In this Update:
Visit Lithuanian Days This Weekend
Celebrate Lithuanian Days this Saturday and Sunday at Catalpa Grove at Lakewood Park in Barnesville. This Schuylkill County tradition began in 1914 and is the longest running ethnic heritage festival in the United States.
The event features authentic Lithuanian food and entertainment and showcases the vibrant culture of a proud nation that fought to be free from communism.
More than 6,000 of the people I represent have deep Lithuanian roots. The 29th Senate district has the highest population of people with Lithuanian ancestry in Pennsylvania.
How Can We Develop More Market-Rate Housing?
I spoke with Fox 56 last week about efforts underway to build more market-rate housing in our area. The old issue here in Hazleton, Tamaqua, and Jim Thorpe was jobs, jobs, jobs. Now that we have the jobs, the top issue I hear from employees and employers is quality housing.
In Hazleton, meetings are taking place to secure a plan to redevelop the vacant, blighted St. Joseph’s hospital into apartments. In Tamaqua and Pottsville, state grants are supporting a new program to develop vacant upper floors of buildings into housing.
Watch my full interview here.
Carbon County Fair Concludes Saturday
The Carbon County Fair continues in Palmerton through Saturday night. It’s a great event to visit with family and friends. Gates will open at 4 p.m. tonight and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tonight at 6 p.m. is the Barnyard Olympics!
Check out their website for a full list of events.
September 6th: Senior Citizens Expo in Lehighton
Mark your calendars: Rep. Doyle Heffley and I will be hosting a Senior Citizens Expo on September 6th. If you need assistance or information from local, county, or state agencies, stop by!
Free Hard to Read License Plate Check in Mahanoy Township
Is your license plate worn out? You can get it replaced for free at an event I’m hosting with Rep. Dane Watro at the Mahanoy Township Municipal Building (1010 West Centre St., Mahanoy City) on Tuesday, August 22nd from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. A Mahanoy Township police officer will be on hand to inspect your plate to determine if it’s illegible.
For more information or to RSVP, call my toll-free number: 877-327-4255.
Submit or Search for a Veteran Job
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers a job listing as a service to individuals and organizations to promote their veteran and military-oriented events being held in Pennsylvania. It is a comprehensive resource for the state’s more than 700,000 veterans as they consider new employment opportunities.
Submit a job or view the current listings – which include roles for nurses, police officers, recovery specialists and more – here.
Smart Money Management Leads to Financial Independence
To become financially independent and create the foundation for a secure life, thoughtfully considering financial decisions and their implications is key.
Monday, Aug. 14, is National Financial Awareness Day, which reminds all of us to plan for a more financially successful future. Of course, in addition to a willingness to plan, we must also have the knowledge about positive versus negative money management practices.
The Senate Education Committee, which I chair, passed a bill to improve personal financial literacy by requiring completion of a high school course that would advise on basic money matters like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; and college, home and auto loans. By teaching high school students the basics, they will be able to make better decisions to position themselves for a lifetime of financial independence.
Argall Report: Our Coal Mining Legacy
The August edition of my local TV program reviews this region’s coal mining legacy. From fueling the American Industrial Revolution to leading the path forward on community revitalization, our area has left an important mark on American history.
I recently took part in a program hosted by the Aspen Institute of Germany which brought together state legislators from the United States and Germany to assist efforts for revitalization and positive change.
I took the group to the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, an active Lehigh Anthracite mining operation, Jim Thorpe, and Panther Creek Energy Facility in Nesquehoning.
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