Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"At least two gas wells near a community that's complained of sudden drinking water pollution developed casing problems during the drilling process, but neither Rex Energy Corp. nor state environmental regulators disclosed those problems during recent discussions about the contamination. A cement well casing is meant to prevent natural gas or fluids from leaking into nearby aquifers during the drilling and hydrofracturing, or fracking, of wells. [...]
Since early last year, people (from the Woodlands area) have complained of suddenly discolored and smelly water, unexplained illnesses, and tests that suggest the presence of industrial chemicals in their water."
Update: Speakers from the Woodlands area of Connoquenessing and others will talk about their continuing nightmare at a rally on Thursday afternoon in Butler. They will march to Rex Energy’s Butler office and demand that Rex Energy and their subsidiaries be held accountable for the loss of water documented by the families in the Woodlands area of Connoquenessing.
"Aside from inevitable environmental damage from pipeline leaks, and the fact that this foreign-owned corporation would use the autocratic power of eminent domain to take land from unwilling sellers along the 2,000 mile route, here's something not to like: The gasoline and diesel that would be made from this Canadian crude would not go to American gas pumps, but to foreign markets.
The dirty little secret that those pushing so urgently for building Keystone XL don't want you to know is that the tar sands oil producers are in cahoots with Texas refineries to move the product onto the lucrative global export market, selling it to buyers in Europe, Latin America and China — not to you and me. The pipeline and the toxic crude it'll carry across six states would do absolutely nothing to shave even a penny off of the price we pay at the pump."
Speaking during a League of Women Voters Cross Currents forum on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," for oil and gas drilling, Doe said one of the biggest challenges facing the Front Range today is the amount of water used for drilling for oil and natural gas. That's because water used for agriculture and most other uses is returned into the hydrological cycle and used again."
APOLLO-RIDGE: Board director resigns By SAM KUSIC firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:15 am SPRING CHURCH -- The Apollo-Ridge school board has accepted the resignation of director Kathy Taylor, and it intends to name her replacement next month. Taylor's resignation, which the board accepted unanimously during a meeting Monday, was effective immediately. Board President Gregory Primm said that Taylor is stepping down due to a conflict in her schedule. He said she had an unexpected opportunity to take some classes toward a doctoral degree and therefore was unable to devote time to the school board. Taylor was elected to office last year and was about three months into her term. Primm said the board will be accepting letters of interest from district residents interested in serving in her place. Candidates are to be interviewed publicly during a workshop session March 19. The board will make a decision the following week, on March 26. To introduce some objectivity into the process, the board scores candidates' answers to interview questions, with each board member awarding points to each candidate. The candidate with the most collective points wins the nomination.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Now I receive a copy of a letter sent to LVSD dated December 1, 2011 from Mr. Beard charging the district $155 an hour.
Obviously this letter was in the possession of the LVSD as they lied about its existence. Another example of the endless lies. The invoices paid thus far to Mr. Beard amount to $1,137.
"The administration must stop trying to have it both ways. President Obama cannot expect to protect the climate and to put the country on a path toward 21st-century clean energy while simultaneously shilling for one of the dirtiest industries on Earth. What the administration seems to be missing is that the southern segment of this pipeline would exacerbate air pollution in refinery communities along the Gulf Coast and threaten our heartland with costly spills — all for oil that likely won't make it to Americans' gas tanks."
A picture can be worth a thousand words...but some background will help: A banker who ate a $135 meal at a California restaurant left his server this $1.33 tip, along with the suggestion that she get a real job. The receipt was recorded by a conflicted employee, who says that his boss "so loathes the 99% that he makes a habit of this sort of thing."
Meanwhile, in Florida, there's a move to lower the minimum wage for tipped workers from $4.65 to $2.13.
Monday, February 27, 2012
"High levels of winter ozone air pollution have been recorded in a Utah oil and gas field — after the phenomenon was seen in Wyoming — raising concerns that such pollution could become more widespread. [...]
Ozone pollution — which can impair breathing — has been an urban and summertime problem, but in the West, it has emerged as a rural winter issue. As drilling picks up, particularly in areas such as Colorado where shale oil has been discovered, the concern is that the problem could grow."
The Adventures of Tintin
Director: Steven Spielberg
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor will present “
"David W. Wolfe, a professor of plant and soil ecology at Cornell University and an expert on climate change, said the temperatures this winter appeared to “represent an extreme,” even within the context of climate change. But, he said, the federal climate-zone guides from 1960, 1990 and this year reveal “an extremely fast pace” of change. “This winter, when they do the final analysis, will be close to an all-time record breaker,” Dr. Wolfe said. “It’s a rare event. But I think it will become less rare.”
