CLEARWATER & COMMUNITY REACHES FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR SLAB CABIN RUN INITIATIVE

 

WE DID IT! CLEARWATER & COMMUNITY REACHES FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR SLAB CABIN RUN INITIATIVE

STATE COLLEGE, PA-With the engaged and passionate support of the community, ClearWater Conservancy has raised 100% of its $2.75 million fundraising goal for the Slab Cabin Run Initiative. The fundraising effort began in October 2016 and now has been achieved due to generous contributions from a variety of public and private donors — individuals, municipalities, school children, local businesses and social organizations.

“It’s amazing what our small community has done!  We set out on this journey with the belief that we could achieve this ambitious goal when people are given the opportunity to conserve the places we love most.  And together, we did it!” offers Deb Nardone, Executive Director.

“This community had the foresight to proactively conserve an important gem in the heart of this growing region, protecting our drinking water, while stepping up for a wild trout stream and this gorgeous landscape we enjoy every day,” said Andy Warner, Conservancy board president.

The iconic farmland, owned by the Everhart and Meyer families for well over a century, sits just across a busy street from the State College Friends School along University Drive. The land lies in a critically important part of the Spring Creek Watershed, immediately adjacent to region’s most reliable drinking water source, the Harter-Thomas wells which supply the majority of the drinking water to State College area residents.

The fundraising effort was collaboration between many groups and individuals.  Starting with the generosity of the Hamer Foundation, funding then followed from the State College Borough Water Authority and five local municipalities – College, Ferguson, Harris, and Patton townships along with State College Borough.

“From the very beginning, our goal was to aim for balanced public and private support. We knew we would need municipal decision makers and the water authority to lead the campaign to proactively protect and invest in healthy drinking water and clean streams.  Then community members and local businesses would follow suit.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to understand the project and make an investment in our future – we were able to accomplish this remarkable goal,” according to Carolyn Hatley a ClearWater volunteer.

Through an amazing response from the community, private donations make up the remaining 30% needed to fulfill the fundraising goal. There has been an overwhelming number of creative displays of community support for the Initiative over the past year,  including:  support from Otto’s Pub and Brewery who increased awareness for the project through sales of their Slab Cabin IPA, a multi-family yard sale that raised $2,500 in one day in Everhart Village, students at the State College Friends’ School whose “cow cans” collected donations at area businesses,  Jennifer Shuey, Jennifer Kane, Sarah Pollock and Alice Kelsey donating artwork, 7 year-old Georgia Wright emptying her piggybank for the cause, and many more.

Additional ‘conservation heroes’ helped boost the communities strong support and made it possible for Clearwater to reach their goal in just under eleven months, including Charles “Skip” Smith,  Barbara Palmer,  Blake and Linda Gall and David Kurtz.   Foxdale Village and its residents also made a significant impact on the fundraising effort.

Nardone adds, “We are humbled and joyful to see such diversified support for local conservation.  Protecting our drinking water at its source is vital to a healthy, vibrant community.  This project proves that we can approach this great responsibility in a cooperative way that benefits everyone.  We are so appreciative.”

Settlement on the Conservation Easements has been scheduled for next week.  Once the agreement is finalized, ClearWater Conservancy will hold perpetual conservation easements on both the farms and Meyer Dairy will take ownership of the Everhart property. A conservation easement is a legally binding restriction on the property deed to protect natural resources, ensuring protection of the farmland and stream corridor forever, no matter who owns the land.

To celebrate this significant achievement and voice our appreciation to those who made it possible, ClearWater Conservancy invites the public to attend the Slab Cabin Celebration & Annual Meeting being held Saturday, October 7 from 5:30-9 pm at the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship in State College. The event will feature live music by Eric Ian Farmer and others local musicians, children’s activities, local food, and drinks. The event is free, but registration is requested via the website: www.clearwaterconservancy.org.

For more information about the Slab Cabin Run Initiative, visit www. slabcabinrun.org or contact ClearWater Conservancy directly at contactus@clearwaterconservancy.org or call 814-237-0400.

