Read Past Columns:

by Jack Lynch, Editor


A Tale of Two Walmarts

Commentary from Frederick News Post, March 31, 2013: "Voting for a Different Approach to Planning"

Grave of Jacob Pfauw, Birth of the Faw Brethren Churches

Commentary from Frederick News Post, July 15, 2012: "Unconvinced by optimism of (Downtown Frederick, MD) hotel report" Link

Commentary from Frederick News Post, May 27, 2012: "Charter rule (Frederick County, MD) will be no better than today's government" Link

Birely Tannery 1760 - 1960, Carroll Creek in Frederick

City Limits

Discovering the Descendants of Abraham Faw

Finding a Two Hundred and Eighty Year Old House Ruin Admidst Suburban Sprawl?

To Save a Stream - Abraham Faw Run

Adolphus Fearhake of Frederick, Maryland

Plan Maryland

Bulldozer Blaine Young

Remembering my Revolutionary Ancestor - Abraham Faw

Why Not the Best?

A Tree Grows in Frederick for Anne Frank

The Tragedy of Kai Hagen

Frederick County's Gunslinger Slate, Fire from the Lip, shoot from the Hip!

A Visit to Tangier Island

Historic Snowfall, Road Salt, Watershed Protection and the Chesapeake Bay

Will It be Progress or Retrenchment in Frederick County?

Is This the End of Frederick Smart Growth?

A Series of Links Follows from the Air It Out with George political commentary website:

Chesapeake Blues on Tangier Island

July 4, 2008

Mass Burn

Appalachian Blues on Hillbilly Highway

Buying a Congressional Seat in Maryland's First District - Coming to the Sixth District?

Democratic Candidates on American Foreign Policy

All the King's Horses!

Campaign in Song: Bushie Head Out the Mixing Bowl

Democratic Campaign's Vertical Treadmill on Space Mission

A Bit of Olympic Political History

Obama for the Chesapeake Bay?

Politics is Personal: Repeat Three Times

Prediction: Bad News for Obama, The End of Post-Racial Politics

American Exceptionalism on the World Stage

Obama Speaking on March 18th - Political Equinox

Yee Haw! On to Pennsyltuckey!

American Blackface: Tragic Octoroon

Key to Success - Lesson for Frederick:

Republicrats Yes, Middlecrats No

Too Many Promises ...Loaves and Fishes

Identity Black and White in Frederick

Mashup 1968 - 2008: On to Texas, Out with Clinton?

Fat Tuesday!

Symbol, Sense and Substance

Eight More Years

The Dollar Bubble

Judging a Candidate By Their Website

Baby, We Were Born to Bun!

The subsequent links are again from older dates of The Frederick Citizen:

A Rememebrance: Beijing Spring, Interrupted

County Officials and Public Communications

The Snallygaster in Frederick County

Fourth Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

Frederick City Growth

American Promised Land - American All

Black Frederick and Matters of Race and Politics

Dumping on the Chesapeake Bay

Common Sense Writ Large

The Next Mayor of Frederick

Democracy in Action!

Ottawa: About a Greenbelt, Transit Oriented Development and Government FiatCountering Alderman Imhoff's Growth Beliefs

An Alternate View of Frederick CityGrowth Policy

An Acorn in the Bucket

Monocacy River Part II

Monocacy River Part I

New Market Regional Plan Affirmation

43 More!

Fish and Life

Talking Trash

Strike Three, Smoking Out!

A Green Fund Too Far, Or Not Far Enough?

Growth Back to the Future

Revisiting an Iraq War Opinion Four Years Later

Second Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

Unrepentant Cady

Sour Grapes and Fine Wine

There's Hope for Good Government

The Democratic Fifth

The County of Feel Good

Hypocrisy Indeed

The Alliance

The Growth Machine Slate

"The Issues are Bipartisan" - David Gray

The Importance of Jan Gardner's Campaign

Form Follows Function

Route 15 Scenic Walmart

Frederick Blue

The Curtain Rises

Housing Growth, Not Smart Growth, Not Progressive Planning

Understanding Lennie Thompson

Frederick's Tale of Two Rabbi's

Wellhead Protection

Make Believe, or Desperate Duncan?

A Progressive Concept Approved...then Defeated!

Hog Wild

Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

We're No Gwinnett County

"An Election, Not a Selection...!"  Indeed!

A Potpourri of Thoughts and Issues...

Now That the Smoke Has Cleared


How am I to Decide on Mayor of Frederick?

Doomed To Repeat It

Frantic Orthodoxy

Stealth Candidate

Another Perfect Day for Bananafish

This Summer Election

Building Issues

Just Powers

Death Defying Election?

In the Heat

Horse Sense for Frederick County?

Kudzu and Million Dollar Homes

Bartlett's Ozone Trip

Let the Games Begin

Blood in the Water

Coffee Klatch

Archaeology in Frederick

Bizarro World

Mr. O'Malley's March

Playing All the Cards

Who are Your Friends New Market?

Mixed Use

Beijing Spring, Interrupted

Passion, People and Politics in Frederick City

Millennium project

A Frederick Leader of Distinction

APFO Under Attack

State Lands Sale

Frederick Water Sourcing

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April 10, 2013

Once Upon a Stream, Tom's Creek, Pennsylvania

by Jack Lynch

- Editor's Notes: This story found me, in the form of local activitsts living near Tom's Creek and worried about a municipal body reviewing and approving a mine expansion plan without proper notice or public comment. I applaud those efforts and communities that rise up in caring about their natural values, I tip my hat to their concerns and having a voice. * Thanks also to the blog Augie's Adventures for first posting this article.

The Chesapeake Bay is connected to the Potomac River, the Potomac River is connected to the Monocacy River, the Monocacy River is connected to Tom's Creek, Pennsylvania.

It is impossible to care about our waterways if we don’t care first for our smaller streams. Among the many streams of southern Adams County, Pennsylvania, which comprise about twenty-five percent of the Monocacy River watershed, is Tom’s Creek, which runs through Carroll Valley and into Emmitsburg, Md as a nearly pristine tributary of the river.

It begins on South Mountain, part of the northern Blue Ridge range that we call the Catoctin, separating the Maryland Piedmont region from the western valleys.  The Appalachian Trail crosses and follows alongside it.

We have been fortunate for a long time that it's reaches were mostly protected and little impacted by dense development or heavy industry.  But today, in a nearly hidden municipal government process, which has closed off public testimony, it is threatened by a large mining operation proposal.

Until today, Tom’s Creek has been a wilderness, freestone creek with nearly crystal clear waters, yielding trout up to twenty-five inches length, including brook trout, which only survive in the best quality waters.  It is a fly fishing paradise.

We have a clear choice today, either we protect Tom’s Creek, or little we do below it will protect the Monocacy River, or eventually the Chesapeake Bay. 

Streams are like our tiny capillaries, carrying our life’s blood, and oxygen and nutrients to the smallest parts of our body.  When capillaries or streams fail, our entire support systems begin to die off and never recover. 

Without healthy waterways, our own health and environmental activities like fishing, canoeing and hunting and our enjoyment and direct benefits of the natural world suffers.

Worse, the area contemplated for a mining operation was recently part of a large protected timber forest tract, and its ownership was traded by Pennsylvania for other public protection lands.

How can we compare the production of mine products with a generational need for quality streams and clean water?  To help oppose this mining location and its impacts on the creek, get involved with the Friends of Tom’s Creek: 

Preserving a few of our best upper watershed streams is our best and most valuable watershed protection plan, they just don’t build streams like that once they’re destroyed and their natural attributes diminished.