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Lackawanna County Conservation District Receives Environment Education Grant

The Lackawanna County Conservation District received a $2,373 environmental education grant from The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to plant habitat gardens at Riverside East and Carbondale Area elementary schools. The students were involved in the design and planting phases of the project, which provided an opportunity for them to learn about local wildlife and the surrounding habitat. In Carbondale, high school students worked with the elementary youngsters on the project and J.S. Wright Excavating and Underground Utilities of Carbondale donated time and equipment for the venture. At Riverside East, students, parents and community volunteers worked on the garden project, and Rich Grzyboski Landscaping of Moosic donated mulch and top soil.

l-r, Cheryl Nolan, Lackawanna County Conservation District Water Shed Specialist; Patrick Durkin and Josh Scombordi, Carbondale Area students; Jerry Stiles, Lackawanna County Conservation District Manager; and Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley, and Corey D. O’Brien.

Lange Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The Board of the Lackawanna County Conservation District Board of Directors recently (July 19) awarded the Nancy and William Lange Memorial scholarships to Emily Smith and Brittany Timinski of the North Pocono School District. Ms. Smith and Ms. Timinski are both enrolled at Wilkes University and they will be majoring in Environmental Engineering. L-r, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Ms. Smith, Conservation District Manager Jerry Stiles, Ms. Timinski, and Conservation District Board Chairman Jay Clymer.