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September/October 2008
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet
Susquehanna Group

We Have Transitioned to Electronic Newsletters

As promised by the executive committee of the Susquehanna group, starting with this issue, we will be friendlier to the environment by mailing paper newsletters only to members requesting them.
We will mail newsletters describing candidates in our elections to all members. We will also mail one more end of the year "Year in Review" newsletter this year to all members.
We encourage our members who have computer access to go to our web site, to access the newsletters, they will be placed there in both html and pdf format.
If you would like to have newsletters mailed, please contact Jack Davis
at 570-553-2081 or

Recycling Computers, TVs, etc., for Broome County Residents
Lynda Spickard Environmental Award Nominations Sought
Sierra Club Websites
Sierra Club 2009 Calendars
Group Elections
Membership Application

Everyone interested is welcome at all Sierra Club activities, whether or not a member (except for Executive Committee meetings).

General Meetings: These are held at 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August. They are held at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott, NY (it is on Route 26 - from Route 17, follow 26 n. to Endicott, w. on E. Main, n. on Nanticoke). The public is welcome and refreshments are served following the meeting. Call Jack Davis, 570-553-2081, or Scott Lauffer, 341-3746 or for further information.

Tuesday, Sep. 16
6:30 pm - Potluck Dinner
Bring a dish to share (including ingredient list) and own place setting. We encourage locally grown and/or organic. Coffee and tea will be provided.
7:30 pm - Marcellus Shale
Gas Play: the Impacts, Chris Burger
Even though we have a 50-year history of gas drilling in the state, we haven’t seen anything like the drilling that the Marcellus Shale gas play will bring to the Southern Tier. The state and communities were unprepared for the onslaught of the industry coming to the state, as gas companies started offering many relatively lucrative gas leases to landowners. This presentation will show what the hydraulic fracking that will be used in the Marcellus Shale looks like up close and personal, and will show why we have reasons to be concerned for the safety and well-being of our environment and communities.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Pueblo Culture in New Mexico, Michael Crisafulli
In the past we thought of archaeology as recovering historical and cultural information. With modern cross-discipline techniques it is now possible to recover the related environmental history and how it interacts with the historical time line.
The talk will be about the pueblo culture in the southwest and what happened to it. It will center on an archaeology project in an isolated valley in New Mexico. The specific goal of the project was collecting data that showed the relationship between the inhabitants and their environment. The site was in a spring-fed but otherwise desert canyon where the limited water supply is still an important issue to the several residents.

Sierra Events: These are held several times per year (see Activities note above). "In order to participate on one of the Sierra Club's outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub. org/outings/chapter/forms or call 415-977-5630. In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel."

One of America's most unique folksingers and backcountry travelers, Walkin' Jim Stoltz, on tour from the mountains of Montana, will bring his powerful multi-media show, Forever Wild, to the Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave, Endicott, NY . The mix of stunning photography, stories, and music make this one-of-a-kind concert an inspiring journey into our nation's last wilderness areas.
Walkin' Jim gets his name from over 26,000 miles he has walked through the wild country of North America. Carrying a guitar and writing his songs along the way, his lyrics express a great love and respect for the Earth and the wild places he knows so well. Known for his powerful baritone and emotion-packed vocals, Stoltz's Forever Wild show is much more than a concert. It combines live music and poetry with stunning, multi-image slides to create a stirring elebration of the natural world. Stoltz has toured throughout the United States for 21 years. In this year's show he will be sharing images and songs from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, his Yellowstone to Yukon walk, the Utah Canyon Country, the Northern Rockies, and wiild places all across America.
His books and 9 CDs will be available at the event. Advance tickets for the concert will be available at the Waterman Center, Wild Birds Unlimited, and Eureka Camping Center for $10 adult, $5 children 12 or under or $25 family. The price at the door is $12.00 adult, $6.00 children, and $30.00 family. This event is sponsored by the Susquehanna Group Sierra Club and the Waterman Conservation Education Center and is a fundraiser for the IBM Glen - an Educational Preserve of the Waterman Center. For more information call Julian Shepherd at 722-9327. Directions to the Church are at

Following are included as of possible interest, but your Sierra Club neither sponsors nor takes responsibility for these outside events:

Three Meetings About Gas Exploration:

Mon. Sep. 15, 7 pm in Candor: Tioga Farm Bureau is hosting a meeting in the Candor High School audtorium. Ashur Terwilliger will speak, followed by a question and answer session. Candor High School is on Academy Street just off Main Street and behind the post office.

Tue. Sep. 16, 7pm in Binghamton: Landowners? Rights Forum in Baldwin Gymnasium at Broome Community College. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is hosting a discussion on Oil and Gas Leases. Speakers include representatives from the NYS Office of the Attorney General and Lindsay Wickham from NYS Farm Bureau. BCC is at 907 Upper Front St.

Thu. Sep. 25, 6 pm in Spencer: ?Land out of Time? screening at the Spencer Grange. The Citizens Energy Alliance is hosting the film plus discussion afterwards. The Grange is on Rt. 96 about 1 block east of 96/34 intersection.

