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Polish American Fire Company celebrates its 100th anniversary
Representative Goodman and I recently attended a special dinner to congratulate the Polish American Fire Company for celebrating its 100th anniversary of service to Shenandoah and the Schuylkill County community.
The Polish American Fire Company has protected our communities during emergency and crisis situations, while at the same time risking their lives to save others for a century.
Congratulations again on 100 years of service! Below you will find the English translation of the Polish American Fire Company’s theme song, Jak Szybko Mijaja Chwile.
Memories are precious to me, Dear, for time is all I fear.
PennDOT, State Police cracking down on drunk driving during holiday weekend
As part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania State Police and local police will be increasing their DUI enforcement over the holiday weekend.
You can learn more by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
Sen. Argall hosts Agriculture Secretary in Berks County
On Thursday, I hosted Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Russell Redding for a series of events in Berks County.
Secretary Redding joined me at a meeting with dozens of Berks County farm families at the Blue Mountain Restaurant in Shartlesville, then we toured Paul Zimmerman Dairy Farm in Bernville and finished the morning with a tour of Joe Jurgielewicz & Son Duck Farm in Hamburg.
Secretary Redding is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley University. He operates a general crop farm in Gettysburg with his family.
Representatives Jozwiak and Knowles and I were pleased to host the state’s top agriculture official to discuss critical issues facing farmers, including the avian flu, workforce development, succession planning for farms and Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance.
State budget update
As we head into Day 66 of the state budget impasse, Governor Wolf is still committed to the idea that a “balanced budget” requires imposing the largest tax increases than any other state in the nation – an imposition that will fall on the backs of local people.
With the governor’s veto of a fiscally responsible, balanced budget plan offered by the legislature, including historic increases in funding for education, many of the state’s programs and services are facing financial challenges while citizens worry about more money being taken out of their pockets as a direct result of this budget stalemate.
Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Bob Mensch recently submitted an op-ed to the Patriot-News regarding the roadblocks to passing a state budget, and indicating that it is the governor, not the legislature, who is responsible for the continuation of the budget impasse. The full article can be read here.
Update on Ashland’s high-hazard dam
On Tuesday I joined with Representative Neal Goodman and members of the Ashland Area Municipal Authority to visit the site of the Ashland Reservoir project in Butler Township that was led by the project’s engineer and manager, Alfred Benesch & Co.
The Ashland dam was listed as one of the Department of Environmental Protection’s high-hazard dams throughout the state. Repairs to this reservoir will protect the drinking water that it provides for the 4,600 residents in Ashland and portions of Butler Township and safeguard the borough and its communities from dam flooding due to overtopping.
The safety of local residents and their property is essential, and this project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the persistence and unwavering dedication of the Ashland Area Municipal Authority!
Read more here.
Register to vote … online!
Pennsylvania residents are now able to register to vote or change their registration information online. Please visit the Department of State’s website to learn more.
Eagle Scout recognition
Representative Jozwiak and I recently attended a special ceremony to congratulate Hayden R. Merkey of Rehrersburg for earning the rank of Eagle Scout! Hayden is a member of Troop 489, which is supported by the Rehrersburg Lions Club, and completed his Eagle Scout service project by making a picnic table, above-ground flower box and brick walkway for his community.
Hayden has set a positive example for the Scouting program, and I commend him for his commitment to serving his community and helping others. I look forward to all that he will accomplish in the years ahead!
Plan to visit a state park this fall!
Fall is a great time to explore Pennsylvania’s world-renowned state parks. You can reserve campsites, cabins, picnic pavilions and more. Check out all that Pennsylvania’s state parks have to offer by visiting their website.