a grinch from lancaster leaves a comment and more pipeline follies


So the other day I wrote a post about pipeline liens being filed against beleagured residents in Pennsylvania who have had pipelines shoved down their throats and land taken by eminent domain for private gain.

And I say eminent domain by private gain versus eminent domain for public purpose because the natural gas companies filing for PUC utility status in Pennsylvania is BOGUS. So BOGUS.


Because what they rape from the ground and ship across multiple counties doesn’t stay here does it? It is EXPORT, isn’t it? Like for plastics in Scotland? So where is the public benefit?

And let’s talk about the pipeline WORKERS. They are IMPORTS, right? Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma, etc as you can see from their license plates, correct? So these pipline companies are EXPORTING the gas and “other hydrocarbons” and IMPORTING workers from other places so any way you care to look at it, how can they say PUBLIC PURPOSE? It’s not. When they say that it is just P.R. swill, isn’t it?

People in Chester County not too far from me have had their land seized and properties devalued (because who in the hell wants to buy a house in a neighborhood after the pipelines have visited and sinkholes have opened up, wells have been polluted?)

In Berks and other counties homeowners have been subjected to the SAME heinous actions and now to add insult to injury, are being threatened with Mechanics Liens by subcontractors who were employed by the pipeline companies.  That was why I wrote the post about it HERE.

Don’t believe me? An actual letter was shared with LancasterOnline and was published today. I screen shot it and blocked off the homeowner name and address:

So how about that? Crazy, right? Not only have these people had land siezed, the pipelines aren’t paying their subcontractors and they are being targeted instead of the pipeline companies who actually employed them? Merry freaking Christmas.

Lancaster Online: Homeowners along gas pipelines in Lebanon, Berks counties shocked to find threats of liens in mail
AD CRABLE | Staff Writer 2 hrs ago

Fallout from the bankruptcy of Welded Construction, the main contractor in two local gas pipeline projects, has ensnared landowners in Berks and Lebanon counties with the threat of liens on their properties.

Lancaster County residents are wondering if they could be next.

Three homeowner couples and the Twin Valley School District near Morgantown, Berks County, were astounded to find legal letters in their mailboxes recently.

The letters were from United Piping Inc., a Minnesota-based subcontractor that says it has not been paid by Welded for work on the controversial Sunoco Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline that runs through their properties.

United Piping was giving the property owners formal notice of the company’s intent to go to Berks County court within 30 days to file “mechanics liens” on their land….In Lebanon County, meanwhile, Dykon Blasting Corp. — an Oklahoma subcontractor that worked on the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline and says it has not been paid by Welded — has mailed similar legal letters to landowners….He said affected landowners can contact Williams for additional information by e-mail at AtlanticSunrise@Williams.com.



Oh and as this article was first being read by folks, I realized I had a nasty and somewhat menacing comment left on my other post:


This Grinch hails from Lancaster County.  It took about two minutes to find out exactly where he lived and what other nasty bits of business he has posted on the Internet. Also discovered the proximity of local police to them.

So FYI to the Grinch,  I retain all threatening comments. And law enforcement reads this blog on occasion. And not that it is any of his Grinch-y business BUT I actually don’t drive a big gas guzzling SUV.

And all the things that “modern free enterprise” give us does not start with the pipelines because none of it stays here. It’s EXPORT.  They don’t even employ local for the most part, they INPORT from elsewhere.

The other thing is if the pipeline subs are owed money  why aren’t they going to the gas companies for their money versus attacking the homeowners who have had their land stolen and properties devalued BY THE PIPELINE COMPANIES?

So Grinch, you want to be ignorant and threaten and not so subtly suggest I am a communist who should go to Cuba? Rock on with your bigoted self. Like I said, I have zero problem with letting law enforcement know about people who menace.

Now while we are dishing pipelines, let us pause for Adelphia Gateway.  They are a comin’. There are in front of federal regulators and will be in Chester County municipalities like Westtown, East Goshen, West Goshen and East Whiteland and more.

Here is what Vinny Vella from The Philadelphia Inquirer had to say yesterday:
Philly.com Upper Bucks residents lob pipeline complaints at DEP hearing
by Vinny Vella, Posted: December 5, 2018

On a brisk night in Bucks County, a group of retirees and young families unloaded on state officials their frustrations about natural-gas infrastructure.

