Spectacular musical showcase features the unique talents of 63 local student performers

Pocono Mountains Music Festival presents the Education-Camp Showcase, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.

POCONO MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT, Swiftwater, Pa. – The Pocono Mountains Music Festival is excited to announce its Education-Camp Showcase, featuring the unique talents of 63 students from throughout Monroe County, on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the Pocono Mountain East High School Auditorium.

Student performers have prepared for the musical Showcase during two weeks of intensive training at the Pocono Mountains Music Festival Performing Arts Camp. At the Camp, students honed their talents in musical and theatrical workshops under the direction of Broadway stars and professional musicians and vocalists.  Sunday evenings’ Showcase is being directed and produced by top industry professionals.

Tickets are $25 and can be pre-purchased online at poconofest.org or at the door on Sunday. 

This is sure to be a one-of-a-kind, spectacular performance.

White Haven Memorial Day Parade Returns

White Haven Memorial Day Parade Returns
The Memorial Day Parade tradition returned to White Haven on Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Quiet Valley high school program made possible by DEP grant

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm will be hosting 58 10th grade biology students from Stroudsburg Area School District on June 1st as a part of a very unique program entitled “Planting Corn Harvest Knowledge”.  The students will be furthering what they have learned throughout the year on Genetics, and looking more closely at hybridization, agricultural history and technology as well as exploring future careers in the Agricultural Sciences. This exciting hands-on learning experience is being funded through an Environmental Education grant from the Department of Environmental Protection.

Through the work of the grant, Quiet Valley is developing a regular curriculum offering which allows students to meet the objectives of the STEM curriculum. STEM approaches Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through learning activities. This program offering utilizes the central theme of corn and its agricultural history to its present day farming to explore those areas. Actual hands-on learning will take place as students go out to the garden and test the soil, plant corn, and try out different instruments used for planting.

Stroudsburg Area School District Biology Teachers Mr. James DeRenzis and Mrs. Mindy Tkach have been integral in dovetailing the program with the students’ classroom.  Prof. Pamela Tabery, retired from the Biology Department at Northampton Community College and Volunteer at Quiet Valley, along with Quiet Valley Founder, Gary Oiler and Director, Kat Muller have been part of the team working to provide an immersive experience to extend classroom learning in ways the students will find meaningful and memorable.

“The really exciting part of this program,” said Grant Coordinator, Sarah Raley “is where the classroom learning gets applied. Our hope is that some of the students will be excited by what they experience and consider pursuing professional careers in the agricultural sciences, technology, or research and development. There are so many prosperous entrepreneurial farm related businesses and if students like that potential they may be more inclined to apply themselves in their academic careers. They can get a long-term vision of how their learning could continue and ultimately serve them through opportunities in a wide variety of career paths. We hope that all the students will become inspired and motivated to harvest knowledge and become life-long science learners and gardeners as they cultivate the fruits of their learning.”

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage. At Quiet Valley history comes to life on our 19th century farmstead. Period-dressed guides reenact the life of the original Pennsylvania German farm family who lived at the site from the late1760s to 1913. Quiet Valley is open in 2017 to the general public Saturday June 17 - Monday September 4. Also, on additional spring and fall Saturdays. The farm also hosts a number of special events throughout the year. School and group tours are by reservation. For more information on the museum call (570) 992 – 6161 or visit www.quietvalley.org. We welcome all media outlets to visit Quiet Valley.

PennDOT Launches Video to Assist Pennsylvanians in Navigating Roundabouts

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today launched a video to assist Pennsylvanians in navigating roundabouts. The video instructs viewers how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot.

The video can be accessed by visiting the roundabout page on www.penndot.gov or by visiting the department’s YouTube channel.
“Data shows that modern-day roundabouts reduce crash severity and injuries while improving traffic flow,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This video illustrates how to navigate these intersections regardless of how you travel.”

A modern roundabout is a type of circular intersection where traffic flows continuously in a counterclockwise direction around a central island and where the entry traffic must yield to the circulating traffic. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) encourages implementing roundabouts as they have been proven to significantly improve safety and reduce traffic delays over traditional stop- or signal-controlled intersections. In tandem with the FHWA’s recommendation, the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) has prioritized implementing roundabouts as alternatives to traditional intersections when possible.

Crash rates and severity of at least three years of data from before and after installation for the state’s first 10 modern roundabouts built at previous traditional stop-sign or signal-controlled intersections showed that fatal crashes were eliminated (two to zero) and major-injury crashes were also eliminated (four to zero). Additionally, moderate-injury crashes were reduced by 71 percent (seven to two) and minor-injury crashes by 25 percent (16 to 12) as well as the total number of crashes which dropped by 16 percent (63 to 53).

National studies have shown that modern roundabouts reduce fatal crashes by up to 90 percent and result in a 75 percent reduction in injury-causing crashes. Modern roundabouts also improve pedestrian safety by allowing people to cross shorter distances with slower moving one-way traffic.

Modern roundabouts have been being built in the United States for less than 30 years and in Pennsylvania for less than 15 years. In Pennsylvania, there are currently 32 completed roundabouts, 20 under construction and at least 10 more expected to go to construction over the next two years. To learn more about roundabouts, visit www.penndot.gov and enter “roundabouts” in the search bar.


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