Sat. Oct. 4, 9 am-noon (rain date October 11): 23rd Annual Broome County Riverbank Cleanup Sponsored by Broome County EMC: Contact Helena Garan 797-7108 or

Executive Committee Meetings are (usually) held on the Tuesday before each General Meeting at 7:30 pm (1014, 1111).

Used to be that what we did not want anymore was trash or garbage, to be discarded wherever it would disturb us no more.
We found that some could be salvaged for new uses - fine.
But the heaps of discards grew too fast. Also, more and more of them contain various poisonous chemicals.
Thus recycling to sort the discards into categories that can be disposed of profitably, or at least at less expense than as trash.
We should do more to cooperate in recycling, including understanding what is available.
Being a Tioga County resident I will write of my county. Broome does about as well. If your county does less, fixing that is a worthy environmental task.

At I can learn:
  • Papers and most glass, plastics, and metal are recyclable, picked up at my curb once a week.
  • Computers, TVs, fluorescent bulbs, poisons, and mobile phones - assuming these are from Tioga County I can say so and take them to Broome County Landfill on agreed dates.
  • Garbage, deli containers, styrofoam, and telephones - trash picked up at my curb once a week.
  • Auto batteries - to sellers of such.
  • Other - check rules.
Dave Ketchum

Recycling Computers, TVs, etc., for Broome County Residents
The Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management is excited to announce six free electronics recycling collections. Below is a listing of collection sites and dates. All collections will be held from 9am to 1pm and are limited to Broome County residents only. Electronics from commercial enterprises will not be accepted.

Date Collection Sites
September 13, 2008 — Windsor Central School District Transportation Garage
September 27, 2008 — Vestal Town Hall, Vestal
September 27, 2008 — Park & Ride (Route 12a), Chenango
October 4, 2008 — Grippen Park, Endicott
October 11, 2008 — Broome County Fairgrounds, Whitney Point
October 11, 2008 — Otsiningo Park, Binghamton
**RESIDENTS ONLY** 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

  • Computers, monitors, printers, televisions, VCRs, modems, stereos, laptops, keyboards, radios, fax machines, pagers, microwaves and mobile phones.
  • Counter top appliances such as coffee makers, toasters or can openers.
  • Telephones, answering machines, vacuums, humidifiers, dehumidifiers or smoke detectors.
  • Large appliances such as dryers, washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, or air conditioners.
For more information call the Division of Solid Waste Management at 607.778.2250.

Lynda Spickard Environmental Award Nominations Sought
Nominations are currently being sought for the fifth annual Lynda Spickard Environmental Award. Lynda, who died in 1999, was a dedicated Sierra Club member and leader. This award is our way of honoring her hard work and commitment to the environment, as well as recognizing that of other local environmentalists. Group members are encouraged to submit the names of deserving individuals who have worked to improve the environment in our community, and who are not currently serving on the group executive committee. Sierra Club membership is not a requirement. Please send nominee's name and a description of their accomplishments to: Susquehanna Group Sierra Club, PO Box 572, Endicott, NY 13760.

Sierra Club Websites
Each of these provides links to the other two:
Atlantic Chapter (NY State):
Susquehanna Group (NY Southern Tier - Binghamton - area):
Dave Ketchum, Newsletter Editor.

Sierra Club 2009 Calendars
(our prices remain tax inc.):
Wilderness - list $12.95, our price $12.00. All the grandeur of the North American Wilderness.
Engagement - List $13.95, our price $13.00. Stunning images of Flora and Fauna.
Call Viv Stevens, 748-9865, to get your calendars, Proceeds support your local Sierra Club group.

Group Elections
Our organization needs energy and ideas in order to survive! Please consider offering to serve.
We elect half our 9 member Executive Committee (ExCom) each year, this year 4 to replace Jack Davis, Fiske D. Hanson, Dave Ketchum, and Scott Lauffer, (no term limits).
Our nominating Committee, Erin Riddle 372-5503 and Scott Lauffer 341-3746, is looking for more candidates - at least 6
total. Please contact them to volunteer.
You can also run by petition if the nominating committee does not support your candidacy, but must get petitions signed by at least 15 members. Oct. 21 meeting is deadline for submitting these.
Members can also petition to have issues of their choice voted on - need signatures from 10% of the members. Relatively inexpensive as part of annual election; COSTLY at any other time.
Dave Ketchum, Bylaws reader

Officers (2008)
Group Chair: Scott Lauffer, 341-3746,
Vice Chair: Erin Riddle, 372-5503,
Secretary: Fiske D. Hanson, 772-1236,
Treasurer: Vivian Stevens, 748-9865
Chapter ExCom Rep: Jeff Bohner, 772-8304,
Conservation: Julian Shepherd, 722-9327,
Cool Cities Coordinator: Erin Riddle, 372-5503,
Education: Harry Barnes, 829-5307,
Fundraising: Vivian Stevens, 748-9865
Membership: Jack Davis, 570-553-2081,
Media/Publicity: Gaynelle Gauvin, 729-8306,
Newsletter Editor: Dave Ketchum, 687-5026,
Outing: Kathy Cronin, 757-0736,
Population: Harry Barnes, 829-5307,
Wetlands/Clean Water: Cindy Westerman, 748-9792,

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