Date   

County Hazard Mitigation 3pm Tues 1/19/2021

Paul Burke
 

From: Brianna Gustafson <bgustafson@...>
To: Brianna Gustafson <bgustafson@...>
Cc: Steve Allen <sallen@...>, "James M. Sager" <jsager@...>
Subject: Annual Hazard Mitigation Review Meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 21:54:15 +0000

Good afternoon,

Each year, the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management holds a meeting to evaluate the implementation of the projects and strategies listed in the county’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public is invited to participate in this meeting which will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The meeting is scheduled to convene at 3:00 P.M. and will be held virtually via Go-to-Meeting. More information can be found in the attached press release.

Thank you,

Brianna L. Gustafson
Administrative Assistant / Public Information Officer / Volunteer Coordinator
Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Office (304) 724-8914
Cell (304) 279-8135
Fax (304) 728-3320
Email: bgustafson@...

January 14, 2021 Brianna L. Gustafson, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office: 304-724-8914
Mobile: 304-279-8135
PRESS RELEASE
JEFFERSON COUNTY MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL
HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN REVIEW MEETING

(Kearneysville, W.Va.) – Each year, the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management holds a meeting to evaluate the implementation of the projects and strategies listed in the county’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (which was drafted in 2018 by representatives of planning, zoning, building, code enforcement, public works, emergency management, police, fire, EMS, hospitals, health department, parks and recreation, environmental protection, county commission, mayors, and other representatives of local government and public agencies). The purpose of the mitigation plan is to identify risks and vulnerabilities from hazards that affect Jefferson County to prevent or reduce the loss of life and injury and to limit future damage costs by developing methods to mitigate or eliminate damage from various hazards. The 2018 plan is an update of the previously updated plan in 2013.

This plan was initiated in 2003 as a result of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which required counties to formulate a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible for mitigation funds made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Robert T. Stafford Act requires that all states and local jurisdictions develop and submit mitigation plans. Mitigation planning regulations mandate jurisdictions to update the hazard mitigation plan every five years from the date of FEMA approval; this is essential for determining the effectiveness of programs, reflecting changes in the land development or programs affecting mitigation priorities. By updating the plan, local communities can also determine the strengths and weaknesses of the plan as well as identify necessary changes at local programmatic levels.

This plan is a requirement for the Community Rating System (CRS), which allows for reduced flood insurance rates (a 20% savings) for Jefferson County residents.

The public is invited to participate in the development and annual reviews of this plan. This year’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The meeting is scheduled to convene at 3:00 P.M. and will be held virtually via Go-to-Meeting:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/256169309.

This meeting is expected to last approximately 2 hours. Please RSVP for this meeting via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-jefferson-county-all-hazards-mitigation-plan-review-meeting-tickets-135760245549.

For further information, you may contact our office at (304) 724-8914 or email us at jchsem@....
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Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management
28 Industrial Blvd., Suite 101
Kearneysville, WV 25430


Where to watch Virtual candidate forums this week

Paul Burke
 

The NAACP forums, will be on Facebook at 7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday this week.
https://www.facebook.com/jcwvnaacp/

_______________________________
The NAACP has forums this week, with a website below. The League of Women Voters has recordings of its forums in April, and a calendar of dates for the June 9 primary election. Early voting starts Wednesday.
https://lwv-jcwv.org/

Everyone can get a mail-in ballot by giving the medical reason "COVID"
https://sos.wv.gov/about/Pages/Covid-19.aspx
________________________________________________

Jefferson County NAACP will be hosting a series of virtual candidate forums.

In an effort to engage the candidates with questions from the community we invite you to
submit your questions via our online form. The moderator will make every effort to ask as
many questions as time allows. The form can be accessed here:

https://jcwvnaacp.org/candidate-forum

FORUM DATES:
Candidates for Sheriff -Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7 - 8:30 PM
Candidates for Magistrate - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7-8:30 PM.
Candidates for Board of Education Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7 - 9:00 PM

The mission of the Jefferson County NAACP is to ensure the political, educational,
social, and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial
discrimination. Questions from our panel will relate to the NAACP mission.

