English: Aerial view of Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie near Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. View is to the east-northeast. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built 55 off-shore segmented breakwaters to prevent the beach erosion problem at Presque Isle State Park that caused the loss of this important recreational site and environmental habitat for wildlife. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Editor’s note: This is an important issue for Pennsylvania. The algae is problematic for Erie County as a tourist destination and as a wildlife refuge (Presque Isle State Park).
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — It was the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie‘s recorded history — a scummy, toxic blob that oozed across nearly one-fifth of the lake’s surface in the summer and fall of 2011. It sucked oxygen from the water, clogged boat motors and washed ashore in rotting masses that turned beach-goers’ stomachs.
It also was likely an omen of things to come, experts said in a study released earlier this year. The warming climate and modern farming practices are creating ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on Lake Erie, which could be potentially disastrous to the surrounding area’s multi-billion-dollar tourist economy. The shallowest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, Erie contains just 2 percent of their combined waters but about half their fish.
According to the report, which was compiled by more than two-dozen scientists, the 2011 runaway bloom was fueled by phosphorus-laden fertilizers that were swept from corn and soybean fields during heavy rainstorms. Weak currents and calm winds prevented churning and flushing that could have short-circuited its rampant growth.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Erie County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Edinboro University may face additional non-faculty staff and manager cuts this year beyond the 13 already announced to ease a budget deficit shaping up to be greater than the $5.5 million gap previously disclosed, a school spokesman said Friday.
Jeffrey Hileman could not say how much larger the deficit might be, but when asked the difference between the numbers, he said, “It’s not unsubstantial.”
He spoke after Edinboro administrators and faculty union representatives met for 2 1/2 hours to discuss the Operations and Workforce Plan unveiled Tuesday by Edinboro president Julie Wollman, which also recommended eliminating 42 faculty positions.
The plan, like one released at Clarion University a month ago, addresses rising costs, declining enrollment and sharply lower state aid.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Erie County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
EDINBORO, PA – Edinboro University wants to cut more than 50 staff, including 42 professors, and eventually eliminate five majors due to declining enrollment and a resulting projected budget deficit.
The announcement comes a month after Clarion University announced plans to cut up to 40 jobs, including 22 faculty, and suspending music education, German and French courses. The schools are two of 14 that comprise the State System of Higher Education. Kutztown University is one of the 14.
While other row offices were eliminated, Luzerne County’s home rule charter kept the controller to independently scrutinize its $260 million in spending, 1,400-plus workers and more than 50 departments providing services from tax assessment to 911 dispatch.
The public — not county employees or officials — pick the person who fills this $64,999 elected post for the next four years to be the fiscal watchdog.
Although an estimated 256,800 residents are eligible to vote on this decision, the number who narrowed down the controller finalists from four to two in Tuesday’s primaries was 31,000 — only 12 percent of the over-18 population.
“When you break it down and see the percentage of the population making the decision, that’s pretty troublesome,” said Barry Kauffman, executive director of the nonprofit citizen advocate group Common Cause Pennsylvania.
Terry Cavanaugh doesn’t see much mystery in the factors that shaped Erie Indemnity Co.’s $43 million profit in the second quarter.
Cavanaugh, the company’s chief executive, said that profit — down 17 percent from the same quarter in 2011 — was boosted by strong management fee revenues but held back by higher operating expenses and lower investment income.
Erie County’s third-largest employer will likely do what it can to address sagging investment income, which fell 64 percent from $17 million to $6 million.
Erie’s largest party kicked off tonight and will continue through Sunday with music, food, art, fireworks, kid’s activities and more! Most of all it is free and family-friendly! The Kids Zone is two whole blocks of fun!
The four-day event attracts over 100,000 people to downtown Erie where visitors pump over $3 million dollars into the local economy.
Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, is located on beautiful Lake Erie and offers endless things to do in addition to the festival. Head to Erie this weekend!
Florida International University professor Steven Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, has released his first Great Lake Beaches list. Leatherman has been ranking U.S.beaches for 21 years. This year he decided to expand his list to include non-ocean beaches. Leatherman has received countless emails over the years from fans of Great Lakes beaches to include them.
Leatherman received 30 nominations for best Great Lakes beaches. The winners were:
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Presque Isle State Park, Erie
Sand Point Beach, Michigan
Bayfield Beach, Ontario
Oak Street Beach, Chicago
To learn more about Dr. Beach and see the ocean beach list, click here:
Presque Isle State Park is a natural wonder. The seven mile peninsula includes 11 primary swimming areas, hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing, lighthouses, the Perry Monument and the Gull Point wildlife preserve (bird watching). Presque Isle is accessible from the city of Erie by a paved road which runs through most of the park. At the entrance to the park is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (great for kids and adults). It’s an amazing place!
CNNMoney.com has released its 100 Best Places to Live list. Nearby Abington Township was rated the 29th best place to live in the United States of America! That’s pretty awesome! Abington Township is the home of the Willow Grove Mall and the Keswick Theatre.
Abington Township is a 30 minute commute from Philadelphia and has a population of 54,000 people.
The other Pennsylvania municipality that made this list was Millcreek Township which is Erie’s largest suburb with 54,000 inhabitants. Millcreek Township came in at number 79.
Erie International Airport, Presque Isle State Park, college, graduate school facilities and the Millcreek Mall Complex are located in the township. The Millcreek Mall Complex features 175 stores and restaurants.
Upper Peach Street runs through the township and is the most significant center of urban sprawl in Erie County and features at least seven shopping centers. The locals refer to Peach Street as Peach Jam because of the traffic around the shopping centers.
This is a very interesting set of facts that I stumbled upon while doing my usual internet surfing for stories.
Many people know that Erie County is a big grape and wine-producing area. What you may not realize is where the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stacks up out of the 50 states for wine and grape production.
This data is for 2007 but is the latest available information on this subject:
Pennsylvania is the 3rd largest juice grape producing state. Who knew?
Pennsylvania is the 7th largest wine-producing state!
Pennsylvania had 114 wineries in 2007, up from 104 wineries 2005.
Wine, grapes and grape juice contributed $2.35 BILLION dollars to Pennsylvania’s economy in 2007!
So do your part to help the state’s economy and drink some delicious Pennsylvania wine 🙂