“They say this pipeline is for the benefit of Pennsylvanians, but it is not. This line goes to Marcus Hook for export,” said Christine Shelly of West Rockhill Township. “Adelphia is looking to squeeze the last drops of a dying energy source out of the ground, oblivious to the cries of the people, who plead for protection as our air, ground and water become fouled.”…Adelphia Gateway LLC is proposing to convert a hybrid oil/natural gas pipeline to solely pump natural gas from a plant in Northampton County to a refinery in Marcus Hook, Delaware County. The company, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, bought the 84-mile pipeline from Talen Energy Co. last year for $189 million….

Adelphia did not send any representatives to the hearing, nor was it required to, according to Rebarchak. The company has said it’s working closely with township officials to create a facility that blends into the area “while delivering much-needed natural gas safely to its intended end users.”

During its air-quality review, DEP officials will weigh the residents’ comments — as well as any others submitted in writing before Dec. 14.

People before pipelines. It’s long past due.  There are not any real safety plans in place and how well what is around would work as we saw in a Boston suburb within the past few months because when they blow (the situation in Boston was described by residents as “looking like Armageddon”) , they decimate everything in the explosion’s path. They are shoving these things through school properties, libraries, churches, farmers’ fields, and so on and so forth.

So do not tell any of us expressing valid concerns about these rape and pillage corporate greed projects is being anti-American.  It doesn’t get anymore American than wishing to #DefendWhatYouLove

Thanks for stopping by. #NotOurPipelines

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Photo taken by Chester County Resident and posted to  Uwchlan Safety Coalition.  Notice the child’s play area in someone’s backyard that the pipeline pipes are literally on top of.

crebilly news


I have nothing to do with this, I am merely an additional conduit of information. But I have been getting messages regarding what was new, so I will post what I received. E-mail mindyrhodes1 <at> gmail.com to get on her Crebilly updates list.

Here is what I received from Mindy today:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support regarding the pending development of Crebilly Farm by Toll Brothers.  I would like to reiterate what I have stated in previous emails:  I encourage all of you to forward this info to your friends and at any time you wish to be removed from this list, please let me know.
Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30PM Rustin High School
Agenda:  traffic and sewer
Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30PM Rustin High School
Agenda:  engineering, fiscal impact and PC recommendations
NOTE:  The PC is going to ask for an extension from Toll to split the last January meeting into two separate meetings because they have been so long.  I will let you know when I hear more.
There are 850 seats in Rustin’s auditorium.  It is imperative we rally together and fill these seats.  Please invite your friends and neighbors to join you.  I recommend we all plan to sit forward this time.  In a much larger auditorium than Stetson Middle School, I believe it will send a message from all of us to the developer that we are united and strong.  As many of you already know, these meetings have been hours long and public comments are not permitted until the end.  Consider bringing a snack, a drink, your knitting:)  Take a break and come back, but try to make it for the long haul if you can.  Public comments are invaluable and need to be on record.  The more we can pick apart the application from the developer and speak on record, the better.  Though everyone has a voice and may speak, comments from Westtown Township residents and nearby Thornbury Township residents will have the most impact.
If you have not had the chance to view the beautiful and historic land of Crebilly Farm, here is the website:  www.crebilly.com
Attached is a map of the plans by Toll Brothers.  Their original map was green.  We had this one colored to clearly define the building lots (orange), waste water disposal and storm water retention (brown) and wetlands (green).  The terrain in the central part of the property, where the bulk of the building has been proposed, has many streams, valleys and wetlands.  The streams on the property flow into the Brandywine river.  This proposed development will impair the eco system and wildlife miles away.
I have had some inquiries with regards to donating money.  In my opinion, now is not the time to donate money.  Pulling funds together should happen if and when there is a call for buying down the development rights or Toll decides to pull out.  Until then, MASSIVE PUBLIC OUTCRY by attending the township meetings, along with raising awareness among local and national conservancies, county officials, state officials and historic organizations is where I believe we should be focusing our efforts.
Thank you again for your continued support.  I believe it is possible to respect land owners rights and also achieve a thoughtful development plan.  Without all of your participation, there would be no fight to preserve the integrity of this beautiful open space and the Brandywine Battlefield.  Together, we are making a difference.
Leave no stone unturned.

Mindy Rhodes
WhisperWind Studios


oakbourne at christmas

One of jewels of Chester County is located in Westtown Township – Oakbourne Mansion.  I was there for the first time early in the fall for Westtown Day – this extraordinary historic mansion is in the middle of their appropriately named Oakbourne Park. The park itself is quite beautiful and has walking trails, what looks like a community garden, and kids’ jungle gym equipment too.

The mansion has an iconic water tower which is actually part of the township logo I am told!

