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May 29, 2013

Looking for heroes

Sometimes, you just know an idea is right and true. You have no doubt. It's logical beyond question. You can feel it in your blood and bones. You'd be willing to swear to it. It seems irrefutable and it is so solidly, wholesomely good that any notion to the contrary seems just wrong.

Preserving and conserving 227 acres of almost pristine wilds in Mayberry Township for the public welfare is just such an idea. It's a no-brainer.

I remember the absolute awe and astonishment that swept over me when -- as a teenager -- I first viewed the Beaver Dam from the overlook on Sharp Ridge Road. I was astounded that such a breathtaking, thrilling view lay hidden so close to my Riverside home. It looked absolutely prehistoric ... like "a land before time."

My family roots run deep here in the heart of the Susquehanna Valley. I am a direct descendent of Danville's founder, General William Montgomery. Another forebear was the first president of the First National Bank. My grandmother was the daughter of Rufus King Polk, a Danville iron mill engineer who was elected to the US House of Representatives. Her sister -- my great-aunt -- married Dr. Harold Foss, the physician selected by Abigail Geisinger to "make (Geisinger) the best."

If my forebears were alive today, I am convinced they would weep at the way humanity poisons the air and waters and wreaks havoc upon our environment.

But our little corner of the globe for the most part has been spared. It's where I ran barefoot as a child, and I've walked back and forth over the Susquehanna River bridge so many times that it came to be a frequent feature in my dreams. Living here amidst all this beauty has been such a gift. We here in this valley have so much to be grateful for!

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