Easton Residents Join Milford
In Compressor Station Debate
MILFORD — Residents of Easton, Pa., have recently begun their own argument against gas companies building compressor stations in their town. Milford residents discussed possible collaboration with them at the supervisors’ meeting Monday night.
According to Greg Lotorto, an active member of the No Milford Compressor group, Easton is not as far along as Milford in the process, and faces a compressor station twice the size of the one proposed in Milford. The Milford compressor station is set to be 9,400 horsepower.
Supervisor Gary Clark expressed that the main concern for the station is still to make it electric powered, so emissions are lower than in a gas-powered station. They are waiting on a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection that will determine which option the company may use. Clark stated, “I’m not going to push them on that and cause a rushed decision.” The DEP has until Dec. 18 to make their final decision. According to Clark, “the longer it takes the better.”
The longer it takes to issue the permit, the more time citizens have to plan an appeal. Lotorto suggested to the supervisors that they work with other groups to fund an attorney to cut costs for the township. He stated Easton Township would be willing to help, along with the Delaware River Keeper, Clean Water Action, and a New Jersey based group. He added that the lawyer who won a lawsuit against gas companies for the Delaware River Keeper would assist the attorney they hire, but was not willing to take this case on his own.
Supervisors expressed concern over bringing an appeal against the gas company. Supervisor Don Quick stated, “We couldn’t afford a large lawsuit. We’re a very small township. .. for complete story, get this week's issue.
College Board Helps Expand
Exchange Program With China
MILFORD — Delaware Valley School District retired Guidance Department Chairman Jay Tucker is part of the leadership team of U.S. educators that is spearheading a major cultural and educational exchange program between U.S. and mainland China ongoing for four years.
Tucker serves as a trustee on the College Board, which is running the exchange program. Part of the exchange program is the board’s annual China Bridge Delegation of American Educators trip to China.
The College Board is a not-for-profit organization consisting of over 6,000 member colleges and universities whose mission is to improve college access and opportunity for students. It’s most recognized programs geared to high-school students include the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Advanced Placement (AP), and Financial Aid Profile.
Tucker said, “The mission of the China Bridge Delegation of American Educators, started four years ago, is to improve the education systems of both countries through networking, promote teacher/student exchanges, and share best-management practices in education.”
To underscore the importance of cultural exchange with China, Tucker said that coincidentally, during this year’s delegation visit to Beijing, President Barack Obama was attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting of world leaders in Beijing to improve economic relations with China and other world leaders.
The delegation visited China once each year the past three years as the guest of Hanban/Confucius Institutes, affiliated with the Chinese Department of Education.
Tucker explained that besides participating in the delegation trips, as one of 31 board trustees, he took part in the board’s guiding role in a sweeping revamp of the SAT program. College admissions officers use the SAT as one of the major measures to determine whether a student is capable of making the transition from high school to college. Starting in 2015, in the U.S., the board is introducing the revamped SAT on a phased basis over the next few years... for complete story, get this week's issue.
Upper Delaware Gets 1st Woman Superintendent
LACKAWAXEN — The new Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Superintendent Kristina Heister, who replaced outgoing Superintendent Sean McGinnis in July, is the first woman superintendent in Upper Delaware history.
On Monday, Heister introduced herself to Lackawaxen Township municipal supervisors at the regular monthly meeting held at the township building on Urban Road.
Lackawaxen is the first stop of her expected rounds visiting supervisors and councilpersons on both sides of the Delaware River in areas managed by her department. She also expects to speak to planning boards of the municipalities. She has already met with the Shohola Planning Commission.
Heister said that since this is her first appointment by the National Park Service (NPS) to run a Scenic Rivers park, she is taking her time to learn the ropes. The Upper Delaware shares the task of managing the river with the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), a not-for-profit agency that developed the River Management Plan that helps both agencies regulate the river.
Heister said that she is a Philadelphia native who grew up in Delaware. She studied to be a biologist and has worked for the NPS for 22 of her 23 years in the workplace. Prior to her appointment to the Upper Delaware, she was Chief of Natural Resources of the NPS Northeast Region and prior to that she was Chief of Natural Resources at Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Heister said that her appointment fits in with the NPS’ increasing emphasis on two of many NPS missions: the first is to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources, particularly parks designated as outstanding Special Places, such as the Upper Delaware, within the NPS system nationwide.
The second mission is to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. Each mission requires a different strategy and action steps... for complete story, get this week's issue.