from St. Joseph
For 101 years our school, parish, and community have come together for the St. Joseph Bazaar to support Catholic Education here in Conway every year. The generous spirit of our community continues to shine through. Once again we say a very sincere and humble “Thank You” to all who helped the St. Joseph School Bazaar in any way. Conway and Faulkner County have always been great supporters of St. Joseph. We are lucky to have such wonderful friends and neighbors and we appreciate you so much.
To the Bazaar Committee consisting of Tonja Fillippino, David Hambuchen, Greg Moix Sarah Moore, and Lori Ross, we thank you for your hours of planning and service. To all of the donors and to all those that worked so hard to make this year’s Bazaar a success, we thank you!
To the many volunteers and helpers, all booth chairmen, the set up and take down crews, the kitchen workers, the cleanup crews, and all the many people that donated so much time and talent, we say “thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Without all this giving spirit such an event would not be possible. We commend you all on a job well done!
— Father John Marconi, Father Joseph
Archibong, Joe Mallett, Susie Freyaldenhoven and Matt Tucker
I write to you from New Brunswick, Canada to inform you of what SWN Resources, a Canadian subsidiary of Southwestern Energy of Conway, is doing in my home province.
SWN started seismic testing here for shale gas June 6th. Since that day people from the affected areas have protested, blocked “thumper” trucks and generally voiced dismay over SWN’s activity. Kent County, the seat of the excitement, is a sparsely-populated, rural region with a mix of Acadian, First Nations and English residents.
Sadly, the conservative government here has never asked Kent County if it wants shale gas extraction or hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Despite this, they leased one-seventh of the province for shale gas, and merrily encouraged companies like SWN to “come-on up” with their drill rigs and thumpers.
Opponents of shale gas, who are also proponents of more sustainable renewable energy, presented government with a 20,000 name petition against shale gas and fracking.
While other companies’ limited shale gas programs have largely flown under the radar here, SWN is the first to arrive and be greeted by a population well-informed of fracking’s effect on water and landscapes in states like Pennsylvania, North Dakota and New York. They have readied themselves and have declared they will fight this to the end.
We have become the front line in the worldwide battle against the unsustainable, harmful shale gas industry. I am so proud of New Brunswickers for standing up for what is right and defending their land and water as they should.
Please SWN, go home to Arkansas.
— M.L. Sheppard, Fredericton, NB