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Importance of August 17
This past Wednesday is an important date in my family’s history.
On August 17, 1868, my great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Argall, became a United States citizen at the Schuylkill County Courthouse. In order to become a citizen, he had to renounce his allegiance to Queen Victoria.
Thomas, a shoemaker from Cornwall, left Cornwall in 1848 at age 30 with his wife and three children. When I asked a distant cousin from Cornwall why he likely emigrated, the answer was this: The Great Famine hit Ireland and Cornwall in the 1840s. The tin mines, so important to the Cornish economy, were closing, and large families were starving. It’s not hard to understand why a Cornish shoemaker would come to Pottsville and seek work in the coal mining communities of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Also, on August 17, 1957, my parents were married at the First Methodist Church in St. Clair. This would have been my parents’ 59th wedding anniversary. Dad was called home in October and we miss him very much.
If everyone carried out their lives similar to my parents, this world would truly be a much better place. Here is our first photo in the Senate Chamber in 2009.
Anyone can become addicted. Learn more @ PAStop.org
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis emailed me earlier this week about his agency’s efforts to fight the state’s ongoing heroin epidemic. He noted that as many as 10 Pennsylvanians lose their lives EACH DAY. Four out of five Pennsylvanians on heroin today started with prescription opioids.
The department is working on increasing the visibility of the issue to let you know that “Anyone can become addicted.” Learn more about www.PASTOP.org. I will continue to provide updates and information on this important topic that is claiming the lives of friends and family members all across our region.
Please feel free to share the information with someone you know that could be dealing with this issue.
Whitetails and trail cams spawn PA Game Commission’s Big-Buck Photo Contest
The Big-Buck Trail Cam Photo Contest is now underway, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Gather your best summer and fall big-buck or white-tail trail cam photos for consideration.
Beginning September 1, 2016, the PGC will select from a number of trail cam photo entries to be released on its Facebook page for users to pick a monthly winner, with an eye toward selecting one overall victor on December 5, 2016, the conclusion of the Big-Buck Photo Contest.
Monthly submissions should be sent to PGCtrailcam@pa.gov. Include the photographer’s first and last name, hometown, and county where the photo was captured. Photographers agree to the PGC’s use of the photos.
Along with a photo assuming a spot on the PGC’s Facebook page, the monthly and the overall winners, selected by Facebook users, will each win a new trail cam to continue capturing the wondrous sights of wildlife in Penn’s Woods.
CareerLink Events in Berks & Schuylkill counties
Berks County’s CareerLink office is hosting several events for the remaining days of August. Please check out their calendar below –
For more information, please visit Berks County’s CareerLink website.
Next week, CareerLink in Pottsville is hosting several events to job seekers. Please see their schedule below –
Here is Schuylkill County’s CareerLink schedule for August –
You can learn more on Schuylkill County’s CareerLink website.
Hearing on dairy farming issues featured during Ag Progress Days
On Wednesday, the Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees held a joint public hearing during Penn State's Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs. The hearing focused on dairy industry issues, including House Bill 1265.
Read more about the hearing here.
August is for turkey counting
During August, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is encouraging public participation in the Turkey Sighting Survey to help analyze spring turkey production. Participants will record and report the turkey’s general location, the date, and their contact information for any necessary follow-up.
From early less successful efforts with turkey farms and breeding pens, to successful habitat improvements and trap-and-transfer programs, today’s self-sustaining wild turkey population returned from an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 birds.
The results of lumbering, forest fires, and turkey over-harvesting occurring more than a century ago, prompted the Pennsylvania Game Commission to undertake and continue turkey restoration and management efforts.
“Get Smart” competition open to young health-conscious artists and writers
The “Get Smart about Antibiotic Resistance Program” is a cooperative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the University of Pennsylvania and the Centers for Disease Control recognizing the more than two million Americans who annually experience complications from antibiotic resistance (ABR).
A shot of creativity could land your child in the Program’s winner’s circle. Your youngster can paint a picture, design a poster, develop a comic book, create a new superhero, or write a story or a poem about keeping healthy.
Artwork may highlight good prevention practices including:
Enter by the 10 p.m. October 31, 2016 deadline for a chance to see your child’s winning entry displayed on the Get Smart website.
Love ATVing in Pennsylvania? Take this survey
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking participation of ATV riders and owners in an online survey. The online survey will help better gauge ATV use across Pennsylvania and plan for future riding opportunities in the state. The survey will remain active through September 15.
Please take the survey here.