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In this email update:

  • Reuse of the Hamburg Center
  • Carnival for seniors
  • Happy 100th Gladys Mazar!
  • Recruiting Pennsylvania’s future bankers 

Reuse of the Hamburg Center 

On Tuesday, the Department of Human Services announced that the Hamburg Center will officially close on August 3, 2018. For 58 years, the center has provided care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The closing was a result of Governor Wolf’s initiative to reduce institutional care. When it was announced last year that the Department of Human Services would be closing the center, Representative Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill/Berks/Carbon) and I sponsored a meeting with the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, local officials and residents to garner ideas on how the community would like to see reuse of that property. You can watch the full meeting that took place here.

The community’s future goals for the property, as identified at our meeting: keep the condition of the building stable, keep the emergency electric at the facility running and maintain the grounds that have been so respectively cared for over so many years.

Some of the proposed future uses of the property included educational opportunities, recreational opportunities (stores, amusement park, water park, recreation center) business opportunities (either to create new jobs or to help existing workers enhance their skills) and a new senior living center.

Now that the exact closing date has been announced, we can move forward with plans to bring new jobs to this property. Several developers have already shown considerable interest in setting up shop in the area.  Stay tuned! 

Carnival for seniors 

On Tuesday July 17th, Diakon Community Services will be hosting a carnival for Schuylkill County seniors. The carnival will take place at the Island Park at 1 Broad Street, Schuylkill Haven. The event will take place from 11 AM to 1 PM.

You can see all the details on the poster provided to my office below.

Happy 100th Gladys Mazar!

June 22nd marked the 100th birthday of Gladys Mazar of Barnesville. Through her 100 years, she has left a huge impact not only on my family, but for the many, many students that passed through her classroom.

Gladys attended Blythe Township High School with my grandmother Argall where she knew she had found a passion for teaching young minds. After graduation, she taught school with my grandfather Argall in Middleport and St. Clair. Her many students included my father, my Uncle Clair and my Aunt Helene.

When I talked with Gladys at the party, she told me that she could still remember my aunt’s red hair and my grandmother’s singing. Happy 100th Gladys!

Recruiting Pennsylvania’s future bankers 

Do you know a student who is interested in saving money or becoming a banker in the future? 

From August 13th to August 17th, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities will be holding a program in Central Pennsylvania for college students who want to explore careers in financial services or financial regulation.

This program will be an intensive internship that will give students a firsthand experience of everything that makes up a modern bank. The program will not only enhance understanding of deposits and loans, but will also dive into how banks and financial intuitions can help support the community in which they reside.

More information on the program can be found here.

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