2008-11-22 / Viewpoints


Wind Turbines are LOUD!

To the editor:

I live in Somerset County, one and one-half miles off the main road between two ridgelines.

On the west side of our home is an 18-turbine wind facility with six turbines located 1,390 to 1,500 feet from our back door.

Don't let any one tell you that they are not loud! They sound like a huge jet hovering above our home. I have been getting readings anywhere from 55 to 70 decibels late at night.

Some people in our area are complaining about the noise a mile away. We checked and, yes, you can hear them that far away.

Now there is another wind company planning to put a wind facility on the ridge 1,800 feet from our front door on the east side of our home. The wind power company did a noise study after we asked them. We are still waiting for the results. The man who did the study told me that we will never be able to live with the noise.

As I write this letter, I am getting shadow flickering from the turbines. The flickering passes through my kitchen this time of day. It makes you dizzy. The only way to avoid it is to pull your blinds and drapes shut. I don't like living like a bat!

We were not totally against wind turbines when they put them there, but since they began running in September our feelings have changed. They ruined the mountain and the peace and quiet we once loved is gone.

We were told that the turbines would not cause any problems; in fact we would not even know they were there. They lied.

I would be glad to talk to anyone who would want more information on them. We love Cameron County and own land there; I only hope they never put any on those mountains. Ginny Deeter ginrn@wpia.net Berlin, Pa.

Pitt Stop: Small Town Values

To the editor:

A couple of weeks ago, I was cruising into Emporium en route to Pittsburgh when my car began to shimmy and shake. A flat tire on the rear driver's side was the culprit.

Fate intervened as I nursed my disabled vehicle to the roadside and looked up to see the welcome sign of The Pitt Stop.

With a friendly smile and some genuine concern, an attendant confirmed my dilemma: irreparable damage to my tire with only a "donut" for a spare and another 150 miles to travel that afternoon.

Before I knew it, the Pitt Stop crew was hoisting my car on the lift and zipping the lug nuts to mount the spare.

Not having the size of tire I needed, they insisted on calling around Emporium in an unsuccessful attempt to find one. As a last resort, they directed me to a St. Marys retailer and I was on my way.

Even more impressive was their refusal to accept any payment for the favor.

They suggested that I pass along an act of kindness to someone else, which I have since done with the same suggestion, thus multiplying their friendly gesture, perhaps many times over.

The experience served to reinforce my appreciation of small-town values and the sense of community that, to me, is priceless. Paul W. Heimel Coudersport

Teachers As Role Models

To the editor:

As an educator, I know first hand about the growing needs of the children and families in my own community -- Philipsburg. This is why I serve as a paramedic.

In every community, there are numerous community volunteers who, by day, work to educate students, and at nights and on weekends volunteer in the community.

This sense of duty is something most educators consider an important part of being a community member and public servant. They recognize that their responsibility goes beyond the classroom. They are role models and leaders in our communities.

As we face difficult times in our communities as a result of the poor economic situation, public school workers recognize that their talents and time are needed now more than ever.

In Altoona, teacher Mary Jane Hammers spends hours in the city's soup kitchens, helping those who are less fortunate.

In St. Marys, Cameron County teacher Marilyn Deppen volunteers hundreds of hours a year on the board of directors of the St. Marys Public Library.

In Tioga County, teacher Steven Hepfer is a scout master.

In Huntingdon County, retired teacher Connie Royer spends her time helping with Relay for Life and the American Heart Association.

In Wellsboro, support staff members put together supplies to send to the troops in Iraq. These are just a few of the thousands of school employees who volunteer in their communities each year. Please take time to thank your school employees. Let them know that their contributions to children and to their community make a difference. Brad Siegfried, Pres. Central Region PSEA Philipsburg

Sports Boosters Issue Appeal

To the editor:

Coudersport Sports Boosters appreciate all of those who have supported us in the concession stand as volunteers, and those who have supported us as customers. Our club supports all of the school's athletes. Our primary source of income is the concession stand at the football and track events.

We are looking for new members who would be willing to continue this program in the future years. Some members of the current team have more than 20 years' experience benefitting the sports programs.

To continue this program, we need dedicated people willing to learn the process to ensure future success and fill any vacant spots along the way.

This program has been in place for 30-plus years. We would like to see it continue, but it does take support. While we are grateful for those who help in the stand, it will take leaders to manage the stand. Our group meets monthly except for June, July and December on the fourth Monday at 6 pm at the high school. Next meeting is Monday, Nov. 24.

We hope this message will spark an interest in many who want to see this program continue. Feel free to contact me at 274-9171 with any questions. Pam Sprouse Coudersport

Roadside 'Friend' A Celebrity

Dear Editor,

It was a pleasure to open your paper last week and see once again a picture of our "friend" who sits at the end of our driveway!

He certainly has become a celebrity and we have had alot of fun keeping him outfitted for the seasons. He is great for giving directions to our house as well! But, for the record... Paul was responsible for his current outfit. If it had been my turn to choose his "look" he would have been wearing a different mask....(but I still love you, Paul!) Mary Russell Lilja, Coudersport

Forestry For The Bay

To the editor:

To show how well-managed woodlands can lead to cleaner streams and rivers, and the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is encouraging private landowners to join "Forestry for the Bay."

With nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania draining into the Chesapeake, woodland owners must realize their actions directly affect a national treasure hundreds of miles away.

The program is specifically geared to help small- and medium size landowners promote sound conservation practices and increase vitality of the region's woodlands. Membership in is free and voluntary.

Forest stewards are increasingly challenged by fragmentation of large woodland tracts into smaller parcels with diverse ownership. While many educational and incentive programs are geared for owners of large tracts, Forestry for the Bay focuses on reaching owners of forests ranging from backyard woodlots to 25 acres or more.

Forestry for the Bay member benefits include guidance in developing a woodland conservation guide outline, eligibility for awards and recognition of stewardship, access to web-based mapping and analysis tools, and participation in a mentoring program. For more details, visit forestryforthebay. org, or telephone 1-800-968-7229, ext. 723 or 777. Christina Novak Press Secretary, DCNR

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