Entry for April 22, 2007 EARTH DAY IS TO REMIND US

HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Well, the heat is on. I posted this picture because it is metaphorically appropriate. The corrosive colours in the background of the Earth and hands are representative of the corrosive planetary effects radiating from human hands.
There are no other paws, claws, flippers, fins, or wings that do such harm to the natural health and pure state of this earth. It is only what human hands have been doing to this life sustaining environment that threatens the existence of all life on earth, as well as our only home (a.k.a. planet earth) , which is itself a giant living, breathing organism.
This planet that allows us life is in trouble in more ways than most are aware of. It is however, in my opinion, the duty and responsibility of each one of us on an individual basis to become educated enough to be a good planetary steward, and should do so without any further delay.
After all, quite simply put:
NO EARTH, NO US.
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Entry for April 12, 2007 Cryptococcus Gatti / Cryptococcus Neoformans Fungus

The photo above is of Cryptococcus neoformans fungus growing in birdseed agar or caffeic acid agar.
The cryptococcus neoformans absorbs brown pigment from these agar media. (The white spots are candida albicans specimens)
The following article was forwarded to me by someone who knows the scientist in this article. I have spoken with this scientist throughout my quest for knowledge. I hope to meet her some day. I have known about this fungal threat for a very long time. Longer than it has been in the media.
Thank you to Dan for forwarding this article to me. I felt it would serve the most good here where more could see it.
Thank you to The Seattle Post, and Doug Struck / The Washington Post for getting this into print for the public to learn of and about.
One thing I would like to comment on is a statement in the following article that fungus
can indeed get into the spinal fluid. I have been trying to tell the doctors in this area that it
feels like what is in my body is travelling through the spinal fluid. They tell me that I am talking nonsense. They say that it does not work that way. Well, the scientist in this article says different. She now says what I have been feeling inside my body all along. She has it right. I had also read this in Johns Hopkins Hospital autopsy reports on people who died from invassive aspergillosis. The doctors in the US and my friend Dan all seem to “know” this as well, so I am finding it deeply disturbing and perplexing that our local medical
community would have me question this known truth. Her reference to meningitis is interesting here too, as meningitis outbreaks have also been a repeating pattern out here. That is not to say or suggest this was or is the cause. I am merely making reference to a potentially relevant pattern of health in this region.

Sunday, April 8, 2007 – 12:00 AM

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DOUG STRUCK / THE WASHINGTON POST

Karen Bartlett is a scientist tracking the path and origin of a deadly strain of Cryptococcus gattii.


Fatal fungus spreads in Northwest

By Doug Struck
The Washington Post

VICTORIA, B.C. ��� The mystery emerged slowly, its clues maddeningly diverse.

Sally Lester, an animal pathologist at a British Columbia laboratory, slipped a slide under her microscope ��� a tissue from a dog on Vancouver Island. Her lens focused on a tiny cell that looked like a boiled egg. It was late 1999. She had started seeing a lot of those.

On the eastern side of the island, several dead porpoises washed ashore early the next year. Scientist Craig Stephen, who runs a research center on the island, slit one open. He found its lungs seized by pneumonia and its other organs swollen by strange, flowerlike tumors.

At work at the family trucking firm in Victoria, on the southern tip of the island, Esther Young, a 45-year-old mother, was feeling ill in the fall of 2001. She had headaches and night sweats and was tired, her family said. The doctor told her she was premenopausal and it would pass.

All would become pieces of a medical mystery centered on a tropical disease apparently brought to North America by a warming climate. An alien fungus took root on Vancouver Island eight years ago and has since killed eight people and infected at least 163 others, as well as many animals.

Similar cases have been found elsewhere in British Columbia and in Washington and Oregon. Health authorities in the two states say the disease is still too rare in their areas to warrant alarm, but they are watching it.

Scientists say the fungus may be thriving because of a string of unusually warm summers here. They say it is a sign of things to come.

“As climate change happens, new ecological niches will become available to organisms, and we will see this kind of thing happen again,” said Karen Bartlett, a scientist at the University of British Columbia (UBC) who played a central role in the search for the disease’s cause.

