Brewing up some good ideas

first_imgBrewing up some good ideasOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. StephenGould, 34, director of recruitment and training at the Punch Pub Company, hasmuch to celebrate, having scooped three accolades at the recent NationalInnkeeping Training Awards. Here he mulls over his career to dateHow long have you been in this job? Two years. How long have you been with your organisation? Four years. What does your role involve? Recruitment and training of licensees for leased and tenanted pubs. What’s the best thing about your job? Being involved in the set up and support of approximately 4,200 smallbusinesses. What is your current major project or strategic push? How to target people new to the licensed trade who want to run their ownbusiness. What was the worst course you ever went on? Usually introduction to new computer software courses. Far better to playand learn. What did you want to do for a living when you were at school? A PE teacher or a lawyer. What was your first job? Strawberry picker. Promoted to supervisor after three summers! First formalrole was graduate trainee for Bass in 1989. What was the best career decision you ever made? Moving into an operations role after three years in HR. What was the worst career decision you ever made? Moving back to a company I had previously worked for. Big mistake. Which of your qualifications do you most value and why? A first class BA (Hons) in Sociology. I have never worked so hard for anything.How many minutes is it since someone senior in your organisation said‘people are our greatest assets”? About 45 minutes. Evaluation – holy grail or impossible dream? Neither. Straightforward if you have clear measurable objectives for any activity.How do you think your job will have changed in five years time? Licensees will have more complicated training and development needs whichwill in turn demand bespoke, tailored learning. What do you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? There will be an even greater need for creativity, communication andanalysis. What advice would you give to someone starting out in training anddevelopment? Understand who and what you are trying to train and develop. Be clear aboutthe outcomes you are looking for from all your hard work. How do you network? I link well with the British Institute of Innkeeping. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? I like the idea of lots of smaller jobs which really add some value to thepeople I work with. I think if we are given less time to achieve, we candeliver more. All this would cover four days a week with the other three daysfor family and hobbies. Do you take your work home with you? Yes, too often. What is your motto? Work hard. Play hard. Describe your management style in three words or less? Communicative and involving. How would you like to be remembered by your colleagues? That I believed in what I was doing, did not wobble under pressure anddelivered benefits to the business. Up close and personalPreferred terminology?Training, development, education, learningFavourite buzzwords?No gain without painMost loathed buzzwords?When will we ‘touch base’ next?Are you good at self development?YesWhat self development have you done in the last six months?Prepared and delivered presentations to national industry bodies.Where do you want to be in five years time?At my children’s school events and responsible for progressive HR practicesin the hospitality industry.What was the most useful learning experience you ever had?My best learning experience was being given profit and loss responsibilityfor 28 pubs in Liverpool at the age of 23.The best management book you ever read? The Age of Unreason by Charles Handylast_img read more

All-Around Effort Leads to Win Over Tigers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSTOCKTON, Calif. – Blowing the game open in the third and fourth innings, BYU baseball cruised to a 12-1 win in game two of its series against Pacific at Klein Family Field on Friday. The Cougars piled on in the fourth. Abraham Valdez, Danny Gelalich and Brian Hsu loaded the bases with one out before Bryan Call’s single through the right side scored two. Jackson Cluff followed in the next at-bat with a triple to right center, scoring two more and giving BYU a 9-1 lead. BYU (28-10, 12-5 WCC) scored three runs in the third and five more in the fourth to jump ahead 9-1 and, with the Cougars’ 11-7 victory Thursday, took the series against the Tigers (21-21, 8-12). Cluff was a home run short of a cycle, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs in addition to eight assists at shortstop. Brock Hale also had three hits with a run and an RBI while Hsu, Jacobsen and Gelalich added two hits apiece. BYU and Pacific will play game three on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. PT on, BYU Radio and ESPN 960 AM. With the win, Walker improved to 6-0 on the year. Coming into the game with the second-lowest ERA in the country, Walker is now at an impressive 0.93 ERA this season. “We were pretty good tonight in the three areas we always talk about: pitching, defense and timely hitting,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “Easton (Walker) was a stud and our hitters answered the bell tonight.” With two outs and two on in the third, BYU got on the board thanks to a three-run home run by freshman Austin Deming, his second home run of the year, to take a 3-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Casey Jacobsen doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then came home on a groundout by Gelalich for another run. Player Highlights April 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local All-Around Effort Leads to Win Over Tigerscenter_img The Cougars played solid in the field, committing no errors and ending the first, second and third frames with double plays; they added another double play in the seventh. After giving up a run on two singles in the first inning, sophomore pitcher Easton Walker blanked the Tigers over the next seven innings, scattering five hits with one walk. Robert Lovell Game Summary Jackson Cluff: 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, BB, 4 RBIAustin Deming: 1-4, HR, R, BB, 3 RBIEaston Walker: W (6-0), 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/WCC BYU added two runs in the eighth inning with Cluff hitting an RBI-double to bring home DJ McNew who had reached safely on a double himself. After advancing on a wild pitch, Cluff came home on a groundout by Mitch McIntyre. Written by BYU scored four in the third and five runs in the fourth. BYU has outscored opponents 52-17 in the third and 46-10 in the fourth this seasonComing into the game second in the nation in ERA, Easton Walker kept his season average under 1.00 by allowing just one earned run in eight innings against Pacific. Walker’s ERA is now at 0.93 on the yearBYU scored more than 10 runs for the second-straight game; the Cougars have won 64-straight games dating back to 2014 when hitting the 10-run mark Senior Bo Burrup came in to finish off Pacific in the ninth, retiring the side and ending the game on a strikeout.last_img read more

