PD and FD Fail to Enforce Herkimer Fire Law

6 hour+ Bonfire 326 Pleasant Ave

Last night (8/21/17) both the Herkimer police and fire departments failed to adequately enforce the Herkimer ordinance regarding open fires. The long-term scofflaws residing at Jay Smith’s 326 Pleasant Avenue enjoyed a large open campfire from 8 PM until 2:00 AM. Both Herkimer FD and police responded promptly, a total of three times. One police officer saw to the fire’s being extinguished. The FD, though, gave the lads a pass. When I called the FD later to ask why, I was told that the large open campfire was a small cook fire. Had it been for cooking, it would have cooked an entire deer very well.

Herkimer Polluters Continue Sprees Unimpeded

The tenants at 326 Pleasant Ave have a history known to the Herkimer FD of burning formaldehyde contaminated shipping pallets; thus causing harmful pollutants to endanger those nearby. Indeed, one of these miscreants asked just this morning “Did you like the gas?” Was he talking about the recent poison gas attacks on us which originated his backyard?

Unchecked Irresponsible Behavior Ends Badly

Perhaps we should all join in this dangerous and destructive activity? Then the entire village might burn down and no one will complain about fires anymore.

Herkimer Fire Law – Read It Yourself

The ignored Herkimer fire law ordinance is below, courtesy of Herkimer Fire Chief John Spanfelner:

Herkimer Village Local Law No. 3 of 2003, Section 2, defines prohibited burning in the village:

1-12 Definitions

(a)    Open Fire:  Shall mean any fire or smoke producing process wherein the combustion products are directly emitted into the atmosphere.

(b)   Stack:   Shall mean any lawful conduit, chimney, duct, vent, or flue arranged to conduct gases or gas borne products to the other air.

 Prohibited Burning

 1-13  No person shall  burn any garbage, rubbish, or solid waste in any open fire except as permitted by provisions set forth herein.

 Permissible Burning

 1-14  When not prohibited by law, regulation, ordinance, or State officials having jurisdiction, such as the State Commission of Conservation or the State Commissioner of Health, the following types of open  burning are permissible:

 (A)   Outdoor grills and fireplaces for the purpose of preparing food.

(B)   Camp fires and fires used solely for recreation purposes when such fires are located at least one hundred (100) feet from any dwelling, structure, or vehicle and are properly controlled and supervised by the Herkimer Fire Department.

(C)   Burning of solid or liquid fuels, or structures when under the direct control and supervision of a qualified instructor at a fireman’s training exercise or when done for the instruction and training of firemen.

(D)   Properly operated industrial flares for combustion of flammable gases.

(E)    Burning specifically authorized by permit by officials acting within their authority and jurisdiction so authorize, such as the State Commissioner of Conservation or the State Commissioner of Health or by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Herkimer.

Of course, none can hold a candle to our former neighbor, Herkimer fire fiend Curtis Cool.

Artsy Practical DIY Renovation Examples

artsy kitchen bar by Linda Kaidan

High end DIY custom bar – Under $50

I would like to brag about my new DIY custom bar. It fits exactly in the spot I allocated and is 2 ft. wide, 4 feet long and 34 inches high. The top is a piece of ¾ inch oak plywood purchased at Lowes for $18. I stained it with red maple Johnson’s Mini wax purchased at ACE (next to Aldi’s) in Ilion for $7.50. I sealed it with 2 coats of polyurethane for about $2 (using less than ¼ pint). The single leg is hairpin midcentury style purchased on Amazon for $22. It took about 2 hours to construct including corrections for certain errors. The only tools required were an electric drill and bit, manual screw driver and a level. I used 4 #6 screws (best to use ¾ inch length).  The total cost for this artsy practical DIY renovation is $49.50.

Interior doorway – An artsy practical DIY Renovation for Free!

 

artsy entryway by Linda Kaidan

The interior open doorway was created through a subtractive rather than an additive process. I chipped away at plasterboard to reveal the underlying structure rather than covering the rough opening with wood. The festive doorway decoration was created using an old Guess skirt with really nice fabric that no one wanted to buy from me :0. The fish medallion was an old present from my daughters. During the process of plaster chipping, I was surprised by a flying bit which got stuck in my eye; so make sure you use safety glasses! The total cost of this delightful doorway was my favorite price – zero dollars.

