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writer, printmaker and community organizer

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-Katherine Watt

Bound volumes are available for borrowing/review at the Penn State Special Collections Library at the University Park campus, and at the Centre County Library & Historical Museum in Bellefonte.

Bound volumes are also available for purchase at Etsy.

Bailiwick News Volume 1 – Sept. 2016 – June 2017. CONTENTS include coverage of Friends and Farmers Cooperative; Penn State/Toll Brothers student housing development on Slab Cabin Run watershed/farmland in Ferguson Township; Centre Region COG park development on Slab Cabin Run watershed/farmland in Ferguson Township; emerging contaminants in the State College Borough Water Authority system; State College Borough municipal finance; 2017 Centre County District Attorney race and prosecutorial/judicial corruption; Death of Timothy Piazza, investigating grand juries in Pennsylvania, and prosecution of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State.

Bailiwick News Volume 2 – Oct. 2017 – Dec. 2018. CONTENTS include coverage of Penn State corporate governance and finance; Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition in the aftermath of the Slab Cabin Run watershed/farmland protection campaign; Penn State’s environmental record; cumulative regional impacts of rapid land development in the Centre Region; citizen campaign to block new Nestle water bottling plant in Spring Township; disciplinary proceedings against former Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller; sewage planning for Penn State/Toll Brothers student housing development in Slab Cabin Run watershed/farmland; investigating grand juries in Pennsylvania, Greek Life reform, and prosecution of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State; Sept. 2005 Penn State quid pro quo letter gifting or selling acreage to SCBWA, COG and other public entities in exchange for rezoning and incorporation of Penn State’s planned student housing land within the Regional Growth Boundary/Sewer Service Area.

Bailiwick News Volume 3 – Jan. – Dec. 2019. CONTENTS include coverage of Penn State corporate governance history; Spring Creek Water Resource Management Plan; UAJA sewage EDU policy; Half-moon Township Development of Regional Impact/Regional Growth Boundary expansion proposal; disciplinary proceedings against former Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller; Spring Creek Canyon overlay zoning changes in Benner Township; Pennsylvania’s Constitution of 1776; chilling of public dissent through COG’s new public comment guidelines; Penn State/ClearWater Conservancy Musser Gap to Valleylands project; COG special rules for unit votes (first version in 50 years of operation); Katherine Watt’s independent campaign for State College Borough Council; legal doctrine of federal and state ceiling preemption of municipal legal authority; Penn State expansion plans for West Campus Steam Plant and related hazmat emissions/public health impacts; Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition campaign to protect Pine Hall Forest in Ferguson Township; UAJA sewage treatment plant hazmat emissions and upgrade construction delays; civics database (land area, population, municipal governance); digested State College Borough Council minutes from 2016; public health impacts of 5G and other wireless microwave signals.

Energy Sovereignty: 2011-2013 – Information originally published at Spring Creek Homesteading Fund’s website, about the 2011 State College Community Environmental Bill of Rights campaign, and information published at the Energy Sovereignty website regarding the 2013 citizen campaign to stop the Penn State/Columbia Gas high-pressure natural gas transmission line through the Highlands neighborhood of State College Pennsylvania.

Steady State College & Voices: 2013-2015 – Steady State College was a print and online newspaper published from September 2013 to September 2014, focused primarily on Penn State’s energy strategic planning in the aftermath of the 2013 Columbia Gas pipeline fight, and initial coverage of Friends & Farmers Cooperative. Voices of Central Pennsylvania was an independent newspaper founded in 1993. This volume includes essays by Katherine Watt published in Voices between December 2013 and September 2015.

Watershed Protection: Citizen Campaigns 2015-2018 – Compilation of independent citizen journalism related to watershed and farmland protection campaigns that took place between 2015 and 2018 in Centre County, Pennsylvania, primarily to block watershed and farmland destruction along Whitehall Road in Ferguson Township, upgradient from the State College area’s two main public water supply wellfields. Most of the content was originally distributed via a Change.org petition to the 2015 Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors, as email updates to the petition’s 2,479 signatories.


Bailiwick News Volume 4 – Year-to-Date

BAILIWICK NEWS VOLUME 4 – Jan. to Dec. 2020

Civics, Ecological Resilience & Corporate/Government Corruption – Volume 4

  • 1.1.20 Bailiwick News – Look back at 2019, look ahead at 2020
  • 1.14.20 Bailiwick News – Further attempts to ask State College Borough Council to block Penn State’s West Campus Steam Plant expansion, or at least publicly investigate and plan for the likely public health and air quality degradation.
  • 1.17.20 Bailiwick News – Scaffolding: Tools and things to think about while we wait for the collapse to pick up speed and for our local civic institutions to start addressing the local fallout.
  • 2.13.20 Bailiwick News – Recent post roundup: Millbrook Marsh boardwalks falling apart; DEP blesses Penn State plan to spew more pollutants on State College citizens; effort to pry zoning rewrite records from State College government secret-keepers; HB-1813 – Securing the right to local community self-government; book recommendation – Murray Bookchin’s The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy; Flat Affect Greetings; Bound Volumes @ $20 each.
  • 3.2.20 Bailiwick News – Totalitarian Zoning: How, when, where and which local unelected, taxpayer-funded totalitarian managerial elites narrow the range of policy options elected officials and citizens are allowed to consider, to ensure pre-ordained outcomes that screw riffraff to benefit elites.
  • 4.27.20 Bailiwick News – What foods can be grown and raised in Centre County, Pennsylvania; Publishing Updates; Thoughts from the Edge of Appalachia.
  • 5.9.20 Bailiwick News – COVID-time posts (compilation)