German frigate FGS Sachsen deploys to operation Sophia

first_img German air defense frigate FGS Sachsen deploys to operation Sophia Authorities January 3, 2018 View post tag: Op Sophia F124 air defense frigate FGS Sachsen will become the first German Navy vessel to deploy in 2018, getting underway from her homeport of naval base Wilhelmshaven on January 5.The lead ship of the F124 frigates is joining the EU-led operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea.The goal of the mission is to prevent human and arms smuggling through the monitoring of the Mediterranean Sea between the coasts of Italy and Libya.FGS Sachsen is replacing F123 frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which deployed to the operation in August 2017. Sachsen and the crew will be led by Frigate Captain Mirko Wilcken who took over as FGS Sachsen commander five months ago.FGS Sachsen is the first of three F124, Sachsen-class frigates. Germany planned to build four but eventually settled with three ships, with FGS Hamburg and FGS Hessen being the other two ships in the class.Sachsen was laid down at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in February 1999 and delivered to the navy in November 2002. The 143-meter ship displaces 5.800 tonnes and is powered by one gas turbine and two diesel engines. View post tag: German Navycenter_img View post tag: FGS Sachsen Back to overview,Home naval-today German air defense frigate FGS Sachsen deploys to operation Sophia View post tag: F124 Share this articlelast_img read more

