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NCC Students to Benefit from PPL STEM Scholarship
Financial need shouldn’t stop promising students from pursuing science, math, engineering or technology careers. A new scholarship at Northampton Community College, funded by the PPL Foundation, will help break down that barrier.
The college recently received a $25,000 grant from the foundation to create the PPL STEM Scholarship, which will support young people interested in these critical areas of study.
The scholarship will be given to an academically talented student with financial need from one of NCC’s eight sponsoring school districts – Bangor Area, Bethlehem Area, Easton Area, Nazareth Area, Northampton Area, Pen Argyl Area, Saucon Valley, and Wilson Area.
“Northampton Community College is grateful to the PPL Foundation for its generous support in providing a scholarship opportunity to a deserving and talented NCC student. It is because of companies like PPL that our students are able to afford an education for a brighter future, creating an environment where they can increase their skills, explore new opportunities, and make progress toward their goals,” said Elyse Hoban, director of scholarship programs at NCC.
Hoban said students who plan to attend the college and have an interest in STEM can apply for this scholarship and others at: http://northampton.edu/admissions/tuition--financial-aid-scholarships/scholarships.htm.
The PPL Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Its focus areas are education, workforce development and community revitalization. The foundation’s giving in 2016 totaled more than $2 million.
“PPL understands that a good education, at all levels, is critical to success,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director for PPL in the Lehigh Valley. “We are committed to helping NCC students pursue their dreams of working in STEM-related careers because we know that a strong workforce in these areas is critical to our region’s future success.”
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NEW YORK, (UPI) -- Commuter train riders in cities including New York, London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Chicago publicly shed their trousers for the annual No Pants Subway Ride.
Improv Everywhere, the New York-based group behind the event, said participants in more than 60 cities around the world -- representing more than 25 different countries -- shed their pants Sunday in organized groups for the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride.
Some cities, including Chicago, featured participants facing frigid temperatures without the protection of pants, contributing to a lower-than-usual turnout.
The flagship No Pants Subway Ride in New York featured seven groups spreading out across 11 subway lines amid windy 22-degree temperatures.
"Since this is the 16th year we've done this, there's not too much to report other than it was another awesome time," Improv Everywhere announced after the ride.me running inside wearing just his Speedo.
"Don't worry," Pastel told them. "We won!"
Before You Cruise, Embark on a Fun-Finding Mission in Your Port City
((BPT) - When booking a sea cruise vacation, it may seem like a good idea to schedule your flight to the port of departure for the same morning your ship sets sail.A same-day flight might appear to save you time and money, but travel experts warn this could turn into an expensive mistake. Should airline delays keep you from getting to the port on time, you could end up shelling out hundreds more dollars to book another flight, just so you can catch up to your ship at the next port of call.
In addition, the panic and worry that set in from even the smallest hiccup in your tight travel schedule can defeat the idea of a vacation. To start your relaxing ocean getaway in the right frame of mind, give yourself and your family an extra pre-cruise day in your cruise line's port city. If everything goes as planned and you arrive the day before your ship casts off, your vacation can start early, too. Use the extra time to explore and kick back. You'll find the home ports for these cruise ships are set up to accommodate and welcome cruise travelers.
For example, if your ship happens to launch from Florida's Port Canaveral, the world's second-busiest cruise port, you'll discover many area hotels have cruise package deals that include free parking, special nightly rates and even free shuttle transportation to and from the port and to and from the airport.
You'll also find plenty to see and do locally. Cape Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, is part of the east-central section of Florida popularly known as the Space Coast. Here, there are numerous attractions and other entertaining diversions that can help create the perfect countdown to your cruise to paradise.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
For visitors, the eye-opening facility that has propelled countless rockets and scores of shuttles out of our atmosphere also provides a full day's worth of exhibits and hands-on learning about space exploration. Eyeball a 3-D image produced by one of NASA's powerful space telescopes, inspect the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close, and "experience" life on Mars through an interactive display. Of course, there are plenty of space memorabilia to examine and fascinating astronaut stories to absorb, all of which will round out your appreciation of what NASA has accomplished so far - and what is yet to come.
While planning your overnight along the Space Coast, be sure to check Spacecoastlaunches.com for schedules of rocket launches, public viewing sites, and special hotel packages. If you're lucky, you might have an opportunity to witness the sights, sounds and ground-shaking vibrations of a rocket launch. Cape Canaveral and the greater Space Coast area have numerous parks and observation points that make it easy to sit back and watch these rockets streak into the sky.
Shopping, arts and entertainment
The Space Coast features many historic shopping districts to help you leisurely pass the time morning, afternoon and evening. You can dine al fresco at one of the trendy independent restaurants or pick out a catchy new cruise outfit at a local boutique. The area also has a lively arts scene to help inspire you for your trip. Take in a pre-cruise musical performance or theater production at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, or wander the assorted art galleries that dot the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier
A historic landmark along a beautiful stretch of beachfront, the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier was established in 1962. Its festival-like setting is the perfect backdrop for any traveler's early escape from reality: beachside restaurants and bars with live entertainment, an 800-foot fishing pier, spectacular views of the majestic cruise ships coming and going, rolling waves breaking and beautiful bodies surfing, the sparkling beach and the glorious sunshine. What could be better?
You also can elude the crowds and pilot your own escapade along the area's beautiful waterways. It's easy to rent a boat and navigate the rivers and canals. You can look for dolphins and manatees or drop anchor at an island for a family barbecue and swim. Cast your line into the Banana River, pull into Sebastian Inlet State Park for snorkeling and scuba diving, or simply enjoy the journey and tie up at a waterside restaurant when hunger sets in.