For more information please contact:

JC WV NAACP Political Action Committee
Pastor Ernest Lyles
pastorlyles@...


Virtual candidate forums this week

Paul Burke
 

The NAACP has forums this week, with a website below. The League of Women Voters has recordings of its forums in April, and a calendar of dates for the June 9 primary election. Early voting starts Wednesday.
https://lwv-jcwv.org/

Everyone can get a mail-in ballot by giving the medical reason "COVID"
https://sos.wv.gov/about/Pages/Covid-19.aspx
________________________________________________

Jefferson County NAACP will be hosting a series of virtual candidate forums.

In an effort to engage the candidates with questions from the community we invite you to
submit your questions via our online form. The moderator will make every effort to ask as
many questions as time allows. The form can be accessed here:

https://jcwvnaacp.org/candidate-forum

FORUM DATES:
Candidates for Sheriff -Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7 - 8:30 PM
Candidates for Magistrate - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7-8:30 PM.
Candidates for Board of Education Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7 - 9:00 PM

The mission of the Jefferson County NAACP is to ensure the political, educational,
social, and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial
discrimination. Questions from our panel will relate to the NAACP mission.

For more information please contact:

JC WV NAACP Political Action Committee
Pastor Ernest Lyles
pastorlyles@...


Far More Fevers than Tests, in WV and US

Paul Burke <box1320@...>
 

In the week ending March 21, WV had twice as many patients who went to doctors' offices with fever over 100 and cough or sore throat, as in past years. This compares the same week this year to past flu seasons. An extra 1,800 patients. Future weeks will likely be worse.


As of that date, 3/21, last Saturday, WV had tested 441 people and found 11 cases. As of yesterday, 3/28, WV has tested 2,818 people for Covid19 and found 113 cases. CDC will update data on fevers on Friday.

https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

https://covidtracking.com/data/


In that same week ending March 21, the country had three times as many doctor visits with 100F and cough or sore throat, as past flu seasons: 590,000 patients. This was 390,000 more than the 200,000-patient average for the same week in past flu seasons. And these doctor visits exclude other people who stayed home with fevers.


At that point the US had tested 180,000 people and 13% had Covid19. We can estimate about 200,000 out of 590,000, or 34%, had flu, reflecting the prevalence of flu in the past. Who are all the other new fever patients going to doctors? Are the test results representative of all fever patients? Or are test results biased toward healthy outcomes if they are given to health care workers, healthy contacts of sick people and VIPs?


Virginia and Maryland had 14,000 and 11,000 more fever cases in the week ending 3/21 than previous years. New York had 63,000 more, New Jersey 52,000, California and Texas 44,000 each, Pennsylvania 18,000.

   

The numbers of fever patients are based on a CDC sample which shows what percentage of outpatient doctor visits have 100F fever with cough or sore throat. CDC calls it "influenza-like illness" (ILI). They release the data for each state for each week 2010-2020. I ignored states where fewer than 20 doctors reported on their patients, such as DC, but the national total includes all states, properly weighted.

https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/fluportaldashboard.html

 

CDC also reports the total primary care doctor visits in many states, and I estimated visits in other states to apply this CDC percentage,

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/namcs_summary/2015_namcs_web_tables.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/physician-visits.htm

 

Here are maps and a table of fever cases,and CDC's graph comparing this year to past years.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#ILINet


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"Influenza-Like Illness" (ILI)

Outpatient Visits with 100F Fever and Cough or Sore Throat

  globe1234.org/ilinet.xlsx

A

B

C

D

E

F

Week Ended 3/21/2020

ILI: Extra Doctor Visits This Week, (D minus E)