College football match report

first_imgSt John’s 5 – 0 Merton/MansfieldSt John’s hopes of a Hilary Term surge on the promotion places was given a real boost on Thursday, with a 5-0 win over joint leaders Merton/Mansfield.  A hat-trick from top scorer Matt Evans-Young, plus one each for strike partnership Joel Gregory and James Earle, gave a victory which throws open the competition to be playing First Division football in 2008/09.The visitors went into the match joint with University College on nineteen points, well clear of mid table St John’s.  Merton/Mansfield fielded an archetypal little and large partnership up front.  The towering David Wilkinson was perfectly complemented by the waspish Robbie Coleman.  In combination, they were a genuine threat to the John’s goal.  Only three minutes in, a free kick aimed at Wilkinson’s head sailed over everyone – including goalkeeper Alex Berend – to hit the bar.  It was the home side, however, which took the lead after only ten minutes.  A through-ball was headed on by Gregory, finding Evans-Young’s perfectly timed run from midfield.  The prolific left winger placed the ball over the onrushing Reuben Holt to put St. John’s into an early lead.  As the hosts grew in confidence they made more chances: the two James, Earle and Bell both found Holt from close in.  At the other end, Wilkinson came off worse in a nasty clash of heads.  He was able to continue, having received treatment, but the point of Merton/Mansfield’s attacking football had been blunted.With only seven minutes of the first half remaining, St John’s doubled their lead.  Gregory, with his back to goal, was kicked by a defender.  It was an unnecessary foul, and was punished as Gregory left Holt rooted to the spot.  A confident John’s team scored their third nine minutes into the second half.  Jamie Bell played the ball through to Evans-Young, characteristically breaking from out wide into the penalty area.  Having taken the ball on his chest, he placed the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot.  Merton’s unlucky afternoon continued as two players had to leave with injuries early in the second half.  As Wilkinson moved back into midfield, Coleman was isolated with no target man to play off.  What Merton/Mansfield did not need was an unforced error.  But on the hour mark, Joe Pickles’ stumble gifted possession to James Earle.  Playing in the trequartista role, he dominated John’s attacks – outmuscling defenders and distributing the ball intelligently.  It was fitting that he capitalised on Pickles’ error to reward his performance with a goal.Through no fault of their own, the visitors were down to ten men.  But they continued to compete, and nearly pulled one back when Matt Morris drove the ball narrowly wide of Berend’s right-hand post.  Another substitute – albeit one for the home side – Dave Ellis, almost scored with his first touch: a diving header from a pinpoint Gregory cross flew just over. Thirteen minutes from time, Evans-Young grabbed his hat-trick.  Yet another run into the box, as well timed as a Michael Vaughan cover drive, led to him heading a loose ball over Holt.  Breaking into the box like Frank Lampard, Merton/Mansfield never managed to pick him up and were punished three times.  With two minutes to go, another of St John’s outstanding performers, James Earle, hit the bar with a long range freekick.  Six nil would not have been too unfair a reflection on an impressive performance by St John’s.last_img read more

Local businesses adapt as Oxford spending falls by 60%

first_imgLorraine Baker, the organiser, told Cherwell: “Being on lockdown has giv[en] me a lot of spare time and with the fact that festivals are being cancelled I wanted to do the best I could to create a festival vibe weekend for people from the comfort of their own homes. I’m doing it to spread some love and put smiles on people’s faces and to raise money for two great charities – Oxfordshire Mind and NHS Charities Together.” The RSA calculated this through analysing furloughing data from the Office of National Statistics published last week. The report attributes Oxford’s relative stability to the high proportion of jobs in the knowledge economy. This suggests that the recession will be very harmful for the high street, but will be less harmful for employees in the education sector.  While grocery spending in Oxford increased slightly in the first week of April, non-grocery sales fell by 77%. This is compared to an average drop in non-grocery sales of around 45%.  Data analysis by Tortoise shows that overall consumer spending fell by around two-thirds in the first week of April, compared to the same week last year. This was almost 50% higher than the national average decline. The decline continued at a similar level in the second and third weeks of April. Businesses which cannot provide services online, however, remain inactive, and customer footfall is likely to remain low, even after lockdown restrictions are eased.   However, a recent report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce said that jobs in Oxford are the least at risk. Nineteen percent of jobs in Oxford are projected to be at risk, which is the lowest proportion of all local authorities. This still totals 22 234 jobs at risk.  Missing Bean, another popular coffee shop, has also made the transition to delivering coffee. They told Cherwell that they’ve increased their online presence, and are still roasting and delivering coffee. Before, they saw 20 coffee orders a week, and now have 30 orders a day. Missing Bean also recently donated 250kg of coffee to the NHS, which will be distributed to hospitals and given in care packages. Jericho, a staple student coffee shop, has been offering mail-order coffee beans, for retail and wholesale: they have seen a 100% increase in online sales. James and Lizzie from Jericho told Cherwell: “We are massively missing our regular customers and can not wait to be serving coffee in our shops again. The thing about drinking coffee out is that it is such a happy social experience.”  Oxford nightlife has also moved online, with popular clubs such as The Bridge, The Bullingdon, and Plush streaming DJ sets on their Facebook pages. center_img On the impact on Oxford, Tortoise reported that “out of 80 larger local economies it is ranked first for its fall in spending. Towns similarly reliant on tourism and education such as Brighton, York, Canterbury, and Bath have also seen the biggest losses.  While closed, local businesses have taken to social media to maintain a sense of community, and some have adapted through transitioning to delivery services.  Another landmark Oxford business who has increased their delivery presence is G&D’s, which is offering ice cream from its Little Clarendon Street café and bagels from its St Aldates café – via Deliveroo.   Consumer spending data shows that Oxford is one of the worst-hit areas by the fallout of coronavirus and stay at home measures. As a university town and a tourist centre, a significant decrease in footfall is reflected in decreased spending on non-grocery goods.  Tourist attractions such as the Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum have also pivoted online to maintain interest and education. The Ashmolean Museum’s ‘Young Rembrandt’ exhibition can be explored online and features in a BBC documentary, presented by Simon Schama. The Pitt Rivers Museum also offers a virtual tour of its galleries and has an online collection to browse.  A Lockdown Festival will be streamed on The Bullingdon’s Facebook page, though it is a separate entity. People ‘attending’ the event choose from a set list to watch a ‘stage’, with a live comment facility. The set list includes familiar Oxford DJs such as Musical Medicine and Rinse, as well as a range of international artists. There will also be yoga classes, guided meditation, fitness classes, and a beatbox workshop. Hassan’s Street Kitchen, which relies heavily on students, has been temporarily put out of business. They told Cherwell: “It’s important to remain enthusiastic during these unprecedented times and practice safety at all times. Right now we’re just hoping to be back in business soon and using the current situation to spend more time with family. Hopefully we will be back soon to serve the people of Oxford!”last_img read more

