Scranton Preparatory School to receive significant scholarship

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation announced a significant scholarship program at Scranton Preparatory School. The company awarded $50,000 in scholarship money to Prep that was made possible through Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. George Stark, director of external affairs at Cabot Gas & Oil Corporation, visited Scranton Prep on June 11 to help announce the grant. “Cabot is gratified to be investing in the finest educational institutions in Pennsylvania. Scranton Preparatory School is an example of academic excellence in our region. The purpose of this investment is to help insure that our next generations of business and community leaders have every opportunity to excel,” he said. “Cabot has been partnering with secondary schools, colleges, and career and technology centers all throughout the area and we are happy to be able to increase that support through the EITC program.” (read more)

DEP expands drought watch from 27 to 37 counties

Despite several recent precipitation events, portions of Pennsylvania continue to have below-average precipitation, below-average groundwater levels, and in some areas, below-average surface water levels. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has expanded its drought watch declaration from 27 to 37 counties across Pennsylvania. The 10 additional counties under the drought watch issued June 17 are: (read more)

Environmental essay contest winners announced

The winners of The University of Scranton and Pennsylvania American Water essay contest were announced at An Evening of Environmental Science, which was held recently in the University’s Loyola Science Center. In the seventh to eighth grade category, Eden Rozing of Mid Valley Secondary Center came in first place; Samantha Shelesky of Mid Valley Secondary Center came in second place; Brad Williams of North Pocono Middle School came in third place; and John Piorkowski of Mid Valley Secondary Center received honorable mention. (read more)

Keystone Sanitary Landfill invites community to open house June 9

The Keystone Sanitary Landfill has announced an open house for the public to learn how the facility operates on Tuesday, June 9 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The facility is located at 249 Dunham Drive in Dunmore. This first-of-its-kind event is free of charge and includes a variety of free activities from continuous landfill bus tours to giveaways and raffles. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served throughout the event. (read more)

State representatives unveil vision for Pennsylvania as 21st century global energy leader

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) led an energy forum May 14 with local state representatives and energy expert panelists to unveil a vision for a 21st century Pennsylvania energy policy to grow jobs and gain energy independence. By broadening “responsible natural gas development polices within the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays,” the panelists say it would transform Pennsylvania into a global energy hub overflowing with high-paying jobs. (read more)

Simple steps you can take right now to ‘go green’

By Phil Yacuboski Going green doesn’t have to cost a lot — in fact, it might be a lot less than you think. “A lot of what we do is letting people know what’s already out there as far as recommendations from Energy Star,” said Patrick Salmon, mechanical designer, Highland Associates, Clarks Summit. He believes it is a common perception among business owners that going green costs more money than it’s worth, however, Salmon said there are significant savings in the long run. “They all add up,” said Salmon. “Even the low-hanging fruit (like lighting), while it may be overlooked as being too easy, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.” (read more)

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