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Perry County Students Bond with Nature

Perry County Students Bond with Nature

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  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
  • Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:35:19 GMT
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
Teams of students from four Perry County high schools and the Carson Long Military Academy spent a beautiful spring morning out of the classroom, enjoying environmental education and competition at the Perry County Recreation Association camp ground along Shermans Creek.

"This year is the 30th anniversary of the Perry County Envirothon," said Sally Tengeres of the Perry County Conservation District.

Relying on study sheets given to them earlier in the year, about ninety students moved among five test stations, answering questions and earning points under the supervision of wildlife, forestry and conservation experts.

"Most of the critters you have to identify are common," explained Waterways Conservation Officer, Richard Morder. "You shouldn't have too many problems with them."

"Go ahead, hold it," prompted Morder, handing a garter snake to a slightly reluctant girl. "He won't bite you."

One of the more popular stations required students to identify birds and frogs by their sounds played over a speaker. They also had to match certain birds, animals and reptiles with their natural habitats.

"We're going to ask you forest habitat and to identify the species that you think would go into that habitat," explained Wildlife Conservation Officer Harold Malehorn as he handed out questionnaires.

Another station required students to measure trees and determine board feet of lumber. And still another found students analyzing soil samples while standing in a four foot ditch.

At every station there were challenging exercises, all with the goal of promoting environmental science education.

"Protecting the environment and improving water quality and our soil health, protecting our wildlife habitat is what it's all about," said Tengeres. "And it can be fun!," she added with a grin.

Many of the students said their interest in a healthy environment won't end with the envirothon.

"I thought it was a really great learning experience," said Greenwood senior Hayden Eubanks "I learned a lot about agriculture that I didn't know before and got to take some tests and see what I needed to look into."

West Perry freshman Jamie King said she learned a lot about wildlife and habitat she grew up around, but never really stopped to appreciate.

"I never knew how to identify a tree," she said. "And how to measure its height from the ground."

"When it comes to natural resource protection there is still a lot to do and a lot more to learn," Tengeres told the students while judges added up their scores. Team 3 from West Perry High School took top honors at the envirothon and will move to state competition this weekend at Susquehanna University.
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