You want to put What?! Where?!

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No Compressor Station Fenton NY

“I support natural gas expansion and I support businesses getting the affordable energy they need, but a bad location is a bad location.” – Senator Fred Akshar
Read More: Senator Akshar Calls Fenton NG Advantage site a bad location | http://wnbf.com/senator-akshar-weighs-in-on-ng-advantage-compressor-station-plans/?trackback=tsmclip

In a quiet little town in Upstate NY a fight is under way.  The local town board has made a deal to bring in a 24 hour a day gas compressor station.  They selected a site on a narrow service road beside a community park and near the elementary school.  The citizens of the community got no vote – we were just informed of it after the fact.  And when we questioned it the board was self-righteous and condescending.  This Board has forgotten who they represent.  In fact, they are so confident that they are continuing to pursue a project that has divided the community.

“We the people tell the government what to do. It doesn’t tell us.” 

Ronald Reagan

Apparently the Town of Fenton Board missed the memo.  They’re at it again…

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Fenton Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing to review and take action on the new development permit application made pursuant to the Aquifer Protection Law, Chapter 57 of the Town of Fenton Town Code, at 65, 69 and 93 West Service Road (a/k/a 71 West Service Road), Binghamton (Town of Fenton), Tax Map ID Nos.: 128.02-1-7, 128.02-1-6 and 128.02-1-9; submitted by NG Advantage, LLC on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., at the Town Hall located at 44 Park Street, Port Crane, New York.

Dated: August 21, 2017 TOWN OF FENTON

PLANNING BOARD

Hey Board Members – did you miss the lawsuits?  Or the Yard signs?  Or the emails, letters and calls?  The petition demanding your resignation?  Doesn’t ring a bell?  What about when Senator Akshar said it was a bad location?  Why are you STILL pandering to NG Advantage?”

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We are not some anti-power fringe.  We aren’t paid protesters.  We are people who chose to buy homes and raise our families in this community.  We are tax paying voters who can organize and bring change.  It is time that the Town Board is squirming at these meetings because the people who they work for are unhappy.  And we have an expectation that the officials will not make deals behind our backs but will be transparent and put important decisions to a Public vote.

Don’t just flail around

via Daily Prompt: Willy-nilly

Be deliberate in your actions, don’t just flail around. If something is worth your effort, give it 100% of your energy and focus. Diverting energy and resources away from your passion in some willy- nilly attempt to be good at a lot of things will prevent you from being amazing at any of them.brick Continue reading “Don’t just flail around”

ok fine for sure for sure

Taking the drive from Binghamton, NY to Virginia Beach was not boring for a minute.  We played “yellow car” think Punch bug but with yellow cars, trucks, buses, and excavators.  Bluetooth songs streamed a wide variety of tunes from radio top 40 to Nirvana Unplugged, Dave Matthews, Depeche Mode, the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa and on.  Then at the beach there was a band playing 80’s hits and my daughter who is on the cusp of her teens grabbed me by the hand and pulled me onto the dance floor to Walk like an Egyptian and hit a lighted beach ball with the crowd.  For the first time in a while I was able to truly relax and enjoy it all.

Being a parent is hard work and more often than not it can feel like a battle.  Maybe I should introduce Love is a Battlefield next?  I used to love music and now I listen to podcasts and NPR.  I guess I forgot how the right music can set the tone for an experience and driving down the highway imitating Moon Unit saying “like Oh my God” literally opened up the playful silly part of me that loves to laugh and even better they got to have that experience with me.  My 17 year old son who plays classic rock on a guitar with doves inlaid on the fret board, my 14 year old son who has an amazing sense of rhythm and can dance to anything and my 13 year old daughter who can sing along with any radio song plus rock out to the 80’s.

I am happy that I was able to take a moment to appreciate the simplest pleasures on our trip – music and laughs with the people that I love.