The Allegheny Front for the week of

May 2-8, 2014

School Lunch Entices Kids to Eat Local Produce

Food service directors, district officials and farmers are wondering how to get more locally grown produce into cafeterias. Schools around the country are now required to offer fruits and vegetables.  But it can be a challenge to get kids to actually eat the healthier items.  

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Garlicky Ramps Trendy, but is the Harvest Sustainable?

Something is changing in the heart of ramp country. In the last 20 years the gourmet culinary industry has created a new market of buying and selling wild ramps for vast sums of money. From Allegheny Mountain Radio and the Traveling 219 Project, Roxy Todd brings us this story about saving wild ramps before it is too late.

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Lancaster County Residents Criticize Pipeline Proposal

A proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through several nature preserves in Lancaster County is angering many residents.  It was standing room only as concerned residents packed a public meeting between the county of Lancaster and Oklahoma-based Williams Partners.

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Classical Spring: A Musical Tour of the Season

Carnegie Mellon University professor Rob Fallon studies how nature is portrayed in classical music. He talks with host Jennifer Szweda Jordan about how composers Vivaldi, Stravinsky, and Messiaen portrayed the spring season in song.

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With No Health Registry, PA Doesn’t Know the Impact of Fracking on Health

After more than five years and about 6,000 wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale boom, public-health experts say the need to collect information near fracking operations in Pennsylvania is urgent.  How will anyone in the state know the possible health impacts of hydraulic fracturing unless information is collected?

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