Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Today's News Tues. January 3, 2012

Local News-Tue, January 3, 2012

Penn State Master Gardeners To Present Workshop

The Penn State Schuylkill Master Gardeners are preparing for a workshop presentation titled "The Woods In Your Back Yard", which will be held on Saturday January 21, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. The workshop will assist landowners with recognizing the importance of wildlife, recreation, and water quality on their property. Participants will learn how to evaluate their interests in the property, develop goals, and prepare a multi-stage plan that they can implement. The workshop will be held at the Schuylkill Ag Center, which is located on Ag Center Drive just off the Gordon Nagle Trail, and will be presented by Jim Finley of the Penn State Forestry Department and Frank Snyder from the Forestry Department of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

PennDOT To Begin Roadway Project In Rush Township Today

A contractor working for PennDOT will begin a project today to repair damage that was done by Tropical Storm Lee back in September. Jay Fulkroad & Sons Construction Company will begin work on Clarks Valley Road in Rush Township, where they will be replacing pipe drains that run under the roadway. The road will be reduced to one lane during the project, which should be completed sometime in early February. At 7:00 p.m. Friday the road will be closed to all traffic just south of Carsonville Road so crews can excavate and replace the drainpipe located there. A detour has been set up, and motorists will be directed around the site until the road is reopened early on Sunday.

Schedule Of 2012 Hikes And Activities Released

Schuylkill On the Move, a project of Schuylkill County's VISION, and Diakon Community Services have released schedules for hiking activities that will be conducted in 2012. Patrick M. "Porcupine Pat" McKinney, who is the environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District, commented on the scheduled activities, saying that there is a "very good itinerary laid out in all areas of the county". The first scheduled hike is on January 28 at Locust Lake State Park, and many other hikes are planned throughout the year. Hikes are always led by guides who explain the history of the areas visited as well as the plants and wildlife that can be found there. The complete schedules are available at

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Releases Raptor Counts For 2011

According to a press release from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, the 2011 raptor count has ended with more than 22,000 migrant hawks, eagles, and falcons included in the tally. Senior Monitoring Biologist Dr. Laurie Goodrich said in the report that "Some cold weather migrants lingered to our north or are just starting to move now." The late migration has been attributed to the warm temperatures experienced in the northeast this fall. Raptors are counted between August 15 and December 15 each year, and the 22,776 birds counted is above average. There were over 13,000 broad winged hawks, which is the highest count since 1986, and the 296 bald eagles that passed by was also above average, but most species fell well below their normal numbers.

State and National News Tue. January 3, 2012

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a storm coming off Lake Erie could drop more than a foot of snow on parts of northwestern Pennsylvania. Forecasters say visibility on roads
in the region may be reduced to near zero this morning. A Lake
Effect Snow Warning has been issued until noon for northwest
Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio.
POLK CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick
Santorum is dismissing Mitt Romney's business experience and says
the nation is looking for inspirational leaders instead. Romney
often points to his experience as governor of Massachusetts as
preparing him for the White House. But Santorum tells Iowa
supporters the nation is hungry for leadership.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been
sworn in for a second term, vowing new efforts to crack down on gun
violence and improve public education in the nation's fifth-largest
city. Nutter says high crime rates in many areas and a lack of
quality public education are holding the city back. But he vows not
to leave anyone behind in his efforts to address the problems.
KENNERDELL, Pa. (AP) - A friendly neighbor helped save a western
Pennsylvania dog from a house fire by performing mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation on the animal. The Oil City Derrick reports the
3-year-old black lab and husky mix was overcome by smoke at a fire
in Kennerdell, about 80 miles north of Pittsburgh. The newspaper
says the dog was unresponsive until a woman who lived nearby held
the dog's nose and gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.


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