Fast Three: A Renewable Energy Poll, A Working Remotely Conference, and A Photo of Thanks

SANATOGA PA – The Post doesn’t play with the news, but we do experiment with it.

What you’re reading is “Fast Three,” The Post’s latest effort to keep readers informed and entertained. Our weekdays-only goal is to find three local newsworthy items daily between 11 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. (just shy of three hours), condense them into a fast read of three or fewer paragraphs each, and publish them by 2 p.m.

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Maybe you’ll get a charge out of this. Or not

Two interesting statistical claims arrived Wednesday (Aug. 19, 2020) at 11:05 a.m. by e-mail from a Dublin OH company called IGS Energy. It cites an undated Yale Program on Climate Change public opinion poll that says “87 percent of Montgomery County residents support funding research into renewable energy sources,” like those windmills at top. It also says nearly 70 percent of county residents “would like to see utilities REQUIRED to produce 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources.” The capitalization is theirs.

Although the accuracy of the stats can’t immediately be verified (no source was linked), it’s certain that Yale University has an abiding interest in climate change and an active communications base from which to discuss it: a website, here. It’s also certain IGS has an abiding interest in selling “100-percent renewable electricity and carbon-neutral natural gas to all new residential consumers,” as its accompanying media release explained. It’s stated goal is to become “a completely carbon-neutral energy provider by 2040.”

Two questions for readers, an unscientific mini-poll of sorts: 1) Do you support funding research into renewable energy? and 2) Do you favor requiring utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources? Send an e-mail ( with a simple “yes” or “no” answer to each.

Photo of windmills in Bradford County PA (at top) by dfb photos via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license

For those who think working remotely is worthwhile

Sort of like working without a net, but it’s much more cosy

Maybe you like working from home, despite its occasional (or even persistent) distractions. You’re comfortable in whatever that is you’re wearing. You like taking a mid-day break to watch a guilty pleasure TV show without having to look over your shoulder. And, hey, the money you earn spends just as easily as the kind you once received in a bi-weekly paycheck from a company you don’t own.

Working remotely certainly isn’t for everyone, but those who find it both profitable and liberating may be interested in a new (and yes, online) conference called “Remote Talent 2020.” It’s scheduled to be held virtually Aug. 26-28 (Wednesday through Friday) from 10:55 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The conference “aims to connect the world’s talent with leading organizations around the globe that are driving economic recovery,” according to a pitch received in the afternoon e-mail.

Organizers claim Remote Talent 2020 includes 1,000 companies that are hiring remotely, along with “company-specific breakout sessions that highlight open remote jobs and give an inside look into the company’s culture (and) remote philosophy.” Interested? Register for free, here.

Photo by Catharina Short Sundberg, via Unsplash, used under license

Wednesday is World Photo Day. Here’s our choice

Firefighters outside a vacant home Thursday on Evergreen Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township

Many firefighters selflessly spend hours every week training to ensure they’re at their best when it comes to saving their communities from catastrophe. To recognize Wednesday as World Photography Day, we wanted to acknowledge the men and women volunteers of the Ringing Hill and Sanatoga fire companies serving Lower Pottsgrove Township.

Both were out Thursday night (Aug. 13) on Evergreen Road (above) with trucks and gear, practicing methods to rescue occupants from a smoke-filled home. They could have spent time with family, watched TV, read a book. Instead they got tired improving their abilities … so the rest of us could enjoy, worry-free, the things they didn’t.

Photo by The Post