Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority May Use Natural Gas To Power Fleet

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lancaster County waste authority may become a booster in getting the owners of more local vehicles to switch their trucks from running on diesel to cheaper and cleaner domestic natural gas.

The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority is exploring whether it makes dollar sense to replace its aging fleet of 15 trash transfer tractors with new models that run on compressed natural gas.

Moreover, the authority has contacted several dozen private trash haulers in the county about similarly making the switch.

If there’s enough interest, the authority would contemplate building a natural-gas filling station for public use by anyone with a compressed natural-gas vehicle.

It likely would be the county’s first natural gas filling station and probably would be built at the authority’s Harrisburg Pike headquarters.

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Lehigh Valley Labor Market Continues To Improve

City of Allentown from east side

City of Allentown from east side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lehigh Valley labor market continued to improve in February, with businesses adding jobs and residents finding work.

The Valley had 337,600 jobs in February, up 6,400 compared with the same month a year ago, according to data released Monday by the state Department of Labor and Industry. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in February, down from 8.2 percent in January and the lowest it’s been since March 2009. 

The job gains came through most of the private sector. Jobs added at hospitals, hotels, temporary staffing firms, warehouses and stores were partially offset by losses in manufacturing and government.

Flying-Car Prototype Goes For Test Flight — And Drive

Map of Plattsburgh city

Map of Plattsburgh city (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Want to watch a car take flight? You are in luck. Terrafugia, makers of Transition — the world’s first flying car — has released video of a production-type prototype flying over Plattsburgh, N.Y. today.

The flight was the first successful test of the two-seat personal aircraft that you can park in your garage, drive on the road and fill up at a gas station.

“This is a very exciting time for Terrafugia,” said Carl Dietrich, the company’s CEO and CTO. “We are on our way up — literally and figuratively!”

The Transition reached an altitude of 1,400 feet during its first test flight, and spent a total of eight minutes in the air, company officials said.

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Tourism In Berks Bouncing Back

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether they soaked up sounds at Berks Jazz Fest, watched cars tear up the track at Maple Grove Raceway or savored roasted ox at the Kutztown Folk Festival, tourists have increased their spending in Berks County.

A state report on tourism in calendar year 2010, the latest year for which numbers are available, showed Berks tourism spending increased by 10.3 percent from 2009 to $687.7 million.

It was, for Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau President Crystal A. Seitz, a healthy dose of good news after a difficult recession.

Seitz said, “I am in love with those numbers.”

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