Extra ILI Doctor Visits per 1,000 Population

ILI as % of Doctor Visits This Year

Average ILI %, This Week in 2010-2019

Weekly Primary Care Visits

 United States

388,700

1.1

6.4

2.2

9,177,144

Alabama

400

0.1

6.7

3.8

13,201

Arizona

0

0.0

2.2

2.2

206,675

California

44,600

1.1

5.5

2.9

1,675,589

Colorado

800

0.1

6.9

1.6

15,504

Connecticut

500

0.1

7.0

2.2

9,599

Georgia

13,400

1.3

9.1

2.5

202,780

Illinois

13,600

1.1

7.1

2.7

308,465

Kansas

400

0.1

7.2

2.3

7,844

Kentucky

400

0.1

6.0

2.2

12,028

Louisiana

1,300

0.3

13.5

3.1

12,516

Maine

200

0.1

6.8

1.3

3,619

Maryland

1,000

0.2

8.5

2.1

16,277

Massachusetts

9,200

1.3

6.7

1.7

182,260

Michigan

3,200

0.3

3.5

2.1

227,153

Mississippi

200

0.1

6.0

3.5

8,013

Montana

100

0.1

4.6

0.7

2,877

Nebraska

200

0.1

6.4

2.0

5,208

New Jersey

51,500

5.8

13.4

3.0

493,051

New Mexico

200

0.1

5.8

2.7

5,645

New York

63,300

3.3

8.0

2.4

754,557

New York City

incl in state

12.2

2.4

incl. in state

North Carolina

6,500

0.6

5.2

2.2

215,294

Ohio

6,000

0.5

3.3

1.4

319,015

Oklahoma

500

0.1

8.4

3.7

10,653

Oregon

600

0.1

6.8

1.9

11,355

Pennsylvania

17,800

1.4

6.6

2.2

400,015

South Carolina

1,000

0.2

9.8

2.3

13,862

South Dakota

0

0.0

2.9

1.8

2,382

Tennessee

1,000

0.1

7.6

2.0

18,386

Texas

44,300

1.5

8.1

3.6

973,288

Utah

400

0.1

6.3

2.0

8,631

Virginia

14,400

1.7

7.4

2.8

315,827

Washington

9,200

1.2

6.1

1.6

203,310

West Virginia

200

0.1

5.3

1.8

4,825

Wisconsin

700

0.1

6.3

2.1

15,676

 


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Paul Burke


FW: COVID-19 Testing Criteria & Triage Hotline

Paul Burke <box1320@...>
 

From: McCabe, Teresa E.
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:50 PM
Subject: COVID-19 Testing Criteria & Triage Hotline

 

All,

 

As President/CEO Tony Zelenka mentioned in his email yesterday, WVU Medicine began offering testing capabilties for COVID-19 today state-wide.  The big tent located in the parking lot behind the McCormack Center (MOB2) is the Martinsburg collection site for this testing.  Please help us spread the word that this testing is not open to the general pubic, but is for patients who have been screened and have a physician’s order in Epic for the testing.  In order to start the pre-screening process, patients should call the WVU Medicine East COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 304-596-2890.  More information on the testing criteria along with the location and hours of testing is included on the attached document, which can also be seen below.

 

Additionally, I wanted to share with you that beginning this weekend, our local Triage Hotline will be staffed and available for callers on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 4 pm.  Then starting next Monday (March 23), we will expand the local Triage Hotline hours to Monday through Friday, 8 am – 8 pm and Saturday & Sunday,  8 am, - 4 pm (see attached flyer).  Our goal is to provide a local hotline resource for Eastern Panhandle residents who have symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19.  During the hours that our Triage Hotline is not operational, callers will be refered to the COVID-19 Triage Hotline in Morgantown. 

 

Thank you for helping us spread the word about these local resources.

