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Posted on October 11th, 2010 by Sharon Gripp in General

WOW, it has been a busy month!! I apologize for not getting some new material posted. Since mid-September, we have had a staff retreat and most of us traveled to New Hampshire for our biennial Northeast Region Pesticide Safety Education and Certification Training Workshop during the last week in September.

One of Penn State’s Cooperative Extension Educators, Emelie Swackhamer, was asked to present a hands-on demonstration at the New Hampshire meeting and our Acting Director, Kerry Richards, presented information about a new EPA regulation. At the end of this meeting, several of us stayed to attend the day-long annual American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators Board Meeting.

While we were away in New Hampshire, our very reliable interns (Kelly, Leah, Mike, and Nick–see photo below) braved the pouring rain on Thursday, September 30th (remember Tropical Storm Nicole) and set up the Look-Alike display at Farm City Day at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This is held during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition. They also managed the Mini-Golf Course at the Great Insect Fair on Saturday, October 2nd at the Penn State University Park campus.

Our Interns: Mike, Nick, and Kelly

Some of us  have been preparing for two In-Services (both this week), one for Extension Educators, who have pesticide education responsibilities, and the other for Master Gardeners, who help us with many outreach activities. Others have been working on outlining our next funding grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and preparing the newsletter that is mailed to all the Private Pesticide Applicators in the state.

I’m glad you stayed with us while we caught our breath.

Until next time,
Be Safe!