Petition to Penn State

Sign the petition.

The housing development corporation, Toll Brothers, is planning a 264-unit development covering 32 acres at the intersection of West Whitehall Road and Blue Course Drive.

Nothing is more fundamental to the well-being of a community than its water and this project poses a serious threat to the Harter-Thomas Wellfields, which supplies State College with the majority of its drinking water. In addition to risks that come simply due to the planned location fo the project, the Toll Brothers, one of the largest homebuilding corporations in the nation, has an alarming record of Clean Water Act violations for which they did not pay fines, but a settlement. For over 300 EPA violations of the Clean Water Act, Toll Brothers paid about $720,000. This corporation has a reputation for not following agreed-upon stormwater management plans. Paying off the EPA on settlements is just the cost of doing business for them. Relative to the size of this corporation, the risk of fines has not proven to be a deterrent from reckless, destructive practices.

Penn State is responsible for selling this land for development. To continue to be a faithful partner in the preservation of health and quality of life afforded to the residents of State College–both permanent and student– we urge President Barron, David Gray, and the Board of Trustees to reconsider their decision to sell this land for development. Penn State prides itself on sustainability, a principle hardly served by threatening drinking water.

We ask that Penn State partner with the community to think creatively about setting an example for responsible environmental stewardship. Put a halt to the sale. Talk to the community. Let’s move forward responsibly, together.

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Water, Farmland & Accountable Local Government Protection – May Recap

Ahead of Monday night’s COG General Forum meeting, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22 at the COG building (2643 Gateway Drive) here’s a recap of the last month or so of activity on the proposed Whitehall Road Regional Park project, in the form of a chronological list of posts.

April 20, 2017 – Note sent to COG legislators, regarding the design selection by the ad hoc committee and projected cost overruns, ahead of April 24, 2017 General Forum meeting, at which the legislators were presented with yet another “information-only” report – the latest “information-only,” non-deliberative General Forum agenda item in a series dating back to September 2016.

May 2, 2017 – Citizen Action Alert: Whitehall Road Regional Park Finance Votes Coming Up in May, regarding the schedule of meetings; some background information on design and funding decisions; adverse auditor opinions on Parks Authority financial reports; pay-to-play proposals to obtain private funding for park amenities in exchange for priority use; legal principles regarding taxing authority as related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan, along with email contact info for General Forum legislators. 5.2.17 Watt Email to COG Auditors (no response received); 5.2.17 KW Email to COG Legislators.

May 11, 2017 – Water, Farmland & Accountable Local Government Protection Update – May 11, 2017 – Report on the joint meeting of the COG Finance Committee, COG Parks Capital Committee and Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority, including further analysis of the legal principles regarding taxing authority as related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan.

May 16, 2017 – Water, Farmland & Accountable Local Government Protection Update – May 16, 2017 – Report on Notice of Intent to Sue, delivered to State College Borough Council on Monday, May 15, in direct response to the obvious intent of the COG committee leadership and administrators to circumvent deliberative legislative procedures and usurp General Forum legislative authority regarding taxation related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan, for the gain of the Parks Authority and private interest groups. 5.15.17 KW Notice of Intent to Sue

May 17, 2017 – Water, Farmland and Accountable Local Government Protection Update – May 17 – Report on Commonwealth Court decision in Nittany Valley Water Coalition v. Toll Brothers, handed down May 17; agenda-setting discussion at COG Executive Committee; and the doctrine of non-delegation as it relates to General Forum authority regarding taxation related to expiring municipal guarantees as collateral for the loan, for the gain of the Parks Authority and private interest groups.

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Bailiwick News – May 13, 2017

5.13.17 Bailiwick News – Critical analysis: Piazza’s death, the Centre County court credibility crisis, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, corporate Penn State profiteering, and possibilities for change. Prior installments.

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Bailiwick News – May 8, 2017

5.8.17 Bailiwick News – Timothy Piazza, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Penn State Interfraternity Council, Pennsylvania investigating grand juries and the Centre County court credibility crisis. Part 6 in a series on the 2017 Centre County District Attorney race. Prior installments.

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Up-coming Plant Sales…

Looking for plants for your yard or garden, then here are a couple of events to keep in mind:

May 6:  Native Plant Festival and Sale.  The PA Native Plant Society will have a festival and sale today, May 6, from 10 am – 3 pm at the PA Military Museum (51 Boal Ave, Boalsburg, PA).  Over 350 different plant varieties will be available to purchase.  There will be presentations on pollinators and birds, opportunities to talk with experts on native plants, and more.  For a plant list and more information, visit the PNPS website.

 

May 9 – 12:  Spring Bedding Plant Sale at Penn State.  This sale runs from 11 am – 4 pm.  It be in the Headhouse 2 sales area.  Headhouse 2 is located on Curtin Rd near the Berkey Creamery (actually across the street and a closer to the Curtin/Shortlidge Intersection).  Here’s a map of the area.  You can park in the East Parking Deck behind the Creamery.  Pansies, marigolds, coneflowers, and more will be available.

 

May 20:  Centre County Master Gardener Plant Sale.  This sale runs from 9 am – 3 pm at the Ag Progress Days Site (2710 Pine Grove Rd, PA Furnace, PA).  There are lots of good vegetable plants, herbs, annuals, and perennials including native plants.  Just make sure to get there early, because this is a popular event and stuff goes quick.  In addition to the plants, there is the opportunity to talk with Master Gardeners, and attend demonstrations and workshops.

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Like to garden, but have no garden?

If you like to garden, but have no space, then here is a unique opportunity to get a work-share that will yield great produce as well as a great learning opportunity.

Gene Bazan and Tania Slawecki of Neo-Terra in Lemont, PA are looking for work-share interns to help with their extensive organic gardening activities.  Gene and Tania have been at this for more than 20 years and the results are really impressive.

In exchange for 1 day per week, interns receive a 10% share and there is flexibity with scheduling.  The intern period runs from May through October.

You can visit their website or send them an email for more information.

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A chance to buy some veggie seedlings

Make sure to show up early for the best selection of seedlings.  If you are driving from off-campus, you can park in the parking garage behind the Creamery.SFC Plant Sale 2017 info

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