 

Teresa

 

 

Teresa E. McCabe

Vice President Marketing & Development

WVU Medicine East

WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center

2500 Foundation Way, Suite 2100 (office location)

2500 Hospital Drive (mailing address)

Martinsburg, WV  25401

304-264-1223

tmccabe@...

www.wvumedicine.org

 

 


DO NOT go in person to county offices, if at all possible, please

Paul Burke <box1320@...>
 

From: Brianna Gustafson <bgustafson@...>
March 16, 2020 Brianna L. Gustafson, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office: 304-724-8914
Mobile: 304-279-8135
Press Release
Jefferson County Departments Heads, County Commission Members, and the Health Department Met Today to Discuss Coronavirus Preparedness Measures

Kearneysville, WV – A meeting to discuss ongoing COVID-19 preparedness and planning efforts in Jefferson County took place today, Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. During this meeting, department heads, County Commission members, elected officials, representatives from the court system, and representatives from the Jefferson County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management discussed specific issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure Jefferson County has a plan in place for the continuity of operations in the county.

With the increased recommendations from the CDC and other health officials, Jefferson County encourages all residents to limit their exposure to others through social distancing. In an effort to reduce foot traffic, Jefferson County Government Offices and the Jefferson County Court System may be implementing reduced hours for some offices. In addition, the County Commission may also consider the closure of some buildings. This will limit the general exposure of both staff and the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information on the reduction of hours and building closures will be delivered to the public as it becomes available.

The safety of the residents and employees of Jefferson County is of the upmost importance. If at all possible, please DO NOT go in person to county offices. Instead, please take advantage of the many online platforms used for payment processing, applications, etc. The county is actively researching ways to ensure the health and safety of all individuals by increasing online and over the phone accessibility. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the availability of online processing, please contact the respective department.
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hearing 10/23. comments due 10/31 on Rockwool permits

Paul Burke
 


2 big changes in Listener

Paul Burke
 


Introduction - Congressional candidate

Cathy Kunkel <cathy@...>
 

Hi all,

I wanted to introduce myself as a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd district (the seat currently held by Alex Mooney). I have lived in West Virginia for over nine years and have been deeply involved in the community in Charleston since our 2014 water crisis. More recently I co-founded and chaired a political organization called Rise Up WV that has worked on healthcare for all, support for public education, organizing people in recovery and more. Last year we helped elect several new candidates to municipal and state legislative offices from Kanawha County.

You can find out more about me and my platform at kunkelforcongress.com

One of our local supporters is having a house party next Monday evening if you are interested in attending: https://www.facebook.com/events/980704595606705/

We are in the process of scheduling future events in the panhandle this fall, some of which are already on our Facebook page. Please reach out to me if you might be interested in hosting or co-hosting a meet and greet, or if you have any other questions about the campaign.

Thanks so much,
Cathy

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2pm Sun. 10/27 Program on Lynching

Paul Burke
 

Public Invited to Presentation, “A Double Take on Lynching: Two Views,”

Sunday, October 27th, 2 p.m., at Fisherman’s Hall, 319 S. West St, Charles Town
For more information, contact: Donna Northouse, dnorthouse@..., 304-876-7012

The history and lingering effects of lynching in America during the Jim Crow period are the subject of “A Double Take on Lynching: Two Views,” a presentation sponsored by the Friends of Webb-Blessing House and the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society. The event takes place Sunday, October 27th, 2 p.m. at Fisherman’s Hall, 319 S. West St., in Charles Town. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Presenters are noted historian Susan Strasser and the award-winning poet Marcia E. Cole (see photos, left to right). Dr. Strasser is Richards Professor Emerita of American History at the University of Delaware and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her talk presents 60 images that show how during the Jim Crow period, state-sanctioned repression was held in place by terror. More than 5,000 African Americans were lynched in the United States between 1877 and 1950—most of them men, most in the South. Marcia Cole writes fiction, poetry, and plays that show the devastating, personal toll racism has had into the twenty-first century.

