Tri-State briefs

March 26, 2012

Thaddeus Stevens in the running for green award
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, offered congratulations recently to Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Chambersburg Area School District for being nominated to compete for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbons Schools award.
The award is given to schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement.
“Only four schools statewide were nominated by the state department of education, and I think the inclusion of Thaddeus Stevens Elementary in this select list speaks volumes about the dedication of administrators, faculty, students, parents and community members to environmental practices,” Kauffman said in a news release.
Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School also was named a 2012 Pennsylvania Pathways School and will receive a $3,000 award to further its work to achieve goals outlined in the Green Ribbon Schools pillars.
The announcement was made by Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis, who noted that 47 Pennsylvania schools submitted applications for nomination. Of the 32 states participating in the recognition program, Pennsylvania had the highest number of applications.
The winners at the national level will be notified April 23.

Administrative professionals being honored April 18
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The contributions of office and administrative professionals will be recognized April 18 at the 15th annual Administrative Professionals Day Conference at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.
The theme is “Admins: The Pulse of the Office.”
The speakers will be David Melton, who will talk about “Social Security: Understanding your Benefits”; Dr. Mamie Parker, “Every Flower Must Grow Through Dirt”; and Todd Heidelberger, “More than Money Matters: Finding Money to Save.”
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NCTC on Shepherd Grade Road.
The cost is $40. Lunch is the responsibility of attendees. Food is available in NCTC’s dining hall; lunch tickets will be sold at the registration desk for $9.
The registration deadline is April 10.
For more information, send an email to or

Broadband service expanded in Eastern Panhandle
RANSON, W.Va. — Frontier Communications has made broadband service available to 114 households in the Gerrardstown, W.Va., area.
Paul Espinosa, area general manager for Frontier, said in a news release that the newly expanded broadband network will reach residences along W.Va. 45 near the intersection of Nancy Jack Road. The Berkeley County expansion project also makes broadband service available to all of the Glenwood Forest subdivision.
Espinosa said Frontier recently made broadband service available for the first time to more than 750 households in the Falling Waters area of Berkeley County.
Those who are interested in connecting to the Web can call 1-800-921-8101 to sign up for service, Espinosa said.

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