Environmental Stewardship Program to Fund $2.5 million in Local Conservation Project


Today we joined in with The Conservation Fund in announcing 17 conservation projects which will receive more than $2.5 million in funding through our Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program. Together, these projects will restore more than 10 miles of wildlife habitat along streams, prevent thousands of pounds of harmful nutrients from entering waterways and support the construction of eight miles of new trails in central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program is a voluntary program designed to benefit the resources and support communities within our Atlantic Sunrise project area. It is not designed to replace traditional compensatory mitigation requirements of state and federal permitting agencies.

During much of the past year, The Conservation Fund has worked with us to provide an objective, scientifically-based identification and evaluation of natural resource stewardship needs within the project area. This included meetings with key stakeholders to identify significant natural resources such as forests, streams, and species habitats as well as recommended environmental stewardship opportunities.

We appreciate the guidance we received from The Conservation Fund and are confident this formal approach to environmental stewardship will greatly benefit the project area.

Once complete, the 17 projects chosen to receive Environmental Stewardship funds will result in the restoration of more than 10 miles and 30 acres of streamside habitat, the creation of new trails expected to be used by around 200,000 people, and the storage of approximately 925 tons each year of manure, which reduces quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium entering nearby streams and improves water quality.

Fire Up Your Smoker! Time to Register for Williams’ Annual BBQ Cook-Off

BBQ posterThe scent of barbecue will fill the air on September 18th.

Barbecue teams have been tweaking their recipes and perfecting their technique to get ready for Williams’ annual Barbecue Cook Off . This year the event will be at a new venue — Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock, (Wyoming County) PA. Proceeds from the event, with eligible matched dollars, will be donated to area United Way chapters.

Reigning Cook-Off Champion S2W will need to defend their Grand Champion title. The cook-team competition will be fierce as we look to grow participation from across the northern Marcellus region.

If tasting is your barbecue talent, gather up your friends to form a Judge team and help select the winner. Or, just buy a People’s Choice ticket and vote by donating dollars to your favorite team’s People’s Choice bucket…either way gets you the chance to taste awesome barbecue samples all afternoon.

The results of the judging will be tallied and announced that evening. The first place winner in each category will receive a wall plaque and most importantly: bragging rights! The Grand Champion will be the custodian for one year of the coveted NEPA  Grand Champion BBQ Cup.

Last year Williams’ Barbecue Cook-Off raised over $60,000 to benefit thousands of neighbors served by United Way agencies in Susquehanna County, Wyoming County, Wyoming Valley and Broome County, N.Y. and these agencies will benefit again in 2015.

Whether you plan to cook or to judge the barbecue, click here to find out more about the event, read the cook-off rules, and learn how and where to buy tickets and to register your BBQ team and Judge team.

Register Now:

BBQ Cook-Off Rules

Cook Team Online Registration

Cook Team PDF Registraion

Judge Online Registration

Judge PDF Registration

Supporting Millersville University’s program serving individuals with intellectual disabilities in PA

Williams local outreach partners Scott Carney and Megan Stafford presented a check to Millersville University student Daniel Castellanos, a student enrolled in this innovative program, and Professor Thomas Neuville.

Williams local outreach partners Scott Carney and Megan Stafford delivered Williams’ donation to Millersville University student Daniel Castellanos, a student enrolled in this innovative program, and Professor Thomas Neuville.

Millersville University’s Career & Life Studies (CLS) received a $10,000 donation from Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program to support a groundbreaking academic program.The program offers adults with intellectual disabilities the benefits of attending Millersville and fully experiencing a university atmosphere.

CLS provides students with coaching and training for success in academics, vocational, and residential life skills. The first of its kind central Pennsylvania, this program is an inclusive, residential, and transitional opportunity that prepares students with intellectual disabilities for life.

As part of this program, students are admitted to the university, receive scholarships, develop knowledge and competencies in an inclusive environment, develop independent living and self-advocacy skills, and acquire gainful employment on campus and post-graduation.

Williams appreciates the opportunity to contribute to something so innovative and important.