Procter & Gamble Distribution Center To Create 1,000 Jobs Near Shippensburg

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Procter & Gamble will open a new distribution center near Shippensburg, creating nearly 1,000 new jobs.

The company was identified Thursday as the mystery tenant seeking to build a massive distribution center on Olde Scotland Road, Southampton Township (Franklin County).

Construction is expected to be finished by next summer. Once fully operational, the facility is expected to employ four to six Procter & Gamble employees and 900 to 1,000 contractors.

Procter & Gamble spokesman Jeff LeRoy said a contractor has not been chosen yet, so it is too early to say when hiring will start.

Read more:  http://www.publicopiniononline.com/latestnews/ci_23686671/procter-gamble-open-distribution-center-shippensburg

100-Acre Solar Farm Planned Near Pa. Turnpike

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Franklin County

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ROXBURY, PA — A seasoned wind farmer is planning to build one of the largest solar farms on the East Coast in northern Franklin County.

Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC, based in Oakland, Calif., plans to lease parts of three hay and crop farms just south of the Blue Mountain Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) and reap the sun’s rays.

The 14 megawatt project in Lurgan Township would be more than twice the size of Pennsylvania’s largest (6 MW) solar farm currently under construction in East Drumore TownshipLancaster County.  Covering about 103 acres, the photovoltaic panels would produce enough electricity to power 2,000 to 2,500 homes, according to Ed Shoener of Shoener Environmental, Dickson City.

“This is a sunny spot in Pennsylvania,” he said.  “There is a market for renewable energy in Pennsylvania.  It’s a good place to tie into the power lines and the Roxbury substation.”

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-solar-farm-pa-turnpike-0828-20120829,0,3432039,full.story

Clearfield Borough Close To Agreement On Riverfront Project

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clearfield County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clearfield Borough is close to an agreement for the development of the riverfront project.

At last night’s borough council meeting, borough Solicitor F. Cortez Bell III reported the borough is close to coming to an agreement with the Clearfield County Economic Development Corp. for it to become the developer of the project.

The borough has received a $5 million Redevelopment Capital Assistance grant from the state to develop commercial and residential properties and a riverwalk between the Nichols Street and Market Street bridges in downtown Clearfield.

Read more: http://www.theprogressnews.com/default.asp?read=31400

Lock Haven’s Piper Airport To Get $977,708 For Runway Project

Piper PA-40 Arapaho in 1974 in Lock Haven, PA ...

Piper PA-40 Arapaho in 1974 in Lock Haven, PA I took this picture in 1974 in Lock Haven, PA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG, PA – The William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven is one of 27 airports across Pennsylvania that will improve facilities and enhance safety with a piece of a $12.6 million investment of federal and state funds.

The airport at the east end of Lock Haven will receive $977,708 for runway work, according to an announcement by Gov. Tom Corbett.

The rehabilitated runway will be only 75 feet wide, which is regulation size, according to the city. It is 100 feet wide righ tnow, and the project will narrow it by 12.5 feet on each side.

Lighting also will be upgraded and the lights relocated as the runway is narrowed so they remain close to the runway’s edge. The city’s local match for the work is roughly $60,000.

Read more: http://www.lockhaven.com/page/content.detail/id/538597/Piper-Airport-to-get—977-708-for-runway-project.html?nav=5009

Sunbury Seeks Resident Input On How To Spend CDBG Grant

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SUNBURY, PA — Several more blighted properties may be torn down and new tree planting could be on the way for the city. The options were discussed at a public meeting held before Monday’s council meeting to discuss the nearly $300,000 the city is set to receive from the 2012 Community Development Block Grant Program.

Jamie Shrawder, community development manager for SEDA-Council of Governments, in Lewisburg, informed council members of what projects the $281,210 can be used for.

City-wide tree planting was recommended by Mayor David Persing at a cost of $20,000 and Shrawder said it was part of the comprehensive plan developed by SEDA-COG, so it was eligible for funding.

Read more: http://dailyitem.com/0100_news/x370172747/City-gets-ideas-on-how-to-spend-nearly-300G

Mansfield Featured On WVIA’s “Our Town” Program

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Mansfield, Pennsylvania will be the center of attention on WVIA’s “Our Town” program on Tuesday, June 28th at 8:00 p.m.  WVIA, headquartered in Pittston, is NEPA’s public television station.

We just talked about Wellsboro’s Laurel festival recently so I thought it was pleasantly coincidental that Tioga County‘s other major town is getting some press.

Mansfield is Tioga County’s college town and the home of Mansfield University, part of Pennsylvania’s state university system.  There were 3,360 students enrolled at MU for the Fall Semester of 2006, which nearly doubles the resident population of the borough.

Unlike many towns in this part of Pennsylvania, Mansfield actually experienced population growth during the last decade.  Mansfield’s population count for the 2010 census was 3,625.  The borough is 1.9 square miles.

If you live out of the WVIA viewing area, like I do, you should be able to watch this program using Video On Demand.  This feature is found on the home page:  http://www.wviatv.org

Wellsboro’s Laurel Festival Crowd Tops 20,000

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Another example of working with what you have – Wellsboro has had a Laurel Festival as long as I can certainly remember.  This small town of 3,300 people is the county seat of Tioga County.  Tioga County is home to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and borders New York State.  Tioga County has a land area of 1,134 square miles with a population of 41,000.  The county is 84% rural. 

One thing rural Tioga County has plenty of is mountain laurel, which is the state flower of Pennsylvania.  Wellsboro has a beautiful main street, with a grass median, lined with tall, black gaslights.  Very picturesque!  A great setting for a big parade.

This year’s Laurel Festival included the annual two-hour parade, a juried crafts show and street of foods, and the Firemen’s Carnival, held across town on the annex grounds.  The parade had 65 units, including eight floats carrying 28 queen candidates, 17 bands, five fire companies, five community floats and various vehicles.

Imagine what an influx of 20,000+ people into Wellsboro for a Saturday does for the local economy.  Some people make a weekend of it.  Not bad for a town with less than 3,500 people!  This is not the only large event Wellsboro hosts but we are focusing on this one today.