 

ClearWater Conservancy Earns National Recognition

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Contact: Andrea Murrell, Communications Coordinator
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ClearWater Conservancy Earns National Recognition

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

State College, PA (August 16, 2017) –Since 1986, ClearWater Conservancy has been conserving and protecting the places people love all around Central Pennsylvania. Now ClearWater Conservancy has been awarded renewal of its land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Originally achieved in 2012 and now renewed through 2022, this accreditation award proves once again that, as part of a network of only 389 accredited land trusts across the nation, ClearWater is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“Renewal of our accreditation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation throughout Central Pennsylvania,” said Deb Nardone, executive director for the Conservancy. “This national recognition amplifies our dedication to making our local region a healthy and beautiful place for us and our children’s children. Through proactive protection of special places such as the Meyer and Everhart properties in the heart of State College, we will continue to uphold this commitment to our community.”

ClearWater Conservancy had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a rigorous comprehensive review of its policies, protocols and procedures as part of accreditation which must be renewed every five years.  Nationwide almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

“It is exciting to recognize ClearWater Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. “Accredited land trusts are united behind strong ethical standards ensuring the places people love will be conserved forever. Accreditation recognizes ClearWater Conservancy has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

Since its formation in 1980, ClearWater Conservancy has made a lasting positive impact on the Central Pennsylvania through countless land conservation and stream restoration efforts targeting such  vital natural areas such as Rhoneymeade, Millbrook Marsh, the Musser Gap Greenway and The Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor.

In the spirit of an accredited land trust, the organization is currently working hard to raise the final funds needed to complete its most significant source water protection effort to date. The Slab Cabin Run Initiative, named for the stream that flows through the property, aims to permanently conserve 300 acres of agricultural land located across the street from the State College Friends School and Foxdale Village along University Drive.  The property lies in a vital portion of the Spring Creek Watershed, within the Source Water Protection Area for the Harter-Thomas wells which supply the majority of the drinking water to Centre Region residents.  ClearWater Conservancy has raised $2.43, or 89% of the $2.75 million needed by September 30 to finalize the agreement with the owners, the Meyer and Everhart families of State College.

Kevin Abbey, land conservation manager at ClearWater Conservancy explains, “We’re thankful to the Meyer and Everhart families for their generosity and desire to partner with ClearWater Conservancy in order permanently conserve their properties.  Landowners take on a huge responsibility when deciding who will care for their land generations from now. I believe the renewal of our national accreditation offers an added layer of trust and confidence when making those big decisions.”

ClearWater Conservancy Comes Down the Home Stretch in Effort to Protect Local Water Supply by Permanently Conserving 300 Acres of Farmland

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ClearWater Conservancy Comes Down the Home Stretch in Effort to Protect Local Water Supply by Permanently Conserving 300 Acres of Farmland

STATE COLLEGE, PA-ClearWater Conservancy, a nationally accredited land trust serving Centre and surrounding counties, has raised $2.4 million towards a $2.75 million goal for the Slab Cabin Run Initiative, an effort to permanently conserve 300 acres of agricultural land owned by the Meyer and Everhart Families of State College. Located next to densely populated neighborhoods—across the street from the State College Friends School and Foxdale Village along University Drive—the property lies in a vital portion of the Spring Creek Watershed, within the Source Water Protection Area for the Harter-Thomas wells which supply the majority of the drinking water to Centre Region residents.

In the time since the project was publicly announced on October 28, 2016, community support from a variety of groups and individuals, along with support from municipalities in the region that depend on the wells as a water source, has helped ClearWater Conservancy raise 88% of the funds needed to fully fund a land conservation easement on the property. “We’re getting very close to crossing the finish line. With continued community support, we’ll raise the remaining $322,000 needed by September 30 in order to make this important project happen,” says Andrea Murrell, ClearWater Conservancy’s Communications Coordinator.

