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Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice
Berks and Schuylkill Counties played an important role in shaping our nation as we know it today. St. John’s (Hain’s) Church, near Wernersville, is the final resting place to more than 50 Revolutionary War soldiers. I was reminded by their sacrifices they made over two centuries ago. Over the last 200+ years, our nation has been involved in conflicts both here and overseas and it’s important to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so you and I can enjoy the freedoms we do today.
Students honor local state police officers
On Tuesday, Representative Goodman, Commissioner Halcovage, and I joined students at Shenandoah Valley High School honoring Pennsylvania State Police officers from the Shenandoah area by distinguishing their service in a special ceremony.
A large wooden plaque was unveiled during the ceremony that indicated the names of the 49 State Troopers who are graduates of local high schools.
The state police officers from the Shenandoah area who are now deceased were honored in the ceremony as well as those of whom have been injured or killed in the line of duty, such as the two officers who were shot on September 14, 2014 at the Blooming Grove Barracks.
I mentioned to the troopers that this is the first student council that has completed such a project to recognize and honor the state police – hopefully student councils from other school districts across the state follow Shenandoah Valley’s lead! Congratulations!
Read the full story in the Republican Herald here.
Congratulations WWII veteran William Becker
On Monday evening, I had the distinct honor to present a congratulatory citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania to William Lewis Becker for his distinguished military service in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Becker was born in Schuylkill Haven on October 11, 1926 and graduated from Perry High School, where he was President of the senior class in 1944. Soon after he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, he completed his basic training at Sheppard Field in Texas. Mr. Becker consistently displayed exceeding loyalty and dedication to the United States of America as well as to the United States Army Air Corps. Also mentioned in the presentation, Mr. Becker demonstrated remarkable knowledge, ability, and integrity in carrying out his many responsibilities. In so doing, he earned the respect and gratitude of all those who served with him and received the benefit of his devotion to duty.
You can read more about the event with Mr. Becker, who spoke with local students about his service and the significance of World War II in this Hamburg Item article.
Trinity Academy celebrates 10th anniversary
“Senator for a Day” photos now available!
Earlier this month, I hosted nearly 100 high school students from Schuylkill County school districts at Penn State Schuylkill for my annual “Senator for a Day” program.
Stay tuned -- my next television program will feature these future leaders.
Sharing the road responsibly
Pedestrians, along with bicyclists and motorists, whether on two, three, four, or more wheels, are increasingly taking to the roadways as spring unfolds, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and its “Just Drive PA” campaign.
Among the more pronounced changes is requiring motorists to allow at least four feet between their vehicle and a bicycle, permitting the vehicle to safely pass the bicycle. Motorists may pass at a careful and practical reduced speed. Motorists may cross the center double yellow line, if safe and necessary, to provide the required four feet when passing a bicycle. No turn by the driver of a motor vehicle may interfere with a bicyclist proceeding straight on a roadway or shoulder.
Dog wardens to conduct compliance checks in Schuylkill County
Dog wardens will canvass homes throughout Schuylkill County next week (starting May 30) to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
The Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to be reunited with your dog if you were to become separated.
Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.
Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.
Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.
“The Fishing Hole” is open
The PFBC is collecting and analyzing public feedback on fishing, boating, and other aquatic resources with an eye to improving your fishing and boating experience. See Frequently Asked Questions to assist with your response.
Call before you dig
Homeowners and contractors are reminded by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to dial 8-1-1 at least three business days before excavating, tunneling, grading, boring, blasting, demolishing, or any similar projects.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s annual springtime announcement to “Call 811 Before You Dig” points to underground power lines, communication cables, gas lines, water lines, or other utilities that may lie within critical range of your plans.
The PA One Call System guards the safety and welfare of workers executing large-scale plans and members of the general public engaging in residential projects. Familiarize yourself with the temporary marking guidelines utilized by the PA One Call System.