Watershed-Friendly Property Certification webinar

Many Pennsylvania property owners strive to lessen environmental impacts and use sound ecological practices, while others would like to learn how to do more. By making wise choices and following some simple guidelines, managing your garden and lawn can help protect Pennsylvania’s watersheds. 

Stormwater runoff is precipitation that does not infiltrate and flows over the ground, roofs, buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, and through storm drains before reaching the nearest waterway. Runoff picks-up pollutants such as fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, trash, sediment, chemicals and more before dumping them directly into waterways. This can create inhospitable habitats for fish and other wildlife and potentially affect our drinking water. Increased stormwater can lead to flooding and other issues. However, every property owner can make a positive impact on the health of our waterways.

The Watershed-Friendly Property Certification recognizes Pennsylvania residents who incorporate best practices to minimize and/or eliminate potential harmful impacts to our water resources, as well as provide habitat for wildlife and pollinators. 

The certification is open to properties of different aesthetics and sizes, from small urban plots up to 15 acres and include enough best-management practices for reducing stormwater runoff and pollution, conserving water, and providing beneficial habitats for wildlife and pollinators to reach the qualifying 85% score.  

To learn more about this process, the Master Watershed Stewards will host a Watershed-Friendly Property Certification webinar on Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m

Registration and details can be found at extension.psu.edu/watershed-friendly-property-certification-program

“Rally for the Y” Bike Fundraiser

The Greater Scranton YMCA is proud to announce that Brandon Whipple, Wellness Director, will again participate in the Expresso Bike Challenge: Rally for the Y fundraiser.

The 2021 Rally for the Y fundraiser will take place throughout the month of April, with funds raised benefitting the 2021 Annual Support Campaign. Brandon will ride as many miles as he can on the Expresso Bike throughout the month. Last year, he logged 300 miles on the bike and raised $3,000. This year, his goal is to raise $5,000. In addition to what Brandon raised, Expresso will donate 10 cents for every mile he rides.

“In this line of work, raising money for those in need is very important,” said Brandon. “Giving those who are less fortunate a chance to come be part of our YMCA where they can make new friends and feel like they belong is an amazing feeling. The fact that I am able to raise money while exercising is an added bonus.”

Funds raised for the Annual Support Campaign support the Y’s financial assistance program. Last year, the Y awarded $373,275 in scholarships to children, adults and families from our community, allowing them to benefit from all the Y has to offer. We believe that together, we can provide a Y membership for those struggling with chronic disease; child care for parents who need to go to work; a safe, nurturing space for kids to attend school remotely; and outreach to seniors who are feeling isolated.

To support the 2021 Rally for the Y fundraiser, simply visit us online and choose the 2021 Rally for the Y campaign. If preferred, you can also mail a check to the Y. Please note Rally for the Y on the memo line and mail to the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely Street, Dunmore, PA 18512.

Golf Tournament Planned for May 26th

Scranton Chapter of Unico National will return to the golf tournament circuit on Wednesday, May 26, at Mt. Airy Golf, Casino & Resort with a tournament honoring Al Magnotta, the longest serving member of the chapter and former golf tournament chairman.

Anyone or group interested in joining the event may contact any member of the committee or chairman Vince Martino at 570-499-8469.

Event committee members include, seated from left: Karen Clifford, Linda Stefursky, Gail Cicerini and Jim Sagona. Standing, same order: Jim Baress, Diane Alberigi, golf chairman Vince Martino, Diane Calabro, Mary Marrara and Diana Giovannini.