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Pottsville revitalization efforts, sneak-peak of new Yuengling gift shop featured latest Argall Report
My latest television program features an update on economic development efforts in the City of Pottsville.
Senator Argall participates in a roundtable discussion on Pottsville’s revitalization efforts with city leaders. City Administrator Tom Palamar, left, discusses Pottsville’s ongoing efforts to eradicate blight and encourage economic development during a roundtable discussion at City Hall with Carmen DiCello, Pat Murphy, Mayor Jim Muldowney and Sen. Argall
The 30-minute program features a behind-the-scenes tour of the ongoing construction of Yuengling’s new museum, gift shop and bar and updates from city leaders, including Mayor Jim Muldowney; Pat Murphy, owner of Murphy Jewelers; Carmen DiCello, owner of Towne Drug; and City Administrator Tom Palamar.
The revitalization efforts throughout the city are encouraging. Yuengling's renovation of its old ice cream plant will be very helpful to the community when it opens. I was grateful the brewery was able to provide us with an update on their efforts to turn an old, blighted building into a new symbol of community pride. The city officials continue to utilize the anti-blight tools the state has authorized. I’m very pleased to see the collaboration of the public sector working with the private sector to move Schuylkill County’s largest community forward.
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Tamaqua earns national recognition for CRIZ
Last month, the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership was nationally recognized for their revitalization efforts and solid application, which resulted in the municipality earning one of three designations across Pennsylvania for the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) program .
Congratulations to the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership on receiving the 2015 Rural LISC award for Best Use of Rural LISC Grant Funds! This is a tremendous honor for Tamaqua’s efforts in making this community a better place to live, work and play!
More information on the state’s CRIZ program can be found here.
Meet Intern Michaela Zanis
Michaela Zanis is interning in my Mahanoy City District Office this summer. Michaela is a resident of Seltzer and recently graduated from Pottsville Area High School where she played the saxophone in the band and was a member of the water polo and swim team. This fall, Michaela will be attending Dickinson College in Carlisle where she will be double majoring in English and Law and Policy. After finishing college, Michaela hopes to attend law school. Michaela is a dog lover, and has two of her own, Buster and Molly. She is also a certified lifeguard and enjoys research.
Here is a photo of Michaela and me reviewing research in the Pottsville office.
Your Pennsylvania summer vacation is just a click away
Planning a Pennsylvania vacation is a click away at VisitPA, the state’s official tourism website.
Choose a Destination, then find Things to Do and Places to Stay. Not sure where you want to go this summer? Select Trip Ideas that can take you from an Arts excursion to exploring one of Pennsylvania’s many Zoos.
Still can’t make up your mind? Select a PA Road Trip centered on food, kids, shopping, golfing and so much more to round out your summer fun. Whatever you decide, sign up for a copy of the 2015 Vacation Guide or view it online.
Pennsylvania offers family fishing programs
Create and capture new memories through the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Family Fishing Programs.
Visit the Commission’s Calendar of Events to select a convenient location for catching some family fishing fun. Select Fishing Programs from the “Categories” menu to locate opportunities during July and August.
No equipment? No problem – Approximately 74 tackle loaner sites are located across the state where you can borrow rods, reels and a tackle box with ample supplies. Check out Basic Fishing Skills before heading out for a day on the water to enhance your experience. See Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Summer fire safety for your family gatherings
The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) cautions that across the country, over 370,000 annual residential home structure fires cause more than 2,500 deaths, 13,000 injuries and some $6.9 billion in direct damage.
If the summer picnic or family reunion is headed to your backyard, no doubt your kitchen will see a lot of activity. Exercising some simple kitchen fire safety measures can help you avoid a catastrophe.
The OSFC urges special care when children under 5 and adults over 65 are present. Over 100,000 fires are linked to children annually. Statistics reveal more than 1,200 senior citizens die annually in preventable fires.
Fact: Seat belts save lives!
Separate five facts from perceptions about when and where to use seat belts:
Enter your name and search for unclaimed propertyBank accounts, stocks, insurance payments, gift cards, paychecks, safe deposit box contents and other property, including jewelry, paintings, and antiquities, totaling more than $2.5 billion are waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners, according to the Bureau of Unclaimed Property within the Pennsylvania Treasury.
Recent changes to the law move unclaimed property to the State Treasury after three (instead of five) years of inactivity. That reduction resulted in increasing the average annual unclaimed property totals from $240 million to $625 million. Subtracting claims payments from current receipts, the Treasury contributed nearly $528 million to Pennsylvania’s General Fund.
Website modernizations improved navigation and mobile capabilities, while adding multi-language translation options to the Unclaimed Property website.
Stopping the spread of avian flu
Avian competitions at state-approved agricultural fairs are suspended for the remainder of 2015 and at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show to stave off the accidental spread of Avian Flu, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Further, the state is implementing 72-hour interstate quarantines on domesticated poultry and eggs to head off an outbreak in Pennsylvania.
Proactive steps focus on the prevention of a situation similar to the 1983 and 1984 loss of 17 million birds worth $65 million. Today, the spread of Avian Flu could have a significant impact on Pennsylvania’s $13 billion poultry and egg industry.
Efforts are underway to protect Pennsylvania farms and domesticated fowl, including chickens, ducks, quail, pheasants, guinea fowl and turkeys, while 20 other states are grappling with the loss of nearly 50 million birds to Avian Flu.