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To All First Time Visitors

I've noticed a significant increase in the number of first time visitors in the past 30 days.

First & foremost: Welcome!

As a brief intro; I've been blogging since 1999. I have a degree in Earth & Environmental Science, and have twice taken the Susquehanna River to the #1 spot on American Rivers annual "Most Endangered" list; first in 2005 and again in 2011. I stopped counting when I hit the 2,000 mile mark paddling on the Susquehanna.

When it comes to my favorite river and the environmental challenges it continues to face, I've forgotten more than most of the newly-ordained "experts" out there. To that end, I've scaled back my public activism over the past few years out of sheer frustration at the (mostly) clueless cacophony coming from the new crop of wannabes seeking their 15 seconds of...whatever.

Unfortunately, I'm getting restless again.

Stay tuned.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

December 2013 - Conestoga Massacre @ 250

I hope you've had a chance to read through Benjamin Franklin's 28 page booklet about the Conestoga Massacre in December 1763. Considering all that was going on in the 13 colonies at that time - more than a decade before the Declaration of Independence was signed - even the most disinterested reader should get some sense of the impact this event had, not only at that time but also in the years to follow.
If Ben thought it was that important, so should any student of American history.

Above: Benjamin Franklin's Gravesite in Philadelphia

Next December will mark the 250th anniversary of the Conestoga Massacre. Plans are already underway in Lancaster, PA to commemorate this event with a conference on December 13 & 14.
I will wrap-up my annual tribute to the Susquehannocks in the next few days.

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