Residents Win Big at PA Farm Show
1/12/2018
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Residents Win Big at PA Farm Show

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On Wednesday, I once again had the privilege of attending the Pennsylvania Farm Show and visiting with participants who either entered their animals or products in competitive exhibits, participated in the many interactive contests, took in the entertaining and educational displays, or tasted the hundreds of different food items made right here in Pennsylvania.

You can watch my latest Mon Valley Moment recorded at this year’s event by clicking on the video link above.

Be sure to check out the list of winners on the Farm Show website. The site also includes hundreds of photos from the week, categorized by competition, and recipes from the award-winning baking contests.

The 102nd Farm Show will wrap up Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to walk through the doors at the Farm Show Complex near Harrisburg. There’s still time to stop by if you haven’t yet visited the largest indoor exposition of its kind along the East Coast.
                
         
DCED Secretary Davin Visits California Area High School to Explore Training for Trades

Earlier this week, I joined with Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin (fourth from left) for a tour of the old shop and home economics classrooms at California Area High School to emphasize the importance of our Training for Trades initiative.

Throughout the Mon Valley, two of our major problems are unfilled jobs and blight. The 49th District was once a hotbed for trade-based jobs. Steelworkers, coal miners, railroad workers, carpenters and electricians were all predominant throughout the region. Trade-based jobs can offer competitive pay and benefits, but most young people moving into the job market today are unaware, ill-equipped and unprepared to pursue these occupational opportunities.

It is estimated that by 2020, 80,000 jobs will be available within the trade industry nationwide, but a lack of experience in trade-based jobs will keep those positions vacant. A major component of Training for Trades is to establish partnerships with school superintendents, teachers, union workers and municipality leaders to promote the implementation of trade-based programs and curriculum at the local level.

As was demonstrated to Secretary Davin many schools cannot afford to offer students the possibility of learning in this capacity. In a society where more and more people are opting to move straight into the workforce instead of college, this lack of training and experience proves to be very detrimental to their employability.

By implementing Training for Trades, school districts will improve because more graduating students will stay in the district, so tax bases will increase as blighted properties are inhabited and renovated. Last, and most importantly, individuals and their families will experience an increased quality of life, and will not be compelled to find work outside the 49th District.

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Don’t Miss Final Opioid Crisis Community Forum Focusing on Prevention

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Our third and final Solving the Opioid Crisis Community Forum will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Fallowfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1660 Route 481, Charleroi, PA 15022, beginning at 6 p.m.

Earlier this year, we proposed a commonsense three-step local initiative for addressing this crisis. Our first meeting in October addressed “treatment” and our November meeting explored changes needed in the law to address “prosecution.” This final gathering of local resources will focus on the “prevention” step of the program.

For all citizens who wish to truly understand addiction and how to prevent future epidemics, there will be a discussion with representatives from local youth outreach programs, mentoring programs, drug education programs, and other prevention programs.

In addition to engaging our students, families and educators, I believe that a key component to this approach is to partner with our local churches and nonprofit groups. We need to provide local “gateways” of assistance for treatment and prevention. I’ve always believed that our communities can do a much better job than any government program alone!

We definitely want to see everyone there! Interested individuals should register for this FREE event as soon as possible by calling my Bentleyville district office at (724) 669-2242.
                  
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