Cryptococcus gattii

Bartlett’s investigation eventually would focus on a fungus, a member of the yeast family, called Cryptococcus gattii. The microscopic fungus is normally found in the bark of eucalyptus trees in Australia and other tropical zones.

Physicians in North America are familiar with a relative, Cryptococcus neoformans. In humans, it shows up through pneumonia when immune systems are weak, most typically in AIDS patients. In dogs and cats, it can form abscesses below the eyes. Lester, working in her pathology lab in 1999, was used to seeing tissue specimens from six to 10 pets a year with it.

But by 2000, vets on the island were sending her 10 positive samples a month. Lester knew Cryptococcus causes a disease that, like bird flu and West Nile virus, affects animals and humans. She put in a call to the British Columbia Center for Disease Control.

Murray Fyfe, head epidemiologist at the provincial CDC, consulted Pamela Kibsey, a microbiologist at the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Kibsey said she had noticed an increase in human cases of Cryptococcus. And there was something strange about it. It was infecting healthy people, not just the sick.

Fyfe formed a group to begin combing records of veterinarians and hospitals, tracing the first cases back to 1999. He asked Bartlett,
at UBC, to join the group. They sent samples of the Cryptococcus recovered from diseased tissue for further analysis. The results showed it wasn’t the familiar form.

“This was an Australian fungus,” said Stephen, the scientist. More disturbing, the fungus appeared to be more deadly than in Australia. There, it infects about four people per million and is rarely fatal. On Vancouver Island, the rate was 27 per million, and it was more often killing people.

Points of origin

The scientists can only guess how, and when, the fungus arrived. It could have been brought on Australian eucalyptus trees imported by nurseries. Or it may always have been on the island, quietly clinging to life unnoticed until the warm summers spurred it to proliferate.

“With global warming, it may have finally been able to emerge to a level [at which] it is infectious,” Fyfe said. Humans and animals living in the area, having had no exposure, had developed no immunities to it. Some people reacted to exposure by developing the disease.

Bartlett formed a team of students to try to find gattii in the wild. Using new detection kits ordered from Japan, they tramped through backyards on Vancouver Island, digging up soil, taking air samples, swabbing bark on trees. They went out with hourlong questionnaires to talk to survivors of the disease and to owners of infected pets.

One common site came up: Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, next to the Strait of Georgia. Patient Esther Young had gone to the park to kayak. Several other patients had been there.

Fyfe helped the students swab an old Douglas fir at the park. Two weeks later, Bartlett called him, excited. The swabs had come back positive, the first discovery of Cryptococcus gattii in the wild.

By the start of 2003, Bartlett’s students had found the fungus in other spots. They eventually concluded it had infested a several-hundred-mile range on eastern Vancouver Island. Health officials agreed with business leaders in the adjacent city of Parksville that it was no longer fair to target the park alone, and warning signs at the Rathtrevor Beach park came down in favor of a wider information campaign.

Balancing act

Health authorities still are struggling to strike the right balance with the public. “It’s serious, but it’s still a very rare disease. Much rarer than influenza, for example,” said Eleni Galanis, epidemiologist at the B.C. Center for Disease Control. “People need to be aware of it, in order to treat it. But we don’t want people to stop going outside.”

If doctors catch the disease early, oral doses of antifungal drugs will kill the cells. Undetected, the fungus can get into the spinal fluid, causing potentially fatal meningitis.

Young went home sick in February 2002. By that summer, she could not walk, had lost her ability to speak, had gone temporarily blind and was slowly starving because she could not keep food down. By the time doctors tested her, the fungus had reached her brain.

“My poor sister couldn’t even tell anyone how she was feeling,” said Deborah Chow, 51, reminiscing with her family. Finally, with Young’s pain clear and the end inevitable, Chow held her sister in the hospital and whispered, “It’s OK to go. Dad will be OK. Your son will be OK.” She died 45 minutes later.

Tracking its progress

New cases on Vancouver Island have leveled off at about 25 a year. Bartlett’s focus now is to figure out whether ��� and how ��� the fungus is moving.