 The mansion is in remarkable condition given its age and is owned by Westtown Township.  It is in need of some maintenance like any house of its age but the place is just so gorgeous! 

The details inside are amazing! From woodwork to tile work and mosaics and the crazy beautiful stained glass windows, this place is magical.  Today it was hosting a Christmas festival kids’ fun day, and the event was hosted by Westtown’s Parks and Rec committee. Their Parks and Rec community volunteers really put together an amazing event – more committees in local municipalities should follow their lead! They are SO much more than playground equipment! And they love the park Oakbourne sits in which is so awesome to see!

Enjoy the photos. Hopefully someday Oakbourne will land on something like The National Register of Historic Places.  I wonder if the National Trust for Historic Preservation  knows this place exists? Do you know it exists? Everyone should check Oakbourne out- it really is so very beautiful! (If I was in charge of restoration work here, I would bring in Frens and Frens out of West Chester!)

….meanwhile back in westtown 

Residents and concerned citizens turned out tonight to the Westtown Planning Commission at Stetson Middle School. Toll Brothers even got a Revolutionary War Soldier. Photo courtesy of nice people from SCOWT

Dear Toll Brothers,  methinks this is only the beginning….Great job residents and others, great job! 

Dear Robinson Family, it is never too late to do the right thing.  Please consider that….unless you really don’t care about the legacy of Crebilly?

more forgotten a.m.e. churches and u.s.c.t. soldiers


Above you see a 1930 era photo of another A.M.E. Church of some historical import. Founded in 1807 (have seen 1817 as the founding date too)  in Westtown Township and eventually called Shiloh.  Even earlier than my beloved Ebenezer (1831-1832) on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer East Whiteland (that I have written about since 2013, and most recently on November 12. )

Shiloh the church no longer stands.  It also is true history lost because one of the early ministers with a calling to Shiloh was Jarena Lee.  She was the first black female preacher in America. She was born a free woman of color in Cape May, NJ originally.   Bishop Richard Allen granted her the ability to be a minister in 1819. Jarena’s memoir published in 1849 is eloquent and moving and you can read it online and on this blog:

religious-experience-and-journal-of-mrs-jarena-lee-1849 )

She’s a pretty cool historical figure.

But back to Shiloh. In a sense, although the church suffered the same fate as Ebenezer we actually know more about it.  It seems that the church had a congregation until the 1920s.  Then it disappeared over time, I suppose.

But Shiloh’s graveyard, like Ebenezer’s still exists. But unlike Ebenezer which is still church owned land (unless the A.M.E. church can dispute that in writing, given the recent Inquirer article the A.M.E. Church still owns Ebenezer ) , Shiloh’s graveyard now lies on private property. And on that property there are confirmed 7 and believed up to 14 U.S.C.T. veterans buried there.  All those black Civil War Soldiers.

I learned about the soldiers at Westtown Day this fall.  The historical society folks had a display inside Oakbourne Mansion which fascinated me. It interested me enough that I took the below photo.


So  I had  received an e-mail from Kelby Hershey from the WCU Student Veterans Center.  He is the gentleman who brought all those volunteers to Ebenezer this past Saturday.

Here is what he had to say:

I am Kelby Hershey, a recent History graduate here at WCU.  I am currently working with the WCU Student Veterans Group and may have uncovered something that may interest you.
West Chester University Student Veterans Group has taken on an initiative this semester to ensure that the final resting places for 14 local Civil War veterans are no longer neglected and will be properly maintained.  We are currently looking for local support.  Here is what we know:
On the corner of Shiloh and Little Shiloh road in Westtown there used to stand a historic African Methodist Episcopal Church founded in Westtown.  Founded in 1807 it was one of the first AME churches in the country.  Please read attached article titled “Echoes of Shiloh AME Church” for background.  After the congregation moved on in the early 1900’s the building was abandoned and eventually destroyed leaving a large plot of unmarked graves.  Within the cemetery continues to lie 7 verified Civil War veterans and at least 7 more probable.  We believe there are over 14 veteran’s graves on this property and possibly even a Revolutionary War veteran.  The names and units of some of the service members at rest here are attached titled “Shiloh AME Veterans.” I encourage you to look over the names, where they are from, and the units they served in.  The property also holds an unknown number of freed slaves’ graves.  The property containing the cemetery was acquired by private ownership at some time under uncertain circumstances and the current owner will not allow the public to enter to investigate the cemetery under threat of trespassing.  The owner has allowed the property to go overgrown with heavy brush and thorns, refuses to care for the graves, and roughly rebukes all of the township’s efforts to seek resolution.
It is the opinion of the WCU Student Veteran Group that we are currently failing our local heroes, American veterans who have been laid to rest in our back yard without receiving proper honors.  It is additionally concerning that the owner will not allow visitors and has not taken responsibility caring for the graves.
In 2014 several concerned citizens, veterans, and local politicians met to discuss our options.  The township has had over two years to act and due to lack of public awareness it appears that nothing has been done.  You can follow the link below to the 2014 Unionville Times article.
So what are our options?  There happens to be a Westtown Township Board of Supervisors meeting on the evening of Monday, November 7th that is open to the public, we would like to voice our support here on behalf of local veterans and this historic project.  Every hand raised will have an opportunity to voice their support.  All comments made will be officially printed in the public meeting’s minutes.
Please attend with us and contact myself with any questions,

