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A Commonwealth Crisis Telephone Town Hall event
A Commonwealth Crisis telephone town hall event to address the growing opioid abuse problem in our communities will take place on Wednesday, September 21.
A Commonwealth Crisis initiative seeks to highlight this public health problem and provide citizens with educational resources and assistance to combat this crisis.
During the telephone town hall event, participants will be able to call-in and ask questions about opioid abuse and hear from a panel of experts on treatment and assistance.
For more information about the event or to participate, please visit my website here.
Senate Majority Policy Committee public hearing on waterfront development projects
Yesterday, the Senate Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, held a public hearing on waterfront development projects at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.
This tax credit program will be used for development projects along waterfront properties not only in large towns, but smaller ones like those in Berks and Schuylkill Counties that have the potential to attract more visitors and create more opportunities for growth.
During this public hearing, the committee learned more about the program’s implementation from local and statewide developers and the impact it will have on Pennsylvania, particularly with regard to job creation and new investments in the state.
The recent approval of this tax credit program is a step in the right direction towards achieving our efforts of finding ways to create jobs and boost economic development in our communities.
New firefighting training facility in Schuylkill County
I was pleased to announce with Representatives Neal Goodman, Jerry Knowles, and Mike Tobash and Schuylkill County Commissioners George Halcovage, Frank Staudenmeier and Gary Hess, that initial funding of $1.6 million for a new burn building for local area firefighters has been identified.
After a long and tedious process, we are glad that funding will be finalized for this project which will not only help local area firefighters hone their training and skills, but also increase the safety and protection of residents during times of crisis.
This investment could not have been made a reality without the public-private partnerships in the county, and we are grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm and participation in this endeavor.
We will provide more details in the future as agreements are finalized in the next few weeks.
Shoemakersville Fire Company Lights and Sirens Parade and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
This past Saturday I joined many local residents at the Shoemakersville Fire Company’s Lights and Sirens Parade and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, where we honored the victims of the terrorist attacks and paid tribute to our brave first responders.
During the event, the rich history of local volunteer firefighting was celebrated and the Shoemakersville Fire Company also showcased their 1926 American LaFrance Engine and their new equipment during their traditional housing ceremony.
Minersville Spirit Day
Held annually since its creation in 1995, Minersville Spirit Day celebrates its unique history.
During this celebration, I presented a citation to the Schuylkill West Teener League All-Star team, congratulating them on winning the state title when they beat Altoona in a 7-1 game on August 2. This is a great achievement.
Minersville Spirit Day also honored the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and recognized the selfless work of our local heroes who put their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens from harm.
9/11 ceremony with Grier City Sunday School Program
This past weekend Representative Knowles and I had the chance to stop by the Grier City Sunday School Program for their ceremony commemorating the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001.
This is a day our country will never forget, and a moment in history that our children now and in the future will be learning about inside their classrooms. It is important that we take time to reflect on this moment and remember that during times of adversity, we must remain united and stand strong. I want to thank all of our brave men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom and liberties.
Mahanoy City commemorates 9/11 victims and heroes
This past Sunday Mahanoy City held two programs commemorating the victims and heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The first program was held at the Veterans Memorial where those in attendance paid tribute to the emergency personnel who lost their lives while trying to save others in the line of duty. A wreath of red and white carnations was placed at the memorial to commemorate these individuals for their courage and sacrifice.
At the second memorial event at Mahanoy Area Alumni Field, I reflected on this tragic event that took place 15 years ago and the importance of thanking our police and emergency responders for their continued dedication to serving and protecting citizens. A parade was also held at the event with firefighters, police officers and emergency responders.
Out With Litter fall clean-up event
On September 23rd, 24th and 25th, join SKIP, PennDOT and Great PA Cleanup for their fall 2016 Out With Litter (OWL) clean-up event in Schuylkill County.
The OWL initiative seeks to keep our communities clean and litter-free through various clean-up events while also educating residents about the positive impact that recycling has on our environment now and in the future.
For more information about the event or to sign-up, please click here.