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Honoring The 150Th Anniversary Of The Borough Of Slatington July 29, 2014
Charlie Dent, R-PA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the people of Slatington as they prepare to celebrate their 150th anniversary. That would be their sesquicentennial, Mr. Speaker. The Borough of Slatington is located in northern Lehigh County and is in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District. As their Member of Congress, it is my honor to enter these words into the Congressional Record in recognition of this proud event. The story of Slatington’s founding is a very American story. Like so many communities, it began as a farm settlement. Nicholas Kern and his family settled the area in 1741. Their extensive farmstead included a gristmill, sawmill and a tavern. They farmed the fertile soil along the Lehigh River. Another European settler, Ambrose Remaley also established himself in the area, holding land warrants in what is now the southern portion of present day Slatington. Agriculture remained predominant in the area until three Welshmen, Owen Jones, William Roberts and Nelson LaBar made a significant discovery in 1844. The area was rich in slate—and so Slatington soon gained its name. By 1847 the first school slate factory in the United States opened in the town. The discovery of slate and subsequent quarrying and production of slate products brought about rapid growth. Slatington incorporated as a borough on September 7, 1864. At its peak, the slate industry provided employment for 2,000 people. They worked in the quarries or they worked to produce curbing, roofing tiles, sidewalks and importantly, school blackboards and slates. In fact, the specific type and color of the slate quarried in Slatington proved to be ideal for use in school blackboards. Slatington became known as the “blackboard capital of America.” The blackboards and school slates produced in Slatington played an important role in helping educate children across the country in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Slatington’s slate products weren’t just shipped all over the United States—they were shipped and bought across the World. Even as the slate industry began to fade as other materials became cheaper and because of new technologies, Slatington continued to thrive. Its rich history is a source of pride for the community and for Lehigh County. For example, the Borough boasts the oldest Halloween Parade in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Part of Slatington is a National Register Historic District, and the Borough has two statues of Firemen listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Present day citizens of Slatington are justifiably proud of their past, especially on the advent of their 150th Anniversary. At the same time, they have their eye on the future and remain intent on assuring that Slatington remains a great place for people to live, work and raise families. I ask the House and the Speaker to join me in celebrating their Borough’s 150th Anniversary and wishing them continued happiness, harmony and success moving forward."
Recognizing Prince William County Department Of Fire And Rescue Recruit Class 2014-01 June 20, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"It is my honor to enter into the Congressional Record the names of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Recruit Class "
Recognizing The Second Annual Greater Springfield Chamber Of Commerce “Above And Beyond” Awards June 20, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"It is my honor to enter the names of the following individuals into the Congressional Record:"
Congratulating The 2014 Lords And Ladies Fairfax, The Recipient Of The James M. Scott Community Spirit Award, And The Celebrate Fairfax! Volunteers Of The Year June 17, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"It is my honor to enter the names of the following 2014 Lords and Ladies Fairfax into the Congressional Record:"
Recognizing The 25Th Anniversary Of The Prince William Committee Of 100 May 23, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"It is my honor to enter into the Congressional Record the names of the current officers and board members of the Prince William Committee of 100. It is dedication like theirs that has helped sustain this vital organization for 25 years."

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