Skip to comments.The Dragonflies'Lair~Thread XXXI
Posted on 10/05/2006 8:13:09 PM PDT by Soaring Feather
Good morning, Bentfeather!
Mornin, Lady Jag!
SMILES back atcha!
Nice smile;o). Good Morning to you, Ms. feathers. We had rain overnight, but the sun is shining today.
Are you going fishing today?? It's such a lovely day today.
Not today. I have some work things to do for Monday. I have two kindergarten students (twins) that I have to assess, and neither one speaks much (they can talk, but for some reason don't). So, I have to use an assessment tool I've not used before and I have to practice using it by testing my granddaughter (my guinea pig ;o). She's been begging me to bring home some tests to give her anyway.
I have read twins have their own language, these kids probably just don't want to talk to anyone other than one another.
I know, too, simple, huh??
In many cases this is true. However, these two don't even talk to each other. There are also concerns about their motor skills (one can't drink from a cup, or pick up things with thumb and fingers - only with a closed fist grip). Hearbreaking, really.
If we can figure out what's going on with them, we can develop a plan to remediate the problems and help them develop those skills they are deficient in. The earlier we put together a cohesive plan, the more likely their outcome will be good.
Wonderful work you do helping kids. Thank You.
Just trying to do my part. Our children are our future.
Hi Judy, we are here now. ;)
Good Morning, Ms. feathers. Lovely picture.
'Tis another gorgeous day! Sunbeams streaming into my kitchen window, clear blues skies, warm temps, ah the glory of Fall.
We have the same here. Brilliant sunshine - cool crisp air. Birds singing melodically from the trees. Can't ask for better.
Great, both coasts in harmony. ;)
That is good to know. I did hear on the news, though, that there was a Noreaster blowing somewhere on your side.
The Noreaster did not come up this far. It has socked Virginia and some of those states. I saw pictures on the Weather Channel of flooding. I am way inland, but none the less we do get caught in Noreasters.
Good Morning Lady. Very Pretty flowers. Thanks.
I've never experienced a Noreaster. I have been in a pretty wicked Blizard in North Dakota, though. Brrrrrr.
Good morning! Have a super Sunday!
Those are poppies with wonderful lighting.
Oh, North Dakota is not a place I Would care to be in a blizzard.
In the Winter of 1993 we had 14 major snow storms dumped on us. There was no getting away from the snow. We were caught in a swirl that hovered over the East Coast, we were all snowed in for weeks, '94 was not much better.
Ah, sounds just like my neighborhood. Truly glorious! Temps are the same.
I was in North Dakota from 1978 to 1983. I lived through four winters where the wind chill was -60 or below (-115, -109 on two occasions, with lots of -85's thrown in). When the wind blew there, whether in a snow storm or not, we would have "white out" conditions (just like being in a blizard). At least the people who live there are exceptionally nice.
Wow. Quite the "itchy feet". My grandfather was born in Virginia, and worked in the coal mines before entering the Army and serving in the trenches of France in WWI. When he returned (thankfully) he took a job with the railroad and worked his way across the U.S. to CA. Every place he stopped along the way he would start a Church. He married his first wife (who died) and had a son. He then met my grandmother in Texas and married her. I don't know all the details. He continued working for the railroad and moved further West, and continued building Churches. He lived in Oregon and Washington, working for the railroad and Ministering to his congregation (he being a Reverend). My grandparents finally settled here in the 50's, and built a life where they owned a Convolesenct Home and Ministered in a local Church (that he help to build). As young child I would help them with their clients (all elderly men and women who didn't have much family help). My grandparents were married for more than 50 years before my grandfather's death in 1984 from cancer. My grandmother kept going (retired of course) until her death in April 2005. It was my grandmother's prayers which kept our family safe from harm all those years. Not one of her children, grandchildren, greatgrandhildren, or greatgreatgrandchildren have ever been seriously ill or died. She was a true prayer warrior.
Very rich family history you have. Wonderful story of service and faith in action. Doers of the word. Legacy builder across these United States. Your grandparents and mine left a heritage to be proud of.
My grandparents were born in Finland, there the Lutheran Church owned the farms they worked on. They remained strong in the faith. My grandfather died in 1923, grandmother married again, lost that husband in 1945, and went on to live to be 94 and passed on in 1970. We, too, have had prayer warriors in our family.
Thank You, Kathy, such a wonderful promise of hope.
God has Blessed your family greatly.
THE FUNNIEST "DAM" STORY !!!
This is actually a true story and the account of the investigation
makes it even better...
This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania.
This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you
get to the response letter.
SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Ly-coming County
Dear Mr. DeVries:
It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental
Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above
referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal
landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:
Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet
stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.
A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been
issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is
in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural
Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of
1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled
The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams
partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding
at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently
hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you
to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the
stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming
the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be
completed no later than January 31, 2006.
Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so
that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.
Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized
activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated
We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this
matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any
David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.
Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:
Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County
Dear Mr. Price,
Your certified letter dated 12/17/02 has been handed to me to respond
to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane,
Trout Run, Pennsylvania.
A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of
constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet
stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor
supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that
you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris. I
would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam
project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely
state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam
resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam
determination and/or their dam work ethic.
As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they
must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam
My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to
said dam request?
If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers,
through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of
all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued.
Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301,
Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental
Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections
324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.
I have several concerns. My first concern is, aren't the beavers
entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are
financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation --
so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The
Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed
during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a
natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In
other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than
harassing them and calling their dam names.
If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please
contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they
obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being
unable to read English.
In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build
their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green,
and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live
and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the
natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).
So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be
referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until
1/31/2006? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then: and
there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.
In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real
environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears!
Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you
should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.
If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The
bears are not careful where they dump!
Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to
contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to
your dam office.
RYAN DEVRIES & THE DAM BEAVERS