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Thank you Alice Fuller

 Alice Fuller Voices Birdwatch Columnist

Thank you, Alice! Photo by Debra Grimm

Voices and its readers wish to express heart-felt gratitude to retiring Birdwatch columnist Alice Fuller for her many years of keeping Centre County’s bird enthusiasts well informed and enlightened with her fowl-inspired prose. Alice (left) is pictured here with Jen Lee. Alice is Voices’ longest-running columnist, having started in 1993, the same year the paper was launched. She never missed an issue in nearly two decades.


 

Gas company's lost "Landsman's Handbook" reveals the deceptive practices of the Marcellus fracing industry

“Do not discuss the chemicals” 
Lessons from the landman’s handbook


The story of the "Landman’s Manual" hit the Internet with a flourish last week. Many of you may have seen this from other news sources and listservs.

First, a bit of background. The term landman refers to an agent hired by a gas company to negotiate with landowners in order to get a lease signed at the lowest possible price per acre, with the lowest possible royalty payments for any extracted gas.

John Trallo, an RDA member and resident of Sullivan County who has been tireless in his efforts to oppose the gas industry’s industrialization of PA, tells the story as it unfolded. Trallo writes:

“A few weeks ago, I received an email from a woman in Ohio regarding gas drilling. Apparently, someone had forwarded some emails and postings I sent out. The woman had expressed serious concerns about drilling, stemming from reports of problems in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Texas that included ground water contamination, reduction in air quality, public health and safety issues, and property devaluation.

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First Thursday State College kicks off February 3rd!

 

Contact: Kathleen O’Toole

Volunteer Coordinator, Downtown State College Improvement District

(814) 238-1126, kxo1@psu.edu


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

State College (January 31, 2011) — First Thursday State College kicks off February with a performance by Stacy Glen Tibbets at 7 p.m. at Schlow Library. Parking is free that evening at all municipal street meters, the parking lots on Fraser Street and on Beaver Avenue and Allen Street (across from the Municipal Building), and the McAllister parking deck. All events are open to the public and admission to First Thursday events is free. In addition to the performance at Schlow, events for February 3rd include:

 

Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore:

5:30–7:30 p.m. "Spiritual Solutions to Problems—Explore the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" to find spiritual solutions to life's challenges. Readings feature others who have had healings of allergies, cancer, migraines, lack of housing or money, etc, giving them freedom in life. Read more »

Landowner Margaret Burgwin donates land to protect brook trout

BUCK RUN CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROTECTS LAND AND BROOK TROUT
ClearWater Conservancy helps landowner keep 60 acres in its natural state
 
State College, PA –A conservation easement finalized today will ensure that Buck Run’s brook trout population will be protected, thanks to the combined conservation efforts of ClearWater Conservancy and local property owner Margaret Burgwin.
                “Everyone’s all smiles at the closing of easements,” said conservation easement manager Bill Hilshey. “I am always delighted to see the landowner satisfied that they did something good for their property.”
Ms. Burgwin’s property is unique in that it contains the only brook trout stream in the Deer Creek sub-watershed. The good quality of the water of Buck Run caught the attention of Trout Unlimited, a national organization that works to conserve North America’s coldwater fisheries.
“Buck Run is one of the last remaining brook trout streams in the area that has not been damaged by abandoned mine drainage,” said Rachel Kester, Project Coordinator for the Eastern Abandoned Mine Program at Trout Unlimited.
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