Chris Kelly blogs about our first Community Meeting last night. 



All roads lead back to Dunmore.

About 15 years ago, I was the Dunmore correspondent for The Times-Tribune. It was a great beat, and I made my share of friends and enemies, some of whom I ran into last night at the Dunmore Borough Community Center.

Friends of Lackawanna, a new nonprofit fighting the gargantuan proposed expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore and Throop, hosted an informational meeting about the state of the fight.

“We’re still in the middle innings,” Friends of Lackawanna member and Dunmorean Pat Clark told a standing-room-only audience that went home with T-shirts and yard signs reading,  “Say no to landfill expansion.”

Read Kyle Wind‘s coverage of the meeting here.

The next big step forward is a Feb. 25 hearing with state Department of Environmental Protection officials. Friends of Lackawanna challenged the crowd to pack the hearing and bring friends. If the crowd’s reaction is any indication, the DEP officials will be hearing voices for days afterward.

Friends of Lackawanna is mounting a disciplined, professional campaign against the landfill expansion. Winning is a long shot, but the group is gaining momentum and members in every corner of Our Stiff Neck of the Woods.

It is inspiring to see citizens stand up for their communities and the generations who will someday call this valley home. If you recognize that this is a regional issue that could damage us all for decades to come, I’ll see you at the hearing.

Visit the Friends of Lackawanna Facebook page or website today.

Get informed. Get involved. Get together.