FILE - PA David Rowe, Fred Keller

Pennsylvania state Rep.-elect David Rowe (left) and U.S. Rep. Fred Keller.

Harrisburg to become cattle country with return of Dairy Show

This weekend marks the return to Harrisburg of one of the largest dairy cattle exhibitions in the country as the All-American Dairy Show comes to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

The event, which runs from Sept. 13 to 18, will feature more than 2,000 cattle competing in 22 different competitions.

Taking place during the show is the On-Farm Dairy Innovation Forum on Sept. 17, which will showcase a “$5 million package of grants awarded earlier this year to support on-farm innovation, through research and development, organic transition, and value-added processing of products like cheese and yogurt,” according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Newest state representative set to be sworn in

Newly elected state Rep. David Rowe will be officially sworn in to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives when the Legislature returns from its summer break Sept. 17, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus.

Rowe, a Republican, will represent the 85th District, which incorporates portions of Synder and Union counties. He won a special election in August to succeed former state Rep. Fred Keller, who in turn had won a special election to Congress.

The August special election saw Rowe claim 62 percent of the vote to 37 percent for Democrat Jennifer Rager-Day. Rowe is a businessman and former supervisor of East Buffalo Township.

Federal grant to help seniors, disabled move from nursing homes

A round of $20 million in funding from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will go toward Pennsylvania’s efforts to help seniors and disabled residents make use of home-based and community-based care services, the governor’s office announced.

The Money Follows the Person grant will continue a program that Pennsylvania has made use of since 2008 to help 4,000 individuals transition out of nursing homes and other care facilities.

The newest round of funding will assist with a housing pilot, help veterans facing homelessness, and assist the disabled with finding work, among other priorities, according to a news release.