Robert & Kit Concilus Receive Lifetime Achievement Award - April 19, 2013
Personality and Perseverence Revived the Conservancy
Dr. Robert Concilus and his wife Kit recently were awarded the
Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award by the French Creek Valley
Conservancy. They received the award to recognize their
decades-long dedication and work building and developing conservation
programs with the FCVC, and for their commitment to promoting and
protecting our region's priceless natural treasures. “By their
personalities and perseverance they revived the conservancy and made it
the entire French Creek Valley,” said early board member Jonathan
Helmrich in support of the award to the Conciluses. Through many
years of hard work and devotion to our region and it's rich
environmental heritage, they have built a legacy of conservation and
stewardship that will go on and be remembered by future generations to
come. According to current FCVC President Jim Lang "The couple
created the foundation that enabled the conservancy to grow and be
successful in fulfilling its mission: 'To promote the environmental
integrity of the French Creek watershed, and to advocate the protection
of its natural resources for the aesthetic, ecological, recreational,
and economic benefit of all, through the coordination of land
protection, education, and research.'"
Troy and Lynn Firth also
received the 'Friends of the Creek Award' for their work as founders of
the Foundation for Sustainable Forests, which works closely in
conservation efforts with the Conservancy.
Efforts Continue with Tire Incinerator Fight
Dr. Concilus' 15 years as President of the French Creek Valley
Conservancy allowed him countless opportunities to work to protect this
incredibly diverse corner of Northwestern Pennsylvania. It is
because of his dedication to the preservation of our areas'
natural resources that he stood up as a plaintiff in the fight against
the construction of the world's largest tire incinerator in Crawford
County. Because of his years of experience and knowledge
of this area, he immediately recognized the very real threat that
this big polluter posed to our community, environment, and our way of
life... and he took action. Dr. Concilus' efforts to appeal the
air quality permit issued for the tire incinerator reflects his ongoing
dedication to this community and the environment. Along with area
resident Leah Humes, the two bravely joined the legal challenge of the
siting of this massive tire burning facility in our area. Their appeal
has added momentum to the strong community effort to oppose this
facility which would produce enormous amounts of toxic pollution each
year. Pollution that could threaten our health, environment, and the
health and safety of our irreplaceable natural resources in the region.
To read more about the Conciluses' award, read the press release from the French Creek Valley Conservancy here:
French Creek Valley Conservancy - Bailey Lifetime Achievement Award
Canoe and Kayak Race -
July 14th, 2013
Announcing the First Annual
S.O.S. Canoe &
Sunday, July 14th 2013
Fun 5 Mile Race on an Exciting Course
Food and Drinks Available from The Beach Club
Awards Ceremony for Winners in Each Class
Free T-Shirt for First 100 Racers
Help us "Save Our Swamp" from the world's largest tire incinerator!
CARE and Erie Peace & Justice Center for a fun
and exciting kayak and canoe race on Conneaut Lake! Come out and
spend a day on the water and support a great cause. This
family-friendly race is open to all boaters, whether you like to paddle
for fun or are a serious competitor, all are welcome. Race times will
be available for all participants, and winners will be announced
at the awards ceremony after the race. Proceeds support the ongoing
appeal of the air quality permit issued for the proposed tire
Map and Directions:
|Sunday, July 14th 2013|
Check-in/Registration at 8am
Race starts at 9am
$25 per boat.
To register online Click Here (coming soon)
For mail in registration, download the Registration Form (coming soon)
Info coming soon...
Appeal News - December 2,
The Pennsylvania Environmental
Hearing Board has granted another extension on the appeal that was
filed against the permit for the proposed tire incinerator last
November. Crawford Renewable Energy requested the extension
after they claimed that they needed more time to hire an air
pollution control expert to address the expert reports filed by the
plaintiffs, Dr. Robert Concilus and Leah Humes. Concilus
and Humes had objected to this extension because they were
required to provide their expert reports within a set time
frame, which they did. Their objection stated that the extension would
have unfairly allowed CRE extra time to create their reports. Despite
the objection, the EHB granted a modified schedule which puts the
deadline for CRE's report on December 21st. The final motions on the
case are now due on February 1st.
