Richmond Hill Fishing Tournament for Kids

Bass Masters of Bryan County

Richmond Hill Fishing Tournament for Kids – Bass Masters of Bryan County

Hats off to the Bass Masters of Bryan County and their fishing tournament for our kids at J.F. Gregory Park. Anglers of all ages from 1 to 15 took out their rods and reels to land some fish. Bass Masters had prestocked the pond with some fish and even a few “red tagged” fish worth prize money for the 131 kids that participated in the tournament.

My girly girl and her mom

When I told my 7 yr old daughter that a red tag fish was worth 30 weeks of allowance, baiting her hook with chicken livers was no problem for my girly girl. Of course she had to wash and sanitize her hands afterwards, but she was out to land a “Moby Dick” fish with a red tag.

Most fish that were caught were on the smaller size, but a few crafty souls landed some biggies. Here is the Diesman Family and their monster.

Diesman Family and the Catch

Occasionally someone landed a turtle or two and which were caught and released. One of the kids hooked a 20 inch wide sea monster or better known as a Florida Softshell (Apalone ferox) . This female turtle (males don’t get this big) took more than 10 minutes to get close enough to net so she could be unhooked and released.

Florida Softshell – Female

Amongst the 131 kids that participated, both boys and girls earned trophies for their finesse of a cricket on a hook or odoriferous chicken livers on the bottom of the pond. Prizes for the largest fish and the top 3 weight totals were given to each group.

4-7 Age Group Winner

8-11 Age Group Winners

 

The Bass Masters of Bryan County topped off the day by giving each of the 131 kids a new fishing pole, a Zebco 202 or Zebco 33. The kids were giddy over their new treasures and just to see the smiles on their faces was priceless.

Prizes for Everyone

Hope to see you all there next year,

Trace Palmer

Jamborama/Cuborama Update, Boy Scouts, Richmond Hill, Georgia

The following was submitted to Blogging Richmond Hill by a third party. The information presented as fact should be verified and opinions contained are for your own consideration. We welcome continued discussion from all involved on the following topic

The next 100th Anniversary event is less than 1 ½ weeks away and promises to be one of the best events this year. We would like to encourage every Pack, Troop, and Venture Crew/Explorer Post to attend this unique event. There are several new opportunities to be aware of.

The Pembroke Police Department has promised to bring their Impact Program for scouts 14 years old and up. These scouts will be operating golf carts while wearing beer goggles simulating the difficulty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. (This promises to be a great preventative learning experience)

The Statesboro Police Department has also promised to do a one time SWAT intrusion demonstration. The Team will demonstrate blowing a door off its hinges with small amounts of plastic explosives for an awesome eye opening experience beginning at 10:00AM.

The activities and games are almost ready for operation but require 2 to 3 more adult volunteers to help with the program areas.

Your Community Service Pushmobile should be well on the way to completion. So get your race teams together and geared up for this spectacular event.

The US Army 3rd ID has come forth and volunteered to setup and operate a static area with military vehicle demons and displays.

Red Cross Blood Drive – We are still encouraging adults from our scouting units and family and friends to help support this opportunity to help other by donating blood. Please contact Beth at the Scout office for more information and to include names on our ongoing list of donors.

Please remember the Community Service Award is our highest goal for the Jamborama and Cuborama events. We are encouraging all Cub Scouts, Scouts and Scouters to scout for food, clothing and aluminum cans starting at home, with family, with friends and neighbors. Remember, they can also contribute greatly to your efforts.

It is our wish that all units participate and enjoy this 100th Anniversary event. Any and all comments, concerns can be directed to Mr. Frank Patterson at (912) 772-5362 or fmpatterson@planters.net

Thank You in Scouting,
Mr. Frank Patterson

Roy Hubbard Speaks Out Against Gov. Perdue’s EPA Director

The following was submitted to Blogging Richmond Hill by a third party. The information presented as fact should be verified and opinions contained are for your own consideration. We welcome continued discussion from all involved on the following topic

The residents of the coast of Georgia have been poorly served by the Governor’s office. The crowning blow, as he prepares to leave office, was Perdue’s appointment of F. Allen Barnes as Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). F. Allen Barnes is not a scientist like the person he replaced. He is an attorney and, as I understand it, a very successful one in litigating, not for the protection of our environment, but against it by defending major polluters in the world.

