Happy Hallowe'en from Bradford County, PA

Happy Hallowe'en from Bradford County, PA
Photo courtesy of DK Natt

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Friday, October 31, 2014

For the Daze Ahead

Within a foot or two of where I'm kneeling in the pic below, this is where it happened over 30 years ago.

And in this next pic, I'm sitting on the very steps that I fell down on 13 January 2013 and ruptured both of my quadriceps tendons.
Separated by over three decades, both events occurred on the same 40' x 100' lot in the Mayflower section of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The "whys and the wherefores" are next.
Stay tuned.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hallowe'en: Voices & Visions

In many cultures, folks believe that Hallowe'en is the night when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest. In others, it's merely a night ( or more ) to dress up in costumes & attend/host a party...or walk the streets in ghoulish garb and collect/consume a few pounds of sugar-laden treats.
For me, this year, it'll  be revelation time.
For those that know me well...stay tuned. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vancouver: There and Back

My wife and I spent a week in Vancouver, British Columbia. We saw all the "must see" tourist destinations, and except for very spotty internet access in many of those areas - which all in all is not a bad thing - it was truly a relaxing getaway.
Here are some pics...back in a few.

Below: My favorite local brew - Sasquatch Stout.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PennEast Pipeline: Opposition Growing

"The company will host four November open houses in which PennEast experts will present the company's case for the pipeline and the public can ask individual questions of company experts on property concerns, the environment, safety and other issues.
Dates, times and locations have not been made public, but one of the open houses will be in Northampton County, Kornick said."
Check out the rest of the story here.
Don't you find it interesting that with about three weeks to go...the PennEast folks still haven't released details about these meetings?
I mean, what's the worst that can happen?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DEP Methane Investigation: Two years and...


The DEP at its finest? Read more here.
My comment?
I'll take their approach...no comment.
Sunfish Pond in NE PA on 05 Oct 14

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chemtrails @ night...

...sprayers delight.
Chemtrails @ morning, earthling take warning.
Sunrise in Montgomery County, PA on 12 October 2014
Just when you think you've seen it all...
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, October 10, 2014

UPDATE: DEP Secretary Nomination

I received a call from "a friend" yesterday regarding a prior post. They asked me why I failed to mention that I went to the same college and took the same courses and graduated with the same EnviSci degree as current DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti.
From my perspective, one of us walked away with an education, understanding of and respect for the environment...while the other walked away with a piece of paper.

I'll leave it at that.
Photo at Sunfish Pond by K Natt
BTW, if I was appointed, this would be my first email to everyone employed at the DEP. I would copy Toxic Tommy and select members of the media:
To all:
Over the course of the next few months, I hope to meet all of you.
Until then, please remember this; we work for the Department of Environmental Protection AND the citizens of this great commonwealth. 
As I view it, our jobs are to protect, preserve and - wherever possible - enhance Pennsylvania's environment to ensure future generations will look back at what we did and say "Thank you" instead of asking "Why?"
Let's get to work.
Think I'm not qualified for this position?
Remember the last two guys chosen?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bury My Heart @ Monocanock Island

"It would cross the Susquehanna River and Monocanock Island, passing into Jenkins, then Plains townships. In Plains, it would run through a sparsely populated area between a cemetery, a quarry and an electrical substation before running directly behind the horse stables of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs."

"So far, PennEast has met with federal and state agencies, along with the governors’ offices in both states and a smattering of state lawmakers and local officials. The company has not yet met with Luzerne County officials or any local governments in Luzerne County except Jenkins Twp., Ms. Kornick said, though its outreach meetings are ongoing.

It plans to hold open houses from Nov. 10 to 13 where residents can meet PennEast representatives to view route maps and ask one-on-one questions, she said. PennEast has not announced the open house locations yet."
Read the rest here.

Open houses...in my Wyoming Valley?
Here we go...again.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DEP Secretary: Nominate ME!

In case you were not aware, DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo resigned last week. With the election about a month away, chances are PA Governor Toxic Tommy Corbett will not be appointing his replacement anytime soon.
But if he were, here are my qualification:

Degree in the Environmental Sciences:     Check
Longtime, Proven Track Record on Environmental Issues:   Check
Working in multi-billion dollar organizations:   Check 
Friend of Tom Corbett: 
Oh, crap...there goes my nomination to be the next DEP Secretary.
Can someone come up with a catchy caption for this pic?
The tree has grown around an iron gate, and I'm guessing both are over a century old.
Have at it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Decompressing on Barclay Mountain

I have a few wrap-up posts coming together, but wanted to take a moment to thank my two longtime friends from Bradford County, Dan and Karen, for spending some time with me yesterday and taking me on a whirlwind tour throughout the hills & vales of Bradford County.
Although I'm not 100% there yet...it was a major decompression day.
I'll expand on the trip in my next post.
In the meantime, here are a few pics.
Happy Monday!