CCC Weekly Challenge: Save the Michindoh Aquifer
The week started with a post about the weekly challenge to save the Michindoh Aquifer. Multiple individuals have worked really hard to raise awareness of the issue and to fight back against it. Susan and Katie have been very active in this cause through attending rallies, contacting elected officials, writing to the local paper, and spreading the word. Katie is quoted in Amy Oberlin’s first piece on the Michindoh Aquifer as stating, “This could potentially affect more than 400,000 residents across these counties, with absolutely no benefit to any of the residents in these counties. The Ohio EPA and DNR make the final determination on whether the project will go forward or not. We the people do not get a say in the matter, so what can we do to fight back against what is a fine example of corporate greed?”
Despite the question about how to fight the greed, their efforts along with numerous others’ efforts resulted in the Steuben County Commissioners’ unanimous approval of a measure to oppose tapping into the Michindoh Aquifer to serve municipalities that already have access to clean water because it would create an unnecessary draw on a limited resource. There is also increasing concern about Kidston piping water from the aquifer from area experts, like Angola Water Superintendent Tom Selman and retired Trine University professor and member of the Steuben County Lakes Council Pete Hippensteel, who are looking toward “a long-term, purposeful solution to assuring that safe drinking water is available for the generations to come,” according to Oberlin’s second piece.
CCC Co-Hosted Community Conversations: The Opioid Epidemic
On Thursday, August 9, CCC’s collaboration with a number of Angola faith communities began with the first community deliberative dialogue at Cahoots. That event addressed the opioid crisis. This Thursday, we invite any interested community members to join us at Cahoots at 7pm for a similar dialogue on mass shootings.
Deliberative dialogue is a structured process designed to allow people from different backgrounds and with different beliefs to talk to and (more importantly) hear each other in discussions about difficult topics. In other words, it is a grassroots, community-based way of healing the pervasive wounds of polarization and mistrust that have characterized recent political discussion.
CCC Community Coordinator Sarah Franzen, who facilitated a breakout group during last Thursday’s session, said, “I was ‘leading’ a group of addiction counselors, former addicts, those suffering debilitating pain, and Angola’s mayor. I was humbled and amazed by their insights and by their willingness to hear one another. I encourage all of Steuben County to come and participate in this process with us.”
CCC supported the work of Cahoots, local musicians, and churches by donating school supplies for the Backyard Bash back-to-school benefit. Several individuals attended the Backyard Bash, which featured music by Los Lemons, The Benefit, and Tom Adamson; great food; and, most importantly, a school supply giveaway, so children can have the necessary supplies for the school year. Approximately 70 children received school supplies on Saturday, and the group will continue to distribute the remaining supplies collected to children in need who were unable to attend Saturday’s event. Thank you so much to all of our generous members who helped contribute to these students’ learning!