CHESAPEAKE FALL 2013

I will be at the ride this year (September 21/22) It is the 50th anniversary of the Chesapeake Rides!  LeeAnne will be riding Miss Daizy on her first official 2-day 50 mile CTR.  I am too excited.

I have been healing and I did my first “hard ride” last Sunday (September 1) since my back and hip went out on June 2, 2013.  I survived the ride, so I will start doing more hard rides and hopefully I will be riding Miss Daizy at the Ride for the Ribbons CTR in October.

I did make Miss Daizy sore on her right loin during that conditioning ride.  I watched some video that Cheryl took and see what my problem is so I am going to start working on correcting that.  it’s all about the seat (chuckle) and since my I was babying my left side, I sat too hard on my right side.  NO MORE!  I’m gonna suck it up and ride straight, dammit.

I did a ride a week later with LeeAnne on some new trails I had not been on and Miss Daizy and I were in perfect harmony.  No soreness for either one of us.  I concentrated on keeping my left side working, regardless of the pain, and that worked out nicely.  She’s ready for her 2 Day 50 mile ride!!!

I have a new nickname.  Not sure it fits me, but I have to accept it.  Corinne has named me, “Miss Anti-Social”.  It’s not my fault.  Read on.

Saturday morning I leapt out of bed at 3:00 am, jammed two cups of coffee into my stomach and left the house at 3:45 am to drive down to Elkton, MD for the ride.  I arrived at 5:45 … ran a little behind due to two things.  First, I had to keep stopping to get rid of the coffee (chuckle) and Second, I completely turned right instead of left on 273 and went 20 miles out of my way.  Sheesh.  I was pretty sure where I was going so I didn’t have my GPS on.  Guess I’ll never forget now.

I woke LeeAnne up when I texted her upon arrival.  Their start time was 7:43 am so she had plenty of time for a quickie nap after she fed and watered Miss Daizy.  She met me at the stall and when Miss Daizy saw me she let out a holler.  Too funny.

Before the ride, Saturday 09/21/13

Before the ride, Saturday 09/21/13

LeeAnne, Corinne and Tiffany were running around getting ready and being all nervous.  it’s kinda interesting to watch people in the morning when I’m not actually riding.  I wonder if I look all stressed out like that.  I sure hope not, I usually and pretty laid back about all that stuff these days.  Maybe not so much when I had Flame … who was likely to be killing me about 5 minutes before a ride started.  Miss Daizy is just as cool as jello when it’s time to start.  I love this little mare.

I got sent out to my hospitality station (I was a volunteer this weekend for Cate.) and I did not get to see them off.  I did get a nice picture of LeeAnne and Miss Daizy before she mounted up to get going.

I was at the absolute best hospitality station ever!  I got to see all the riders two times and we were 3 miles from base on the first loop and 2 miles from base for the second loop.  People were thrilled to see us, we were right at the creek so a lot of people stopped there to cool off, and I saw lots of action!!!!  My partner in crime at the station was Scott.  He was a blast.  I had so many good conversations with him and found out that he also speaks French … we had a very enjoyable day together.

Scott, and the two horse ambulances, Saturday 09/21/13

Scott, and the two horse ambulances, Saturday 09/21/13

The horse ambulances had to come out and pick up three horses.  They are all fine, no worries.  Mostly due to lost shoes and sore feet.  One of those horses was a sad story.  His owner has never been able to complete a CTR this year and was riding with Scott’s wife in the hopes that a seasoned rider would get them through.  Nope.  Blew a shoe and sored up his foot so the ambulance had to pick them up.  I thought she was going to burst into tears when the ambulance arrived.  A whole season and no completions.  That’s very disappointing.

Second loop, 2 miles to go, Day 1

Second loop, 2 miles to go, Day 1

As the horses came through I watched for Miss Daizy.  She sure stands out in the crowd all decked out in yellow.  Here she is on Loop 1, she was following the pack.  And on Loop 2, she was trotting out front and trotted all the way across the bridge.  I was thrilled to see her still trotting along, tail swaying and ears forward at the end of the ride.  The day started out cloudy but then it cleared up and the sun was really hot.  Horses coming in to our station on the second loop were showing signs of fatigue and most of them were panting pretty hard.  Not Miss Daizy.  I don’t think she breathes at all.

Here is how I got my new nickname.  After the ride was over, we all were sitting around at Corinne’s trailer.  Now, I had sat in my camp chair all day, getting up and down for five 100 mile riders (three loops), eight 80 mile riders (two loops), nineteen 50 mile riders (two loops), thirty-two 30 mile riders (two loops) and fourteen CDR clinic riders (one loop).  Did you count how many times I got up and down out of my camp chair?  Which isn’t really good for your posture to begin with?  MY BACK HURTS!!!!!