Meadville Tribune - Judge
extends deadline for tire plant evidence
Erie Times-News - Judge
extends deadline for tire plant evidence, motions
How to Support
the Appeal Fund
strong community support for this appeal has made it what it is today,
and your continued support will ensure that Dr. Concilus and Leah Humes
can build the strongest possible case. CARE continues to
raise funds to support the appeal, and a contribution to the appeal
fund will help ensure that all avenues of analysis are exhausted in
challenging the permit. To donate to the appeal fund online click
'Donate' below. Donations are not tax deductible. You can
also mail your donation to the appeal fund at the address below.
your donation to CARE
PO Box 43
Cochranton, PA 16314
Donations are not tax
Allegheny College Tire
Sculpture Protests Tire Incinerator
Students for Environmental Action (SEA) at
Allegheny College have created a giant "Tire Octopus" sculpture on
campus. The sculpture is designed as a protest against the
proposed tire incinerator planned for Greenwood Township. The
octopus is surrounded by signs that discuss the dangers of the
incinerator, Geneva Marsh, and the ongoing appeal.
Photo Contest Winners
to our our photo contest winners!
decision is in! Our judges George Nowack of Arts for Everyone and T.
Alan Kirk of Meadville
Fine Arts have evaluated all the entries and chosen the top three
submissions. They also awarded two Honorable Mentions.
All of the winning entries will be hosted at the Arts for
exhibit space at the Meadville Market House beginning on December 7th.
Winner will receive gift certificates from Meadville Fine Arts and a
special prize from CARE.
Thanks to all the participants who have taken such great
pictures to highlight the beauty of Geneva Marsh, and to
everyone who supports our cause!
First Place: Patti Fowler
|Second Place: Preston Sanderson
||Third Place: Michael Vargo
|Honorable Mention: Dan Heninger
||Honorable Mention: Patti Fowler
Kayak & Canoe
Save Our Swamp!
& Canoe Paddle-In and Photo Contest
Save Our Swamp event was a huge
success! The fall colors and beautiful scenery of the marsh
for a fun afternoon on the water. We had a great turnout
as well, with 70 people in over 30 boats joining in!
The support we
have gotten from the community for our cause have been
Thanks to everyone
who participated, and thanks to all who helped out. Thanks to
Students for Environmental Action from Allegheny College for
event. SEA did a great job!
We will be
posting more pics soon! For everyone who wants to submit photos for the
photo contest, read below for submission information.
to submit your entries for the photo contest
is easy, just email your top 3 choices from photos you took at our
event to: email@example.com
you prefer you can send a CD with your entries to:
submit all entries by Monday, October 29th.
must meet the following rules:
entries must be taken on the day of the event.
Submissions are limited to 3 entries per person.
- We would
prefer that submissions be 8"x10" at 200 ppi in
Everyone, the program that hosts and promotes local
shows and events, has signed on to sponsor the photo contest at our
"Save Our Swamp" event! A4E Director George Nowack and T.
Kirk of Meadville Fine Arts will judge the entries. The
picture, along with a collection of entries from the finalists, will be
printed and displayed at the Arts for Everyone exhibit space at the
Meadville Market House, and then the exhibit will travel to the other
A4E exhibit spaces around Crawford County.
will be asked to sign a waiver that allows CARE and Arts for Everyone
permission to use your photos in our online and exhibit displays.
Funding the Appeal of the
Air Quality Permit
As you probably already
know, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
issued an Air Quality Permit (posted in the Resources
section) to Crawford Renewable
Energy (CRE) for its proposed 100-megawatt tires-to-energy plant in
Crawford County. CARE believes there's a basis to win an appeal to the
Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, and we are asking for your
help in funding the appeal.
On November 24th, 2011, Dr. Robert Concilus and Leah
Humes filed an appeal with the Environmental Hearing Board. The appeal
outlines fifteen legal objections to the Air Quality Permit issued by
the Pensylvania DEP to Crawford Renewable Energy for the proposed tire
burning plant. This appeal remains the last
hope for addressing the permit for the proposed facility. It
will make the plant
and safer if it is built, and it will provide answers to the many
questions that still remain about the facility and the
would produce. Dr.Concilus and Leah
Humes are following
legal avenues open to them to fight for the environment and safety of
Northwestern Pennsylvania (and beyond).
Your donation will help us reach our goals and
support the legal fees, expert witness costs, and other
expenses. With your help, we can win this appeal!
There are two ways to donate through CARE:
your donation to CARE
PO Box 43
Cochranton, PA 16314
Donations are not tax