Community support for the initiative has been diverse and inventive. “From community yard sales to school fundraisers led by students in kindergarten and first grade, we are encouraged and moved by the community’s willingness to commit their time and energy to ensure this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity does not pass us by,” says Deb Nardone, ClearWater Conservancy’s executive director. In June, a community-wide yard sale fundraiser raised $2,500 for the Initiative in a single day.

Support for the Initiative has also come from the Hamer Foundation. ClearWater Conservancy contributed $750,000 from from the Foundation toward the project.

So far, support from individuals in the community has added up to over $400,000 towards the conservation project. The first major donor put the effort on track by offering a $50,000 challenge grant during ClearWater Conservancy’s Annual Meeting on October 28; his pledge was matched fully by those in attendance that evening. Another $50,000 was raised during Centre Foundation’s Centre Gives online giving event on May 9-10. Private individuals, many who will remain anonymous, have been giving throughout the year.

After public meetings that began last fall, the State College Borough Water Authority, Ferguson Township, College Township, State College Borough, Harris Township, and Patton Township voted to contribute a combined $1,240,000 to fund the project.

Notably, the project has struck a chord with young ice cream lovers. Lisa Gamble, associate head of the State College Friends School says, “Helping ClearWater raise money for their initiative was a perfect opportunity for our students to practice two of our school’s tenets — community and stewardship — while also learning more about the importance of agricultural land in protecting groundwater.” The school held two fundraisers, including a ‘cow can’ campaign led by the Kindergaten-1st grade class that raised $350. The students and teachers also contributed the adopted term ‘forever farm’ to describe one of the Initiative’s ultimate goals.

Many artists and area businesses have also contributed their time and talent toward permanently conserving the Meyer and Everhart farms in State College. To emphasize the link between clean water and a healthy community, Otto’s Pub & Brewery donates proceeds of their Slab Cabin IPA sales, and also raises awareness of the project via table tents and beer tags. In February, local artist Jennifer Shuey donated her original painting of Slab Cabin Run  created for the labels on University Wine Company’s Slab Cabin Red and Slab Cabin White, for an auction at ClearWater’s Art & Chocolate Winter Gala. Proceeds from wine sales also go toward the Slab Cabin Run Initiative.
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Jennifer Shuey, ClearWater volunteer, dedicated conservationist, and pastel artist explains, “I am immensely proud of the work that ClearWater Conservancy is doing to protect the Meyer and Everhart Farms in the Slab Cabin Run watershed.  It is so much more effective to proactively engage the community in conservation of important lands and resources before development plans are offered as an alternative.  This is not only a great project, but an inspired example of a way that the community as a whole can assess, prioritize, and plan for conservation of the region’s most critical resources.  Let’s get this one done and figure out as a community where we can make the biggest impact next!” Seen to the left is an image of her recent painting, Where the Slab Cabin Runs.

Presently, artists Sarah Pollock and Alice Kelsey are creating original paintings of local landscapes, exploring the Centre region’s unique balance of natural areas, farms, forests and picturesque communities. Proceeds from their upcoming show in November will be donated to ClearWater’s efforts.

The public can keep track the fundraising progress by driving along University Drive and looking for the giant milk jug on the Meyer property. The jug, intended to resemble a glass milk bottle from Meyer Dairy, was hand-built by local woodworker Jay Aubuchon and hand-painted by artist Jon Vickers-Jones.  Jay regularly fills the jug with “milk,”, a.k.a. white paint, as ClearWater approaches its goal.

“We think this project hits home for people in so many ways,” says Kevin Abbey, land conservation manager at ClearWater Conservancy. “Whether it’s protecting our drinking water, local streams, or the incredible view the property offers, our friends and neighbors clearly understand the magnitude of this effort. It’s tough to imagine ever having another opportunity to make such a positive impact on our community at such a reasonable cost. We’re thankful to the Meyer and Everhart families for their generosity and desire to permanently conserve their land.”

Once all funds are secured by September 30, the legal agreement can be executed and the Meyer and Everhart properties will be permanently conserved. Under a conservation easement, only agricultural use of the land will be permitted.  While the Meyer Family will own the land, ClearWater Conservancy will hold the perpetual conservation easement, a legally binding encumbrance on the property deed, ensuring protection of the farmland and stream corridor forever, no matter who owns the land.