So, the girls all go up for the ride briefing for the next day and I decide I have to lay down and stretch out my back.  I know it’s only 6:00 pm, but my back is screaming in agony.  By the time I actually got situated in the back of my KIA on my bed, spasms had started and I was in tears.  Every time it would spasm, my sciatica nerve would scream all the way down my leg into the top of my foot.  O M F G

We also had rain from about 7:00 pm until 2:00 am … once I got my back settled down, I wanted to go back out and sit with the giggling nonsense going on but I didn’t want to get wet and damp so I just stayed in my car – missing out on all the fun they were having.  Next morning, Corinne teased me (unmercilessly) about being anti-social.  Oh, it gets even better, so stay tuned.

So, next morning, the sun is out and the sky is clear blue.  GLORIOUS DAY for a ride.  The rain freshened everything up nicely and the humidity from the day before was gone gone gone.  LeeAnne, Corrine and Tiffany are moving a little slower this morning (compared to yesterday morning) and there is some concern about completing.  I checked all the horses and told them they were going to kick ass and take names, get out there and have fun finishing up the ride.  They left but only two of them had smiles on their faces.  Miss Daizy was ready to rock and she was perky smirky!

I was working the halfway point on Day 2 so I had a great view of all the horses coming in for the first hold.  Miss Daizy, working out front of the pack, trotted right in, went round the barrel and left.  I didn’t even get to give her a cookie.  The girls were running tight on time and LeeAnne was a great “mommy” and busted them about moving on out.  Miss Daizy wasn’t even sweated up.  How impressive.

I heard the ride and tie people talking about the creek.  The rain the night before had it up and running rapids.  Apparently, the creek was over the waist of a couple of the people and the conversation turned quite “raw” as they discussed their wet undergarments and squishy coochies.  (chuckle)  It was a rip roaring conversation, to be sure.

FINISHED!  50 miles completed.

FINISHED! 50 miles completed.

Coming in to finish, Miss Daizy is still happy!  LeeAnne and Corinne are grinning ear to ear.  Tiffany, not so much.  I think she felt her mare wasn’t having any fun, so she wasn’t having any fun.  I felt kinda sad for her.  LeeAnne and Corinne on the other hand had a BLAST!

Now, for the end of the new nickname story.  At the lunch and ride awards, Pixie (my little dog) caused Cate’s dogs to go crazy with barking so I moved out of line of sight.  This meant I was on the other side of the meeting, away from LeeAnne, Corinne and Tiffany … and I was being anti-social again (sigh).  That’s how this all got started.  Guess there are worse names I could earn, yes????

YEA!  LeeAnne and Miss Daizy completed 50 miles at Chesapeake Fall CTR.

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LAWSUIT against Greenwich Twp

This is my blog, and I can write whatever I want to about this Appeal Lawsuit as filed by the developer …

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Mockingly, I will address several items in the lawsuit as filed by JVI (the developer) against our township regarding the BoS’s decision to deny the warehouse plans. To recap, the Greenwich Twp BoS, after reviewing the preliminary plans, as approved by the Greenwich Twp Planning Commission as “ready to be reviewed”, decided that there are a number of outstanding issues in the plans and denied them.  Every item the BoS determined were safety issues or SALDO issues or Ordinance issues, with the exception of one, had been presented to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors by us (the Krumsville Community) on several occasions throughout the course of the plan discussions from February 2017 to December 2017.  And I have all the meeting recordings to prove that statement.

As you read through the lawsuit, you will see numbers circled on the side.  These are my mocking comments!

1) Actually, JVI filed a “Sketch Plan” on October 11, 2016.  The “Preliminary Plan” was not filed until after the November 2016 review of the sketch plan by Berks County and Keystone Consulting Engineers.  So, already on page 2 of this lawsuit, the filing attorney has their information incorrect.

2) I had to listen to the meeting minutes recording (oh, yes!  I have every meeting from April until January recorded and saved.  Although our Township deletes their recordings after the meeting minutes are written up, I do not.  I have each one!)  Anyway, this is what they actually motioned. “To approve the plans to be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for review.”  So no, the lawsuit is incorrect, the Planning Commission did not “approve the plans”, they approved them to be submitted to the BoS for further review.  (And the PC really should not have approved them, as is later determined.  Keystone Consulting failed to review all the SALDO, all the ORDINANCES and all the PETITIONS as filed by Krumsville Community.)