Widespread Panic Shares Pro-Shot ‘Sell Sell’ From Smokin’ Vegas Performance

first_imgJust last month, Widespread Panic brought their traveling jam wares to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vaegas, NV for a three-night musical celebration. The Sin City is always kind to Panic fans, as the band harnesses the city’s energy and pours it through their performances.Today, we have our first pro-shot look inside the run, as Panic has shared official video of their performance of ‘Sell Sell’ from the run. Watch the booming new video below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/11/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane onlylast_img read more

Florida Bands To Play Saturday Pre-Party & Fool Moon After-Parties At Fool’s Paradise

first_imgFool’s Paradise is just around the corner! We’re gearing up for a weekend with Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a funk-fueled dance party – with so many surprises in store!In addition to the official after-shows, the artist-led excursions, and the surprise collaborations, Fool’s Paradise is completing the experience with a little extra sauce from Florida’s finest local bands. Ajeva, The Groove Orient, and Ben Strok & The Full Electric will be representing a swath of the sonic scene from Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville with a Saturday afternoon party primer at the Elk’s Lodge.The Elk’s Lodge will be open with a full bar, and plenty of space to hang with your friends before the gates open at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 1. This pre-party welcomes all Fool’s Paradise attendees. The music will get the party started at 1PM, around the time that Adam Deitch and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff will be hosting a charitable ping pong tournament in the same vicinity (sign up here), and will play through 4PM when the music starts across the way at the main event.When the music stops at Fool’s Paradise, local acts will head over to Planet Sarbez, St. Augustine’s favorite Art House/Grilled Cheese galleria, less than two miles away for two nights of Florida-ripened funk, dubbed Fool Moon. Friday night, Ben Strok & The Full Electric will kick off, followed by Leisure Chief. Saturday night Ajeva will get the ball rolling and The Groove Orient will bring it home. These after-dark shows will feature live painting, special guests, and a unique art-house ambience. Fool Moon will be a $10 cover at the door, separate from festival and package ticketing. Keep up to date with the festivities on the Fool Moon event page.Learn more about the bands below:Ajeva: (a-jay-vuh) is a Funk machine from St. Petersburg, FL. Composed of Reed Skahill (lead vox, guitar, keys), Taylor Gilchrist (bass), Dean Arscott (percussion,keys,guitar), Travis Young (drums), and recent additions Mark Mayea (lead keys) & Skyler Golden (lead guitar), Ajeva has been playing all over Florida and the South-East since March 2013 spreading their message of unity, peace and FUNK! With catchy vocals, infectious grooves, and a high energy live show, Ajeva has the sound & vibe that will keep you watching and listening.The Groove Orient: (TGO) is a high-powered, no-holds-barred, rock ‘n’ roll act based out of Orlando, FL. This five member group boasts a musical versatility and originality that many followers describe as ‘Florida rock.’ TGO has drawn attention from both local and national listeners, primarily known as a Rock n Roll band they earned the title of Orlando Weekly’s Best Jazz Band of 2015, Best Experimental band of 2014 as well as being nominated for Best Rock and Best Pop both years.Ben Strok & The Full Electric: Previously known as Herd of Watts, Ben Strok & The Full Electric from Jacksonville is the love child of imagination and experience. Growing out of Florida favorite Herd of Watts, the band reflects the pursuit of joy through sound. Innovative in its approach to cast, and fluid by design, the band uses blues, jazz, and funk as a spaceship from which to explore at will.Leisure Chief:  Leisure Chief is an original music collective, dedicated to crafting vibrations for the soul, the mind, and the booty. Influenced by the culture and foundations of funk, soul, and jazz fusion… and with the perfect blend of lyrical and instrumental based music, they groove for the enjoyment of all music lovers.With so much to choose from, St. Augustine will be crawling with adventurous opportunities. The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. See you at Fool’s Paradise!last_img read more

