On Thursday, June 9, Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) joined representatives from Lowe’s of Edwardsville, the West Side Career and Technology Center (WSCTC) and Capone Interiors to recognize the beginning of renovations to the WSCTC Café. Lowe’s awarded a $19,960 grant to the SkillsUSA Chapter at WSCTC. These funds will be used for renovations, which will ultimately transform the classroom into a real restaurant, allowing students to prepare and serve meals to faculty, staff and external customers. Kaufer assisted in facilitating this grant for the updates to WSCTC’s café. Pictured (front row, from left) are Rep. Kaufer, SkillsUSA student Paul Hager, SkillsUSA President Sarah Bannon, SkillsUSA student Ryan Zaruta and WSCTC culinary student Parker Dieffenbach. Pictured (back row) from left, are Joint Operating Committee members Patrick Musto and David Usavage, WSCTCT Principal Richard Rava, Lowe’s of Edwardsville Store Manager Jessica Vickerson, WSCTC culinary teacher Heidi Miller and Rep. Kaufer’s former staff member Richard Adams. Barbara Capone from Capone Interiors was absent from the photo.
On June 2, Rep. Aaron Kaufer hosted the House Majority Policy Committee for a hearing to gain a better understanding of the severity of our state's drug problem. They discussed what measures are being used to combat addiction, and what other tools and services communities may need in order to address the growing epidemic. The hearing was held at the West Side Career and Technology Center in Kingston. Testifiers included Stefanie J. Salavantis, district attorney of Luzerne County; James McMonagle Jr., assistant district attorney of Luzerne County; Robert G. Jolley, Dallas Township chief of police; Michael D. Donahue, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Drug & Alcohol Program; John Knowles, Clearbrook Treatment Centers; and Sharon Kempa, who shared her personal testimony.