Celebrate the New Year With 10 Free Flowering Trees from the Arbor Day Foundation
Residents in your state can ring in the New Year with 10 free flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2017.
By becoming a part of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, new members will receive two Sargent crabapples, three American redbuds, two Washington hawthorns, and three white flowering dogwoods.
“These beautiful trees will beautify your home with lovely flowers of pink, yellow and white colors,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “These trees are perfect for large and small spaces, and they will provide food and habitat for songbirds.”
The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between February 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE FLOWERING TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2017. Residents can also join online at arborday.org/january
Legislative Coffee is Saturday
This Saturday Jan 14th, Monroe County residents can meet two local state legislators at the Hughes Library on Rt 611, Stroudsburg.
Every January, The League of Women Voters of Monroe County invites all state elected officials representing Monroe to attend a Legislative Coffee.This year, two accepted: State Senator John Blake, D-22, and newly elected State Representative Maureen Madden, D-115. League past president Paula Heeschen will moderate the discussion.
The Legislative Coffee gives the League, a nonpartisan group, an opportunity to provide Monroe voters the chance to learn their legislators' views on key issues facing Pennsylvania. It also allows the public a chance to meet their Congress people personally to ask questions of them.
This year, the League will be asking four questions on topical issues:
*Redistricting Reform- gerrymandering
*Voter Access reform - absentee ballots, voting hours, and same-day voter registration.
*Education Funding Reform - including Property Taxes
*Environmental Protection - Toxic waste disposal, clean energy investment, oil & gas drilling regulations and assisting workers in danger of job elimination.
The public is encouraged to arrive at 9:30 am for coffee, refreshments and socializing. The program will begin at 10 am in the Community Room and will end at 12:30.
For more information, call Heeschen at 570-421-5838
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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