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The Susquehanna County Conservation District hosted its annual Contractor Workshop March 21 at the Montrose Bible conference. Breakfast was served to over 80 contractors and vendors. Following breakfast the workshop was held in the main conference room where vendors displayed their wares and programs.
After an introduction by District Manager Jim Garner, Mark Wood provided information on how to handle hazardous spills. Mark is the Emergency Management Agency Coordinator for Susquehanna County. Len Insalaco from the DEP regional office and Charlie Gayson of CGE Environmental Services continued the discussion and provided answers to additional questions from the audience.
Mark Wood, Susquehanna County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, addresses an audience of contractors about how to handle a hazardous spill.
Two guest speakers from Army Corps of Engineers followed. Derek Smith spoke on enforcement issues concerning regulated waters. Amy Elliot then spoke on changes regarding Army Corps’ federal authorization.
Mark Santayana from PA One Call talked about the importance of making the PA One Call before digging to ensure that utilities are properly marked at the site. He stressed that the liability for an accident falls on the contractor if they fail to call the service, which then contacts those responsible for each of the utilities placed under ground at the site. He also mentioned that in the future the new number for calling PA One Call will become a three digit number (probably 811) to make it easy to remember.
After a break to visit with each other and vendors, Vince Humenay from the DEP Harrisburg office spoke on the maintenance of regulated dams and reservoirs and other issues relevant to the topic of Dam Safety.
Willie Keeney, Program Specialist IV for the Susquehanna County Conservation District, was the last speaker. Willie addressed the audience with an explanation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements.
The workshop concluded with many door prizes being given out thanks to the gracious donations of several vendors.
Hunter Douglas Heesh, six pounds, two ounces, was born at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY on March 12, 2006 to John and Kristy Heesh, Maine, NY.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jackson, Endicott, NY.
Paternal grandmother is Cheryl Ripley, Apalachin, NY.
Paternal great-grandparents are Mary Heesh of Turnpike Terrace, Susquehanna and the late Doug Heesh.
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