3) REALLY?  OH MY GOSH!  Apparently, all the meetings with the PC and the BoS from March 2017 to August 2017, the developer sat at those meeting with ear plugs in their ears and their attorney was sleeping because (with the exception of one item) all the items that were the basis for the denial were discussed over and over and over.  We filed many petitions, complaints, documents and research to the PC and to the BoS regarding the “issues with the proposal”.  WHERE WERE YOU, APPELLANT?????

Funny story here, at the November BoS meeting, I have a photo of the one Keystone Consulting Engineer, sitting at the head table, with his head on his hand sound asleep.  Hey!  Thanks for paying attention while the developer tries to confuse the issues about this warehouse plan.

4)  Excuse me, please. The Krumsville Community brought the items before the BoS, who clearly stated they did not have the plans before them and those items would need to be brought before the Planning Commission … and so the Krumsville Community then attended the PC meeting two weeks later and submitted the items.  So yes, we did present to the BoS but they carefully never addressed the items at their table, they sent us to the PC table. We truly felt we were getting the run around at that point.

5) Uhm, no.  Please learn to  use a dictionary. The property is NOT “adjacent to the I-78 Krumsville interchange.” It is exactly .6 miles north of that interchange. And the road to the property from the I-78 Krumsville interchange directs traffic THROUGH the tiny village of Krumsville on a road barely wide enough to handle two traffic trailers passing side-by-side, and the five point intersection in Krumsville is NOT wide enough to allow for safe turning of tractor trailers (we have posted 52 videos regarding this intersection)

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6) This cracked me up.  Why yes, I am such a scary person that when I ran against Alice for the seat opening up on the Board of Supervisors, I scared the BoS into listening to the Krumsville Community’s issues.  UHM, NO!  In fact, in listening to the meeting recordings, many times Victor and Harry stated clearly, and publicly, that they are totally reviewing the issues raised by the Krumsville Community but until the plans are presented to them by the Planning Commission, they cannot comment because they have not seen the plans.  Once again, the problem falls into the lap of Keystone Consulting Engineers (fondly referred to as KFC Knuckleheads) because they failed to thoroughly review the plans and they advised the Planning Commission inappropriately regarding the plans compliance. Now, I will state that I believe the PC also failed as they did not do their own research, as presented to them by the Krumsville Community (over and over and over)

7) Why yes, the BoS did (over and over) tell the developer that the five point intersection was going to become extremely dangerous when traffic for a warehouse was added to it and yes, they were VERY concerned about that.  Why KFC Knuckleheads agreed to the traffic studies, we will never know. (because they have since been fired by Greenwich Twp)

8) This is not true, they did not “preclude use”, they denied your plans as presented because there are defects in the plan against our SALDO, our Ordinances and public safety. In the denial letter the BoS slearly states that JVI is more than welcome to resubmit the plans after correcting all the issues to make the plan compliant.

9) Well, well, well.  Apparently you did not listen at THAT meeting, either.  Greenwich Township (at the time of the denial) did not have ANY firecode ordinances and as such, they chose to use the 2015 ICC Fire Code Appendix D.  And let me tell you, this was the topic of conversation at every meeting from the time the BoS received the plans because the developer’s proposed emergency access road was a joke and was not safe and would be compromised in several different ways (as the BoS presented to the developer over and over and over) And at that same meeting (and yes, this is recorded) the solicitor asked the local fire chief if the emergency access design was safe and appropriate and the fire chief clearly states that “No, it is not.”  WAKE UP!

10)  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA … Really? Oh my gosh.  PennDOT contacted us, the Krumsville Community, regarding a letter and petition we sent to PennDOT about reviewing the intersection as a safety issue in the HOP process.  They contacted us, the Greenwich Twp Board of Supervisors and the Developer to attend this PennDOT meeting. There was nothing secret about it.  I did stand up and say I was hesitant to have this meeting with the Board of Supervisors and the Developer in attendance because I did not feel that their presence would allow us the full attention of the PennDOT representatives.  However, this meeting was never a secret.

11) The BoS requested those PennDOT documents at the December 4th meeting and the developer could not produce “the alleged” documents.

12) And a second opinion is not allowed, why?

13) Amazing, I was never privvy to any private meetings, private conversations, or aware that there WERE any private anything.  Everything that the Krumsville Community had to do with the BoS and the PC were done at the public meetings.  All documents, complaints, petitions, etc were all presented at the public meetings.  So, what did I miss out on????

14) Oh no no no … the Krumsville Community presented inches of “expert testimony” in the forms of research, documents, PE Sealed engineer reports and a one meeting, the Krumsville Community did bring two experts to discuss the research and we were not allowed to have them speak.  Oh, and let’s talk speculation for a moment.  The entire warehouse plan and developer submitted traffic reports, etc are all “speculation”.  Until the warehouse is built and in full function, everything leading up to that is speculation and supposition.

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