UPMC Chautauqua Hospital To Receive Over 10 Million Dollars In Federal Aid

first_imgWNY News Now File ImageJAMESTOWN – One of Chautauqua County’s largest medical providers will be receiving more than ten million dollars in federal aid to help with costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.Congressman Tom Reed announced in total three area hospitals will receive funding from the Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund.These payments total over $20 million in relief with $10,076,498 going to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, $5,000,000 to the Brooks-TLC Hospital System, and $5,000,000 for the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital.“We care about supporting our hospitals and health providers because their work has never been more essential to the health and safety of our communities,” said Reed. “We will continue to work with local providers and HHS to ensure much-needed relief flows to our region and access to critical health care services is maintained.” The funds, which target safety-net hospitals which treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, were allocated in the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Safe Eggs

first_img However, unless they get contaminated, the most noticeable effect time has on eggs is a drop in the protein quality. The usually high-quality protein deteriorates slightly over time, Bramwell said. “And the white, the albumen, gets thicker,” he said, “as moisture is lost out of the pores of the shell.” “Look on the carton for a ‘sell by’ or ‘use by’ date,” said Keith Bramwell, an Extension Service poultry scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Eggs, as long as they’re kept cold, are safe to eat for about three weeks after that date.” Many shoppers, Bramwell said, don’t even know the date is there. “It kind of sneaked up on shoppers,” he said. “The date was added without much fanfare. But it’s important to know.” Hen decides date That date, he said, is 30 days after the eggs were packed. And many processors pack them the same day the hen lays them. “At the farm, the eggs are washed, inspected and cooled within minutes of laying,” he said. “Processors keep them cold until they’re shipped to stores in two or three days.” Eggs’ purpose, and its consequence And just to be sure they’re safe, always eat eggs thoroughly cooked. For fried or scrambled eggs, including omelets, cook them until the white and the yolk are firm, Andress said. Though it’s hard to check the temperature of some egg dishes, she said, that’s the best way to check for doneness. Cook custards, puddings, casseroles and other soft egg dishes to 160 degrees to make sure they’re safe. “We used to think cooking eggs, especially hard-cooking eggs, kept them safe longer,” Andress said. “Now we know that cooking eggs shortens their storage life to just three or four days.” A University of Georgia scientist said there is an easy way to keep fresh eggs safe: keep them cold. So even if you stocked up on eggs during the recent sales for Easter, you can keep using them for another month or more. How long is safe?center_img Elizabeth Andress, an Extension Service food safety scientist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said you should treat eggs like any perishable food. “Get them from a refrigerated case at the grocery store into the refrigerator at home as quickly as possible,” she said. Though many refrigerators have a built-in egg compartment in the door, that’s not the safest place to store them. “Every time someone opens the door,” Andress said, “the eggs warm up a bit and lose a little bit of moisture.” Keep them in the foam or pasteboard carton in the coldest part of the refrigerator, she said. The carton provides an added layer of protection. She also advises against washing eggs before storing them. Washing removes a thin protective layer on the shells that keeps moisture in and helps keep bacteria out. And cook them completely That’s important because of the basic purpose of eggs, Bramwell said. Eggs are created to support a chicken embryo with nutrients, water and oxygen. “That’s perfect for bacteria, too,” he said, “if the temperature is warm enough.” Tests show that more than 99.9 percent of eggs don’t contain any bacteria, he said, when they leave the processor. But improper handling can contaminate them later. “If the eggs are kept cold, and that means 40 degrees or colder, any bacteria that might be in the egg can’t grow,” Bramwell said. “So grocery stores and shoppers need to keep fresh eggs cold, too.” Other effect time has on eggs Treat eggs carefullylast_img read more