Five human cases have been found on the British Columbia mainland; two people have been sickened in Washington; and Oregon has had two fatalities from a similar but not identical strain of gattii. Bartlett said it is unclear whether the fungus has been tracked elsewhere on the bottom of shoes or in wheel wells.

“One possibility for what we are seeing on the mainland is the first colonization, like we had on the island in 1999,” Bartlett said. Another is that those traces will disappear.

The infected porpoises ��� at least 25 of them now ��� suggest the fungus is carried by air over the water. Stephen Raverty, a pathologist at the provincial veterinary center in British Columbia, worries that the fungus can attack other species.

Killer whales, whose numbers have dropped sharply here, are cetaceans like the stricken Dall’s porpoises. Raverty and others have been tracking the killer whales in Puget Sound, using glassine slides mounted on long poles to catch droplets from the whales’ exhalations, to see whether the animals have been infected.

So far, they haven’t found the fungus. But animals can act as a sentinel for humans, the scientists say.

“These are the types of things we will see with climate change,” Fyfe said. “As the weather in North America gets warmer, we are more likely to be affected by these public-health threats.”

Copyright �� 2007 The Seattle Times Company

Use of “white rot fungus” to clean up the environment Entry for April 04, 2007

This is a plant clipping from a plant that started to die where I nearly died. Look what showed up in the water and on the plant clipping when I tried to re-root this over 9′ high dying plant, which had been perfectly healthy and very hardy for 13 years. It is aspergillus niger and mucor fungus. Where did it come from? Well, out of the kitchen tap.
WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING?!
A bioremediation expert came to the place where this was happening, and he gave me a crash coarse in fungal bioremediation. He said it was a practice that very few would venture into. He told me that it was too unpredictable (potentially dangerous) . He went on to say that if you ever saw what fungus can do under a microscope, it would scare you too. The implications should things go wrong are astronomical. He told me that what was on my property was not all naturally occurring. Someone had “put something there”. According to this expert there was either an illegally produced strain of “something” used, or “they” used way too much. In either case he said they screwed up the eco system Big time. He told me that if “they” did what he thought “they” had done, the next thing that would happen is the animals would all start developing tumors.
They did.
Here is a taste of the world I was suddenly being pulled into on a need to know basis:

BIOREMEDIATION OF POLYAROMATIC HYDROCARBON
(PAH)-CONTAMINATED SOILS USING WHITE ROT FUNGI
NEW BRUNSWICK RESEARCH AND PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL
Fredericton, New Brunswick
– PROJECT SUMMARY –

December 1993

INTRODUCTION

In 1989, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) acknowledged the need for a consistent national approach for the prioritization and remediation of high risk contaminated sites in Canada. In response to this need, CCME established the National Contaminated Sites Remediation Program (NCSRP), which is supported and administered through federal-provincial-territorial bilateral agreements.

The DESRT (Development and Demonstration of Site Remediation Technology) program is a component of the NCSRP, and was established to address the NCSRP objective to work with industry to stimulate the development and demon-stration of new and innovative technologies having the poten-tial to resolve problems which are critical to the environ-mental remediation of contaminated sites.

A technology selected for participation in the DESRT program involves the use of selected strains of white rot fungi (WRF) for bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soils. The study is being conducted by the Research and Productivity Council (RPC) in association with GEOBAC Technology Group Inc., and was jointly funded by Environment Canada, New Bruns-wick Depart-ment of the Environment, and the vendor.

DESRT SUPPORTED WORK

The DESRT program supported bench-scale laboratory re-search and subsequent field testing. The specific project objectives were:

  • To confirm the ability of white rot fungi to degrade high molecular weight PAHs (those with 3 or more aromatic rings in their structure);

  • To identify and isolate specific strains of white rot fungi capable of biodegrading PAHs in the particular contami-nated soil chosen for this project;

  • To delineate the conditions that enhance bioremediation with these fungi; and

  • To field test the process and establish site-management procedures.

The DESRT program willl be contributing $180,000 towards these studies.

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION

Fungi, along with bacteria, are the primary decomposers respon-sible for the recycling of organic matter in the environ-ment.

