I feel strongly that a sewer system on Harkers Island will be a determinant to the local population. Sounds to me like many of the required permits have already been granted. One approach to fight such plans would be to convince the Federal Gov’t not to proceed. With that said, please take a few moments to write your congressmen. In the days of internet, it is super easy. Just click the links below:
Please share this page on social media, etc. If enough of write, perhaps someone will look into this and we just might prevail.
I’ve prepared sample text you are free to use, or modify as you wish. It only takes a few seconds.
The Honorable [Senator/Representative]
United State [Senate/House of Representatives]
Washington, DC 20510
Dear [Senator/Representative Name]:
It has come to my attention that the Cape Lookout National Park Service has contracted with newly formed Harkers Island Sewer Company to provide sewage services to the Visitor’s Center on Harkers Island. As I understand it, effort will have the effect of federally funding a sewer line across much of the length of the Harkers Island community, greatly reducing the costs to connect to a sewer system.
As a matter of history, the residents of Harkers Island have rejected efforts to establish a sewer system. We have been protected by up-front costs to private individuals to establish this infrastructure. We never imagined the US Government would fund such an effort.
Many concerns exists, including:
-Why does the Park Service need additional sewer capability? Additional development of Shell Point would be out of character of the original procurement of the land.
-Environmental concerns with a non-municipal, profit motivated, sewer system in such close proximity to wetlands and surrounding sounds.
However, the primary concerns was/is that such a system will allow high density development on Harkers Island. Such high density development will undoubtedly raise property values dramatically. As property values rise, so will a sharp increase in property taxes. Further increase in property taxes will force large segments of the remaining local population (whose ancestors lived on the lands now comprising the Cape Lookout National Park Service) to sell their property. This vacated property would spur an additional round of dense development, and so on…
I believe a sewer system on Harkers Island would very likely be the catalysis that would destroy our way of life. Allowing the US Park Service to, even indirectly, fund such an effort would destroy our cultural and natural resources.
I request you investigate this matter to your satisfaction, pray that you arrive at the same conclusions, and stop any federal dollars used to extend these sewer systems.
I’ve been asked by a few people to post pictures and give a parts list for my media center.
This is the device I plug into my TV so I can watch movies and TV shows on it. I just select the movie/TV show I want, and wha-la. It does a good job of automatically downloading cover art from the internet and giving brief plot summaries. Read the rest of this entry »
Our first launch of a sugar rocket on a stick. By all right, it should not have been launched without a parachute. However, we have perfect visibility for a mile circle, and launched at an angle to keep it away from us. Don’t do this. We’ll not do this again, ourselves.
Shortly after launch, we had our first PVC glue failure. The end cap blew off. I think the fuel had too fast of a burn rate (too hot). When this happened, it the motor ripped itself from the stick. Despite this, we got a max altitude of aprox 400 ft. I know the flight isn’t strictly parabolic, but it’s by best guess.
(16 ft/sec^2) * (0.5*10sec)^2 = 400′
Launch site is over water. Nearest house is about one mile away. Motor was found, after splashing through about 2′ of water, nose down, embed in packed sand about 2 inches about 600′ from the launch site. This was way too close for me, next time will increase the angle of launch tube. Will add those bath water dyes for children, to make it easier to spot.
Our first 2.2 oz motor. Also our first test with my homemade data acquisition system and at Otway. It is arduino based connected to a in-expensive load cell. Beats the heck out of reading the scale one frame at a time. See the test plan for a more detailed desc of the thrust measurement rig.
This is the test that prompted our forced re-location to our field in Otway. This re-location makes us use less than 2.2 oz of propellant per the ATF regs (have to transport it) for now on. Reminder, if you do this stuff, make sure you understand the laws. I wouldn’t image federal explosives charges would be any fun at all. Recommend talking to your field agent.
The kitty litter end cap failed. We half expected it to. The cheaper kitty litter didn’t feel right when I packed it. It shot a wad of propellant 50-75 ft into the air where it just floated around until it burnt off. Pretty actually. When the end cap failed, it caused the motor to get ejected from the stand. Pretty dangerous actually. Glad we were way the heck away from it.
Another Nozzle failure (aka, complete failure). Nozzle consisted of steel washer held in place via cement and PVC fittings. Steel washer moved 90 degrees and came out. Also bad batch of fuel. Neat light show though. Another smoke bomb.
Nozzle failure. No thrust. Nice smoke bomb though. By the way, I don’t light motors this way any more! I’ve since moved up to electrical ignition using nichrome wire, a straw LOOSELY filled with black powder.
Allison and myself went up the lighthouse on the 21st. A great trip. I took a series of pictures and stitched them together into panoramas. Most were stitched from 10-20 pictures. Used huggin to stitch them together. Great software. They are in link form (as thumbnails don’t give them justice). You will want to zoom in with your browser.
Time lapse video taken from Dayton, Ohio to Harkers Island, North Carolina. Less than 30 mins total about 12 hours drive time. The sun rises about four minutes into the video (if the night is unbearable, fast forward 4:00). You can see it set about 15 minutes later. A whole day of driving compressed into less than 20 minutes.
The route was out of Ohio, through West Virginia, Virginia, than through NC. A large portion of it was though the Appalachian Mountains. If you look carefully at the video you can see it starting to sleet, then snow for a period.