Senator Argall E-Newsletter

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In this email edition:

  • Celebrating St. Jerome Regional School’s 100th Anniversary
  • Berks County Farmers Speak Out on Dairy Issues
  • Don’t Miss the Taste of Hamburg-er Fest on Saturday!
  • A Successful First Patriot Day in Robesonia Thanks to the Patriotic Order Sons of America
  • Summer Intern Seth Hubler
  • Route 924 Construction to be completed by December
  • 162 Years Ago, Pennsylvania Strikes Oil
  • Have a Happy Labor Day

Celebrating St. Jerome Regional School’s 100th Anniversary

I wore my late father’s tie and class ring this week when commemorating the 100th anniversary of St. Jerome’s

This week, Representative Jerry Knowles and I presented the students and staff at St. Jerome Regional School in Hometown with citations commemorating their 100th anniversary.  This noteworthy milestone has a special meaning for me – my late father organized the library there when it was still the Rush Township Elementary School in the 1970s and 80s.  That room has been recently converted to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lab and to my surprise, I discovered that the current STEM instructor is actually one of dad’s many former students from his long career as a teacher and a school librarian! 

To honor dad’s memory, I wore one of his ties and his Kutztown State Teachers College ‘57 class ring during my visit.  Congratulations to everyone who has worked to make St. Jerome’s an important part of the Tamaqua area for a century.  Read more about this milestone here.

I was joined by Rep. Jerry Knowles and all 3 Schuylkill County Commissioners at St. Jerome’s. Also pictured are STEM teacher Laurie Daukshus and Principal Amy Hannis-Miskar.  Photo by Manda Jean Photography.

Berks County Farmers Speak Out on Dairy Issues

September 2021 - Argall Report

The September edition of my local TV program focuses on a recent Senate hearing which discussed federal prohibition of whole milk in schools.  Pennsylvania is ranked 7th in the nation for total milk production and yet our dairy farmers are really struggling.  Prior to the pandemic, many of our dairy farmers were already in a crisis mode and compared to this time one year ago, we’ve seen a 5 percent decrease in dairy farms across Pennsylvania.

I asked the Majority Policy Committee to hold this hearing so we could discuss how to best support the dairy industry in Pennsylvania including our 1,000 plus farms in Berks County and 600 plus farms in Schuylkill County.

This edition of the Argall Report will air on:

  • Blue Ridge Communications (Channel 13) every Monday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
  • Berks Community Television (Comcast – Channel 15 and Service Electric – Channel 19) on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Service Electric Cablevision:  Hazleton, Mahanoy City; Shenandoah – on Hazleton’s WYLN TV 35 Channel 507 and MetroCast Communications Channel 10.  Please check local listings for air times. 

Don’t Miss the Taste of Hamburg-er Fest on Saturday!

Join me in Hamburg this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival.  The event will feature about 30 hamburger vendors, live music, and – best of all – burger eating competitions!  Visit this link to learn more.  This annual event is an important part in Hamburg’s ongoing community revitalization efforts, a successful campaign to breathe new life into this beautiful old town.

State Street Square

Watch this video to learn more about the dedicated efforts of the Our Town Foundation

A Successful First Patriot Day in Robesonia Thanks to the Patriotic Order Sons of America

Beth and I were invited to the first ever Patriot Day event in Robesonia last weekend.  I especially enjoyed the wide variety of historic artifacts on display from earlier periods in American history.  It’s important to remember the achievements and sacrifices of those who came before us as we chart the path forward for Pennsylvania.  Commissioner Christian Leinbach and I both spoke on the important role that American history continues to play in this era.

Summer Intern Seth Hubler

This summer and fall, my office welcomed a new intern: Seth Hubler!  Seth is a Branch Township native and Eagle Scout who attends Penn State Schuylkill, where he is majoring in management and minoring in political science.  Seth has spent countless hours with me travelling around the 29th Senate district with me as well as assisting constituents in my local offices.  He picked quite a time to intern with the Pennsylvania Senate, but I hope the experience was rewarding for him.  I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors!  For information on future internship opportunities, do not hesitate to contact any of my offices.

Route 924 Construction to be completed by December

A project to reconstruct a stretch of Route 924 between Frackville and West Mahanoy Township is expected to be completed by the end of the year.  Commuters who use this road have been inconvenienced by lane closures since the construction began last year, so this news of progress being made is very welcome.  Read more here.

162 Years Ago, Pennsylvania Strikes Oil

On August 27, 1859, the world’s first commercially successful oil well produced black gold near Titusville, Pennsylvania.

Edwin Drake, a former railroad conductor, encountered so many problems before he succeeded that his well was nicknamed “Drake’s Folly.” His financial backers had quit on him and he took out a loan to keep the project going to completion.

The legacy of the Drake Well was creating unprecedented interest and investment in oil drilling, refining and marketing. Pennsylvania would go on to be a key producer of coal and natural gas, and today includes wind and solar power in its energy portfolio.

Have a Happy Labor Day

Workers across Pennsylvania and the U.S. had their lives disrupted during the pandemic, and many are still striving for a return to normalcy.

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, as we celebrate the past contributions and hopeful future of the American worker.

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