Healing a Mountain: Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Gap

first_img“Hold your nose; we’re gettin’ near Palmerton!” Dan Kunkle was talking about a factory town in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Gap, where the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) descends from the Kittatinny Ridge to cross the Lehigh River. It was impossible to hold your breath for the entire car ride past it, but we tried anyway, because the place “stank real bad.”However, my chat with Dan was no joke. He was telling how he and other locals took the region’s biggest environmental liability and built an asset.A CONTROVERSIAL MOONSCAPEI experienced my first big hike in the Gap on a day in the 1970s when the air was clear. I didn’t know why the mountain we were climbing was bare; I just thought it was cool. Void of vegetation, nothing blocked the view. It was as if we were above treeline but without the high-altitude wheeziness or plantlife. Since I’d never known anyone to be outraged or shocked about the condition, I thought all was fine.However, things were very wrong. For almost a century, smelting at the Palmerton Zinc Factory emitted sulfur dioxide (which became sulfuric acid smog) and tons of zinc, lead, cadmium, and arsenic every year. Vegetation died; soil washed away. What remained, including 449 acres of National Park Service (NPS)-managed land around the A.T., couldn’t support life because it was heavily dusted with metals. In 1983, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the scene as a National Priority Superfund site.Palmerton residents, though, felt the EPA could keep its super-polluted judgment; their loyalties remained with the factory. They were grateful to the New Jersey Zinc Company for their town, hospital, school, borough hall (now doubling as a hikers’ hostel), and prosperity. Plant employees even refused to let their grassless yards be tested for fear of further tarnish to the company’s reputation. An unforeseen ecosystem collapse did not represent the company they knew.Through mergers and provisions in the Superfund law, a media giant that never smelted zinc–CBS Corporation Inc.–became responsible for the cleanup. Thousands of acres of steep slopes needed fixing, most with high winds and eroded soil. The site sat for years.Then, in the late 1990s, EPA engineers spread and seeded manufactured soil on an 800-acre section. Although vegetation grew, 60 miles-worth of expensive and undesirable switchback roads had to be built to get it done. The site sat again.Meanwhile Dan Kunkle, a school teacher, and his cohorts were looking for a place to build an environmental education center. Eventually, they acquired toxic land within CBS’s liability area for the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. A team of area residents along with John Dickerson, retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hatched a plan for CBS to get something growing on the Center’s piece of the moonscape. They wanted to spread warm-season grass seed with a crop duster. The project was ambitious in that it needed experts to try something they didn’t think would work, yet it was simple in that it gave control to nature.Dan quit his 28-year teaching job, gave up his tenure and full pension, and took on a 70-hour-per-week workload to keep the mountain-healing dream alive. “Somebody had to do this full time or it would fall apart,” Dan said. Amid strong skepticism, he convinced CBS to try. The seed was scattered, nature chipped in some rain, the mountain turned green, and the community smiled.Still, the A.T.-crossing ridgeline, east and west of Lehigh Gap, remained barren. Eventually, the National Park Service used 70 fenced-in acres near the trail to give 15,000 seedlings protection from hungry deer.COLLABORATION SUCCESSCharlie Root, the site’s original remedial project manager, described his experience with the Center as uniquely collaborative. Plus, he said, “One of the most satisfying outcomes at any of my sites in my 20-year career at EPA is to have an actual environmental education center on a site where people can actually come in and see the progress we’ve made and learn about Superfund and environmental science at the same time.”The Center is A.T.-accessible via the Woodpecker Trail. Hiking north, after crossing the river and then under power lines on the re-ascent, orange blazes on the right take you a half-mile to the building. There you can see historic photos of the factory and the moonscape, get some water, and maybe even meet Dan.The work is still not done. Even the educators are learning as they conduct research to watch nature’s reaction. Still, their story is a shining example of how people can care enough to heal mountains.last_img read more