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Highlighting West Virginia Agriculture

From sun up to sun down farmers are hard at work to ensure our families can put food on the table. They are a key part of our economy and create good jobs. 

On Tuesday I completed a tour of three farms in Eastern West Virginia to highlight the importance of agriculture in the Mountain State and better understand the challenges the agricultural community faces. 

Excessive government regulations often make their jobs harder with too much red tape. The EPA and other agencies impose unnecessary and overbearing rules on these family businesses who are just trying to do the right thing. This tour was a great opportunity to listen and learn what we can do to help our farmers in Washington.

Joined by leaders from the West Virginia Farm Bureau and local farmers, we toured the Flying W Farm in Burlington; the Eight is Enough Farm in Old Fields; and the Cottage Hill Farm in Petersburg. 

The West Virginia farming family is made up of hard working people who are dedicated to improving our lives. They make our communities and state a better place to live and we want to do all we can to work on their behalf.

Honoring Brooke County’s Veteran of the Year

Last weekend, World War II veteran Bill Schwertfeger received the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation’s Veteran of the Year award. The 90-year-old Schwertfeger served in the Army in World War II and was part of the efforts to free Italy from Nazi forces.

It was an honor to meet with and hear Mr. Schwertfeger’s story. Mr. Schwertfeger received the Bronze Star for rescuing a fallen soldier and later served his community as both a Follansbee councilman and commander of the Follansbee American Legion Post. He also had a 32 year career in education, serving as a teacher and administrator at several schools in the area. This veteran not only was a member of the Greatest Generation, but has devoted his life to the service of others.  Thank you Mr. Schwertfeger. 

Standing up for Seniors

This week my office organized the first Congress Helping Seniors Roundtable and Fair in Parkersburg.  Numerous vendors and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Resources in Wood County, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security Administration, Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Internal Revenue Service and AARP were available for participants.

We hope to hold more of these in the future throughout the First Congressional District.

Small Business Owners Honored

This week the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized several West Virginia small business owners. Among the owners recognized was Chad Remp of Wheeling Truck Center Inc. who was awarded Exporter of the Year.

Rep. McKinley Visits Wheeling Truck Center in 2011

I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Wheeling Truck Center to see his operations and am excited about the success of their business, which sells trucks and parts to more than 50 foreign countries. Congratulations to Chad for this honor.

Busy Week in the First District

During the district work period I traveled all over the first district to meet with constituents in Mineral, Grant, Marion, Harrison, Hancock, Brooke, Pleasants, and Wood Counties. Stops included a tour of the Resolute Forest Products Plant in Fairmont and Oak Glen High School in New Cumberland to meet with students. This week I also met with city officials in Bridgeport, Windsor Heights, and St. Mary’s to discuss their concerns and priorities.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202-225-4172, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.

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