Category Archives: Mentor Ohio

#SANTOLI POND: DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS DIVE IN FOR A SNACK

_DSC5062I was surprised and somewhat concerned to see a pair of Cormorants on the pond.

The majority of the waterfowl on the pond are dabblers, meaning that they feed on the surface by dipping their heads into the water.

Cormorants are divers that feed by diving under the water and are much less vocal than are dabblers.  Their legs are set far back on their bodies to facilitate their diving.

I was concerned about the Cormorants because of their legs.  Though an asset for diving, the placement of the legs makes it necessary for a long runway for them to gain sufficient momentum to lift off–the pond covers only 5 acres.  They’re very awkward on land, some divers to the extent that they’re nearly helpless.

The visitors were gone the next day, so evidently they’d negotiated a safe take off.

Cormorants’ feathers lack the protective oils other birds’ feathers have, so they often sit in the sun with their wings spread to dry them out.

The bird in the photo is neither landing nor taking off; he’s spreading and flapping his wings to shake off water from his recent dive.

The only other divers I’ve seen on Santoli Pond in the last 17 years were Scaups and Ring-necked Ducks

Like Great Blue Herons and Wood Ducks, Cormorants nest in trees.

Photo © Carole Clement

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MOVE TO AMEND: CLEVELAND HTS VOTERS TO DECIDE IF CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE

Cleveland Heights voters are part of a growing trend in cities across the United States:  They’re questioning the wisdom of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision allowing unions, SuperPACs and corporations unlimited spending in political campaigns.

Some voters question the logic, perhaps even the sanity, of the Court’s decision that the above groups’ financial contributions—their dollars–are free speech and entitled to the privacy and protection awarded flesh and blood citizens by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

This November Cleveland Heights voters will vote on a citizen initiative that seeks a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Court’s decision.

If the initiative is approved, the City of Cleveland Heights will hold an annual public hearing to examine the impact of big money in politics on our democratic form of government.

The council clerk will then summarize the results of the meeting and send it to federal and state representatives along with a reminder that city voters voted in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.

“We all know that the doctrine of money as protected free speech has corrupted our national politics,” said Carla Rautenberg, Cleveland Heights Move to Amend member.  “So this issue is vital at the local, state and federal levels of government.”

Greg Coleridge, coordinator of the Ohio Move to Amend network, said, “It’s critical that our elected officials hear directly from We the People in Cleveland Heights that corporate rule and influence due to political money from a wealthy few must end.”

We the People in Mentor have an opportunity to send that message to our own elected officials.  If you share Cleveland Heights’s skepticism and don’t believe that money equals speech and that corporations are people, consider signing the Mentor Move to Amend (MMTA) petition, part of a nationwide movement in US cities to restore financial accountability and transparency in our electoral process.

The goal of the initiative petition is to put the questions of corporate personhood and unregulated political contributions on the November 4, 2014 ballot for the citizens of Mentor to decide their legality.

You can ask MMTA volunteers questions and sign the petition at Mentor Public Library, main branch parking lot, Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM; at MPL Read House, Wednesdays, 6-8PM and at the MMTA table at Mentor CityFest, August 23 and 24.  

Only voters registered in the State of Ohio and living in one of Mentor’s political wards may sign the petition.

If you are interested in joining Mentor Move to Amend, contact Dave Lima at 255-4516 or email him at dlima@sbcglobal.ne

Source:  Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 07, 2013

MENTOR SENIOR CENTER: SINGLES GROUP AUGUST 2013 SCHEDULE


Cordial Connections

“where single seniors meet and mingle”

President, Gayle  953-4469.

tall-ship-rtucker_~k1842441The group watched the Tall Ships from the Goodtime III on Lake Erie.

First Friday’s Birthday Celebration Friday, August 2nd  .  On the first Friday of every month we will recognize those members whose birthdays fall in that month. Why send a card when we can celebrate in person? The dinner locations will vary each month. August’s location is Dino’s III, 1200 E.305th St., Wickliffe, at 6pm. Dino’s is just south of the Rt.2 exit at E.305, or just north of Euclid Ave. on E.305. RSVP to Gayle.

 Tuesday, August 6th –  Prospective Member Meeting at MSC,11am in the Main Hall. This meeting is for anyone interested in finding out what our club is all about. Tell your friends.

Saturday, August 10th    , 1-4 pm, spend a day at the Races. Thistledown Racino, 21501  Emery Rd, Cleveland. Have a leisurely lunch in the Silks clubhouse and watch those ponies run. Carpooling. RSVP to Gayle.

Wednesday, August 14thSunset Harbor Bar and Grille, 625 Prospect St. Fairport Harbor, 1pm. Take Rt.2 east to Richmond St. exit ,turn right on Richmond St., a slight right onto East St., right on 2nd St. and left on Prospect. RSVP to Harold.

