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First Lady Frances Wolf Outlines Waterway Protection Efforts Under Way at Governor’s Residence During Earth Day Gathering

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Outlines Waterway Protection Efforts Under Way at Governor’s Residence During Earth Day Gathering Environment,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – With the expansive waters of a challenged Susquehanna flowing directly behind her, First Lady Frances Wolf today told a gathering of students and top environmental leaders protection of the iconic waterway is an ongoing priority at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.Two days after Governor Wolf proclaimed Earth Day 2017 on April 22, the First Lady announced plans are under way on the residence grounds at 2035 North Front Street, Harrisburg, to lessen storm-water runoff by installing and maintaining a rain garden and additional rain-collection barrels, and enhancing existing green features.“Taken alone, none of these steps is monumental, but collectively they reflect the will and the theme of Governor Wolf’s Earth Day proclamation — ‘The Difference YOU Can Make,’” said the First Lady. “We have some of the state’s top environmental leaders gathered here today, but they can accomplish only so much without an individual environmental commitment by all of us.”Mrs. Wolf publicly commended the 30 students and several teachers from nearby St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, noting they have demonstrated environmental awareness by participating in the residence event and dedicating this week to Earth Day 2017-related field trips.“You have demonstrated your commitment to our state’s wealth of woods and waters at a young age, and I commend you,” the First Lady said. “Feel free to ask questions of the environmental leaders gathered here today about what you see and hear. Hopefully, some of you will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”Joining the Harrisburg school group and First Lady Wolf were Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell; Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper; and Harry Campbell, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.“These enhancements of the residence grounds are directly in line with DCNR’s ongoing efforts to protect our waterways, such as expanding forest buffers along streams and rivers,” said Dunn. “When properly installed and maintained, all are indicative of what individual home and property owners can do to curb runoff into waterways; control erosion; and improve the quality of our wealth of waterways, such as the nearby Susquehanna River.”“Pollution from storm water runoff is the next great challenge to our streams and rivers. Reducing it is one of DEP’s highest priorities,” said McDonnell. “As citizens step up to make a difference, DEP is working with municipal leaders to do the same with comprehensive storm water management plans.”“During Governor Wolf’s Administration, the commonwealth has taken many steps towards jumpstarting the restoration of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams, said Campbell. “The Governor and First Lady are clearly demonstrating that here at the governor’s residence, on the banks of the Susquehanna River, which is the largest source of freshwater entering the Chesapeake Bay. As every Pennsylvanian has a stake in having clean water, the rain garden, rain barrels and enhanced green features at the governor’s residence set the example that we all can contribute. We commend Governor and Mrs. Wolf for their leadership and commitment to clean water.”Penn State student Zoe Roane-Hopkins will join DCNR’s Landscape Design Section as an intern this summer to oversee planning, design and maintenance of the residence rain garden.Residence staff will provide materials, funding for plantings and equipment assistance for preparing and planting.DCNR plans to conduct an analysis of the site, looking at drainage, soils, solar orientation, and utilities, and determine the best area for a rain garden.  Areas with drainage issues or wash-outs would be likely locations.Details on the benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels, suggested plantings and other information can be found at http://www.iconservepa.org/.Built on the Susquehanna River, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence is a two and one-half story Georgian Style home. Designed by architect George Ewing and completed in 1968, the 28,600-square-foot building has 32 rooms. It has served as home to eight governors and their families.The first floor of the residence serves as a museum, housing both temporary and permanent art exhibits, decorative art, and artifacts reflecting the rich history and cultural heritage of the commonwealth. The second floor historically served as private living quarters for the Governor and First Lady.American and Pennsylvania flags were first raised at the executive mansion in February 1969, and the first tour-day was in June of that same year. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 24, 2017last_img read more

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Middle men get it done for LA Dodgers in NL West showdown

first_imgBumgarner has had the Dodgers’ number over the years — and that number has often been a string of zeroes — but not Tuesday night and not this season. The Dodgers have scored 13 runs on Bumgarner with 23 hits in 16 innings over his three starts against them this year (all Dodgers’ victories).They got to him for single runs in each of the first three innings and two in the fifth when Gonzalez stroked a two-run single to break a tie for good.Maeda did the better job of avoiding the land mines. He gave up six hits and walked four (matching his season high) but stranded six of those baserunners and got a big break when catcher Yasmani Grandal threw Eduardo Nunez out at third base on an attempted double steal in the fourth inning.The Giants scratched out a run off reliever Jesse Chavez in the sixth to briefly make it a one-run game. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts rolled out the left-handers on his bench when Bumgarner left the game. That produced two runs when Chase Utley singled, Toles doubled him home and then scored on Kike’ Hernandez’s single.Toles added a two-run home run in the eighth inning off lefty specialist Javier Lopez.That was more than enough cushion for Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen who closed it out, retiring 10 of the final 11 Giants hitters. In 34 games since the All-Star break, they have scored 194 runs — an average of 5.71 per game after averaging 4.2 per game before the break.A lot of those runs have come on home runs. They have hit 53 since the All-Star break, including 19 over their past eight games. Rookies Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles hit their first major-league home runs in back-to-back at-bats as part of the Dodgers’ seven-homer barrage in Cincinnati on Monday.They hit their second major-league home runs Tuesday, although not consecutively this time.For Segedin, Tuesday’s homer came while he was awaiting word on the impending birth of his first child. His wife, Robin, went to the hospital earlier in the day and labor was induced with a son (to be named Robinson) expected Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.Robin Segedin wasn’t the only one laboring Tuesday night. Bumgarner and Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda each went just five innings, combining to throw 199 pitches to get there, neither pitcher up to the big moment in the opener of the series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> On a day when they placed two more starting pitchers on the disabled list, the Dodgers went out and demonstrated why it hasn’t mattered.The Dodgers’ third, fourth and fifth hitters — Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez — went 7 for 7 and drove in four runs in the first five innings against ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner as the Dodgers hit their way to a 9-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.The win in the first of nine head-to-head meetings between the two rivals over the final 38 games of the regular season doubled the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to two games over the Giants. It is only the second day in the past 17 that ended with the two teams separated by more than one game.It is the Dodgers’ largest lead in the division since they were up 2 1/2 games on the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 24.last_img read more