The Monitor is On Duty: Sentinel News

May 7, 2007: Sentinel News

The Monitor is On Duty: New Device for Better Accuracy

By Jessica Bruni

Excerpt:

Things were set up perfectly for a picnic at the Macaluso home in Carlisle. There were smiling faces, sunny skies, plenty of good eats … and a strange machine resembling a NASA leftover on the otherwise picturesque green lawn.

“I think I’m going to add arms to it and really make it look like a robot,” Russ Macaluso quipped.

Not quite.

Strange as it may look, the thing in question is an air-quality monitor.

On Sunday, the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania — to which Russ Macaluso and his wife, Jean, both belong — celebrated its installation by the state Department of Environmental Protection with a “Flip the Switch” party at the Macaluso home.

Although a similar monitor is set up on Route 34 in North Middleton, the board hopes the additional monitor, which actually won’t be turned on until Tuesday, will allow for more specific analysis of Carlisle area air quality, especially the fine particulate generated by local diesel fuel use.

CABBIE awards

CAB also look the opportunity to present its CABBIE awards. The CABBIEs, which stand for Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment, were given in recognition of those who used their leadership to address air quality issues in the community. Honored were Greg Ellerman, Jensen Gelfond, the Macalusos, Keen, Philip Carey, David Masland and Jim and Marion Johnston.

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