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Schuylkill County’s “good, bad, ugly” tour with DCED Secretary
In an effort to continue to find ways to revitalize our communities and create local jobs, I joined with Representative Neal Goodman on Thursday in welcoming Dennis Davin, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), to Schuylkill County for a tour and informational meetings with other local officials and economic development leaders about funding opportunities and ongoing projects and initiatives.
During the day, Secretary Davin stopped in Orwigsburg, Pottsville, Tamaqua and Mahanoy City where he witnessed the ‘good’ – downtown Orwigsburg and efforts in Tamaqua, the ‘bad’ – several abandoned and blighted properties in Pottsville, and the ‘ugly’ – Kaier’s Brewery in Mahanoy City. Read more about the tour from the Republican Herald here or highlights from the Times News here.
Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips tour
On Friday I had the pleasure of touring one of Berks County’s successful, and delicious companies – Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips. Located in Womelsdorf, this family-owned business has provided residents with quality, delectable potato chips since 1964.
Given the vast amount of flavors they have created – from old fashion kettle chips to sweet potato chips, everyone is sure to find one that they simply cannot get enough of!
The behind-the-scenes factory tour will be featured in a future Argall Report.
World War II Weekend at the Reading Regional Airport
As we observed the 72nd anniversary of D-Day on Monday - a day that is forever engrained in our history when more than 160,000 Allies invaded the beaches of Normandy during World War II to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, it is important that we take this time to honor our veterans – both living and deceased, who have demonstrated both sacrifice and an unwavering commitment to fighting for our freedoms and liberties.
Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach, Lt. Kennedy, and me in downtown Reading at the WWII Weekend parade.
This past Friday I attended the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s 26th Anniversary World War II Weekend, “A Gathering of Warbirds” at the Reading Regional Airport. During this gathering, there were a number of activities for visitors and participants to take part of and observe including displays of WWII-era aircraft, live entertainment and more than 1,700 WWII military and civilian re-enactors.
Speaking with Russ Strine of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum about World War II Weekend at the Reading Regional Airport
Honoring Wilson Southern Middle School
This past Friday I was honored to recognize Wilson Southern Middle School on receiving the distinction as one of the Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. The goal of the Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch program is to honor middle grade schools whose students have achieved scholastic excellence and have been provided with a quality education in a positive learning environment. More information about the program can be read here.
Over the years, Wilson Southern Middle School has been committed to helping its students achieve academic success and preparing them to become vital members of their communities. This accolade is certainly something the school should be proud of, and I look forward to its future accomplishments.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application extended
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now being accepted until December 31, 2016 for property taxes and rent paid in 2015.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is funded by the Pennsylvania lottery and revenue received from slots gaming. The program is designed to provide seniors and disabled adults with property tax and rent relief and since its creation in 1971, the program has provided these individuals with over $5.9 billion in relief.
To obtain more information about the program or to request a claim form, please click here or call 1-888-222-9190.
Biking in PA gets a push
Traffic volumes, speed limits, and trails through state parks, conservation districts, and state forests are among the informational resources available to support your biking needs. Click on a trail for a pop-up showing miles, typography, and nearby towns. Click on the tab at the bottom of an individual pop-up to display a map of your chosen trail.
VisitPA can further enhance your trip by highlighting the sights and sounds along the way, local attractions, food, and lodging. Print a copy of the 40-page “ Bicycling Directory of Pennsylvania” for use when off the beaten path to locate guidance, assistance, and information relating to each of the State’s eight geographical regions. You can also visit my local offices here to obtain a copy.
Free professional engineering assistance for drinking water systems
Small and medium-sized public community and nonprofit non-community water systems may qualify for free professional engineering assistance for drinking water systems, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Capital improvement projects and consolidations with other systems may qualify for:
A commitment to address system weaknesses, commitment to follow through with the project, and willingness to budget resources to sustain the designed project after construction are critical to qualify for the Professional Engineering Services Program administered by the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Made in PA
Whether you spend an afternoon getting twisted up with a pretzel-making lesson or sniffing out your favorite scented candle, the Commonwealth’s businesses welcome locals and tourists to experience the high quality products Made in PA.
Avoid tax scams
You filed your taxes and assume you are done with the Internal Revenue Service when the call comes. The voice on the other end informs you the IRS is suing you for back taxes and this is your only chance to rectify the situation.
The caller demands immediate payment by credit card, specific gift cards, or a similarly odd method of payment, enabling you to allegedly avoid the humiliation and embarrassment of arrest for tax evasion.
Neither the IRS nor the Pennsylvania Treasury seeks payments over the phone. Those entities encourage you to hang up and promptly contact your local authorities to report the suspicious call. You may call the IRS at 800-829-1040 and the PA Department of Revenue at 717-787-8201 for questions related to your personal tax situation.
Wildlife art at the State Museum of Pennsylvania
“Working Together for Wildlife: Three Decades of Pennsylvania’s Nature in Art,” is on exhibit through Sept. 11, featuring 34 original paintings by 19 Pennsylvania artists.
The collaborative exhibit begins with a competition hosted by the PA Game Commission, with winning art work incorporated into special edition prints and patches, the proceeds of which support the preservation and maintenance of PA’s wildlife.
Catch the Permanent Exhibits stretching from Memorial Hall on the first floor to special galleries on the second and Ecology Hall on the third floor. Can’t make the trip anytime soon? Visit the Online Exhibits from the comfort of your favorite chair.