Borough given compost facility grant

The Borough of Bellefonte has received a grant of $388,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environ­mental Protection to make needed upgrades to its compost facility site.

The grant application was based on work done by Penn State students who partnered with Bellefonte through the Sustainability Communities Collaborative, a scholarship program facilitated by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.

“For a borough like Bellefonte, this is a significant grant award, and it will have a major impact — both from an effective and efficiency standpoint — in our future composting,” Borough Manager Don Holderman said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to see a project that benefited both (Penn State) students and the borough being this successful.”


FFA members attend conference

Seven Tyrone Area Future Farmers of America members were joined by about 400 additional FFA members and advisers from across Pennsylvania for the 2018 Fall Leader­ship Conference at the Blair County Convention Center. The attendees were challenged to “Open Your Sail” for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

First year members rotated through a variety of workshops that highlighted official FFA dress, the three circle model of agricultural education programs, career paths and FFA history. Chapter officers received training on their specific responsibilities through the students enrolled as agricultural education majors at Pennsylvania State University.


Webinar set on shale gas development

How extensive shale gas development has affected agricultural communities will be the subject of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Nov. 15.

The hourlong webinar will feature Gretchen Sneegas, a doctoral degree student with the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography. She has studied the effects of hydraulic fracturing on rural communities, using agriculture as a way to understand how farmers view and make decisions about gas drilling and its impacts on their crops and land. She compares gas development in Pennsylvania to New York.

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage at More information is available by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at