May 16, 2013
The Borough of Chambersburg and an area business have been awarded state funding to purchase natural gas vehicles or convert existing vehicles to natural gas. The Borough of Chambersburg, along with project partners IESI Corp. and the Borough of Shippensburg, will receive $472,500 for the purchase or retrofit of 19 vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas. The vehicles include refuse and recycling trucks, a utility bucket truck, and an ambulance, according to a news release from state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland.
May 6, 2013
As redbuds flash purple along our roadways and tulips blink red and yellow at our doorsteps, I am reminded that natural beauty is awe-inspiring and worth protecting. Not just on Earth Day, but every day. Gardeners are some of the best environmentalists, choosing smart practices that help, not harm, our natural resources. Every choice you make as a gardener can tip the balance toward conservation. Healthy gardens grow healthy plants. So build healthy soil to keep your gardens productive and part of a vibrant ecosystem.
April 16, 2013
The SouperNatural Kitchen dinners return Tuesday, April 23, to the Canal House in Bolivar. The meal includes soup, bread, dessert, music and a class by Dr. Harris on "Nuts, Beans and Seeds - Unlock More Nutrients. " Ticket price now includes direct donations. The cost is $18. For information on tickets or to volunteer, call 304-535-3009.
April 2, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting registrations for a nature photography workshop it is sponsoring the weekend of Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14. The workshop will be held at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherds-town. It will be led by Wil and Donna Hershberger, and aimed at beginners but will also be useful for more experienced photographers. The cost to participate will be $150 for the entire weekend. The workshop begins with a 6:30 to 9 p.m. session Friday; continue with 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. sessions Saturday; and concludes with a 6:30 a.m. to noon session on Sunday.
March 29, 2013
Wrestler “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has canceled his appearance Friday, March 29, as part of the Big Time Wrestling event at The Maryland Theatre due to a death in his family, according to Jessica Green, the theater's operations director. The Associated Press reported today that Flair's son, Reid Fliehr, who was also a wrestler, was found dead in a North Carolina hotel. Get the information you need fast. Sign up for our Breaking News alerts today. A statement from police said there are no signs of foul play, and that the cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner's office.
March 28, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is accepting enrollments for its April and May "Wee Naturalists" sessions for preschoolers. The sessions are designed to provide opportunities for ages 3 to 5 to explore nature together safely under the guidance of an experienced PVAS instructor. All sessions are held at the Society's Yankauer Nature Preserve, on Whiting's Neck in northeastern Berkeley County, W.Va. Each session lasts from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The April sessions are Monday, April 15, and Thursday, April 18. The May sessions are Monday, May 6, and Thursday, May 9. The April sessions will be devoted to learning about signs of spring.
February 21, 2013
Two area ski resorts are reporting strong seasons thanks to cold temperatures and state-of-the-art snow making equipment. Compared to last year, Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg and Liberty Mountain Resort in Fairfield, Pa., are reporting excellent seasons. Don MacAskill, president and general manager at Whitetail Resort, said the resort is up 25 percent in overall visits this year over last. “That's quite significant,” MacAskill said. “Although we haven't had a great deal of natural snow, we have had excellent temperatures for making snow,” MacAskill said.
February 14, 2013
The Borough of Chambersburg has been awarded a state grant to help build a compressed natural gas fueling station. The Redevelopment Assistance Capitalization Program Grant worth $500,000 was awarded to the borough to assist in the construction of the compressed natural gas, or CNG, fueling station at a site the borough is leasing near the intersection of Wayne Avenue (Pa. 316) and Interstate 81, according to a news release from the borough. The governor's office approved nearly $125 million in projects and announced the awards Thursday.
February 7, 2013
Md. lawmakers approve natural gas surcharge bill ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Natural gas companies would be able to seek a surcharge of up to $2 on monthly gas bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure, in a measure approved by state lawmakers Thursday. The Senate voted 35-12 after spirited debate. The House of Delegates' vote was 120-17. The measures are similar and any differences will need to be worked out for the legislation to go to Gov. Martin O'Malley. Lawmakers who supported the bill said companies need the cash to help replace aging pipes and address safety concerns.
November 21, 2012
Some local governments in Franklin County, Pa., are considering whether converting municipal vehicles to run on natural gas could provide long-term cost savings. Waynesboro's borough manager, Lloyd Hamberger, said this week he thinks his municipality could save $1 to $1.25 per gallon equivalent compared to what it pays now for gasoline. In the Borough of Chambersburg, municipal officials are taking steps to install a fueling facility on a leased site at Exit 14 of Interstate 81. That facility would serve private and commercial fleets as well as any converted municipal vehicles.