This “double take” provides two different but complementary views of lynching—one, the historical, factual approach and the other expresses the personal impact that America’s history of lynching has left on countless individuals. Dr. Strasser’s illustrated talk, based on many years of primary research, is one of a series of four lectures entitled “A White Historian Reads Black History” that “seeks to serve people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism.” Marcia Cole’s presentation of her poetry, “A Bitter Suite,” is a reflection of the horrific impact the lynching of her ancestors has had on her own life. The poems are included in her volume, Light in Dark Places: History in Verse, which will be available for purchase at the event. Both speakers present their ideas out of a deep respect for the thousands of victims of lynching and as a way for all Americans to memorialize their suffering.

In the words of a past audience member, “Even for me, a 62-year-old African American who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Susan Strasser’s talks are deeply informative and inspirational. I have a better understanding of the institutional and historical forces that resulted in African-American enslavement, lynching, housing segregation and voting rights. Because her presentations encourage audience participation, I have learned how Americans of different generations perceive African-American history and how they perceive the way forward to a more just society.” Sabrina McCarthy

Susan Strasser’s writings have been praised by the New Yorker for “retrieving what history discards: the taken-for-granted minutiae of everyday life.” Her books include Never Done: A History of American Housework; Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market; and Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash.

Marcia Cole’s writings, besides Light in Dark Places: History in Verse, include Going for Freedom: True Accounts of Flight in Verse, a play about the Underground Railroad.


Fire Prevention Week and Escapes

Paul Burke
 


Sat. Oct. 5 Pesticide/Herbicide Collection from any WV residents

Paul Burke
 


Blood drive Oct. 2, Wednesday

Paul Burke
 

WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center to host blood drive

RANSON, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit community blood services provider, will host a blood drive in October at the Ranson Civic Center.

The blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on October 2. The Ranson Civic Center is located at 432 West Second Avenue in Ranson.

Although walk-ins are welcome, donors are encouraged to make an appointment online at vitalant.org or by calling 877-258-4825. Use group code W4310012.

All participating donors will receive a free pepperoni roll from A Step in Time Bakery, a Vitalant water bottle and a $10 Bingo voucher from Independent Fire Company. Accompanying children will have the opportunity to tour a HealthNet Aeromedical Services helicopter and an Independent Fire Company truck.

Vitalant is the exclusive blood product supplier for all WVU Medicine hospitals. Blood donated at one of the Vitalant blood drives in the Eastern Panhandle comes back to Jefferson Medical Center and Berkeley Medical Center to treat patients locally.

This Vitalant blood drive is being sponsored by Jefferson Medical Center, American Public University System, Ranson Civic Center, Independent Fire Company, A Step in Time Bakery and HealthNet Aeromedical Services. For more information about the blood donation process or reward programs, visit www.vitalant.org.

--WVU Medicine--
For more information:
Chelsie Davis, Communications Specialist, 304-596-6327,
chelsie.davis@...


Wed Sep 18 talk on "experts" vs. "crowd-sourced" news

Paul Burke
 

Dr. Rosenfeld has several talks about this topic on
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Sophia+Rosenfeld&sp=CAI%253D

And some books. This link has long excerpts of her most recent book
https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Truth-History-Sophia-Rosenfeld/dp/0812250842/ref=sr_1_1
____________________
"Democracy and Truth"
Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld to Present the 15th Annual
Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 &#65533; 7:00 pm
Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education
213 North King Street &#65533; Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Citizens in democracies increasingly inhabit a public sphere teeming with competing claims and counterclaims, with no institution or person possessing the authority to settle basic disputes in a definitive way.

But while some details of this issue may be novel, the challenge of determining truth in a democratic world has a backstory.

In exploring the major trends that have led to the rise of our &#65533;post-truth&#65533; public life, Sophia Rosenfeld will discuss the longstanding and largely unspoken tension at the heart of democracy between the supposed wisdom of the crowd and the need for information to be vetted and evaluated by a learned elite made up of trusted experts.

