Honors, designations and recognitions
Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers named Alex E. Castracane of Sewickley Savings Bank, Frank A. Pinto of PACB, Vincent J. Land of Minersville Safe Deposit Bank & Trust Co., John E. Mariner of First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County and Lynn R. Wenger of Jonestown Bank & Trust Co. to its Hall of Fame in recognition of their contributions to their communities, their institutions and the association.
Columbus, Ohio-based American Folklore Society gave Jared S. Rife its 2012 William Wells Newell Prize for a paper on children's folklore. He is a lecturer and doctoral candidate in American studies at Penn State Harrisburg.
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gave an Emmy award for the "Cosmo's World II: Water," video that was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Wild Resource Conservation Program, producer eMediaWorks, WVLT-TV PBS 39 in Bethlehem and conservation group Natural Biodiversity. The video is part of a four-part series that uses a flying river squirrel, Cosmo, and river otter, Terra, to introduce middle school-age viewers to water consumption and conservation. Students from the Lehigh Valley School for the Performing Arts and Milton Hershey School were featured in the short videos, which also addressed biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and energy.
The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce gave Lebanon Family Health Services its 2012 Non-Profit of the Year Award based on its broad array of services that impact and benefit thousands of Lebanon Valley residents each year. Over the past 12 months, it distributed more than $1.6 million in Women, Infants and Children food vouchers for nutritious foods; provided nearly 36,000 free nutrition counseling sessions to WIC clients; provided free influenza vaccines to 900 residents; performed nearly 800 drug-screening tests and hosted a Latino health fair that attracted more than 300 people.