Entryway coat rack – $3

artsy coat rack by Linda Kaidan

At the front door, I used a strip of 1 inch x ¾ inch x 4ft pine left over from another project. I added 6 very inexpensive hooks which can be purchased in quantity for $3 to $5 to create miscellaneous storage for coats and other random items. The total cost was $3. The art in this photo was created by Linda Kaidan and Alexandra Kaidan Berry and can be purchased at our 2Kaidans store on Etsy.com for $15 and under per print. We appreciate your business!

Herkimer Gang’s Poison Gas Attacks Halt Development

by Stephen Ames Berry

On 8/13, the ongoing poison gas attacks by our depraved neighbors on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue forced a halt to renovation of 328 Pleasant Avenue as workers downed tools and headed out. Pleasant Avenue has recently enjoyed an upswing in real estate sales and development as the Herkimer housing market continues to boom. People are, however, reluctant to continue working if they’re being gassed. Which is what happened at Harriett Tangorra’s 328 Pleasant Avenue property on August 13th – twice!

Double Feature – Two Herkimer Poison Gas Attacks in 8 Hours

There were two gas attacks intended for us and our yard on 8/13. Both were from 328 Pleasant Avenue, which is currently vacant and under renovation. They poisoned both areas.

Like the gas attack on us of 7/28, the first attack on 8/13 was delivered by an organophosphate pesticide. It streamed in an arch entering our yard from the rear of 328 Pleasant Avenue. It was likely from the same agricultural crop dispenser used in the 7/28 attack.  The perpetrator of this crime may have been close by – possibly a night owl neighbor. Note the fire in the adjacent yard at 326 Pleasant Avenue burning brightly during the attack. (Upper left of video.)

Organophospahtes such as diazinon are neurotoxins and used in making of Sarin nerve gas. They’ve been banned, but are still around, as they kill well.

The second attack of the morning 8/13–watch carefully, end of video–was the toxic mist seen creeping in from 328’s driveway. It inevitably spread further but invisibly into 328’s yard and our own. And in through our kitchen window. (We know the symptoms.)

The mist was odorless and probably the pesticide Deltamethrin, given its effects, and dispensed from a small handheld fogger. The intent is to poison our yard,and ourselves through any open windows. And also to sicken the workmen currently renovating 328 Pleasant Avenue. Herkimer’s criminals know the ongoing renovations and booming home sales will force them out, and are trying to stop developers from continuing to improve Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, which until recently they long controlled. For now they’ve succeeded: the owner’s carpenters retreated from 328 Pleasant Avenue after they and the owner were warned. Haven’t seen them again as of this posting. Both yards have lingering toxicity.

A Typical Herkimer Drive-by Gas Attack

Here’s a drive-by poison gas attack on us  on at our Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue home. We’ve been subjected to these drive-by poison gas attacks since mid-July. They occur numerous times a day, usually triggered when we open any window or enter our yard. During the brazen daytime attacks, side door swung wide for spraying convenience.

When you watch the video you can see a trace of the poison mist being dispensed from the open side door of the passing van. (In front of driveway). There are two vehicles involved. The 2nd one passes through the toxic fog, causing a ripple affect. Occupants of both vehicles stop at the end of Pleasant Avenue for a chat.

Use of Hand Foggers in Herkimer Poison Gas Attacks

Typically in these heinous attacks a handheld fogger is used to dispense a concentrated, odorless pesticide whose toxic symptoms are consistent with Deltamethrin. Previously the scum were using an orange-scented pesticide of the pyrethrin family, until one evening they used so much they gassed a lot of people mid-Pleasant Avenue.

334 Pleasant Avenue and Flashers of Gas Attack Victory

Whenever  drive-by poison gas attacks occur, day or night, the attacking vehicle often stops afterward a few doors down, in front of the Carrie Bass – Sykes gang commerce hub at 334 Pleasant Avenue, and flashes its lights in victory. (Natural selection in action.) I can see 334 from from where I usually sit. When I see the flashers, I shut the window. Otherwise I’d be poisoned, as my unsuspecting law-abiding neighbors at 335 Pleasant Ave have been. The Stanley Sykes’ gang members, forewarned, either leave or seal themselves in the parking lot houses they rent from Jay Smith.
Herkimer authorities are aware of the use of poison mist, but remain mystified.

Herkimer Poison Gas Attacks – Aftermath

Here’s a video of the aftermath of one of many Herkimer poison gas attacks that have affected not just us but also our Pleasant Avenue neighbors. This street cam footage is from a few moments after I smelled the unmistakable sicky-sweet orange odor of Pyrethrin insecticide mist through my front windows. Dizziness, facial numbness and respiratory distress followed.