The fifteenth annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution will be given by Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld, author of Democracy and Truth: A Short History. Rosenfeld is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses on European and American intellectual and cultural history, the Age of Revolutions, and the History of Democracy. Rosenfeld&#65533;s 2011 book Common Sense: A Political Historywon the Mark Lynton History Prize and the Society for the History of the Early American Republic book prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, and the William and Mary Quarterly, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, Dissent, and The Nation.

The Moses Memorial Lecture is named for the late Tom E. Moses, a longtime civil libertarian, activist, and founder of the Eastern Panhandle branch of the ACLU-WV. The inaugural Moses Lecture was given by Senator Robert C. Byrd in 2005.

Admission to the lecture is free, but due to limited space, you must reserve your seat(s) by contacting Jody Brumage (link below).
Reserve your seat(s) for the Constitution Day Lecture
mailto:jbrumage@...


2 weeks to apply for vacancy on county Bd of Education

Paul Burke
 

Arthena Roper, elected in 2018, has resigned from the Jefferson County Board of Education, to become a county Magistrate.

The other 4 members of the Board will fill the vacancy for the remaining 3 years of her term.

Anyone who wants to improve or otherwise set policy for our public schools can apply in the next 2 weeks by sending a letter to the School Superintendent.

You can see videos and read minutes of past meetings at
https://boe.jeff.k12.wv.us/about_us/board_of_ed

Pay is $160 per meeting, for up to 50 meetings per year, or $8,000/year (WV Code 18-5-4(e) ), plus any travel expenses. Regular meetings are twice per month, and there are so many meetings with local school councils, and for special purposes, that there are always over 50 meetings per year.
http://www.wvlegislature.gov/wvcode/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=18&art=5§ion=4#5

This is one of the three seats elected (nonpartisan) in May 2018, for terms July 2018-June 2022. There are two more seats up for election in May 2020, which you can run for, if you're not appointed this time.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/listener/conversations/messages/4547

Candidates can be from anywhere in the County, unless your magisterial district already has two members on the Board. I'm not sure if Kabletown may have two members, but otherwise anyone can apply.

Think about who would be good, encourage them to apply, and encourage the board to appoint them.


Thurs 2pm meeting on local hazards

Paul Burke
 


Anti-addictionevents Sept 14-26

Paul Burke
 

Days of Hope and Action for our Community

partnering to spread awareness, hope, and help to those suffering from addiction, particularly from opioids.. Please plan to participate in these community events in September. For more information, call or text Jan Hafer at (540) 604-6703.

September 14—Candlelight Vigil for those who have died from addiction.
8:00 pm—Gather at The Wall on German Street at King st, Shepherdstown, in front of McMurran Hall

September 15—Hear guest speaker, Ms. Ronda Eddy - executive director of the Jefferson Day Report Center .
10:00 am service at Trinity Episcopal Church—corner of German and Church Streets, Shepherdstown

September 19—Potluck supper and viewing of the award-winning documentary, Heroin(e), featuring three women in Huntington, WV, who are making a difference in that community’s approach to helping those addicted.
6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Trinity Parish Hall, behind the church

September 21—Stop by our table offering information on addiction, support, and treatment at the Shepherdstown Night Out event, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Centennial Lions Club.
5:30 pm-8:30 pm on King Street in front of Shepherdstown Town Hall, north of German Street

September 26—Free NARCAN (Naloxone) training to help save lives of those who overdose. Offered by the Jefferson County Public Health Department.
7:00 pm-8:00 pm at the Shepherdstown Community Club, south corner of German and King streets

ALL ARE WELCOME!


Family separation issues at the border

Paul Burke
 

Anyone can help categorize the raw information, in a few minutes, from home..

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2019/aug/27/help-investigate-family-separation/


"Read Aloud" Volunteer Orientation September 19-20, 2019

Paul Burke
 

"Read Aloud" Volunteer Orientation
September 19-20, 2019
Various Times/Locations...

A weekly visit from YOU can make a difference to a child. Share your favorite books, motivate children to WANT to read, and serve as role models and become friends.

