In this update:
Wishing Many Happy Years to Elise and George
The “official” photos are now in from one of the proudest moments of my life: walking my beautiful daughter Elise down the aisle on her wedding day. Beth and I wish Elise and George (and their big bad dog Henry who joined us at the after party) all the very best!
Breathing New Life into Carbon County
I joined the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development for their annual State of the County update. The key, as always, is productive partnerships between the private sector and state and local governments.
The progress has already begun: Rep. Doyle Heffley and I recently worked to secure competitive state grants to support the further development of the Lehigh River waterfront in Lehighton and to breathe new life into the Lehigh and New England Railroad Station in Lansford and the Asa Packer mansion in Jim Thorpe.
Next week, I will be hosting 16 state legislators from across Germany and the United States to learn more about the economic rebirth of Jim Thorpe and Carbon County…. stay tuned!
Celebrating Father’s Day “Coal Region Style”
To all dads, I hope you enjoy your special day on Sunday, as we celebrate all the unique joys and talents you bring to a family. There are some great local opportunities available if you’re looking for something to do.
Don’t miss Patchtown Days at Eckley Miners’ Village on Saturday. It’s one of my favorite annual celebrations of the coal region, featuring folk arts, music, and food at the site of the only remaining authentic 19th- century company mining village. The No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum is another great option to experience what the life of a miner was like in past centuries.
The Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad also has many passenger and bicycle train rides available every weekend in Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe, and many more communities. Rep. Mike Cabell and I saw one of their bicycle trains last weekend when we visited the White Haven Trail Festival, which celebrated the opening of a new entrance to the D+L Trail from Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Another Successful Town Hall Meeting in Tremont
More than fifty people joined Rep. JoAnne Stehr and me at our town hall meeting in Tremont Thursday to discuss taxes, the serious need to fix our roads and bridges and the obnoxious odor that’s been plaguing the area – a local company was recently fined $50,000 and forced to change their operations due to complaints from the entire region.
After seven recent town hall meetings in Schuylkill, Carbon, and Luzerne Counties, I will next host a telephone town hall – more information on this soon.
Schuylkill River Sojourn Begins Saturday
The 25th annual Schuylkill River Sojourn begins this weekend. Participating kayakers will travel from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia in seven days, camping each night along the Schuylkill River.
At 112 miles, it’s quite a journey. Buster would not have had the patience for that long trip, he always preferred an easier ride at Lake Hauto, as pictured above.
I’ll be there for the 9 a.m. launch from the Schuylkill Haven Island Park on Saturday morning. Best of luck to all, as we celebrate a river that is MUCH clearer and cleaner, compared to past decades!
June Argall Report: Community Colleges
The June edition of my local tv program features a bipartisan roundtable discussion on community colleges in Pennsylvania. Community colleges play a key role by offering students of all ages an affordable education.
As the chair of the Senate Education Committee, I discussed the importance of partnerships – some of the biggest issues facing our higher education system cannot be fixed without working together. Thank you to Lehigh Carbon Community College President Ann Bieber for moderating the discussion.
PennDOT is Hiring
PennDOT is hiring for the summer. Check out the flier above for more information.
Watch Out for This Rental Scam
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General warns people in the market for rental properties to be aware of sophisticated scammers placing fake ads and altering existing, legitimate ads to obtain personal information, security deposits and rent payments.
Protect yourself by being wary if you cannot physically see the property. Avoid purchasing gift cards for payment, providing your Social Security number without verifying with whom you are dealing and wiring payments for application, security deposit or first month’s rent.
Read more here.
Bicyclists and Motorists Must Safely Share the Road
Bicyclists and motorists, who both have the right to use Pennsylvania roads, also have responsibilities to ensure everyone gets home safely.
Both parties must obey all the rules of the road and allow at least 4 feet of separation when passing. Motorists are allowed to overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance.
Learn more about Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws.
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