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December 07, 2016
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A fossil-fuel economy: observations from our past

Some promising local efforts are underway which beckon your participation. Year-round outdoor recreation and a growing arts community make significant contributions to our local economy. First-generation farmers are moving here, putting down roots and growing our local food shed. Farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture are expanding. Restaurants are increasingly purchasing locally raised food. Solar and wind power are becoming more prominent as means to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels.

Gas drilling will continue to divide our community. I hope and pray that we can move forward with our differences in a way that we remain intact as a caring community for the benefit of those who inherit the legacy of the decisions we make today. May we remember the golden rule and “do to those downstream as we would have those upstream do to us.”

[A native of Pennsylvania, Mark Terwilliger has lived and attended schools in Chile, Mexico, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. He has taught music in Cali, Colombia and has served churches in Edmeston, NY, Wilkes-Barre, PA and Honesdale, PA. Currently he is serving as pastor of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Beach Lake, PA.]