Please join us for one of our scheduled orientations:

**September 19, 2019 at 10:00 am - U.S. Coast Guard Training Center
408 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville, West Virginia (Pre-Registration is Required)

September 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Tuscarora Elementary School
2000 Tavern Road, Martinsburg, West Virignia

September 20, 2019 at 10:00 am - Berkeley Senior Services
217 North High Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia

**Due to security policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, we request that you pre-register with Laurie Saunders, by emailing lauriepdx@... or calling (703) 727-2518.

These events are also posted on our Read Aloud West Virginia of Jefferson County Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/readaloudjco/


Re: EPA information and Fear-Mongering

ccomp3@frontiernet.net
 


Dear Listener Audience and other interested parties,

It would seem far easier, rather than to speculate on emissions from a facility that does not yet exist, where only estimations, and in some cases, wild conjecture is employed, as is self evident in some of the assertions made in Mr. Lut'z letter, we should examine results of air quality and the quality of life in and around similar or identical facilities already in production for years.

Have 4,000,000 children per year been poisoned by emissions from, for example, the Byhalia, MS, Rockwool facility? Has even one child been poisoned by emissions from the Byhalia facility? No, of course not.

""The new research", quoted below, indicates an environmental disaster pending by 2100 A D." Really?
It has been asserted countless times - hundreds of times - by the doomsday-anti-business-not-in-my-backyard-horse-and-buggy acolytes since the 1960's, that environmental doom is "just 12 years away!" "It's just around the corner!" "By 2020!" "By 2050!" "By 2100!"
Has anyone noted that not a single one - not ONE - of the prognostications of environmental disaster has come true in the last 50 YEARS?
I don't know about you, but batting 0.00 on predictions of global catastrophe of every shape and kind doesn't make me stand up and take notice of yet another empty prognostication of global catastrophe.
This is just the same old scare tactics that made Al Gore (who, of course, invented the internet) a far more wealthy man than he already was.

And what is this "new research" being cited here? Who commissioned it? Who performed it? Who provided the grant money for it and why?

The ideas that regional pollination will be negatively affected, can contribute to cardio-pulmonary disorders, can reduce outputs of crops, and so forth, as cited in Mr. Lutz's misguided tome, is simply more hyperbole and a reprise of the aforementioned unfounded scare tactics.

Have these affects been demonstrated in and around other similar or identical facilities in operation for years under the same or similar strict environmental laws we have in the U.S. and West Virginia?

The pertinent question here simply is: Have these things already occurred around existing Rockwool facilities that have been in production for years? And if so would not these facilities have already been shut down for all the damage and environmental destruction they have caused?

Mr. Lutz's request for reopening the permitting process, not "hastily pencil whipped", through the bureaucratic process, but the law followed meticulously every step of the way, should be denied. It is without foundation and based on fear, fear-mongering and completely lacks any standing by employing practical examples of the results, both positive or negative, from real world examples of Rockwool facilities already operating in North America for extended periods.

And like all the other prognostication of impending global environmental disasters predicted over the last 5 decades, this one, too, has not now, nor will it ever, come to fruition.

Let's bring business and industry to Jefferson County and the Eastern Panhandle to make our region a place, like much of our surrounding region - a place where we can both live AND work.


Your Not-So-Obedient-Servant,

Edward C. Compton
Summit Point, West Virginia



On Friday, August 30, 2019, 1:06:53 PM EDT, Daniel Lutz p.lutz007@... [listener] wrote:


 

Ms. Davis:
    This may not be a question for Public Affairs. However, I shall pose it anyway.

     The ROCKWOOL PLant being constructed in Ranson, WV. proposes to emit at least 20 pounds (44,000) grams of Lead (Periodic Chart symbol Pb) each year. If my infomation is correct, that is enough lead and/or plumbic salts to poison over 4,000,000 children each year.That is if only learning disabilities are considered.

