90-Year-Old Fulfills Skydiving Dream

I first met this incredible lady in 1966 when we moved to Pennsylvania. She was a grade school teacher in the Canton Area School District. Long since retired, she is still the woman I remember from my childhood. Way to go Edna!!!!! Here is a link to the write-up in the Elkhart Truth http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/2015/06/24/90-year-old-retired-teacher-has-skydiving-wish-granted-through-Live-A-Dream-program.html

Study: Poor Health Habits Prevalent In Northeast Pennsylvania

Counties constituting Northeastern Pennsylvania

Counties constituting Northeastern Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A project aimed at establishing a benchmark of regional residents’ health reinforced something already known — Northeastern Pennsylvania residents, generally speaking, are not very healthy.

The study, conducted by the Scranton-based Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, was done so the effects of the Marcellus Shale industry on the region’s health can be gauged in the future.

“We wanted to create a baseline on the health of the community to use as a benchmark against future studies to see what effects, if any, and to what extent the industry will have had on the region’s health,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Cancer Institute.

Dr. Samuel Lesko, principal investigator for the survey, said a variety of issues related to “fracking” and other processes used to produce natural gas have contributed to community concerns about potential adverse health outcomes.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/405891/Study:-Poor-health-habits-prevalent-in-region

Energy Conservation/Education Program Saves School District $271,012

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bradford County

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This story is relevant for Pottstown School District because such a program was proposed here.  It nicely illustrates what energy conservation and education can accomplish.

The Troy Area School District, Bradford County Pennsylvania, covers 275 square miles, has 1,585 students, three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.  With five buildings there are many opportunities for energy savings.  I believe their buildings are older as well.

Troy Area SD started their Energy Education Program in August of 2008.  Since implementing this program, the district has saved more than a quarter of a million dollars.  $271,012 equals twenty-two percent of the school district’s energy costs!

Doing things like turning down the temperature when buildings are unoccupied, turning off lights in rooms that are not in use and cleaning out/unplugging small staff refrigerators during breaks contributed.  These are common sense and easy things to do.  Look at the savings realized by this district!  A twenty-two percent energy savings was realized from behavior changes and education.

Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to the Troy Area School District for saving taxpayers money!