The immediate effects of Pyrethrin poisoning are difficulty breathing, coughing, nausea, allergic reactions, stinging in the eyes, itching and swollen lymph glands. Prolonged exposure can cause paralysis and death. Anyone with ongoing immune system and allergy issues often needs immediate medical attention. Which is what appears to have happened to the woman here across the street at 335 Pleasant Avenue, a large multi-family dwelling.

Help Herkimer Police Find a Poisoner

How was the toxin delivered? Play detective-someone should. There are some clues in the video: a moving car and a man walking from across the street. Immediately after the attack, the man goes through the parking lot to Stanley Sykes’ house at 341 Eureka, and quickly returns. Stanley, king of the Pleasant Avenue parking lot, is an experienced businessman and knows you get only half up front, the rest upon delivery.

Herkimer Real Estate Boom Stalled by Drug Gang? Really?

Since July, we and our Pleasant Avenue neighbors  been under ongoing poison gas attack by a local drug trafficking gang trying to  keep a toehold on our street.  People have been sickened. Pets have been killed. These thugs have the morality and tenacity of head lice. They’re not hard to find. They operate out of two rental houses on a parking lot mid-block, as well as secondary location not far away. When not avoiding their own gassing attacks, they traffic brazenly.

Herkimer Village authorities, as is traditional, appear unconcerned with the fate of Pleasant Avenue. (“Oh. It’s Pleasant Avenue.”) These heinous attacks occur multiple times a day, using small, easily concealed insecticide foggers. Poison is misted about,  sprayed from passing vehicles, adjacent yards and by pedestrians. The foggers have a range of 30+ feet and are hard to spot. Attackers? The gang members and area’s low-criminal types who mule meth, crack and heroin. They’re all known to the Herkimer police.

Herkimer home sale prices have doubled in the last year. The village is on the brink of resurgence as retirees move north rather than south. Herkimer’s small, ideally located and with limited property. Pleasant Avenue has some of the biggest, well-built 19th century homes in the area. Local developers are eager to renovate them.  For the moment, though, they’ve faded. It’s time Herkimer to clear the air along Pleasant Avenue.

Ongoing Herkimer Pesticide Attacks

Herkimer Pesticide Poisoning

Ongoing Herkimer Pesticide Attacks: Sad Remains

By Linda Kaidan

Pesticides dissolve biological tissue

At first glance what you see is a lovely close-up of hollyhock blossom. But just zoom in and you’ll see the corroded carcasses of insects. Whichever variety of pesticides our attackers are using, these insects were killed “real good”. They’re partially dissolved and fused to the plants they were unfortunate enough to lite upon.

Destruction of lipid layer leads to nerve paralysis

What chemical process has dissolved them? What do you think this substance is doing to your throat and lungs when you breath it? Such toxic substances can destroy the lipid layer of human skin tissue and paralyze human nerves (Advances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors: Part 223). A major characteristic of ongoing Herkimer pesticide poisoning attacks can be observed by taking a close look at vegetation here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. In the closeup of the hollyhock below – you can see the mangled bodies of 2 insects.

Herkimer pesticide attacks

Urban terror causes widespread side effects

This is a urban terrorism. Our attackers are somewhat stealthy and are spraying an array of lethal toxins onto the plants, animals and ground surfaces. Effects may be felt immediately or may take some time. A sad result is the lingering illness and deaths they’re causing in humans and a multitude of animals. Cats for example, formerly numerous here have become nearly extinct in the past few days.

By planting many wild flowers in my garden, I’ve attracted a healthy and varied bee population, now sadly decimated by Herkimer’s pesticide terrorists who threaten human, plant and animal existence by creating a venomous and toxic environment.

Herkimer pesticide poisoning terrorism should be easy to stop

These poisoning attacks are taking place multiple times throughout the day, every day here on Pleasant Avenue in Herkimer, NY. Terrorists are tough to capture because they operate in stealth. But I fail to see why a well-placed drone can’t help identify the likely suspects. Let’s catch these terrorist poisoners!

Gas attacks endangering all in South Herkimer

Toxic Mists Adrift On Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue?

Gas attacks endangering all in South Herkimer.  Toxic mists are adrift on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue and sickening many, the result of the latest poison gas attacks on us using pesticides. They’d be a  witches brew of several airborne poisons gasses. The signs and symptoms of the likely agents, Pyrethrin and Deltamethrin, are highlighted below.

