kids had a good time, but the parents looked cold. Tonight, Charlotte and I we’re privileged to attend the 15th Anniversary Gala for Joshua House. The keynote was delivered by Bishop Bart Pierce who has a tremendous ministry in inner-city Baltimore. His programs feed more people for free than any other organization in Maryland, there are programs to help house folks and a program that has helped pregnant women with the births of over 800 babies. We all need to be inspired and from time to time take on missions that might seem too difficult. He has done just that and encouraged us to help where there’s a need. Good advice.


His experience and his passion for the people he served will be tough to replace

Article posted on November 22, 2013

This morning I drove to Lebanon to attend the funeral of Senator Mike Folmer’s mother. She spent 92 years on this earth and was remembered for her singing, her church piano playing and her example as a dedicated and caring Christian. My prayers are with Mike and his family. Later this afternoon, I presented a citation to Allen Smith, the Executive Director of the Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon Area Agency on Aging, in recognition of his retirement. Allen has been a tremendous asset to this area. His experience and his passion for the people he served will be tough to replace. Tonight, Charlotte and I saw Altoona Community Theatre’s rendition of “Annie”. They did a great job, as usual,


Senator Eichelberger Meets with Local Career & Technology Students

Article posted on November 22, 2013


Career and Technology students from Blair, Bedford, and Huntingdon Counties who are part of Skills USA visited the state Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 21. Senator Eichelberger gave them a tour of the Senate and House chambers.

This photo was taken in the Capitol Rotunda.

The students represented the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, Bedford County CTC, Huntingdon County CTC and YTI Career Institute Altoona Campus.