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Posted in Communities by Administrator () on November 12, 2012
A Larson Design Group employee sent the following email this morning, to remind us all of the importance of respecting those who serve our country. Although the employee wishes to remain anonymous, we wanted to share his words, and add our own thank you to veterans.
My father, father-in-law and most of my uncles served in the military in their youth. That’s just what they did in that generation, and most of them won’t tell you if you don’t ask. I graduated high school in 1975 which was the end of the Vietnam War, so they didn’t need me. When the Middle East erupted into a war, I was too old to serve.
So to all those who have served, I thank you for your service to our country, and for your service that has protected my family. For those of you who have family members who have served or are currently serving – thanks to you for sharing your family with us and thank you for all you go through as a military family. I would like you to know that my family honors you and your family for giving back to this country and for allowing my family to live in peace and enjoy our blessed way of life here in the USA.
When I was younger, we always had Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house, and she always had at least four young servicemen at her house all day on Thanksgiving. These were young men stuck at one of the training bases here in San Antonio who would have eaten their Thanksgiving meals in a mess hall; that just didn’t seem right to her. They had the run of the house; they ate first, they picked the football games we watched, and they all had a comfy bed for a nap before they went back to the barracks. I guess she showed me how to do thank you rather than just say thank you.
Yesterday we taught our grandchildren what a veteran is and why they are special. Now they understand why my wife and I go out of our way to shake the hands of those older gentlemen we see wearing ball caps with their unit crest on the front. My children and grandchildren have seen me buy many meals over the past years. For at least the past 20 years, whenever I see a man or woman in uniform in a restaurant that I’m at, I go and personally thank them for their service and ask if they would allow me the honor of buying their meal as a small gesture of my family’s gratitude for their service to our country and for my family. Then I ask their waitress to bring me their food bill and to add a dessert for them also. I live in San Antonio where there are 3 military bases (used to be 4), so we buy a lot of meals.
So to all at LDG who have served our country, and to all those who are a military family, my family thanks you, and we pray that you have a blessed year.Comments (1) | Permalink |
Posted in Communities | Employees | Landscape Architecture | Leadership | Networking | Professional Development | Stewardship by Administrator () on November 2, 2012
Steven Beattie, RLA, Senior Project Manager at LDG’s Selinsgrove office, recently sat down with the Central PA Chamber of Commerce to discuss why Central Pennsylvania is a great place to do business.
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Posted in Alternative Energy | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Politics by Marty Muggleton (VP Client Development & Marketing) on August 17, 2012
Barcelona, Spain–”It isn’t a crisis, it’s a scam.”
When he said “just like America”, I began to think.
In the last three years, I have been fortunate to spend time in both Greece and Spain. These are beautiful and stimulating cultures, and are valuable sources for understanding other views of the world. I can’t speak more than a few phrases of each language, but I can learn by talking (in English) with locals. In these countries there are plenty of opportunities, since people tend to be friendly and enthusiastic conversationalists.Comments (3) | Permalink |
Posted in Alternative Energy | Communities | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Site Design & Land Development | Sustainable Design by Jillian Ibbs (Marketing) on June 12, 2012
The Laurel Hill Wind Energy Project is a Duke Energy Corporation initiative, located along Laurel Hill Ridge in Jackson and McIntyre Townships in northern Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Upon completion, the facility will consist of thirty individual wind turbines within a seven-mile long lease corridor. Altogether, the turbines will produce 69 megawatts of electricity.
Larson Design Group handled the land development design for the project, including boundary and topographic survey, Geographic Information System (GIS) base mapping, zoning application preparation, construction observation, erosion control plans, post-construction stormwater management plans, water/wastewater design, permitting, site re-vegetation plans, and alignment studies. LDG is also assisting Duke Energy with full-time construction management tasks.
The turbines are impressive structures. Manufactured by Siemens, they measure 424 feet tall at their highest point and run at any wind speed between approximately 8 and 55 miles per hour. A new two-mile long, 34.5-kilovolt overhead electric transmission line will convey electricity from the turbine corridor to a new switchyard and substation, which was designed and is being constructed in accordance with PenElec’s specifications. The switchyard will be turned over to PenElec for operation and maintenance after project completion. The turbine blades, which are 163 feet long, are fitted with serrated edging to aid in noise reduction. Each rotor blade automatically pivots in its socket to ensure it will catch maximum wind power from any direction.
The wind farm is expected to be completed in October of 2012. The electricity they will produce has been sold to Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, which serves over 100,000 residents and businesses.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Communities | Employees | Stewardship by Jillian Ibbs (Marketing) on May 24, 2012
On May 18th and 19th, Larson Design Group employees participated in Williamsport’s Relay for Life. The Relay is an annual fundraiser which benefits the American Cancer Society. LDG employees were able to raise over $2600 by selling baked goods and collecting donations. In total, the American Cancer Society raised over $247,000 to use in the fight against cancer. Here are some photos from the event.No comments yet | Permalink |