During this past legislative session there was a flurry of bills originating in both houses aimed at weakening the ability of the public to challenge to what might be considered to be bad decisions made by the EPD. Coincidence? Certainly none of the bills had Mr. Barnes or the Governor’s name attached.

It is my opinion that the most outrageous actions and decisions by the EPD involve the proposed waste water treatment plant in Liberty County.
As I understand, over a year ago the construction was stopped after a seven million dollar expenditure of tax dollars on a project that had not been approved by the State. The developer had provided an environmental impact study which the EPD had accepted and was prepared to issue the permit. One can assume that to spend seven million dollars without a permit meant that they were quite sure one was coming before the so-called impact study was ever done. The Environmental Impact Document (EID) was publically disclosed as totally inadequate.

Mr. Wayne Murphy is the project manager for the design engineering firm CH2MHill building the plant. In an attempt to prove the feasibility of the plant to community leadership in Bryan County, Mr. Murphy did a power point presentation before the Richmond Hill Rotary Club which, true to form, appeared to be a jumble of questionable data and diagrams taken from irrelevant files. I. E. fecal coli form bacteria count taken from Kay Creek which is ten miles across land from the proposed discharge point in the Medway River.

I believe that what Mr. Murphy did prove that day was his unquestionable ignorance of the eco-system into which he was prepared to discharge treated effluent. I have to say in Mr. Murphy’s defense that he is an engineer, not a scientist but for that very reason he should not have been involved in that aspect of the project at all. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, CH2MHill did not see the need to even have a marine scientist on staff and involved with this project.

Dr. Carol Couch, an experienced marine scientist was director of the EPD at that time. Dr. Couch left the service of the EPD and returned to academia. That would be a place where true science is practiced not political manipulation with the end justifying the means. She was replaced by an attorney who was appointed by the Governor.

When public outcry smothered the efforts to proceed with the plant construction and its potential danger to the salt marsh system, Mr. Jeff Larson, EPD public relations, was sent in to clear the path and quiet the public voice. “Stakeholder” meetings of very questionable value were held. They were questionable because they were designed to dull public interest and provide a platform to proceed with a politically pre-determined outcome.

Scientists from the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography ( SkIO) volunteered their time to sit with the personnel from EPD and discuss the proper procedures to evaluate the proposed discharge area. The question posed by CEPA was simply, “would the tidal areas proposed as receptacles for a 3.2 million gallon a day discharge from the plant be able to disperse that discharge without potential for serious damage”?

The Coastal Estuary {Protection Association (CEPA) asked repeatedly for qualified personnel to do a proper study as is required by the State. We strongly suggested that SkIO scientists be invited to help plan and initiate the study.

Unfortunately the advice of the SkIO group was systemically ignored. The project manager for EPD attended the meeting from a swimming pool in Florida via cell phone. I spoke with her after that and by her own admission she was not even sure who was at the meeting. Were I a PhD from SkIO I would consider that a professional insult.

When I observed the indifference that EPD personnel were projecting and the public relations maneuvering being done by Jeff Larson, spokesman for the Governor’s office, I assured everyone who wanted to listen that the EPD was on a course to quiet the public, kill a little time, pretend to do a new survey and announce, on schedule, the granting of the permit from their findings. Actually they gave us a date. They said February of 2010. They missed by a couple of weeks but there we are. They knew before they even started how long the “study” would take and you can darn well believe that they knew what the answer was going to be also.

Two basic rules for the scientific study were considered a must by scientists from SkIO who have personally spent many years, some even lifetimes, doing the very research being discussed. Federal EPA scientists agree…

  • First and foremost, the period of time allocated for the study was of paramount importance because of the complexities and the ever changing dynamics of tidal waters, particularly those along the Georgia coast. It was commonly accepted by marine scientists who are considered experts in the field by their peers, that at least a year and possibly more time on site would be needed to collect sufficient data with which to make reasonable decisions or projections. May I remind you that it was over a year and a half ago that this advice was given?
  • Secondly, the collected data must be processed with what is known as a three dimensional model. It has been suggested that such complicated modeling should be done by professionals who specialize in modeling and not by the research scientists themselves. Certainly one benefit of this would be an unbiased product.

