The Greening Mountainhome project is a Green Communities project funded by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, with support from The William Penn Foundation, and the Weiler Family Foundation. Green projects in Mountainhome and surrounding areas will help keep Mill Creek cold and clean. Read more about Mill Creek here.
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JULY 25 WEBINAR: Rain barrels – why and how to use them
Have you ever wished for a more efficient way to water your garden, keep your car clean and save money all while helping the environment? A rain barrel can do all this and more.
On July 25, 2020, Brodhead Watershed Association will host a webinar showing what rain barrels do, how to install one, and best ways to situate and decorate it.
In this online workshop, part of BWA’s Greening Mountainhome program, Darryl Speicher will talk about this method of collecting rainwater for many uses around the house as well as its pollution prevention abilities.
The first 20 participants who pre-register, make a $25 donation to BWA online and attend the webinar get a free rain barrel! Details on where and when to pick up the rain barrel will be provided after the workshop.
Those who do not wish to receive a barrel may attend the webinar for free; preregistration is still required.
The webinar begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25. Details of how to join the Zoom webinar will be emailed to registrants. Deadline to register is noon Friday, July 24.
To register, email your name and whether you’d like a rain barrel to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get a free rain barrel, make your $25 donation to BWA here:
In May 2020, the webinar Garden for Clean Water was held.
Local Master Gardener Amy Romanelli-Girardi led the webinar on how to keep your water clean and the garden growing all summer long.
“What we put in our garden affects more than just our garden,” Romanelli-Girardi said.
Learn how your choice of plants can directly and indirectly contribute to water quality, how home landscapes impact the entire area drained by Brodhead Creek, and which native plants work for yourself, wildlife, and everyone’s drinking water.
To see the archived webinar and learn more about native plants, click here.
PROJECT: Barrels around Barrett
In another facet of the Greening Mountainhome program, rain barrels will be installed at locations throughout the area. With the help of volunteer artists, Todd Schwartz and Boy Scout Troop 89, painted rain barrels will beautify their locations as well as catch roof runoff to be used in a rain garden.
Thank you to these barrel artists: Krista Paolucci, Marty Gylleck, Theresa Merli, Jill Swersie, Alexis O’Keefe, Patti O’Keefe, Debbie Hardy, Kristina Closs, Gail Howard, Kristy Galunic, Emilia Kur, Marilyn Detrick, Darryl Speicher, Tanya Lutin, Annelizabeth Messina, Lee Schuler, Alma Barrantes, Linda Lewis, John James, Cynthia Vineis, Nicole Abrams, Ryan Burke, Kendall Farley, Grant & Madison Hilfiger.
Sponsors include: Bloomin’ Onion Restaurant; Michelle Farley; Joseph Dilger, DDS; ESSA Bank & Trust; NBT Bank; Blake Martin Financial; Donaghy Insurance; Steele’s Hardware; Capri Pizza; Mick Motors; Woodfield Manor; Frogtown Chophouse; Buck Hill Falls Company; PourHouse; Basso; Rotary of the Pocono Mountains; Barrett Township Historical Society; Tom’s Country Kitchen; Callie’s Candy Kitchen; Daily Bread; Barn Door Antiques; Mickey Miller; Peter Maier; Natalie Berdoe; and Hilfiger Contracting LLC.
For more information about installing and maintaining rain barrels, click here.