For more information about the Slab Cabin Run Initiative and for information regarding donations, visit www. slabcabinrun.org or contact ClearWater Conservancy directly at contactus@clearwaterconservancy.org or call 814-237-0400.

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The mission of ClearWater Conservancy is to conserve and restore the natural resources through land conservation, water resource stewardship and environmental outreach across central Pennsylvania

Centred Outdoors Activities Heading into Home Stretch

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STATE COLLEGE, PA-Centred Outdoors, an invitation for people of all ages and fitness levels to explore nine outdoor destinations across Centre County, has  led hundreds of participants on outdoor adventures all around Centre County. The effort was launched on June 11 by ClearWater Conservancy with support from partnering organizations and funded by a grant from the Centre Foundation.  The response to this new initiative has been fantastic, with kids and adults exploring the outdoors on 642 personal adventures and hiking more than 800 cumulative miles during the first 13 outings.  People are encouraged to register on the Centerd Outdoors website to participate in the remaining seven events, which are free and open to the public, or to explore these destinations on their own (www.centredoutdoors.org).

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“We are extremely pleased that so many people have come out to explore the natural places that make Central Pennsylvania such a healthy and beautiful place to live. We look forward to meeting more new faces at upcoming events happening in State College,” explains Deb Nardone, Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy.

 

At some of the Centred Outdoors’ guided outings such as those at Black Moshannon State Park and the Spring Creek Canyon, participants learned about local flora and fauna, while at Bellefonte’s Talleyrand Park and the Poe Paddy Tunnel offered historic perspectives. The events at Spring Creek Canyon during the week of July 16 were led by PA Fish and Boat Commission, Spring Creek Trout Unlimited, and local legends and experts who brought to life the unique habitat and features that contribute to Spring Creek’s reputation as a world-famous fly fishing stream.   Fly-fishing legend Joe Humphreys offered instruction to novice anglers, and Mark Nale, an accomplished outdoor photographer and author, guided participants on a relaxing nature walk as he identified plants and wildlife along the cool, shaded trail. Events at Poe Paddy Tunnel featured native plant and bird walks and fishing demonstrations led by Penns Valley Conservation Association and the Penns Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, This Sunday, July 30, 78 hikers attended guided walks and visited information stations at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

 

MMNC3Centred Outdoors participants can follow the event calendar and select their destinations via the website www.centredoutdoors.org, where specific information is listed, including directions and parking, difficulty of trail, and local ecology. Participants who register on the website receive frequent email updates and are eligible to wine prize drawing based on the number of e-trophies they earn. The number of trophies then determines the number of chances to win prizes at the Wrap-Up Party on August 20 at Millbrook Marsh.

 

“We are thrilled with the generosity of our community partners in providing some spectacular prizes, ranging from back packs to bikes, boats, and fishing poles as incentives to participate” says Deb Nardone. She hopes that the Centred Outdoors model with its newly created infrastructure, including the website, Android app, and print materials will inspire similar future outings and events with the goal to familiarize the local population with its natural environment while promoting healthy lifestyles and engagement with local non-profits.

 

Mark NaleIt is not too late to collect e-trophies for attending Centered Outdoors hikes and walks at the next five events between August 2-August 16 at Millbrook Marsh, the Arboretum at Penn State and Mount Nittany; or by visiting any of the nine sites on your own. All events are free, and open to the public.

 

Lexie Orr, adventure coordinator for Centred Outdoors and AmeriCorps member explains, “We invite everyone in Centre County to stress less and explore more during our remaining Centred Outdoors events. On August 20, our goal is to report that we collectively hiked over 1,200 miles during 1,000 personal adventures this summer and we are well on our way to reaching this milestone. ”

 

Stream and Farm Restoration Update: Radzwich Farm

Stream and Farm Restoration Update: Radzwich Farm

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Work began early this spring to restore a section of a tributary to the Beaver Branch of Spruce Creek on the Radzwich Farm. Jim Haney, stream restoration project manager with The WHM Group, and Bud Snyder Excavating restored the streambanks by grading, rebuilding, and finally restoring them with toewood, rock, soil, willow cuttings, coconut mats, and native grasses. These components stabilize a streambank and protect it from erosion. Live stakes were planted into the new streambanks by ClearWater volunteers to add additional roots and plants, which stabilize the banks further.

