In this email update:
Speaking to the Class of 2018 Gathering of Eagle Scouts
On Tuesday night, I had the honor to be the guest speaker for the Class of 2018 Gathering of the Eagle Scouts. Scouting has always been a major part of my life and I am always proud to see this tradition carried out by those who swear to fulfill the oath.
One of the very best things my parents ever did for me was sign me up for Cub Pack 72 in Tamaqua at the age of 8. After earning my Eagle, I had the chance to serve as a young adult leader at Burg Rieneck, an 869 year old German Scout castle in northern Bavaria.
Congratulations to all of our new Berks and Schuylkill County Eagle Scouts!
You can watch my full remarks here.
Veterans’ expo and job fair in Wyomissing on May 30
A veterans’ expo and job fair will be held at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel on May 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Several venders will be available to discuss veterans’ benefits, community services, legal services, health care, support and assistance programs, education services and training services.
More information can be found here.
100 new jobs coming to Schuylkill County
100 news jobs will be created in Schuylkill County as a result of the Dollar General Corporation establishing a new cold storage facility in the county.
Dollar General currently has a distribution center in Berks County and 745 stores throughout the state which employ more than 6,500 people.
Meeting with Fair Districts PA
I recently met in Berks County with representatives from Fair Districts PA. We discussed new legislative proposals to mitigate the effects of gerrymandering. Senate Bill 22 is one of the bills that is being proposed this session. You can read more about that bill here.
Rob Roy wins the Small Business Person of the Year award
I recently had the honor of meeting Rob Roy, the owner of Royal Truck and Equipment, the National Federation of Independent Business’s 2019 Small Business Person of the Year.
I also had the opportunity to tour the company’s new facility near Shoemakersville.
A young, local hero is recognized in Tilden Township
Last Friday, Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) and I presented a certificate to a 13-year old hero who saved her younger sister and the family dog from a fire in their home. Marcela Marcune-Brown was joined by her family at the Tilden Township building to receive this honor and to be recognized for her heroic deed.
We were joined by State Police Fire Marshall Janssen Herb and Matt Brett, Chief of the Kempton Fire Company – who held the fire safety awareness program attended by Marcela which gave her the skills necessary to provide this life-saving effort.
Community revitalization summit
Next Wednesday, I’ll be hosting my Community Revitalization Workshop in New Philadelphia. See details below:
Fish for free day
This Sunday (May 26) is a Fish-for-Free Day in Pennsylvania. Anyone can fish legally without a license on Pennsylvania waterways but all other fishing regulations still apply. More information on Fish-For-Free Days can be found here.
Honoring our police officers
On Monday night, I spoke at the Schuylkill-Carbon Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Service, along with Representative Knowles and Representative Doyle Heffley (R-122). Behind each badge is a human being who has sworn to serve and protect us.
I recently learned that my great-great grandfather, Arthur Argall, served as a police officer in a small town in western Pennsylvania more than 100 years ago, in addition to his jobs in the coal mines and the steel mills. While the job of a police officer has changed greatly since that time, one thing remains clear: we must never forget the sacrifices of our police officers, since the foundation of this republic.
Since 1791, more than 21,000 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty across the U.S. Those are 21,000 lost brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers.
Elder abuse and financial exploitation prevention program
I am inviting the Department of Banking and Securities to Schuylkill County in order to train public and private partners who work with seniors. This program is important because elder abuse, and specifically elder financial abuse, is the financial crime of the 21st century.
This event will take place on Wednesday, May 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Schuylkill Haven Senior Community Center at 340 Haven Street. If you would like to attend, let me know by calling 570-773-0891 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering the fallen
While our nation has paid a heavy price for freedom, we must always remember that the alternatives were much, much worse. The brave men and women who laid down their lives to protect our nation are heroes without equal, and their sacrifices should be honored, remembered and revered not only on Memorial Day, but always.
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