      Because of exposure to the plumbic and other heavy metal salts used in spray compounds in the 1950's and 1960's, I have had one radical nephrectomy and one partial nephrectomy. As you are aware, the US EPA has determined that no level of lead exposure is safe.

      The new research indicates an environmental disaster pending by 2100 A D if the emission of Greenhouse gases is not curtailed. This facility will emit more than 150,000 tonnes equivalent of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide each year. That is enough to melt 100 or more acres of polar ice each year. 

      The firm refuses to even consider capturing the carbon dioxide before emission to be converted into cyclopropane. This has been done profitably since 2009, and the cyclopropane could be reused by the firm itself or sold. I can share the emails and responses which confirm this.

      ROCKWOOL proposes to emit thousands of tonnes of benzine, carbonyls, formaldehyde, and other Volatile Organic Compounds. ROCKWOOL refuses to divulge to me what these compounds, labeled "VOC's," are. I have reviewed your agency's list of several hundred of these compounds. I note about 150, or so, do not exist in nature.

      Did ROCKWOOL provide a specific list of Volatile Organic Compounds to the Environmental Protection Agency when their proposal was reviewed? ROCKWOOL is fond of stating how they are well within the "strict" requirements of the United States  Environmental Protection Agency.

      The proposed emissions of particulate matter of all sizes, less than 2.5 microns to larger than 100 microns will eliminate large numbers of our pollinators, as well as contributing to cardio-pulmonary disorders for persons such as me. The ROCKWOOL plant will be within 2 air miles of one of the better Veterans' Administration Hospitals in the nation.

      ROCKWOOL plans to emit thousands of tonnes of Ozone. Being heavier than ambient air, Ozone will settle to the ground where it can disrupt the Krebs cycle in legumes such as soy beans, alfalfa, garden peas, and beans, clovers, etc. This can reduce outputs of these crops by as much as 50%. For a producer working on a margin of 4 cents or less per bushel of the bean and pea crops, that is bankruptcy.

      I receive study after study citing the hazards to all life on our "SPACESHIP EARTH" if human activities are not changed and soon. Except for diatribes and insults from less than well meaning people, I have yet to receive one single study showing the beneficial aspects of a firm such as ROCKWOOL. If you can direct me to such studies, please do so..

      Is it possible to obtain funding to install, equip, and maintain at least 5 of the SLAMS (State and Local Air Monitoring System) devices that we may have accurate information, admissible in administrative and judicial proceedings, for the the time when ROCKWOOL exceeds the limitations imposed by the "strict" environmental standards?

      My final question is this one. Can your office assist us in reopening the permitting process which seems to have been hastily "pencil whipped" through the bureaucratic process? By this, we would be allowed to present the above evidence, and much more to buttress our contention that ROCKWOOL is too dangerous to be allowed to operate in this manner. We are not seeking to bar them from operating. We believe the facility being constructed in Ranson, WV may be a ZERO EMISSIONS facility and operated profitably for the firm and have a minimal impact upon the health and well being of the entire Middle Atlantic Region. ROCKWOOL would have the added benefit of being the "greenest" such operation on earth, worth a fortune in Public Relations.

      I am going to distribute this request to our West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, our Commissioner of Agriculture, as well as to colleagues with like interests.

      Thank you for replying to me and addressing these issues, I remain

Your obedient servant,
Danny Lutz
Conservation District Supervisor. Jefferson County, WV
Eastern Panhandle Conservation District

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 4:01 PM Davis, Ginny <Davis.Ginny@...> wrote:

Hi Danny,

 

I received a voicemail message from you on August 20.. How may I assist you? You mentioned in your voicemail, “pollution abatement programs.”

 

Ginny

 

 

 

Ginny L. Davis, M.S.Ed.

Public Information Center Specialist, SEE Program

U.S. EPA - Region III

Office of Public Affairs (3CG00)

1650 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA  19103-2029

davis.ginny@...

Phone:  215-814-2149

Fax:  215-814-5104

 

 

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