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Smart Talk: Capitol Week in review; Conservation pioneers; Central PA Food Bank

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 5, 2015 1:31 PM
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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, March 6, 2015:

WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson joins us to discuss Governor Wolf's budget address this week.

Pennsylvania is nationally known for its prominent role in historic environmental conservation efforts. Gifford Pinchot was the first chief of the US Forest Service. Maurice Goddard spent 24 years as a cabinet officer for five governors, helping to establish 45 Pennsylvania state parks. As director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Ralph Abele helped assure that fish populations and Pennsylvanians across the state had clean water.

Caren Glotfelty, Executive director of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, and Marci Mowery, president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation appear on Friday's Smart Talk to discuss an upcoming March 10 screening at the Carlisle Theater of two documentaries produced by WITF on the conservation leaders Goddard and Abele.

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Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the Central PA Food Bank

The Central PA Food Bank has been distributing food to area food banks and soup kitchens for 30 years, and now in 27 Pennsylvania counties. Executive director Joe Arthur joins us to discuss the food needs of Central Pennsylvanians and the Food Bank's 22nd annual Soup & a Bowl fundraiser coming up on March 16 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Forestry Association and their books on Maurice Goddard and Joseph Trimble, visit

To contact the Central PA Food Bank, visit or call 717-564-1700.

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