EPD, in particular Dr. Elizabeth Booth, project manager, proceeded to ignore all advice. Whether this was a collective decision among the EPD staff in Atlanta, or she chose this path on her own, or was instructed to do so, I cannot say. However, in my opinion I think Dr. Booth knows better.

The data collection period was literally a matter of a few hours out of a few days on the water. Not even a few full days, not a few months, not even close to the recommended year. The data collected and subsequently presented as sufficient is a charade of science.

To add insult to injury where good science is involved, a single dimensional model was used to process the data. The model I am referring to was provided to the EPD by the Federal EPA and described as a model that an”inexperienced” person could use. Its application was to be inland fresh water rivers that flow in one direction. We ended up with inexperienced personnel applying an improper model to insufficient data to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion.

Needless to say, a couple of weeks ago Jeff Larson held another of his “stakeholder” meetings and announced that, in the words of Dr Booth, “an intense study” had been completed. The result of that study concluded that there would be no problem dumping 3.2 million gallons of treated sewage into the salt marsh. The permit has been approved. The clever maneuvering orchestrated by Mr. Larson effectively eliminated any public participation in the process past their bogus first ‘stakeholder’ meeting.

The government does what it pleases and to hell with the people. Want to complain about it? You don’t need to go to Washington. Atlanta is right in our backyard. Go Fish.

Governor Perdue is coming to Richmond Hill to go turkey hunting. He has already been turkey hunting and WE coastal residents are the turkeys.

Roy Hubbard

Laurel View River Sewage Plant Permit Update, Richmond Hill, GA

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Laurel View River Sewage Plant Permit Update

Issue: The Liberty County Industrial Authority (“LCIA”) seeks a permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (“EPD”) to dump 1 billion gallons of wastewater annually into the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound.

EPD Study: The EPD conducted a study  for 4 days last August and last September to evaluate the impact dumping this wastewater may have on the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound and determined that it would not have an impact. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography previously determined that the EPD study plan was insufficient and flawed.

CEPA Action Plan: CEPA opposes the EPD granting the LCIA a permit to dump pollution into the Laurel View River and St. Catherines Sound. It is important that the LCIA know where the public stands on this issue. As clear evidence to support CEPA’s position in opposing the issuance of this permit, the City of Hinesville’s treatment plant malfunctioned over the past two weeks leading to what the EPD called a “major spill” resulting in massive amounts of raw sewage being dumped into Peacock Creek.

The LCIA cannot afford taking on $30 million in debt to build this plant. We cannot afford to let the LCIA use St. Catherines Sound as a dumping ground for pollution.

If this permit is issued by the EPD, it will destroy St. Catherines Sound. We must take action now to prevent this from happening.

Please contact the LCIA and let them know that dumping pollution into the saltwater marshes of the Georgia Coast is not acceptable:

Ron Tolley, CEO, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Office: 912-368-3356
Cell: 912-977-4147
Fax: 912-368-5585
Email: ron.tolley@lcda.com

Allen Brown, Chairman, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Office: 912-368-2100
Cell: 912-312-1121
Fax: 912-876-4491
Email: c21actreal@aol.com

John McIver, Vice Chairman, Liberty County Industrial Authority
Office: 912-876-2164 
Cell: 912-980-2232

Richmond Hill Large Trash Item Pick Up

Community News via The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce

It’s spring cleaning time again! Richmond Hill will kick off Georgia Cities Week with three days of large item trash pickup starting Tuesday April 13 through Thursday April 15, 2010. This opportunity is only available for the city of Richmond Hill current water account users in residential zoning areas only.

In conjunction with the Keep Georgia Beautiful program, OMI will pick up curbside large items such as appliances, furniture and other bulky items normally not picked up by the regular trash service. All city residents should place their items on the curbside Wednesday morning by 7 AM for pickup. OMI anticipates 3 days of large item trash collection. Questions call 756-3345 or 756-3808.

The following items WILL NOT be collected

  • Tires
  • Hazardous waste items
  • Paint
  • Refrigerators 
  • Freezers
  • Oil or oil-based products 
  • Batteries
  • Grease products
  • Lawnmowers 
  • Gas, or gas-based products
  • Freon or freon-based products