Summary of Latest Herkimer Poisoning Attacks

Over the last 5 days depraved scum have streamed and fogged us here in Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue with three different pesticides. The first attack, captured on camera, used an organophosphate, a cousin of Sarin gas. It’s the same virulent poison used in previous attacks on us, notgably last February’s The other two are probably Pyrethrin and Deltamethrin. (See below.)

They began on 7/29 with a pesticide streamed into our bedroom air conditioner as we slept. The attack was recorded by one of our security cameras. That having failed to dispose of us, the criminals then moved on to use the two other pesticides. These poisons were repeatedly fogged as mist. They were used heavily and indiscriminately, and may have spread from our property down Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue. Their symptoms are consistent with Pyrethrin poisoning and Deltamethrin poisoning. The most recent attack was within the last 24 hours, a repeat dosing with Deltamethrin . From what we overheard yesterday evening along Pleasant Avenue, some of our neighbors have also been sickened by one or both of these heinous attacks.

Pyrethrin: Poison Mist With Sicky-Sweet Orange Odor

If you live on or near Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue, and have smelled a sicky-sweet orange smell these past few weeks, especially at night, you may have been exposed to a pyrethrin pesticide. It would have been fogged toward or on our property late at night as a mist, using a portable fogger. The cheaper of these foggers are easily concealed in backpacks and vehicles, and have a range of at least 30 feet. Then comes the breeze.

We can absorb pyrethrin by breathing, touching or eating a contaminated surface. It is unlikely the poisoners bothered to dilute the insecticide. In our case, pyrethrin was misted onto our front garden and toward our open front bedroom windows. And then probably gently drifted down Pleasant Avenue. Our backyard was also misted.

Symptoms of Pyrethrin Poisoning

Our symptoms were: difficulty breathing, coughing, nausea, allergic reactions, stinging in the eyes, itching and swollen lymph glands. Depending upon the level of toxicity and length of exposure, symptoms may also include tongue and lip numbness, drooling, lethargy, muscle tremors, respiratory failure, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, paralysis, and death.

Infants and small children are especially at risk from pyrethrin poisons. Cats frequently die from exposure to pyrethrin. Their livers are unable to process the toxin.

Herkimer Poisoners Sprayed Pyrethrin Numerous Times Over Several Weeks

We believe our property and Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue were dosed numerous times over a several week period. The pungent orange order of pyrethrin is unmistakable.

If you’ve experience symptoms of pyrethrin poisoning, seek medical attention. Tell doctor’s you suspect pyrethrin/pyrethroids poisoning. The chemical can only be detected by blood or urine tests for a few days after you’ve been poisoned. And call the Herkimer County Health Department. Our depraved criminal neighbors weren’t trying to kill you. But they wouldn’t care if they did.

Deltamethrin – A New Poison Released on Herkimer

Yesterday our attempted killers became aware that we’d outed their stealth pyrethrin attacks to the New York State Police, which passed our information on the Herkimer Police. Overnight our attackers switched to odorless Deltamethrin, a pyrethroid insecticide. Certainly we’ve since experienced some of the symptoms of Deltamethrin poisoning: stinging of the eyes, dizziness, itching skin, rashes. Symptoms may also include including burning, partial numbness, “pins and needles”, skin crawling, and different abnormal sensations of the face and lips.

Deltamethrin dissipates quickly. It is, however, a neurotoxin, and attacks the central nervous system. It’s absorb by breast milk and can be passed on to nursing infants. Use the same precautions as with suspected pyrethroid poisoning

Diazinon – Organophasphate Poisoning of 7/29/17

On 7/29, as we lay sleeping, our 2nd floor bedroom air conditioner was streamed with a high-volume agriculture pesticide dispenser. The same Organophasphate — possily Diazinon– was used in a previous, larger attack on us in February. This latest lasted  10-20 seconds and was captured on one of our cameras, installed two feet above the a/c unit.  The poison was streamed from the rear of 328 Pleasant Avenue, which has been vacant for several months. (328 Pleasant Ave is known worldwide as Herkimer’s former Curtis Cool residence.)

Hopefully the current winds and rains will dissipate the toxins. No guarantee they will, or that the attacks won’t resume. Any official response to what’s morphed into a Herkimer mass gas attack will probably have to wait until this weekend Herkimer Diamond Days festivities end.