Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pennsylvania growers donate 'Trees for Troops'

I love the holiday season because so many people use their time and resources to help others. I had never heard of this program until I came across a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. It shows the generosity of Pennsylvania tree growers and farmers.

Military families across the country and overseas will receive thousands of evergreen trees donated by Pennsylvania Christmas tree growers.

More than 30 Pennsylvania tree farms will participate in this year's "Trees for Troops" program, sponsored by the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx.

More from the Dept. of Agriculture press release:

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 1067 Transportation Company of Lehighton, as well as FedEx volunteers and local Christmas tree growers in Carbon County to collect evergreens at Yenser's Tree Farm as part of a national effort to provide military families with real Christmas trees.

"Pennsylvania Christmas trees are some of the finest in the nation," said Wolff. "I thank our local growers for providing cheer to military families who may be away from their loved ones during Christmas. These trees will allow them to enjoy the fresh scent and holiday spirit that comes with the season."

Fleming's Christmas Tree Farms, Indiana County, joined Yenser's Tree Farm as a drop-off location.

More than 15,000 trees will be delivered to troops stationed in the United States and abroad. Trees from Pennsylvania will be delivered to Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Bliss, Texas.

The following are the tree farms donating to this year's "Trees for Troops" program:

Abraczinskas Nurseries - Catawissa.
Baumgartner Farms - Kunkletown
Bizup Tree Farms - S. Plainfield, N.J.
Carino Nurseries - Indiana, Pa.
Christmas Tree Hill - Lehighton
Cloverdale Farms - Weatherly
Crystal Springs Tree Farm - Lehighton
Crystal Springs Tree Farm II - Lehighton
Ecology III - Orangeville
E-Mar Acres Tree Farm - Saltsburg
Evergreen Acres Tree Farm - Auburn
Fleming's Christmas Tree Farms - Indiana
Hague's Christmas Trees - Hatfield
Heritage Acres Evergreens - Bloomsburg
Hill Farms - Lehighton
Kramer's Tree Farm - Schuylkill Haven
Lake Forest Gardens, Inc. - Fombell
Lenhart's Tree Farm - Mertztown
Lone Oak Farm - Monongahela
J. C. Hill Tree Farms, Inc. - Orwigsburg
Jay & Stacy Michalik - Lehighton
Kuhns Tree Farm - State College
McCurdy's Tree Farm - Dillsburg
Misty Run Tree Farm - Annville
Quaker State Plantations - Bloomsburg
Regina Farms - East Stroudsburg
Schmidt's Tree Farm - Landenberg
Sugar Bend Tree Farm - Sugar Run
Walker's Tree Farm - Lehighton
Yenser's Tree Farm - Lehighton

Monday, November 12, 2007

Honor Veterans by supporting our troops

As we pause on this Veterans Day to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, let's not forget active U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We can all do our small part to help these dedicated Americans as they spend the holidays away from loved ones.

There are many organizations working to make our troops a little more comfortable while they fight thousands of miles away to protect our nation.

One of these groups is in our own backyard, Berks Enduring Freedom.

The organization is holding a drive throughout the month of November to collect items for care packages that will be delivered to American servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Collection bins have been placed in public areas around Berks County. You can find out more about what's needed for the care packages by going to the Berks Enduring Freedom Web site.

The group is also looking for more volunteers to keep this worthwhile effort going.

As you do your holiday shopping or planning for holiday parties, think about your fellow Americans oversees and the sacrifices they are making for us.

Let's all pitch in and support Berks Enduring Freedom to make the lives of our troops a little more comfortable.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Business leaders must push reform in Pa.

I'd like to thank the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak at its November meeting on Thursday. The Chamber covers Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.

Special thanks to Chamber President Dale Mahle and the wonderful Chamber staff for organizing an excellent event. It made getting up before the sun worth it. Also thanks to David Leinbach, who heads the Chamber's legislative affairs committee.

My message to the Chamber was that the business community, which has so much invested in Pennsylvania, must take the lead in reforming state government. You can read a roundup of my talk to the Chamber in today's edition of The Mercury.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Republicans for Mount Penn Borough Council: Phyrillas, Dudash, Cocuzza

Three Republican candidates are seeking re-election to the Mount Penn Borough Council on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Voters have an opportunity to keep these hard-working and dedicated members serving on the council.

Here's three good reasons to keep the experienced team working for you:

* Borough finances are in the best shape they've been in years.
* Borough government is efficient and responsive.
* All of the members of the Borough Council work well together and have a common goal of providing the best services to all Mount Penn residents.

Elect Jim Cocuzza to a two-year term on council.

Vote for Tony Phyrillas and Mark Dudash for four-year terms on council.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Mount Penn Borough Hall.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Support our troops at Berks Enduring Freedom

As we approach the holiday season, let's not forget the men and women who are serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We can all do a little something to help these dedicated Americans as they spend the holidays away from loved ones.

There are many organizations working to make our troops a little more comfortable while they fight thousands of miles away to protect our nation.

One of these groups is called Berks Enduring Freedom.

The organization is holding a drive through the month of November to collect items for care packages that will be delivered to American servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Collection bins have been placed in public areas around Berks County. You can find out more about what's needed for the care packages by going to the Berks Enduring Freedom Web site.

The group is also looking for more volunteers to keep this worthwhile effort going.

As you do your holiday shopping or planning for holiday parties, think about your fellow Americans oversees and the sacrifices they are making for us. Let's all pitch in and support Berks Enduring Freedom to make the lives of our troops a little more comfortable.