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WORTH TALKING ABOUT ….

*  AND IT STILL APPLIES: "The report identifies Congress itself as being dysfunctional. We therefore call upon each of you to have the courage to be part of the solution, and embrace fundamental change in the way the Congressional committee oversight system operates." –Testimony of Beverly Eckert before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Hearings to Review 9/11 Commission Recommendations; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.

*   THE HUMAN: The most intelligent of any species on the planet and yet has done the most to destroy the very system that keeps everything alive.

 *   As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

    ---H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

*   IT COULDN'T BE DONE:  Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but with a chuckle replied "maybe it couldn't," but he'd be one who wouldn't say till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed "Oh, you'll never do that, at least no one has ever done it," but he took off his coat and he took off his hat, and the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure; there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it, just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that "cannot be done" and you'll do it.

     –Edgar A. Guest.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT …. OPINIONS ….

Growing Greener Program supports

hundreds of community projects

Harrisburg – Growing Greener Plus, Pennsylvania’s environmental grant program, opens May 14 with more than $20 million available to municipalities and nonprofit organizations for projects to improve water quality in their community or statewide.

“Growing Greener Plus has provided almost $300 million for more than 2,100 projects statewide since its inception,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “With its long history of supporting local partnerships and on-the-ground efforts, DEP’s Growing Greener plays an essential role in restoring and protecting the health of streams and rivers in communities across Pennsylvania.”

Grants are available for projects addressing nonpoint source pollution from farms, urban stormwater runoff, and acid mine drainage at abandoned coal mine sites. Projects may be small or large, addressing an individual site or creating an initiative for an entire watershed, for multiple counties, or statewide.

Last year, more than 100 grants awarded ranged from $2.9 million to Schuylkill County Conservation District for Swatara Creek floodplain restoration, to decrease flood levels and increase wildlife habitat, to $16,500 to Warrington Township in Bucks County for a stormwater retention basin.

County and municipal governments, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, and other organizations that work to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s environment are eligible to apply.

For the second year, emphasis will be placed on projects in the 43 Pennsylvania counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that implement best management practices to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment runoff in streams and rivers.

Projects that are in designated environmental justice communities or Act 47 financially distressed municipalities, projects that increase job opportunities and foster sustainable businesses, and projects that help regulated stormwater communities meet their minimum control measures will also be prioritized.

Funds are available for best management practices, such as streambank fencing, streambank forest buffers, animal heavy use area protection; wetland creation or enhancement; acid mine drainage treatment systems or land reclamation at abandoned coal mine sites; projects included in a Clean Water Act Section 319 Watershed Implementation Plan; and acid mine drainage treatment projects located in qualified hydrologic units.

The application period opens at 8:30 AM on May 14, 2018 and closes at 4:00 PM on July 13, 2018. Please apply online at the Department of Community and Economic Development e-grants portal.

Find more information on the program visit Growing Greener Plus at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Growing-Greener/Pages/default.aspx.