P PL Corp. plans to celebrate the completion of its $600 million environmental improvement project this week at its Montour power plant near Washingtonville. The media has been invited Thursday for a tour of the project and an up-close look at the plant's new scrubbers, led by Montour plant manager Michael Munroe. Government officials and community leaders have been invited for events later in the day. The scrubber system will reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide. Combined with earlier environmental upgrades, Montour PPL is becoming one of the cleanest bituminous coal-burning plants in the country, according to PPL.
Various law enforcement agencies, including area state police, participated in a recent Law Day event and SWAT team demonstration for Southern Columbia middle school students. On horseback were Tprs. Mike Funk and Ed Golias of Hershey. They explained that there are 27 state police horses based in Hershey and all have been donated. They are used for crowd control, at Penn State functions, large details such as searches and at the farm show.
At a recent commissioners on-the-road meeting in Limestone Township, Commissioners Vice Chairman Jack Gerst commended Danville Area High School for placing in the top five percent nationally.
"It's exciting for that kind of ranking for Montour County," he saidl. "It's pretty fantastic for kids who go there."
The commissioners also praised the Danville baseball, tennis and track teams for their accomplishments.
While checking on a story about rising gas costs to the county, I discovered the commissioners, including Jack Gerst, Chairman Trevor Finn and Jerry Ward, don't charge the county for gas — they pay for it out of their own pockets. They also car-pool as much as possible to save on fuel.
Young's Funny Farm has expanded its therapy animals to include Dorsal, a donkey, and Frenchy and Lucky, therapy ducks. They already have therapy-certified donkeys Henry and Honeybun, miniature horses Buddy and Shorty, and Timmy — the only therapy dog to work the pit area of Ground Zero.
The Youngs, including Neil and Vonnie make regular visits to sick children and disabled people across Northeast Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna Valley. While they don't charge for visits, they accept donations due to rising costs for gas and FARM operations. donations go directly for feeding and caring for the animals as well as for travel costs. They are now taking photos in exchange for donations of cash and materials. "We badly need fence post and rails, hay and a set of horse clippers," Neil said.
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Vonnie Young works for Montour County Extension Service.
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