Streambank fencing, built by R&R Fencing, and livestock crossings, built by Bud Snyder Excavating with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, were installed to allow access to all the different pasture areas, while keeping the farm animals out of the stream. Removing livestock from streams is good for both the stream and herd health and prevents sediment and nutrients from flowing downstream through the Beaver Branch and then into Spruce Creek. A water trough and feeder were installed uphill, away from the stream, to replace the stream as a water source and improve the pasture management for the farmer.

After all the Agricultural Best Management Practices are installed, the final step is to naturalize the stream buffer area by planting native trees and shrubs. Planted by Native Creations Landscape Services, the plants will shade the stream and maintain the cool water temperatures needed in trout streams and provide necessary leaf litter and woody debris for aquatic life to thrive. As the native plants mature, they create habitat for a host of species that live in the streamside riparian zone and benefit from a healthy stream.

Funding for streambank projects come from grants from many government agencies and private foundations as well as from private donations made to ClearWater’s Riparian Conservation Program. ClearWater wants to extend our thanks to all the contributors who make stream and farm restoration projects possible.

And last but not least, the biggest thanks goes to the Radzwich family for their dedication and commitment to the health of their stream and their respect for the agricultural operation on their property. The Radzwich’s have been working side by side with ClearWater staff and the farmer to bring everyone together to steward both the natural and agricultural resources on their land.

 

Garden Starters

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Spring is here, the daffodils are blooming. View the Garden Starters planting chart as well as Kelle’s excellent article on seed starting.

The National Weather Service is not predicting an earlier spring for PA (it will be earlier south of us) but there are things that can go into the ground now like onions and spinach.  Planting dates are on the chart and there are a lot of things that can go into an early garden.

A little know fact:  according to the gardening industry, around 6 – 8 % of fresh vegetabl  es in the US come from home gardens.  And the home gardening movement in this country is steadily growing.  So too is interest in the local food economy and there will be more coming on this for Centre County this year.

Special thanks to Bill Sharp for contributing this article and planting chart!

Improving Health by Going Back to Nature

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By Kelleen Lanagan

Kelleen is a 2013 Penn State graduate. She is currently finishing up her Masters of Education.

The average American child spends around seven hours a day interacting with a screen and just four to seven minutes outside exploring the possibilities of the natural world. This can lead to restlessness and even stifled creativity. Sitting in front of screens for hours a day, and having a jam-packed schedule contributes to the feeling of being overwhelmed and depressed. In recent years, the United States has seen an alarming increase in the number of youth prescriptions for ADHD medication and antidepressants. With so many diseases being the result of stress and inactivity, one way to combat many of the health problems today is simply to get up, and get outside.

Studies continue to find that being outside and in nature is linked to many mental, physical, and social heath benefits in both adults and children. Getting outside and enjoying nature is a refreshing activity that people can do to recharge. It is why some go for hikes to clear their heads, and it is why many people flock to national parks over vacations. People not only desire nature when given a choice between natural and urban landscapes, we actually need it.

What can nature do for physical health?

Being outdoors and engaging often with nature is a way to become active. Outdoor activity has many positive health effects. Exercise is an essential component in battling obesity, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the risk of other weight-related health concerns. It can also improve physical strength by building and training muscle, and by being outside, you are absorbing the necessary sunlight to metabolize vitamin D—a vitamin that is crucial in building strong bones. Being active outside releases endorphins, a hormone in the human body that makes you feel good.