That is little solace to farmers, horticulturalists and home gardeners, who have worried about their charges this winter. Rod Dressel Sr., who owns a 300-acre apple orchard in the Hudson Valley, said the buds on his trees were starting to swell. If the trees flower too early, a freeze could kill the blossoms and, with them, the promise of apples this fall."
"Occupy our Food Supply is a day to reclaim our most basic life support system – our food – from corporate control. It is an unprecedented day of solidarity to create local, just solutions that steer our society away from the stranglehold of industrial food giants like Cargill and Monsanto.”
Sunday, February 26, 2012
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
I spent a wonderful morning with my AP Computer Science students at Google headquarters in Bakers Square Pittsburgh. Google had an open house for selected groups, mostly schools, to showcase the opportunities and work environment that they have to offer. All I can say is that if your child has any interest at all in the CS fields the jobs out there are challenging, rewarding, plentiful, and oh yeah, pay well. With employers the quality of Google coming to our area and looking to recruit our students, all of us, parents, and educators need to make them aware of the opportunities. If you have a student strong in mathematics and interested in problem solving of any kind, do them a favor and research the CS fields. One of the young Google employees who is originally from Greece today told my students and myself that Google and other firms often have to look outside of the US for qualified employees. Why? Because our young aren't going into fields like Engineering, and Math Sciences in the numbers that we need to fulfill the demand. Just wish Google was around when I graduated with a CS degree.
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“Eminent domain” is probably the most- feared phrase that a property owner can hear — besides, of course, foreclosure. But what is eminent domain? It’s also known as a “taking” because eminent domain is the governmental power to take private property. [...]
For all of the opportunities (and potential problems) that Marcellus Shale brings to Pennsylvania residents, eminent domain is being overlooked. It’s an imminent problem for property owners in the Keystone State. Presently, much of the focus is on laying pipes to transport the shale gas across the state and beyond. Last month, a story surfaced up in Laporte (100 miles north of Harrisburg) about a pipeline operator using eminent domain to gain access, or easement, to 150 properties in Bradford, Lycoming and Sullivan counties. "
Read the full article at http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/02/eminent_domain_its_an_imminent.html#comments
If this one goes well, it would be fun to target a different business each month. It's a good way to support our local businesses.
Martins was suggested and I think that's perfect choice because it's our oldest running store in Ligonier and they cater to both men and women. Now is a good time to pick up end of season sale items or something new for spring.
So have fun and I plan to buy a pair of new shoes. ;)
PS - We didn't call the folks at Martins to say anything about this so perhaps you will be the first to say that you are a CASH MOBSTER! ;)
Friday, February 24, 2012
The National Farmers Union is first large, national agricultural organization to make a clear statement that fracking for gas represents a threat to food safety, agriculture, and farmer health. The NFU represents thousands of family farms across Canada.
“Farmers across Canada largely depend on ground water aquifers for both domestic use and livestock production. The quality of ground water is critical to raising high quality food. Unfortunately in the experience of too many Alberta farmers and ranchers hydraulic fracturing has been associated with water well contamination and damage. That is why our organization is calling for a moratorium on this technique until these problems can be addressed.”
There are some restrictions because the units will be recycled. I think they will pay YOU $50.
The idea is the brainchild of Buffalo blogger and engineer Chris Smith, who said that Cash Mobs are sort of a reverse Groupon. Instead of offering people bargain-basement deals, people pay the regular price to support retailers in their communities. In a time where many small, local businesses are struggling, victims of a fallen economy, the concept is a financial relief, serving to bring communities together. "
Some Mob Rules suggestions: http://cashmobs.wordpress.com/rules-2/
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Friday Lenten Specials...Seafood-oysters in the shell and already shucked, fresh wild COD and Salmon and shrimp peeled and cooked....New addition Fresh salads topped with fresh veggies and Tuna and LENTIL SOUP!
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Ligonier, Pa 15658 ( next to Bull's Tavern)
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor will host a presentation entitled “Art along the Lincoln” on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 Route 30 East (near Kingston Dam) in Latrobe.
Recently, Allison has been assisting at the Lincoln Highway Experience with exhibit design and a mural, depicting the panoramic view from the empty curve west of
During his discussion and visual presentation on February 26 Allison will touch upon a variety of roadside artworks, including murals, roadside giants, and gas pumps.
Reservations for “Art along the
like the abstract quality here and the saturated blue...also reminds me of the famed double slit experiment in Quantum physics...which opening do you go through?if I recall correcetly: if you are a particle its one or the other, if you are a wave its both
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Helping Hands For Home
A mother gives her son two shirts for his Birth Day...the next Sunday she invites him to dinner so he wears one of the shirts... opon seeing this the mother says "whatsa matter, you didnt like the other shirt"
Below is information regarding play dates and times for the next round of basketball playoffs.
