Happy Holidays from the Soon-to-be-Expanded Argall Family
Beth and I enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with our soon-to-be expanded family.
Pictured below are Elizabeth Koch (the best mother-in-law any guy could ever hope for), our son AJ, Beth, Frances Zhang (AJ’s fiancée), me, our daughter Elise, Henry (the dog that got a better picture spot than me and will be my first “grandson”) and George Garcia (Elise’s fiancé).
Where to Find COVID-19 Booster Shots in Schuylkill and Berks County
Beth and I both received our booster shots last week.
The Pottsville Republican Herald published this comprehensive list of providers in Schuylkill County offering boosters here. In Berks County, the Berks Cares Vaccine Center in Muhlenberg Township offers a centralized location for booster shots. Learn more about it here. Most hospital systems and pharmacies in Berks and Schuylkill County offer booster shots.
Visit this link to use the CDC’s interactive map to find the vaccine provider closest to you.
December Report: Fighting Blight
The December edition of my local TV program focuses on a recent committee hearing requested by Rep. Tim Twardzik which discussed blight remediation across Pennsylvania.
When we fight blight, it’s not a Republican or a Democratic issue. Across this region there is a real bipartisan push to breathe new life into our old towns.
Representative Twardzik did an excellent job bringing people together to discuss this issue.
This edition will air on:
You can also visit my website to watch this month’s edition.
Reducing Cost Overruns, Delays on PennDOT Projects
I recently chaired a meeting of the senate State Government Committee to approve a bill to reduce cost overruns and delays on PennDOT projects. This bill was introduced by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) after a project along I-83 in her district faced delays for over three years. According to her office, this project has a well-documented history of adding on costs and missing deadlines.
This bill is now under consideration by the full Senate. Read more about it here.
Visit the Berks History Center in Reading
I was invited to tour the Berks History Center this week by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks). The center is a great place to visit to learn about the 300-year story of Berks County and its people.
Pictured above are me, Rep. Manuel Guzman Jr. (D-Berks), Former Director Benjamin Neely, Rep. Rozzi, and Chairman of the Board Floyd Turner II.
Visit their website to learn about everything the Berks History Center offers and plan your visit.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 1941. The surprise strike would cost the lives of more than 2,400 military personnel and civilians.
We mark this date knowing that while the attack decimated America’s Pacific fleet, our resilience and industrial might would allow the U.S. to build a military force powerful enough to defeat the Japanese Empire and Nazi Germany.
“This war will give us much trouble in the future,” said Japan’s Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. “The fact that we have had a small success at Pearl Harbor is nothing.” On Tuesday, we will remember the lives lost 80 years ago, and note the fate that awaits any adversary who questions American resolve.
Hanukkah ends at sundown Monday evening, wrapping up an observance that this year began Nov. 28.
To everyone celebrating Hanukkah, chag urim sameach, “Happy Festival of Lights.”
Berks County Patriots Honor Local Veterans
The Berks County Patriots invited me to join them this week in Hamburg to honor local veterans, check out the details above. More on this event next week.
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