Friday, August 23, noon to 4 PM  Rain or shine, potluck picnic at pavilion in Veterans Park, Mentor, located on Hopkins Road adjacent to and just south of Shore Middle School.

We’ll provide plates, utensils, napkins, cups/glasses, buns, Kosher hot dogs, 90% lean hamburgers, chips & corn chips.  Also mayonnaise, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, relish, catsup & mustard.

Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and a dish to share.  Some suggestions are a tray of fresh vegetables   green salad & dressing   coleslaw  potato salad   macaroni salad   baked beans   dessert.  Please also bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.

We have electricity if you want to keep your shared dish warm.

Clean up committee—all attendees are awarded membership on the committee and are asked to sort and dispose of trash according to the park’s trash receptacles and help clear all tables so Carole doesn’t forfeit her deposit on the pavilion.

We’ll have 2 grills and need another chef.  Call Carole if you’d like to chef for the day.

Your cost is $5.00, payable with your RSVP by Tuesday, August 20.

August Birthdays         Natalie(5)    Wally (11)   George (15)    Susan & Sheila (25)   Fran (26)   Gayle (31)

Monday, August 26th -August Board Meeting–  Mentor Senior Center, Main hall at 11am.

MENTOR MOVE TO AMEND: MONEY ISN’T FREE SPEECH; CORPORATIONS, UNIONS AND SUPERPACS AREN’T PEOPLE

mta_day_of_action_sign_5-10-13_croppedPhoto credit Dave Lima

If you live in an alternate universe and don’t believe that money equals speech and that corporations are people, consider signing the Mentor Move to Amend (MMTA) petition, part of a nationwide, nonpartisan movement in US cities to restore financial accountability and transparency in our electoral process.

The goal of the initiative petition is to put the questions of corporate personhood and unregulated political contributions on the November 4, 2014 for the citizens of Mentor to decide their legality.

You can ask MMTA volunteers questions and sign the petition at the Mentor Marsh Yard Sale and Silent Auction, 5185 Corduroy Rd, Mentor Headlands, Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM to 2 PM.  

Only voters registered in the State of Ohio and living in one of Mentor’s political wards may sign the petition.

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OVERVIEW OF MENTOR MOVE TO AMEND

The money of SuperPacs, Unions and Corporations is now considered speech protected by the 1st Amendment and not able to be regulated!

Our amendment will restore the ability of the people to regulate money in political campaigns.

1.    Unions, SuperPacs, Corporations and other entities are not people. Only human beings are endowed with inalienable constitutional rights.

2.   These entities are creations of the state — independent legal entities separate from the people who own, control, manage and work for them.

3.   Since these legal entities are created by government, We the People have the right to regulate them — including their involvement in elections and politics.

4.    Legally created entities deserve legal protections, but only human beings deserve constitutional protections.

5.    Thousands of small businesses support reversing the Citizens United decision since it gives an unfair political advantage to huge companies.

6.    Money is not speech. If money is speech, then those who have the most money have the most speech. That’s not a recipe for a democracy but for a plutocracy.

7.    Our elections and our laws shouldn’t be decided by the companies and wealthy individuals that spend the most money lobbying and making political donations.

8.    Our government is broken because the system is fixed – rigged to favor the interests of major corporations and wealthy individuals.

9.   People have not only the right but also the duty to initiate social change.

10.  The U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times in history. Average people have nitiated many of the movements (end of slavery, women’s right to vote, direct election of senators, etc.) that eventually led to the amendments.

We are a non-partisan group of Mentor citizens interested in a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people.

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We reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling and call for an amendment to the U. S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, not to SuperPacs, unions, corporations or other legally created entities and that money is not a form of First Amendment-protected free speech.

We believe that money can and should be regulated in political campaigns.

If you are interested in joining our group, contact Dave Lima at 255-4516 or email him at

dlima@sbcglobal.ne

MENTOR MARSH: 2013 YARD SALE AND SILENT AUCTION

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SATURDAY, JULY 27 9AM TO 2PM

MENTOR MARSH NATURE CENTER

5185 CORDUROY ROAD, MENTOR HEADLANDS

Shop our biggest ever yard sale for super deals on nature items, furniture, camping/outdoor gear, fitness gear, kids’ toys, house wares, linens, collectibles, computer items, gardening tools and accessories, jewelry and watches and personal items.

Bid on Silent Auction certificates donated by your favorite local eateries to auto/home to personal care.

All proceeds benefit the Mentor Marsh Nature Center education programs.

 

Mentor Marsh Nature Center programs are family friendly and all are invited. Activities will be held rain/snow or shine. Trails may be muddy this time of year, so please prepare and dress for the conditions. Reservations are requested. For questions or to make a reservation, please contact the Mentor Marsh Nature Center at 440-257-0777 or rdonalds@cmnh.org.

