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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Value of Not Taking a Stance

Is Zero. Zip. Nada. ничего. Nic.
"Robert Hughes, executive director of the Ashley-based group, said Tuesday EPCAMR is not taking a stance on the project, but ..."
Read the rest here.
I am against the PennEast Pipeline going under the Susquehanna River at any point in the Wyoming Valley.

I already know what I am going to do to stop it, and I am not affiliated with nor am I conferring with any coalition, group, or cause. That is my choice and mine alone.
See y'all at RiverFest in June.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Étienne Brûlé: 1615-1915

According to just about everything I've read, ~20 year old French explorer Etienne Brule travelled down the Susquehanna River from near present-day Sayre, Pennsylvania to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in 1615.
Accompanied by Susquehannocks and perhaps others, many believe he was the first European to paddle down the Susquehanna along that stretch of the river. Since there is plenty of historical evidence to support much earlier visits to that region ( Sayre/Carantouan) in the 1500's by the Dutch and Spanish,  suffice it to say that Etienne Brule was definitely one of the earliest.
In a series of stages, mostly on weekends, I plan to paddle the majestic Susquehanna from Sayre to either Shickshinny or Sunbury in 2015. I've paddled this section of the Susquehanna many times, so I know there are plenty of opportunities to stop/camp/refuel and visit historical sites along the way.
I'll be looking for folks to join me for one, two or perhaps all of the stages. 
More in the days ahead.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

DEP's John Quigley: Freudian Slip?

If you are not yet up to speed on our incoming governor's new cabinet selections, take a few minutes to ramp up here and here.

I don't know if you caught it, but while reading the latter piece, this quote from our incoming DEP Secretary John Quigley did not slip by unnoticed: 
"I know my way around Harrisburg, I understand the politics and issues," Quigley said. "Citizens need to have confidence in the agency and the agency has the responsibility to be transparent. One of the most effective ways to do that is to be engaging all interests and trying to find the most construction paths forward."
Now, I wasn't there, but I have to start with the premise that the reporter that wrote the article was there and that he/she took accurate notes. In my mind, what Mr. Quigley should have said was "...the most constructive paths forward."
But, assuming once again that the reporter got it right, and spell-check and/or a tight deadline was not ultimately responsible for this obvious error, Mr. Quigley's parapraxis does not bode well for Pennsylvania's environment in the years ahead.

Corbett needed to go - period.

However, I'm beginning to feel uneasy about his successor.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

DEP's New Fracking Video & Federally-Subsidized Brainwashing

This new DEP video is being shown at the 99th annual PA Farm Show.

Your tax dollars and our DEP hard at work!
   Meanwhile, a small explosion in Wyoming County and federally-subsidized brainwashing are in the news.

Seriously...100 buck$ to attend a minimum of 8 sessions!?!?!?!
Where do I sign up?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bradford County: Oh, beautiful...

...for spacious skies,


Photo above courtesy of DK Natt


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fare thee well, Bradford County!

This morning, when I read this article in the Times Leader ( Wilkes-Barre, PA ) about the return of the Eastern Cougar to northeastern PA, my thoughts turned to Bradford County.

For some additional background on the "cougars in PA" issue, check out this link, which has some interesting first-hand accounts.
Anyway, I have been traveling to and passing through Bradford County for over 50 years; first as a youth to visit relatives in upstate NY, and more recently to kayak & fish on the Susquehanna and visit my friends all along the river. I will simply offer that things have certainly changed there in the past decade, and not for the better.
To that end, I will dedicate the next several posts to Bradford County, where it's been, and where I see it headed. 
Of course, since I don't live in that county, there will be critics. However, in the context of caring about and acting to protect the Susquehanna River and its watershed, their voices ( 99% of them, anyway, allowing for a few who are doing their part ) will be coming from the cheap seats.
Below are some pics of the Panda Liberty Power Station being built along the Susquehanna River.

The three pics below are courtesy of Dan Natt.

The skyline and lifestyle that once existed in Bradford County continues to inexorably shift from bucolic...
...to industrial.
And that is truly a shame.
 More in a few.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2015.
Been incredibly busy these past two weeks, and will catch up on "things" as soon as I can.
I received some new reading material from my godson...both books dealing with the Susquehannock tribe and the Paxton Boys. I finished one earlier this week, and will be starting the book below this morning.
Guess someone knows what interests me.

I also received a beautiful glass etching.
I think you'll recognize the artwork.
Gotta find just the right spot for this piece.
Thanks, Dee.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Gift: December 23, 1888

The booklet below was a gift given to my great-grandfather, Edward Charles Williams, on December 23, 1888...when he was eight years old. 
I was looking for some other photos to post when I found these.

Below is a pic of Eddie ( wearing hat ) at age ~28. His wife Sarah is on the right and his sister Carrie is on the left. My grandfather Samuel L. Williams is in the foreground looking up at the ceiling. His brother Urban is wearing the bowtie. 
The picture is from ~1908. 
Two more days on then four days off.
Can't wait.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Massacre of the Conestogas: 14 Dec 1763

There is a wealth of information online about the murder of the last local ( Lancaster PA ) remnants of the once mighty Susquehannock Nation. If you Google: conestoga 1763 sentinel, you'll find many of my prior offerings, including this one.
I'm certain the Conestogas have many descendants within the Iroquois and other Native Nations, as well as the general ( non-native ) population.
If you want to grab an excellent book to read about those turbulent times, I'd recommend the following:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks.
Across time...Mitakuye oyasin.