Area office selects
Rick Mason, community relations coordinator, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for March 2014.
Mason is a dedicated employee who serves as the district's "mouthpiece," fielding transportation-related inquiries from the press and local citizens. He is knowledgeable about a wide range of transportation issues and policies and often is the person legislators go to with their concerns. He promptly answers their questions or steers them to the appropriate staff for a response.
Mason plans and arranges all major press events, including ground breaking ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and special announcements.
In addition to being available to provide press releases and travel advisories at all hours of the day, including on weekends, he prepares stories highlighting the department's accomplishments. A campaign promoting seat belt use, "Bonnie's Story," has been featured on PennDOT's JustDrivePA and the AAA North Penn web sites.
He is well respected by the press, his peers and the central press office staff, the news release said. He is an award-winning photographer who often uses his talents on behalf of the department. He is a tireless advocate of district charities and puts great effort into rallying employees to support them.
Mason, a 19-year PennDOT employee, resides in Williamsport with his wife Anne. They have a daughter, Natalie.
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Kramm Health and Rehab Center in Milton celebrates Lucille Brown, LPN. Lucille was elected by the leadership team at Kramm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as the February Employee of the Month.
Employees are elected on their overall performance, attitude and leadership roles. Brown, a news release said, goes above and beyond every day and makes a difference in the lives of the residents she serves and the staff she mentors. Lucille makes a difference each and every day!
She lives in Milton and went to Warrior Run High School and Danville Area School District Practical Nursing Program. She has been married for 33 years to her husband Dwayne and has two sons Jason and Jeremy and two grandchildren.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association presented three County Bar Recognition Awards to the Lycoming Law Association during the 48th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 27 - March 1, at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College.
Recognized for its Law Day 2013 activities, its pro bono participation and its U.S. Supreme Court admission ceremony for local lawyers, the Lycoming Law Association is one of 25 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system or community. The awards are presented annually by the PBA.
"Our communities and legal professionals benefit greatly from the thousands of voluntary hours that hardworking lawyers invest each year into local programs and services," said Forest N. Myers. "We are proud to acknowledge their efforts and encourage even more legal professionals to take part in the ongoing good works of the organized bar."
During 2013, the association held its annual Law Day Art and Essay Contest for all students in the county and used its Law Day event to recognize the contest winners and also to acknowledge Lycoming County mock trial winners.
The association continues to excel in its level of pro bono participation by its members. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's Excellence Award was presented to the association and the Lycoming Law Association Foundation "in recognition of outstanding commitment to equal justice for those who have nowhere else to turn."
During November 2013, the association traveled to Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Supreme Court admission ceremony for eight Lycoming County lawyers and two Columbia County lawyers. A reception was held at the Hyatt on Capitol Hill the night before the ceremony and attendees also had breakfast at the Supreme Court before the ceremony.
The Conference of County Bar Leaders, whose membership includes leaders from county bar associations throughout the state and from the PBA, organizes a yearly educational conference focusing on the exchange of innovative bar association projects and ideas and on the development of mutually-beneficial relationships among bar leaders that improve the legal profession.
Founded in 1895, the PBA strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.
John Krysik was recently recognized as the January Employee of the Month at
Construction Specialties, Inc. in Hughesville.
Krysik, a news release said, exemplifies the true characteristics of a team player. He is always willing to fill in when needed and goes the extra mile for customer satisfaction. The news release said he always has a smile on his face and enjoys doing quality work. His work ethic and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.
Larson Design Group, an engineering, architecture, and surveying firm, recently announced that Karen Krabill, has joined its Morgantown, W.Va., office as a project engineer.
Krabill has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical and civil engineering. She has conducted geotechnical investigations and engineering evaluations for a myriad of clients, including coal companies, power generation facilities, manufacturing plants, municipalities, engineering companies, and developers. She has also conducted forensic engineering investigations and provided expert testimony.
Among her areas of expertise, Krabill describes landslides as her passion. "My father was an engineer, and we grew up with a landslide visible in the backyard. He referred to it as his personal landslide. So from a young age, I've enjoyed investigating landslides, finding out what causes them, and creating ways to prevent or build around areas with potentially unstable slopes. "
In addition to slope stability, Krabill has experience in geothermal heating and cooling systems. She performed thermal conductivity testing to aid in the design of the planned ground heat exchanger system for Eastwood Elementary School, the first LEED certified school in West Virginia. "The school sits atop an abandoned coal mine, so I performed other technical studies, including subsidence risk analysis to verify the stabilization of the mine voids and determine the final school design. I also developed a grouting program for the site."
Krabill's other specialties include retaining wall analysis and design, earth dam design, hydrology and hydraulic analyses, and stormwater management system design.
Larson Design Group provides innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG staff members have diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection.