Laurels & Lances
Laurel: To Delmont Public Library volunteers. Answering the call of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which says monarch butterfly numbers “have decreased significantly over the last 20 years” due to habitat loss and pesticide use, they're raising 100-plus monarchs for release July 24 and maintaining a garden full of butterfly-friendly flora. It's the best kind of environmentalism in action.
An observation: Dumping old-style tube TVs outside thrift stores (or elsewhere) wouldn't be acceptable even if an April fire hadn't sidelined Westmoreland Cleanways' state-funded recycling center, where these stores could send such TVs for free recycling. That said, agencies such as Westmoreland Cleanways — which expects to resume business at a new Yukon facility in early fall — along with the state and electronics makers and retailers such as Best Buy (which no longer accepts old TVs) need to do a better job of providing recycling options. Until that happens, expect people to keep dumping old TVs, sensibly banned from Pennsylvania landfills, at thrift stores.
On the “Watch List”: The Greensburg Community Development Corp. If two applications for grant money to pay its next executive director's salary don't come through by August's end, the nonprofit may consider a part-time hire or paying less than the previous executive director's $33,590 salary, among the lowest at such agencies in the region. It's wise to not hire without salary funding in place, but the sooner this situation is settled, the better.