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Awards

Honors, designations and recognitions

Banking/finance

Florida-based BauerFinancial Inc. gave the following credit unions a 5-star ranking based on financial data reported to federal regulators: Blue Chip Federal Credit Union of Swatara Township, Cornerstone Federal Credit Union of South Middleton Township, First Capital Federal Union and Wilmac Employees' Credit Union of York, Glatco Credit Union of Spring Grove, Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union and White Rose Credit Union of Springettsbury Township, Lebanon Federal Credit Union, Penlanco Federal Credit Union of Manheim Township, Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union of Harrisburg and Team First Federal Credit Union of West Hempfield Township. Among local banks, Ephrata National Bank, Gratz Bank, Liverpool Community Bank, Riverview Bank of Marysville, Susquehanna Bank and Union Community Bank of Manheim Township and York Traditions Bank of York Township received 5 stars. Americhoice Federal Credit Union of Upper Allen Township, Belco Community Credit Union of Swatara Township, Everence Federal Credit Union of East Lampeter Township, Hershey Federal Credit Union of South Hanover Township, Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union, Lanco Federal Credit Union and Our Family Federal Credit Union of Manheim Township, Local 520 UA Federal Credit Union of West Hanover Township, Members 1st Federal Credit Union of Lower Allen Township, New Cumberland Federal Credit Union of Fairview Township, Pennsylvania Central Federal Credit Union of Lower Paxton Township, Postmark Credit Union of Susquehanna Township and Wheatland Federal Credit Union of East Hempfield Township were named 4-star credit unions, and Adams County National Bank of Gettysburg, Centric Bank of Lower Paxton Township, First National Bank of Fredericksburg, Fulton Bank of Lancaster, Integrity Bank of Camp Hill, Mid Penn Bank of Millersburg and Sovereign Bank of Wyomissing were named 4-star banks.

Construction

Texas-based National Association of Church Design Builders gave Stewart & Tate of York two awards for its renovations to the Yorkshire United Methodist Church in Springettsbury Township: Best Project less than $1 Million and special recognition for use of traditional and contemporary sanctuary elements.

Environment

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement gave the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection its 2012 National Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award for its Dents Run aquatic ecosystem restoration project in Benezette Township, Elk County. Mining began at the site in the late 1800s and continued through the 1960s, when the site was abandoned, leaving devastating environmental degradation. The reclamation project, which began in 2002 and was completed in March 2012, was one of the most comprehensive reclamation programs undertaken by DEP. Using innovative technologies, the agency and its partners remediated dangerously steep highwalls, water impoundments, mine openings and hundreds of acres of barren, unstable, acidic mine spoil. The project created more than 320 acres of additional habitat for Pennsylvania's growing elk herd, most of it on state game lands. It also restored nearly five miles of the lower Dents Run stream by neutralizing acid mine water, marking the first time in more than a century the stream can support aquatic life, such as native trout. Working with DEP's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation on the project were the Bennett Branch Watershed Association, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Elk County Conservation District, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Elk County commissioners and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; local mining companies P&N Coal Co. and Original Fuels; and contractors Stream Restoration Inc. of Pittsburgh, Gannett-Fleming Consultants of Clearfield County; and Berner Construction Inc. of Lancaster County. Eric Cavazza received the Dave Bucknam Outstanding Instructor Award for exemplary dedication, leadership, compassion and commitment. He is director of the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and has been employed with DEP for 27 years.

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