 

The Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve’s mission promotes stewardship of Mentor Marsh for its environmental and aesthetic value and provides educational, scientific and recreational opportunities for visitors to the unique ecosystem and interactive nature preserve. Visit the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve web site at http://www.cmnh.org, search for Mentor Marsh.

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Mentor Marsh Naturalist Mentor Marsh Carol H. Sweet Nature Center 5185 Corduroy Road Mentor, Ohio 44060 (440) 257-0777 Direct

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1767 http://www.cmnh.org 216-231-4600 x3505 Lv. msg. 800-317-9155 x3505 Lv. msg.

 

#SANTOLI POND: BEAVER KITTEN UNDAUNTED BY FLOODED LODGE

_DSC5039I’m not sure if the beaver lodge at the southeast end of Santoli Pond is merely flooded over or washed out; at any rate, I can’t see it from my lower deck.

In the 17 years I’ve lived here, this is the first time the pond has overflowed its east and west banks.  North and south banks have been and still are fair game for flooding.

DSC_0167Santoli Pond at 8AM.  The kit in the top photo is crouched just to the left of the River Iris leaves to the left of the left-hand tree in this photo.

I watched the little critter above make a b-line (for beaver line) from the southeast corner to the west bank below my condo where he found a toothsome stick to gnaw on. 

He’s one of the two first-year kits I’ve been enjoying.  Kits stay in the lodge with their beaver parents for 2 years.  Last year’s kits are the size of their parents, and I can no longer distinguish kit from adult.

Pudgy and clumsy as beavers are on land, they’re marvelous swimmers.  Sleek and fast, they leave a V-wake streaming behind them, similar to speedy little Wood Ducks.

Photos © Carole Clement 

MENTOR MOVE TO AMEND: HOW THE US MOVED FROM DEMOCRACY TO CORPOCRACY

mta_day_of_action_sign_5-10-13_croppedPhoto credit Dave Lima

If you live in an alternate universe and don’t believe that money equals speech and that corporations are people, consider signing the Mentor Move to Amend (MMTA) petition, part of a nationwide movement in US cities to restore financial accountability in our electoral process.

The goal of the initiative petition is to put the questions of corporate personhood and unregulated political contributions on the November 4, 2014 for the citizens of Mentor to decide their legality.

You can ask MMTA volunteers questions and sign the petition at Mentor Public Library, main branch parking lot, Saturday, July 6, from 9 AM to 5 PM.  

Only voters registered in the State of Ohio and living in one of Mentor’s political wards may sign the petition.

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One nation, under Mammon

In the famous constitutional law case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1886, which “establishes” the personhood of corporations, the Supreme Court Justices offered no written opinion on the subject. However, a Court Reporter, writing headnotes (summary) to the case, inserted the claim that the Court had decided corporations were persons.

And that claim still stands as law today.

During oral arguments about the case, the Chief Justice dismissed hearing any arguments against personhood, stating, “The court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment . . . applies to these corporations.  We are all of the opinion that it does.”

Refusing to entertain opposing arguments?  Sounds like a Third World dictatorship rather than the US Supreme Court.

Headnotes to a Court decision have no legal standing.

Nor do oral arguments.

Court Reporters have no authority to write laws.

Only the written opinion of the Supreme Court determines the law of the land.  Yet the Court never wrote anything about  corporate personhood in their 1886 decision.  Still, the legal fiction of corporate personhood persists into the 21st Century.  That baby’s got legs!

Under the veil of personhood, corporations claim and get equal protection under the Fourteenth, First and Fourth Amendments.

The Fourteenth Amendment makes no mention of “persons.”  It reads, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”   It’s a pretty big leap to conflate the word “citizen” to mean “corporation”.

First Amendment rights to free speech invoked by corporations have protected the right of corporations to increase spending on advertising for children despite warnings from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the harm to children.

It’s protected corporations’ rights not to speak, thus permitting them to withhold key points of information from customers and consumers.

And in a recent decision, the Supreme Court decided money was speech; therefore, the amount of corporate $$ contributed to political candidates couldn’t be capped, couldn’t be revealed.

The Fourth Amendment was instituted to prevent a repeat of the violation caused by the British Dragoons’ breaking into Colonial homes and unreasonably searching and seizing property.  Today it protects corporations from health and safety inspections.

It also protects corporations from random inspections by the EPA Dragoons, making it impossible to enforce meaningful anti-pollution, health, and safety laws.

Not to worry.  Life as we’re trying to understand it will continue, becoming less and less understandable.

We’ll adjust.

We’ll make changes in our expectations and aspirations to accommodate our diminished significance.

And the corporations will help us make the adjustment to a government of the profit, by the profit and for the profit.

If you are interested in joining our group, contact Dave Lima at 255-4516 or email him at dlima@sbcglobal.ne