For planning some Space Coast fun and relaxation before you set off to sea on your cruise ship, you can peruse an extensive collection of local tourism ideas and resources at www.visitspacecoast.com.
How Crafts Can Help Heal Veterans
(StatePoint) When people hear there might be a bomb nearby, most will try to get as far away as fast as possible. U.S. Army Specialist Brandon Sanford and his bomb-sniffing dog Rexo, however, were not as lucky.
Sanford and Rexo were part of the Army’s bomb detection unit, tasked with finding life-threatening explosive devices. “I was nervous on the first patrol missions since our duty was to find explosives designed to kill American soldiers,” said Sanford.
When a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in 2008, Sanford suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), among other wounds. Because of his injuries, Sanford suffers from seizures as well as problems with balance, fine motor skills and more. Basic tasks like buttoning a shirt are now daunting endeavors for him. And so the long, arduous process of healing began. Along with surgery and physical therapy, craft therapy became part of Sanford’s treatment plan.
When men and women return from war or other military postings, they often bring home more than their duffel bags. That is why Help Heal Veterans (Heal Vets), a nonprofit founded during the Vietnam War, operates on the knowledge that not all medicine comes in a bottle. As America’s largest supplier of therapeutic arts and crafts resources, Heal Vets has distributed more than 29 million kits since 1971, averaging 43,000 kits per month. The kits consist of hundreds of craft categories like woodworking, leather, models and a variety of needlecrafts.
Many doctors and occupational therapists prescribe arts and crafts as an important component of a treatment plan. Such an approach provides tremendous therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits, including improving fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory and dexterity. Crafts can also help alleviate anger issues and the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and TBI triggers, such as anxiety, memories, sadness and frustration.
In some cases, the benefits are physical as well. For example, stringing together a leather craft might help with hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Painting or model building can ease symptoms of PTSD or depression. Sanford said that working with small pieces has helped him with his hand-eye coordination. He also suffers from short-term memory problems associated with his TBI, so working on the kits helps train his focus and concentration skills.
Since World War I, craft kits have consistently proven effective tools for veterans’ rehabilitation and healing. According to a Health Care Data Inc. study, 89.6 percent of patients surveyed felt Heal Vets craft therapy helped maintain or improve their physical capabilities. Furthermore, craft projects help build family bonds when completed with loved ones, improve self-esteem and surface previously untapped artistic talent.
As Americans pay their respects to those who have served, Heal Vets encourages you to think about ways you can help enrich the lives of the 22 million U.S. veterans and military personnel. Heal Vets relies solely on charitable donations to produce its craft kits. For more information about the program or to donate art supplies, journals and other tools that spark creativity to a veterans’ organization near you, visit HealVets.org.
“Today, one of every three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffers from PTSD and/or TBI. Even more, the suicide rate for U.S. military members continues to rise. Reawakening veterans’ enthusiasm for life, therefore, remains an utmost priority,” said Captain Joe McClain, a U.S. Navy veteran and current Heal Vets CEO.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
Summer Internships at Grey Towers
Grey Towers Historic Site Applications are being accepted for summer internships at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA. College students who are interested in parks and recreation, history,gardening and landscape architecture and forestry are encouraged to apply. Students can earn from $85 per week subsisten ce allowance to $2,500 for the 12-week season,depending on which internship they qualify for. Housing on the historic estate and uniforms may be provided.
Education/Interpretation/Visitor Services:Multiple 12-week internships are available for students to deliver interpretive mansion tours and education programs and hone their visitor services skills. Deadline to apply is March 1 for May - August internship. Gardening/Horticulture: Two opportunities are available for May - August; each provides avaluable, practical experience for a motivated undergraduate college student who wants a hands-on experience to challenge and broaden the student’s knowledge of practical applications of horticultural theory learned in the classroom. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.
For the Elizabeth S. Mortimer gardening internship, send a resume and cover letter that indicates your field of study and expected graduation date to: Elizabeth Hawke, Horticulturist, Grey Towers National Historic Site, PO Box 188, Milford, PA 18337,or fax to 570-296-9675 or email to email@example.com. A second horticulture position isavailable through the Student Conservation Association. To apply go to www.thesca.organd search Position ID 00722488.Information: www.fs.usda.gov/greytowers;firstname.lastname@example.org; or 570-296-9630.
Kirkridge Retreat Center
What Matters: A Weekend on Disability, Community and Love: Fialka-Feldman Famil
April 21st - April 23rd
Together It's Possible (TIP) is proud to invite you to our annual retreat. This year we are thrilled to host the entire Fialka-Feldman family as we dream and work toward new possibilities for inclusion in our world. All family members, self-advocates, professionals and welcome to come -- because we all need to be included.
FMI: email@example.com or 610-588-1793. 2495. Located at Fox Gap Road, Bangor just minutes south of Stroudsburg on Route 191. Check out their website at http://www.kirkridge.org\
PEEC Earth Day and Family Fun Day
Pocono Environmental Education Center(PEEC)538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Attention All Artisans! PEEC is looking for crafters, photographers, artists, and local businesses who are interested in selling their wares at our festivals. Our Earth Day (April 29,10AM-4PM) & Fall Family fun Day (October7, 10AM-4PM) festivals are an opportunity to show off your skills and sell your products at a large event. Information: 570-828-2319,www.peec.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-registration is requested until otherwise noted.
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Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
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