White rot (lignin degrading) fungi are naturally occurring microor-ganisms which have the ability to degrade a wide variety of environmental pollutants including at least some high molecular weight polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These compounds are often difficult to degrade using typical bacterial bioremediation techniques, and thus are frequently recalcitrant at contaminated sites.

The proposed technology entails adding WRF and suitable supplements to contaminated soils in a composting-type treatment. Although this technol-ogy is being applied by others, results to date have been variable. This may be due to the choice of fungal strains, or use of conditions that do not support fungal growth and degradative activity in the soil. WRF naturally colonize wood or other lignocellulosic substrates, and for good growth in soil it is necessary to add appropriate supplements.

The goals of this project are to select appropriate fungal strains, develop supple-ments, and identify conditions that optimize growth and degradative activity by WRF in PAH contaminated soil.

TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION SUMMARY AND RESULTS

A variety of WRF were screened for lignin (and by extension PAH) degrading activity by measuring their ability to decolorize the dye Poly R 478, and by measuring activities of enzymes associated with lignin degradation. Some of these fungi were isolated from PAH-contaminated substrates while others were from culture collections. Activities of promising isolates were then measured in defined liquid media to ascer-tain under what conditions degradative activity would be maximal. Fungi were tested over a range of tem-pera-tures, pH values and in media containing a range of nitrogen and manganese concen-trations. These factors are known to affect lignin, and presumably PAH, degradation.

The various isolates differed marked-ly in behav-iour. Those showing high degradative activity under condi-tions expected to prevail in a contaminated soil were selected for further study. The ability of these fungi to metabolize representative PAHs (phenanthrene, fluoranthene, chrysene, benzo(a)pyrene and dibenzo(a,h)anthracene was tested in defined liquid media, using GC/FID analysis to monitor PAH disappear-ance. With benzo(a)pyrene, radiotracer techniques were also used to monitor the degradative process. All of the fungi reduced concentrations of phenanthrene, fluoranthene and benzopyrene by more than 90% within three weeks, while degradation of the other two PAHs was much slower. Degradation of all the PAHs was highest in media containing low levels of nitrogen and manganese, the nitrogen having the greater effect. Signifi-cant radiolabelled CO2 was formed from the labelled benzopyrene (mineralization), but its formation was slower than the disap-pearance of the benzopyrene, indicating formation of intermedi-ates. Autoradiography suggests that these are quinones, diols, and more oxidized metabolites of the benzopyrene.

Growth and degradative activity of these fungi in soil was then assessed. In the absence of supple-ments, colonization was erratic and growth in the soil was poor. Growth
of WRF into sterile soil was promoted by supplements containing carbon and nitrogen in complex form indicating that both C and N were growth-rate limiting. Phosphate, micronutrients and vitamins had little effect. However, when carbon and nitrogen supple-ments were added to non-sterile soil, coloniz-ation was still erratic due to competition from other microor-ganisms. This competition can, however, be overcome by using appropriate growing conditions and supplements. Fungal growth, produc-tion of enzymes that are thought to be responsible for PAH degradation, and degrada-tion of some xenobiotics are all high in the treated soil, but PAH degradation is still much slower than in liquid culture. Possible explanations for this low degradation rate are being explored.

STATUS

Work-in-progress includes assessment of fungal growth and PAH degradation in a previously-contaminated soil, taken from a site requiring remediation in Atlantic Canada.

Use of radioisotope tracers in incubation studies, and related analytical testing, will allow for monitoring and quantification of complete PAH degradation. Optimization of degradation conditions will also be attempted using selected fungal growth regulators and common biostimulation methods.

Field work is anticipated for the spring of 1994 and a final report is due in March 1995.

______________________________________________________________________________________ Project Summary prepared by Wastewater Technology Centre and RPC for:
DESRT Program, Technology Development Directorate
Environmental Protection Service, Environment Canada
Hull, Quebec

In cooperation with:
New Brunswick Department of the Environment

For Further Information Contact:
G. Hardy, Environment Canada (819) 953-0962
L. Steward, N.B Environment (506) 457-4848

DISCLAIMER/REVIEW NOTICE

This document has been reviewed by the Technology Development Directorate of Environment Canada. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of agencies represented by DESRT. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute recommendation or endorsement for use.