Certain chemicals released by plants as a protection against insects can boost our immune systems when we breath them. Trees and plants act as a natural air filter, removing carbon dioxide and other harmful compounds from the air. Air pollution is a particular problem in urban areas, and this pollution can cause or contribute to respiratory issues like asthma. Living closer to a forest, or being around trees more often can not only alleviate the symptoms of asthma, it can increase our quality of health in general.

Aside from trees and sunlight, there are other aspects of nature that can improve health. Gardening can boost your immune system because rich soil contains microbes—tiny microscopic organisms. Some of these microbes, like Mycobacterium vaccae, have been found to have a similar effect on the human brain as antidepressant medications. Gardening decreases the level of cortisol in your brain, which is a hormone that is involved in responding to stress. The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture reported that adolescents engaging in a therapeutic gardening program noticed that their self-esteem grew, and they became better had handling emotional and behavioral stressors. Many of the participants expressed their desire to continue gardening after the program ended.

How can nature help our mental and social health?

Exploring nature is a great way to relieve stress. Even just going for a walk around a park can have a calming effect on the mind. Our natural curiosity as humans draws us to the outdoors, and this exploration is key to fostering a healthy imagination. Imagination can increase creativity and positive thinking, both of which are important for keeping an active and healthy mind.

There is something about the “great outdoors” that continues to inspire creativity in everyone from painters and writers, to scientists and engineers. Plants have a calming effect on our minds that can has been found to increase the speed and accuracy with which we do tasks. Having plants in the office or classroom can increase memory retention and task performance. Schools that have adopted environmental education programs have observed an increase in testing scores, while workplaces that have gardens for employees to visit during breaks see an increase in productivity.

As more people become involved with nature programs and outdoor activities, getting outside could increase the time we spend socializing with others. When many people are involved with nature, it also becomes an opportunity to enhance social connections and forge lasting friendships.

What can you do?

If you have ever felt overwhelmed by work, studies, or the bustle of a tight schedule, it may seem counterintuitive, but take a break. Go explore. Take time for yourself and remind yourself what it means to be outside connecting with nature and the people in it. One way to do this is by checking out local parks and environmental organizations for events

Events are a wonderful way to get that first foot out the door and to become part of a community of people who love being outside. The key to a happier and healthier life could in fact be your own back yard. Getting out into nature not only improves health and relationships with the community, it allows us to reconnect with a part of our very own nature.

Check out events at Clearwater Conservancy: http://www.clearwaterconservancy.org/events/

References:

(2007, April 2) Getting dirty may lift your mood. University of Bristol. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2007/5384.html

(2013, November 5) Improving Health and Wellness through Access to Nature. https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/08/09/18/improving-health-and-wellness-through-access-to-nature

(2016) How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing? https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

Hamblin, J. (2014, July 29) The Health Benefit of Trees. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/07/trees-good/375129/

Husted, K. (2012, February 22) Can Gardening Help Troubled Minds Heal? http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/02/17/147050691/can-gardening-help-troubled-minds-heal

Kingsley, J. Y., Townsend, M., & Henderson‐Wilson, C. (2009). Cultivating health and wellbeing: members’ perceptions of the health benefits of a Port Melbourne community garden. Leisure Studies, 28(2), 207-219.

Maller, C., Townsend, M., Pryor, A., Brown, P., & St Leger, L. (2006). Healthy nature healthy people:‘contact with nature’as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations. Health promotion international, 21(1), 45-54.

Matthews, D. M., & Jenks, S. M. (2013). Ingestion of Mycobacterium vaccae decreases anxiety-related behavior and improves learning in mice. Behavioural processes, 96, 27-35.

National Wildlife Federation. There’s a reason they call it the great outdoors. http://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Be%20Out%20There/MindBodySpirit_FactSheet_May2010.ashx

Thank You Art & Chocolate Winter Gala Artists, Sponsors, and Guests

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Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Art & Chocolate Winter Gala on February 10! The evening was a huge success thanks to our fun-loving guests, incredible artists, delicious dessert donors, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors who joined us to support ClearWater’s vision of working together for people and place to nurture a healthy environment and thriving communities right here in the heart of Pennsylvania!

 

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