Governor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 21, 2016 Energy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell to serve permanently in that role, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.“In his acting capacity and throughout his career, Patrick has been a dedicated steward of the environment and a leader in advancing Pennsylvania’s energy development in a responsible way,” Governor Wolf said. “I trust Patrick to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in a way that protects our commonwealth’s land, water and air and ensures the department continues to make progress in the areas of innovation, responsible development and working with legislators, industry and advocates in a collaborative and productive way.”Prior to his appointment as Acting Secretary, Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
It was a pretty perfect morning for a cross county meet on Saturday and Batesville got to compete at the 25 team Ben Davis Invitational in Indianapolis. It was a beautiful morning and the Bulldogs took advantage of not only the weather, but being able to complete against some big schools with tons of competition. Batesville ended the morning with 17 runners racing a personal record and many dropping their time by over 30 seconds. Although overall it may not seem to many that the Bulldogs performed well placing 13th(boys) and 14th(girls) overall, but this was not a meet that was divided into divisions or classes. It was a straight up meet of 25 teams with more than half of the schools we competed against were 5A schools. The varsity races had over 160 runners in each race, where the JV races were over 300 runners. Top runners for the Bulldogs in the boys varsity race with all seven of them running a personal best time was: Adam Moster (16:58-37th), Joshua Myers (17:14-49th), Dillon Murray (17:39-67th), Chris Laymon (17:47-76th), John Thompson (18:34-107th), Nathan Eckstein (18:38-108th) and Charlie Laymon (18:41-110th). The girls didn’t have all seven run an overall personal best, but most was their best time of the season. Those running for Batesville in the varsity race were Liz Loichinger (19:50-PR-25th), Haylee Harymeyer (20:11-PR-37th), Emma Gausman (20:20-46th), Audrey Maupin (21:31-PR-99th), Trysta Vierling (22:07-PR-115th), Audrey Weigel (22:25-125th) and Cheyenne Laker (23:41-144th).Again the JV races had well over 300 runners in each of the races and the boys placed 14th as the girls place 15th. Top runners for the boys in this race were: Luke Esser (19:02-PR), Garrett Wagner (19:11-PR), Adam Hollowell (19:56-PR), Kaleb McBeath (20:47) and finishing out the top 5, Nathan Vallani (21:14-PR) Also running a personal best in the boys JV race was Luke Nuhring.In the girls JV race, they placed 15th and only had 5 girls to run it, so all 5 were vital in scoring for the Bulldogs. Leading the girls JV race for Batesville and running a personal best was Lexie Huber (23:15), she was followed by Ava Ralston, Carly Fitzpatrick, Kate Poltrack (running a personal best) and our fifth girl, Hannah Canady.Batesville will travel to Jennings County on Tuesday for their Invitational-ready to run against some tough competition again. Good Luck Dogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.