LIMERICK  PA – Weekend (April 11-12, 2009) jottings from a reporter’s notebook:

If You’re Darn-Near Perfect, They’re Interested

No matter how rough the economy is, or may become, jobs are out there for the right (translation: qualified and skilled) people.

If you’re an engineer, for example, and have expertise in sustainable building design, the folks at Sustainable Solutions Corp. in Royersford PA want to receive your resume by e-mail. No, don’t use the Postal Service; that’s so 1990s. Besides, it’s a green company, and using paper is so 1980s (see the MCCC item below).

Details about the job, the firm, and its idea of an ideal applicant were updated online last Monday (April 6, 2009).

Remember, though, only the right people need apply. In a description of the engineering opening that appeared on EcoEmploy.com, Sustainable Solutions noted that it limits its hires to “darn-near perfect people … bad apples can’t survive.”

Think big, MCCC suggests. Think paperless, too.

Think big, MCCC suggests. Think paperless, too, for course guidance.

Paper, Be Gone (Part 1)

Semester after semester, year after year, the course guides published by Montgomery County Community College and mailed to prospective students grew thicker and heavier. They became more expensive to produce, and more expensive to mail. No more.

The college recently announced that – in an effort to be greener – it had stopped mailing its catalogs. Learners who want to know what courses are being offered are asked to go online to the college’s Admissions Department web pages. Course guides haven’t disappeared completely, though. People who still prefer paper over pixels can request a guide by sending an e-mail to admissions.

While Waiting

Overheard, from a member of Pottstown Borough Council, who arrived Friday (April 10, 2009) at 7 a.m. in Pottstown Memorial Medical Center: “It doesn’t matter what time you get here. There’s always a line.”

To the hospital’s credit, though, a scheduled 7:30 a.m. appointment started right on time.

Talk about hitchin' a ride. The toddler in the front seat early Thursday evening in Gerald Richards Park, Sanatoga, enjoyed a great view while someone else did all the work.

Talk about hitchin' a ride. A toddler in the front seat early Thursday evening (April 9, 2009) at Gerald Richards Park, Sanatoga, enjoyed a great view while someone else did all the work.

Paper, Be Gone (Part 2)

The purchase Saturday (April 11, 2009) of 11 items at a Rite Aid drug store in Clarks Summit PA should have yielded a paper cash register receipt just 6 inches long.

But to help customers who use a government-sanctioned Flexible Spending Plan track  their medical costs, Rite Aid adds another inch of paper to the receipt. To tell patrons about a phone survey the chain is conducting to determine customer satisfaction adds another 4 inches. Declaring its expertise in Medicare issues adds 1 more inch. A promotion urging customers to transfer all their prescriptions adds 4 inches. Finally, a promotion on obtaining prescription refills via the Internet adds 1 inch.

The result: 10 extra inches of cash register receipt ready to be recycled or – worse – wasted in a landfill somewhere.

To be fair, Rite Aid’s not the sole offender. Friendly’s Restaurant added 7 inches of coupon savings to its receipt;  Boscov’s at Coventry Mall in Pottstown PA used 2 inches of paper to alert customers that Clinque Bonus Time was about to end; and K-Mart in Sanatoga Village Plaza added 6 inches to describe when merchandise can no longer be returned, and to announce bargains at the jewelry counter.

The next green revolution needs to occur at the check-outs.

Mail Delivery Poll Results

Forget Tuesday, a majority of The Limerick Post survey respondents say. If the U.S. Postal Service is going to discontinue mail delivery sometime during the week, the consensus is for Saturday.

In last week’s Notebook Worthy, a Post Poll asked which of six days – Monday through Saturday – readers would be willing to sacrifice if the Postal Service decided to suspend delivery on a single day as a cost-cutting move.

The results are in: 47 percent favor Saturday, followed by Tuesday, 26 percent; Wednesday, 21 percent; and Monday, 5 percent. Apparently no one wants Thursday or Friday delivery touched. The Postal Service itself favors Tuesday, its lightest mail day.

Thanks for taking time to vote.

Postcard image from Montgomery County Community College

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