Monthly Archives: September 2008

Red, White and Blue. And Green!

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This post on Boing Boing led me to a wonderful gallery of high resolution images on the American Legion Web site. In the gallery are hundreds of posters used during World War II to encourage civilians to change their daily routines to aid in the war effort. The individual, who originally posted the link, suggested the posters are, “relevant to a peak oil, global heating world…” I agree. And ours is a country again at war, despite the fact that no similar sacrifices have been demanded of most of us, nor have we been asked to cooperate or conserve.

Folks who attempt to conserve resources or who endeavor to be more self-sufficient are often dismissed as childish, naive or even un-American. These posters remind us that many of the practices we would now describe as green were one called patriotic. Meanwhile, wastefulness and unbridled consumption, once tantamount to aiding the enemy, have now been elevated to national virtues.

Three Things

1. Was great to see everyone out at GreenFest this weekend. Thanks to all you hard working organizers and participants for dedicating your time to create a fun, tasty and informative community event.

2. Recycling (tires, electronics, etc.) this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check the City of Savannah website for all the details.

3. Riding home from work today, I decided that 4+ weeks is long enough for Habersham @ Victory Drive to be all tore up. Tomorrow morning I’m calling the City, not to complain, but to gently encourage them to please fix this intersection traveled by so many of Savannah’s bicycle riding public. If you care to join me, here are some phone numbers:
City Manager: 651-6415
Streets Maintenance: 651-6571
Traffic Engineering: 651-6600
Sean Brandon? Anyone, Anyone?

All Tore Up

Okay, maybe it’s not quite this bad, but it’s starting to feel like it AND I’ve already got one flat . . . Help!!

Could Skidaway go away?

Concerns about how budget cuts will affect Georgia’s state parks are being voiced all over the the state from Rome to Bainbridge to Albany. A letter to the editor in today’s Savannah Morning news (Sorry I can’t provide a link. For some reason, letters from certain days never make it to savannahnow.com) frets about the future of the Skidaway Island State Park swimming pool. I agree with Kevin Clark that closure of the facility would be bad news. In his letter he writes, “The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is threatening to close it and several other lesser-used state parks because of budget cuts.”

I’m not sure if Clark’s “it” is the pool or the park as a whole. If he is talking about the park as a whole, is it true that it could be closed?

According to an Atlanta-Journal Consitution story on the budget cuts, Skidaway Island State Park is the third most profitable park in the state. That would seem to work in the its favor. It’s not one of the five most visited, but it’s not in the five least visited either. Will this be enough to protect Skidaway?

While it’s true that Fort McAllister Historic Park, near Richmond Hill, is not too far away, I think Skidaway’s position just minutes from Savannah makes it a resource too important to lose. The park’s value will become increasingly evident in times of high gas prices. It allows city residents to spend a night under the stars without having to spend an arm and a leg on fuel. After all, if you pour all your money into a hole on the side of your car, how will you afford s’mores ingredients?

Interestingly, high fuel prices might actually endanger the park’s future, while simultaneously making it a better place to visit (at least for the kind of camping I like to do). If you’ve visited Skidaway Island state park, you may have noticed the campgrounds are often dominated by mammoth recreational vehicles. Climbing diesel prices could reduce the number of Class A motorhomes and fifth wheels circulating up and down I-95 and hurt the park’s bottom line. Still their absence would certainly leave a more natural and enjoyable environment for tent campers.

Either way, as funding for parks is reduced, the importance of volunteers increases. Those who want to get involved at Skidaway should check out upcoming opportunities to get involved.

Skidaway Island State Park volunteers meeting

From 6-7 p.m., on Sept. 20 and 27 a social and welcome event for volunteers will be held at Skidaway Island State Park. Current needs include volunteers for the haunted trail, and other events at the Falloween Festival on Oct. 25, as well as volunteers for general needs around the park. The park features hiking trails, interpretive center, playgrounds, picnic areas and a campground. For more information, call 598-2300.

Skidaway Island State Park volunteers meeting

From 6-7 p.m., on Sept. 20 and 27 a social and welcome event for volunteers will be held at Skidaway Island State Park. Current needs include volunteers for the haunted trail, and other events at the Falloween Festival on Oct. 25, as well as volunteers for general needs around the park. The park features hiking trails, interpretive center, playgrounds, picnic areas and a campground. For more information, call 598-2300.