Electric Cars

I hope many of you were able to make it to our electric car display at the Universalist Unitarian Church this past September 20th. Michael Benson, a member of DrvieElectric NE Ohio, the group that organized our display, has reviewed the following YouTube video on electric Cars and says it’s accurate, albeit does go into some nerdy content at times. Have a look:

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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Program and Discussion Meetings

We have meetings on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of each month except December, when we don’t have a 3rd Tuesday program. They can all be accessed  on the internet or by telephone, via Zoom.

To participate in zoom meetings, please register, using the link in the invitational email, or send your name phone number and email address to portagetrailgroup@gmail.com or call Dick Beck at 330-699-9155. You may join a zoom meeting by computer, cell phone, or telephone.

December 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Conservation Discussion via Zoom.

Decembr 20, 2022 No Meeting. Enjoy the Holiday Season

January 10, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Conservation Discussion via Zoom.

January 17, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. “The New Electric Home” “Everything electric,” is the current mantra among environmental activists, citing the substantial carbon footprint of natural gas burned for home heating and cooking. But how do we make the switch to clean power? Hallie Bowie, a well-known Akron area architect, will help bring us up to date. Hallie has long promoted green building methods, and has a wealth of experience in construction and renovations that reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Get the latest and best information

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2023 Portage Trail Group Executive Election

Candidate Statements

Dick Beck:

I have been a Sierra Club membear for 11 or 12 years. I’ve served as membership chair, treasurer, and since 2018, as chair. I feel, no need to continue as chair, but wish to to help organize the group and motivate others to ”enjoy, explore, and protect the earth.” I’d like to continue and develop our schedule of 2nd Tuesday environmental discussions, and 3rd Tuesday programs. I’ve appreciate Joe Blanda’s “Naturescapes.” I’d like to help Denise Woods recruit people to attend county council meetings and lobby for the earth.  I hope a few people will train  to lead Sierra Club outings, and for more of you to  embrace more sustainable ways of living. I think our work is urgent for a healthy planet.

Neal G. Broida:

I have been a Sierra Club member for over 20 years (2000) or over 2000 years (20). It can be hard to remember but the numbers don’t lie. I have served on the Executive Committee for over 20 years (yes, I’m still blaming Earl Clauson.) My Hard Time has been as Fundraising Chairman and I currently manage our annual Earth Day Banquet and calendar sales. (Anyone need a calendar?)

Although I’m not certain how effective our group is, we are still trying to make a positive difference for the planet, people, and the natural environment. It’s a a tough fight, but it needs to be fought. I have also attended some good monthly meetings, and I have had the pleasure of working with some good, informed and still optimistic people. If elected I would like to continue as Fundraising Chair.

Laurel Gress:

I have been a Sierra Cub mmember since 1994 and have always been an environmentalist. I enjoy the company of like-minded people and hope that my contribution to PTG will help in preserving  our planet from  destruction caused by human activity over the millennia.

The Sierra Club has been a very influential voice in national environmental policy and I believe PTG will continue to work in Ohio to help stave off environmental destruction.

Dan Horvath:

I have been a Sierra Club member since 2005. I have previously served on the PTG Executive Committee and was Membership Chair and Outings Chair. I have written for the Signal Tree as well as my environmental blog  (dontpoopinthepool,bloogspot/)and another environmental website and have written many letters to the editor of newspapers.

If elected I would like to help PTG continue its success, mainly by helping lead outings for the group.

Guy Marentette:

It has been a pleasant duty serving as a member of the PTG Executive Committee for the past two years, and I ask your vote to carry on for another term. My contibutions have included technical support, including webmaster and administration of our Group’s Facebook. I  have also served on the political commiuttees for PTG and Ohio Sierra. I hope to play a part in making PTG a true activist organization.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a great opportunity for alert, wide-awake, energetic, and committed environmentalists!

The water monitoring program could use a couple of additional volunteer water testers. Nothing too arduous: it requires two hours of work every three months, with training and equipment provided. A great opportunity to learn more about the nitty-gritty of environmental science and improve the quality of our waterways. If you’d like to become a “citizen scientist,” please contact Guy Marentette at gmarentette@gmail.com

The highway cleanup campaign could also use a few more volunteers. We’ve been picking up trash along Akron Peninsula Road in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for nearly twenty years (it seems to reappear each year, as if by magic) and last year began collecting litter along Riverview as well. We typically do this three times a year on a Saturday morning; it takes at most two hours per cleanup. No requirements except gloves and perhaps curiosity about cheap canned beer. Email Dan Nelson if you can help. dmnelson2015@gmail.com.

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