Aug. 09, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Exploring Railroad History

 
Sen. Dave Argall and I toured the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society in Hamburg on Thursday.

Pictured with me from left to right: Treasurer Jim Adams, Sen. Argall and Community Outreach Coordinator Carol Adams.

The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society was incorporated on July 16, 1976 to preserve the rich history of the pioneering Reading Railroad and as a repository for knowledge, artifacts and memorabilia related to keeping alive the memory of one of America’s greatest transportation institutions.

For more information, click here.
 
 
Schuylkill County Fair Celebrity Tractor Pull

Last week, I participated in the Celebrity Tractor Pull at the Schuylkill County Fair.

Picture with me from left to right: Schuylkill County Commission Chairman George Halcovage, PA Congressman Dan Meuser and Schuylkill County Register of Wills Therese Santai-Gaffney.
 
 
Get the Facts About Concussions


With many student athletes gearing up for fall sports practice, students, parents and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize and manage concussions.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Concussions can have serious short-term and long-term impacts, especially on young people whose brains are still developing.

To protect students, the 2011 Safety in Youth Sports Act was passed to require all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student athletes with concussions, as well as to require related training for coaches.

Visit the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov and search for “Traumatic Brain Injury” for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related resources.

Most importantly, if you think your child has a concussion, seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach and don’t allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.
 
 
Slow Down for School Buses, Pedestrians



In the next few weeks, students will head back to class. Motorists, parents and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.

Click here for more information and tips on school bus safety.

 
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