Westtown Township Board of Supervisors Meeting
November 7, 7:30-9:00 pm

Westtown Township

1039 Wilmington Pike

West Chester, PA 19382
Thank you very much,
Kelby Hershey
WCU Student Veterans Center
Wow.  That is the same place I heard about on Westtown Day.
shiloh-soldiers– list of soldiers buried there
shiloh-deed – deed of the property
echoes-of-shiloh – a paper about Shiloh
It seems the A.M.E. Church has a lot of these properties – more Ebenezers, more Shilohs, and so on and so forth.  Can all be saved? Sadly probably not.  But it does make a body wonder how the modern A.M.E. Church is run, doesn’t it? How is it they seemingly do not have as much of a handle of their history and property as the should? And aren’t their laws on the books in PA that should shall we say encourage the church to maintain what it still owns?

154-bethel-mount-calvaryOf course this summer, yet another article appeared about yet another A.M.E. graveyard. It was in the Chester County Press and the subject is the ruins of the graveyard in Lower Oxford on Mount Calvary on 154 Bethel Road.  It’s complicated but there actually is a church still attached.  Somehow over the years it changed it’s name and I guess moved – Allen A.M.E. Church in Oxford on Market Street.

However, Mount Calvary is a story similar to Ebenezer because it was not the A.M.E. Church that started the drive to clean up Mount Calvary.  The person responsible is a woman I have come to know recently named Kimberly Boddy.  She discovered it while helping a friend research where certain ancestors were buried.

And Kimberly has a really cool Chester County heritage as she is the granddaughter of the late Lee Carter, who was a self-taught Chester County artist who also had what I think was called the Road To Freedom Museum at one time (I am not sure it still exists).  The Daily Local wrote about an exhibit of Lee Carter’s paintings in Coatesville last year.

Kimberly is a quiet doer, and she carries on the traditions of community service that I believe she learned from her grandfather. (And no, she did not ask me to write or say anything, I chose to because there seem to be all sorts of people trying to save historic graveyards in Chester County.)

Anyway, the Mount Calvary story was one of the things discussed at the Pennylvania Hallowed Grounds Project meeting this fall.  Here is the article from this summer:

Chester County Press Volunteers seek to rescue the Mount Calvary Cemetery from poor conditions

07/05/2016 11:39AM, Published by Steven Hoffman

The Mount Calvary Cemetery stands at the intersection of Bethel and Calvary Roads in Lower Oxford and, until very recently, it was largely forgotten.

Kimberly Boddy, a resident of Kennett Square, was helping a friend research some information and learned about the Mount Calvary Cemetery’s existence almost by accident. When she saw that the cemetery was littered with trash, that the gravestones were in a sad state of disrepair, and that weeds had grown uncontrollably in some parts of the small cemetery, she was disheartened. She knew that the 100 or so people who were buried in the cemetery deserved better.

“It broke my heart,” Boddy explained. “This may be an historic piece of ground. This is not just African-American history here, it’s Lower Oxford history.”

The cemetery dates back to 1852. At one time, the Calvary Church stood next to the cemetery, but the church moved. The cemetery itself does not even have a known address, Boddy said. The people buried in the cemetery—with family names like Jones, Moore, or Webster—were most likely members of the Calvary Church before it changed its name to Allen A.M.E. and moved to a location in Oxford Borough. When Boddy learned about the cemetery, she also discovered that some of the people buried in it served their country—including volunteers who died in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.



But back to Shiloh.  People went to the recent Westtown meeting to plead the case of soldiers who have no other voices at this point other than interested strangers.  Shiloh was in a local paper in 2014:


Unionville Times : Solutions sought for black soldiers’ final resting place