|Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and the annual MLK Day of Service, a tradition that takes on a different look during this time of physical distancing and pandemic concerns. Americorps, the volunteer service coordinator for Day of Service events, has created an events calendar with activities at food and clothing banks and other needs with organizations committed to following all appropriate guidelines.
Known local opportunities for service this MLK Day 2021: Events, volunteer opportunities in central Pennsylvania are listed in the York Daily Record. Meanwhile in Erie, which usually hosts an MLK Day march, other events will honor the slain civil rights leader.
When it comes to "service," no one could argue that Roberto Clemente personified a giving ideal. DOORS OPEN/Pittsburgh is sponsoring a virtual tour of the Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville on Monday, January 18 with tickets available on a pay-what-you-can basis with ticket sales supporting the Museum (which is currently closed).
The 2021 Trail of the Year has been announced and it is the D&H Rail-Trail, a 38-mile rail-trail in Wayne, Susquehanna, and Lackawanna counties. Congratulations to the Rail Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania on the win.
Meanwhile, the American Birding Association announced that the pileated woodpecker is their selection as Bird of the Year for 2021. Seems a good time to revisit our Judges' Choice winner for Best in Show in the 2020 photo contest from Mark Boyd at Susquehannock State Park. Certainly the pileated is an unforgettable sight when you happen to see one in flight. Or simply sitting on a branch, for that matter.
When it comes to the 2021 photo contest, we are working on categories for this year in which we plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Start thinking about clean air, pure water, and scenic beauty and we'll announce the contest soon. Maybe you already have the perfect photo in your archive!