Location: Richland Junior/Senior High School (Both Games)
Date: Friday, February 24, 2012
Girls 6:00pm Ligonier Valley vs. Blairsville
Boys 7:30pm Ligonier Valley vs. Westmont Hilltop
"Dryden, NY — A judge has ruled in favor of the Town of Dryden, stating that it has the right to keep hydraulic fracturing and natural gas drilling out of the municipality. [...] "Basically, the judge upheld the power of a town under a properly crafted zoning law to restrict the exploration and extraction of natural gas and petroleum," said Mahlon Perkins, Dryden town attorney. [...]
"This case is about land-use authority," Perkins said. "It comes down to whether a municipality that has land-use authority — such as a village, city or town — can determine where heavy industrial uses are allowed or if they are allowed, and it is not about regulating the industry.""
"The First Amendment to the Constitution states explicitly “Congress shall make no law…that infringes on the Freedom of the Press.” Which means that no subcommittee rule or regulation should prohibit a respectful journalist or citizen from recording a public hearing.
With dozens of outstanding streams, award-winning state parks and forests and cultural and historical attractions, the Laurel Highland Trout Trail (LHTT) should lure enthusiasts to the various sites along this 70-mile region in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Read more in the Daily American.
Well, I for one am happy that I was able to stand in the place of the Holy of Holies and say a silent prayer. Too bad I didn't know about the prohibition against Jews praying on that spot or I'd have been sure to do it aloud. Talk about religious freedom...shheesh.
Read more on CNN.
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Bolivar Fire Hall Friday's 6:30 - 7:30 pm and
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Here is a sneak preview of FRESH HOMEMADE that we are working on its perfection soon to be available daily!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Amidst all the political and religious controversial posts, here's a post that is local and positive for all of us !!! Go RAMS! These student athletes have worked hard all season and deserve the support of their community.
Contact the Ligonier Valley High School for more information on their next playoff game and time and hopefully, we will see you there!!
"Up to eight activists from environmental protest group Greenpeace climbed on to the roof of the National Gallery in London. The campaigners said they were protesting against oil firm Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. They unfurled a 40m (131ft) long banner from the roof bearing the picture of an oil rig and reading 'It's No Oil Painting'. [...]
The protesters said they had targeted the gallery as Shell is hosting an event there. One of the protesters, Hannah Davey, said: "We're here to tell Shell, and their guests, that oil companies have to keep out of the Arctic. The region is too fragile to risk an oil spill that experts say would be almost impossible to clean up.""
"But, as my mother used to tell me, two wrongs don't make a right. But I soon figured out that three left turns do."
"Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom."
"Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building."
"The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government."
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I run specials every month.
"my month of love special" $70 for 90 minutes of Swedish, $10 value of
Firefly Chocolates (located at Westmoreland Mall/Hidden Valley)
Anyone else ever seen this? Twice in the past I was late for appointments in the early A.M. when traffic was held up when VP Cheney was hunting at Rolling Rock. The doctors said that was the best excuse for being late they had ever had!
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday.
Due to family obligations The Rev. Monte W. Holland, retired pastor, will not be writing an online Lenten study series this year as he did the last two years. However, the two studies he wrote are available online either by linking to the entire list of each study, or connecting to the introduction to each study.
Each day’s study links to the following and the previous studies. These are the links:
INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST STUDY
A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction
Post List for A Daily Online Lenten Study
INTRODUCTION TO THE SECOND STUDY
Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins or
Post List for the Lenten Study: The Seven Deadly Sins
First Friday Community Series
March 2nd- 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Singing into Spring
Ligonier Town Hall Community Room
For more information, call 724-238-6818.
"Through ALEC -- the American Legislative Exchange Council -- behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law."
"In light of the $10 million budget shortfall the (Seneca Valley) school district faces for the 2011-2012 school year, officials in March also brought up the possibility of drilling for Marcellus Shale gas on the 142-acre property the district owns on Ehrman Road. The property spans Cranberry and Jackson townships. The property, which the district purchased for $4.5 million in 2002, was once under consideration for new buildings after a predicted spike in school population.
Mirka Fatschel of Seven Fields, who is the mother of three Seneca Valley students, said she didn't want Marcellus Shale drilling to take place near any of the schools. “There are many health issues we are worried about,” she said."
Read more: Greensburg Tuesday takes - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_782582.html#ixzz1n1E3h9EM