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Vote on your favorite photos of the 29th Senatorial District
With over 120 images submitted by local residents for my photo contest, we have a lot of talented photographers throughout Berks and Schuylkill counties. However, I need YOUR help!
This is my first-ever photo contest designed to showcase the beautiful landscapes, natures and structures throughout the 29th Senatorial District. Winners of the contest will be featured in my 2017 calendar.
Photos are divided into four categories based on the four seasons. The winning photos will be included in a 2017 calendar that will be available at Argall’s district offices. The top three photographs for each category will be included in the calendar. (e.g., the three photos with the most votes for the “Summer” category will have their photo featured for June, July or August.)
Voters can cast one vote per device per category. Voting is open now through Sunday, November 13.
Please consider forwarding this email to a friend who may wish to vote. They can sign up for similar email updates from me by visiting my website.
Celebrating Afterschool Programs
St. Clair Elementary recently invited me to attend their Lights on Afterschool Celebration. The event, which was on October 20, was an opportunity for me to see firsthand the impact of this important program paying off in so many local communities, including St. Clair.
Afterschool programs, like the SHINE Program that was started by my predecessor, Senator Jim Rhoades, has helped hundreds of local youth. I’m proud to continue supporting the program.
In 2009, I had several local advocates involved in the afterschool program approach me and ask for assistance to secure funding. We were able to save the program that year, and every year since because of the evidence: The SHINE Program works!
Senator John Yudichak and I have been able to convince our colleagues to support $400,000 every year in the state budget for the SHINE Afterschool Program because the program pays for itself.
This additional investment in children is an investment in our future generations -- future leaders, job creators, educators. This is going to be a program that will continue to change lives for many, many years.
Thanks again to the St. Clair School District for inviting me to participate in your well-deserved celebration!
LIHEAP now accepting applications
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, is now accepting applications.
LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their heating bills.
Celebrating grand opening of Rutter’s in Hamburg
On Tuesday, I joined Congressman Charlie Dent, Representative Jerry Knowles and Scott Hartman, CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores, to welcome Rutter’s to the Hamburg community. The grand opening of the Hamburg location is the 65th location for the convenience store chain. Rutter’s is based out of York, PA.
During the celebration, Rutter’s donated $1,000 to the borough’s police department, the fire department and the Northern Berks Food Pantry.
Everything you need to know about higher education financial assistance
The online 2016 PA Student Aid Guide enables students and families to chart a course for higher education unencumbered by unnecessary student loan debt, according to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Hard copies are also available through local high schools and libraries.
This complete student aid publication helps students and their families make informed decisions through its tools and resources, including:
Students and families can now complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid rather than waiting to apply after January 1 for admission during the 2017-18 school year.
Tips on safely encountering a PennDOT line painting truck
PennDOT reminds motorists that in order to avoid paint splatters on their car and ruining wet lines on roadways they should:
More than 110,000 miles of traffic line painting begun during the spring and summer, and will continue through this fall. Consult the 511PA “Travel Info to Go” map by clicking the empty box between the word “Construction” and the traffic cone symbol above the map. Clicking on the traffic cone symbol will then reveal construction details allowing you to tailor your trip, as necessary, to the roadwork ahead.
Weather patterns take a toll on fall foliage
The unusual weather and rain patterns of summer and fall 2016 are making for a less than spectacular leaf peeping season, according to the Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection and of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Motorists, on the other hand, are navigating amidst fallen and blowing leaves. Add in fog, sun glare, and frost and driving becomes hazardous. With increasing deer activity during breeding season, motorists must be aware of the potential sudden appearance of deer on or along the roadways.
The PA Department of Transportation is offering a series of Traffic Safety and Driver Topics focusing on fall driving safety tips. Motorists are reminded to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD if a dead deer presents an obvious traffic safety hazard.
PHMC partners with Ancestry.com
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has partnered with Ancestry.com to digitize documents held in the State Archives and make them available free of charge to residents.
In addition to birth and death records, other items available online include veterans' burial cards, World War II bonus applications, Civil War Border Claims, the Septennial Census, marriage records, court papers and several other important genealogical resources.
Learn more here.
Welcome to Sinking Spring, E.G. Smith!
On Thursday, I joined Berks County Commissioner Leinbach, county and local leaders to formally welcome E.G. Smith to their new headquarters in Sinking Spring. During my remarks, I noted that aside from school property tax elimination, no issue is more important than jobs, jobs, jobs.
Sinking Spring continues to make dramatic improvements to their community to make it more desirable for businesses and families alike.
E.G. Smith is a leading regional supplier of heating oil, HVAC repair and installation for heating and air conditioning systems as well as other services. E.G. Smith chose Sinking Spring as the location for their new 7,000 square foot facility, including 3,000 square feet of office space.
This new location will allow E.G. Smith to better serve their customers while moving into a state-of-the-art facility.
Congratulations to all involved in this project and most importantly, welcome to Sinking Spring!!