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And this page shows how it is supposed to work:

Our Process

Ohio Soil Recycling utilitzes a combination of enhanced bioremediation and mechanically induced volatilization to reduce petroleum hydrocarbon constituents in soils.

OSR’s enhanced bioremediation process is based on the introduction of specially cultured microbes, white rot fungus, bacteria, fungi, oxygen, and nutrients to the PCS.

This enhanced bioremediation process reduces petroleum contaminants to below regulatory levels in 30-90 days.

  • Full Release of Generator Liability.
  • Centralized, convenient disposal location.
  • Simple PCS disposal application process.
  • Analytical requirements in-line with those required by your site’s regulatory agency.
  • Ability to handle large or small PCS disposal quantities.
  • Provide 55-gallon drum pick-up/disposal service.
  • Facility open on-call to assist spill clean-up contractors.
  • Competitive transportation and backfill pricing.
  • On-site treatment options available

Bioremediation Process

Learn More

My Footnote:___________________________________________________________________________

These types of bioremediation techniques, it was announced on our local news, were being looked into as a means of cleaning up the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill. I was recently informed that that cleanup is still a work in progress. There are several websites dedicated to a pursuit of answers to the mystery surrounding what was in two chemical compounds used by the workers, as there are a lot of people sick who were involved in the initial cleanup.

I hope they get the answers they have every right to and may not get their health problems resolved without.

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Entry for April 03, 2007 More on the first pet food recall

This is what is left of the only 4 legged pet that survived our exposure to an incredibly deadly amount of raw sewage tainted marsh water laced with amongst other things, some inanimate and some very much alive, toxic mold and toxic algae spewing mycotoxins and neurotoxins into the environment where we lived, and where half of us died. He was so beautiful and shiny before this. He still looks like this, and like me, he seems to be doing more suffering than living.
Are your pets in harms way?

The article below my blurb here is from the Marshall Democrat-News, located in Saline County, MO, USA. I chose it due to the end comments, which tie in with the topic I am focused on in this blog. There is a lot of untold truths as I have said before, and you never know these days where such untold truths lie. We have reached an age in history where it has become essential that the public at large become more actively involved in seeking out the real truth if they ever want to know it.

I would like to point out here an important and very relevant fact: Mycotoxin/neurotoxin levels depend on the quantity of mycotoxin producing mold (fungus)/toxic algae in the relevant place or product. Too high a concentration of mycotoxins/neurotoxins pose significant risk to human, animal, water, soil, and vegetation health.

The heavy presence of chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, modern day raw sewage,water treatment chemicals, etc. in the environment is what causes the ability for an overabundance of toxin producing molds and/or algae to form, in the environmet first, from where all else comes. The natural microbiological/bacterial agents which would keep the overgrowth of mold for example from occurring, are killed by these chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, modern day raw sewage, water treatment chemicals, heavy metals, etc., allowing the molds to grow uncontrolled by nature and the algae in it’s toxic form to over flourish, thus producing higher levels of mycotoxins/neurotoxins than nature would have allowed. Now the levels can do very real harm.

If you look at my poor dog in the picture above, you can see the devastating effect it has on well health. My beautiful dog is clearly far from healthy after his long term exposure to these things. He still looks like this. He, like myself, never recovered from what we escaped from 4 years ago. My dog has a raft of health problems that persist. He gets sores like me. He gets runny nose, eye and ear infections, halitosis, bleeding gums, hypersensitive teeth, massive hair loss and skin condition, balance problems, bad yeast infection type odor, stiff, limping sometimes, and the list goes on and on. He has very strong urine as well, as do I sporadically.

So read the article, and research the information. Do your pets a favor and learn what you need to know. It doesn’t hurt to assume that there are some things you may never know if you do not find out on your own.

Here is the article:

Area pets affected by pet food contamination

Monday, April 2, 2007

The nationwide recall of many canned and pouched cat and dog foods from a number of manufacturers all linked to Menu Foods has affected Marshall residents.

