Fast Three: Fueling Pottstown’s Future, Give the Arboretum Your Stuff, and No Licenses on Labor Day

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Sustainable energy more fuel for Pottstown success, PAID says

Pottstown Area Industrial Development, the non-profit agency (also known as PAID) that for more than a half-century has worked to foster local commercial and industrial development, distributed e-mails Monday (Aug. 31, 2020) touting the Pottstown Sustainable Energy Plant. It’s due to be completed and functioning by January 2023 on Keystone Boulevard.

What makes the energy plant unique? What it makes from plant cellulose: green and renewable synthetic diesel fuel, created under high heat conditions without burning. Importantly, this is not an experimental project; two similar facilities have been operating in Tennessee since 2018.

“These are the types of companies that are a perfect fit for Pottstown,” PAID said. It reported the ownership and management team behind it are “committed to hiring locally” and could employ 68 full-time people over three shifts. Based on its revenue stream there’s an estimated potential for another 199 indirect jobs. PAID called the project “a promising step in continued economic growth in Pottstown.”

Althouse Arboretum wants your gently used and wearable stuff

If you’re like many of your neighbors, you’ve spent a portion of coronavirus confinement by cleaning your house. Lots of folks began emptying closets, attics, and basements of accumulated stuff after they tired of watching television reruns, searching for new roasted chicken recipes, or unsuccessfully attempting to play canasta by themselves.

Like most of them, you also probably faced the same problem once the cleaning was complete. Where do you send all that unwanted stuff? If it consists of gently used and still wearable clothes, shoes, jewelry, backpacks, and other items, the Althouse Arboretum will take those goods for its upcoming Clothing and More Recycling Drive. It’s scheduled Sept. 19 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the arboretum, 1794 Gilbertsville Rd., Upper Pottsgrove.

All items must be bagged in paper or plastic bags, and can be dropped off at the arboretum office porch before the event. Find a full list of what it will, and can’t, accept here. The drive earns money for the arboretum, raises community awareness about its mission and, yes, finally frees up space in your home.

State driver’s license, photo centers closed Labor Day

Unless you’re a teen of legal driving age who is just aching to take his or her road test and earn a Pennsylvania driver’s license, this news should be expected and disappoint few. All driver license and photo centers operated by the state Department of Transportation will be closed Saturday through Monday (Sept. 5-7, 2020) in observance of Labor Day.

It’s tough to imagine there’s a crowd of people, huge or otherwise, willing to sacrifice even an hour of their federal holiday to spend it at a licensing center. Because this is a government agency, however, sufficient and adequate public notice must be offered to warn “the crowd” that no one in the state bureaucracy intends to give up an hour of their holiday time to serve them.

All is not lost!, a PennDOT e-mail advised Monday at about 12:30 p.m. “Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,” it reported. That’s also the place to renew licenses and registrations coming due.

Driver’s license photo (at top) provided by the state of Pennsylvania