News of note
We are so excited! Assuming responsibility for assembling the annual Pennsylvania State Parks wall calendar was an honor we were proud to accept. There was a flurry of excitement as we asked one of our crack volunteers to look over the calendars from past years and determine which parks had yet to be featured and then set about to find photographs of 12 of them. And now here they are!
The calendar includes one combination page for September through December of 2017 and then a two-page spread of photograph and calendar block for each of the 12 months of 2018. Hang it on the wall and dream of the places you'll go. The photographs are all lovely and we'd like to thank once again our photographers for their generous contribution of a picture for each month: Crystal Hunt, Ted Massa, Tom McCorkle, our own Marci, Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown, Clare Kaczmarek, Greg Kear, Brian Hare, Stephen Fatzinger, Dot Monahan, Xiawei Zhang, Larry Laird, and Carole Mebus all gave of their considerable talents to make the lovely finished product a reality.
So now is your chance to get one of your very own. Visit our online store and place your order today!
Of course, we all love our state parks and forests and a surefire way to demonstrate that love is to support their funding when budget time rolls around. Again. In that vein, a Keep PA Growing Greener Day at the Capitol is scheduled for May 9 beginning with a rally on the Capitol steps at 10:00 AM (rain or shine). A day of legislative visits follows, ending with a reception in the Main Capitol Rotunda at 5:00 PM. For those of you who just got here, Growing Greener and its predecessor Key 93 was a series of funding measures designed to get money into outdoor spaces like our state and local parks and indoor spaces like museums and libraries. A proposed Growing Greener III plan will keep this funding in place for the sustainable future of our open space and local communities. Lots of information on the project can be found at the PA Growing Greener website. Your support throughout the budget process is appreciated - but especially on Capitol Day. If you can attend the rally, that's great. If you can visit and speak with your state representative and senator very briefly to express your support for your state parks, even BETTER. Please drop me an email if you can attend. Children and families definitely welcome as the young ones are the future of our parks and forests!
We'll have suggested talking points available on budget priorities so keep an eye on the News page of our website for those.
Coming up next week, Prez Marci will be on the road in Pittsburgh - first for a presentation to the Gibsonia chapter of AARP at their monthly meeting on Tuesday at 1:15. The meeting is at the Hampton United Presbyterian Church. Then at 7:00 Wednesday evening, she'll be at the REI South Side store to talk about ... what else? Pennsylvania's state parks and forests! Stop in and say hello!
Have you giving geocaching a try yet? Thanks to Friends of Prince Gallitzin members Lynn and Rosemary Haselhoff and educator Beth, the park now boasts two adventures to whet your appetite. Visit the Friends website for details.