According to Pam Deutsch of Odell Veterinary Clinic, the four small-animal veterinarians from Marshall met on Friday, March 30, and discussed their encounters with the kidney failure caused by the contaminated food.

Before the first recall started, Deutsch said she was treating animals for kidney failure. She then realized after the recall list was published, and after talking with the pet owners, that the contaminated food was the cause of illness.

Affected animals have signs of kidney failure including mild to severe anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, increased thirst and urination, Deutsch said.

Local stores have pulled the contaiminated food off their shelves and disposed of it. Mike Fleener, co-manager of Wal-Mart, said that they did have contaminated food. “We have pulled everything off the shelf and it has been destroyed,” Fleener said.

Bob Bishop, manager of Orscheln, said they only had a few contaminated items. There were seven items, which included Iams and Science Diet, that had to be removed, Bishop said. There were not many because the recall involved only a certain date code, he said.

“A representative came in and verified it was the correct stuff and then the items were sent back,” Bishop said. “It was a nice surprise that it wasn’t dry food.” Bishop said Orscheln does not carry a lot of wet food.

The kidney failure has been narrowed down to a contaminated wheat gluten provided by a company in China. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has refused to identify the company that has supplied the contaminated gluten. The wheat gluten itself does not cause kidney failure, but the contamination of the gluten does.

The contaminated wheat gluten contains aminopterin, which is used in rat poison. Aminopterin is a cancer drug.

Tricia Grossenburg, formerly a small-animal vet at Saline County Veterinary Services and now at Odell Veterinary Clinic, said that she encountered some of the problems caused by the contaminated food.

According to the Menu Foods Web site and press release, they recalled a long list of wet cat and dog food on Friday, March 16. Since than, the company has recalled over 60 million cans and pouches of food that was produced in Menu Foods plants in Kansas and New Jersey and sold throughout North America. The companies recall only affects food packaged between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007.

The list of contaminated wet dog and cat food grew longer over the past weekend.

On Saturday, March 31, according to Purina’s Web site, Nestle Purina PetCare Company voluntarily started recalling all sizes and varieties of Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. The company decided to take the actions after learning on Saturday that wheat gluten containing melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, was provided to Purina by the same company that also supplied Menu Foods.

The contamination of the Alpo only occurred in a limited production quantity at only one of 17 pet food manufacturing facilities owned by Purina.

The recalled 13.2-ounce and 22-ounce Alpo Prime Cuts cans and 6-, 8-, 12- and 24-can ALPO Prime Cuts Variety Packs have four-digit code dates of 7037 through 7053, followed by the plant code 1159. Those codes follo
w a “Best Before Feb. 2009” date. This information should be checked on the bottom of the can or the top or side of the multi-pack cartons.

According to a press release from Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., they voluntarily recalled their Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food Friday, March 30, that included the tainted wheat gluten. The FDA said the gluten came from the same source causing contamination of the foods from Menu Foods and Purina.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is the only company, so far, recalling dry food.

Tom Blumhorst of Blumhorst Animal Hospital said he did not deal with any cases directly involving kidney failure due to the contaminated food. He did deal with kidney failure but he diagnosed it according to age-related problems. “In hindsight, I would question a couple,” Blumhorst said. He has had several people call him with questions about mysterious deaths to their animals.

People in Marshall should feel comfortable bringing their pets to the vet because with the laboratory equipment all the small animal vets possess, Deutsch said. “We are able to diagnose the kidney failure and treat your animal in time,” she said.

If people suspect their animal is ill due to contaminated food, don’t hesitate to bring them in for a check-up, Deutsch said.

According to an Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine press release, laboratory results have included elevated BUN and creatinine levels. Fatalities have been reported. Autopsy and microscopic examination of tissues from affected animals indicate acute crystals, as well as other crystal formations. The effects are consistent with exposure to ethylene glycol and derivatives, mycotoxins, ochratoxin and citrinin, some heavy metals or vitamin D toxicity.

Jane Waller of Marshall Veterinary Clinic was unavailable for comment Monday morning.

Contact Rachel Harper at

marshallcity@socket.net