Mother's Profiles: Anti-Nuclear Activist, Recycled House, Fiddler Maker, and More

The following are profiles of people who live the self sufficiency/"do it yourself" aesthetic, including an anti-nuclear power activist, a couple who built a recycles house from scavenged materials, and a Virginia fiddle maker.

| January/February 1980

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    LEFT: Anti-nuclear power activist Anna Gyorgy MIDDLE: The house Keith and Vicki Lambert built from recycled materials. RIGHT: Self-taught fiddle maker Albert Hash

  • 061 profiles

In celebration of little-known MOTHER EARTH NEWS-type folks from all over.  

Anna Gyorgy: No Nukes

Anna Gyorgy had no sooner left New York City to settle on a farm in Montague, Massachusetts than she discovered that plans were being formulated for the construction of a nuclear power plant in her new hometown. In answer to that potential ecological threat, Anna joined with a number of other concerned individuals to establish the Franklin County Alternative Energy Coalition . . . a group which has since been instrumental in the postponement of four consecutive hearings for a license to construct the Montague plant.

Now the Franklin County Coalition has merged with several similar organizations to form the Clamshell Alliance (the group which was responsible for the highly publicized April 1977 antinuclear demonstration in Seabrook, New Hampshire). And Ms. Gyorgy—along with several coworkers—has completed a book entitled No Nukes: Everyone's Guide to Nuclear Power. The text attempts to answer serious questions about the safety of a fission-powered future . . . because, as Anna asserts in her volume, "We don't want to be 'nuclear neighbors'." —friends of Anna.

Floyd Horst: A Battle Is Brewing

After reading MOTHER EARTH NEWS' interview with Minnesota's alcohol fuel pioneer Lance Crombie, Floyd Horst—a Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania farmer—decided to build an ethanol still for his own farmstead. 

Floyd promptly applied for and received permission from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to manufacture the homemade "alky." Buton October 29, 1979 enforcement agents from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board shut down Horst's still. The LCB cited a 50-year-old state law that would require Floyd to pay $2,500 for a distiller's license . . . and added that Pennsylvania law does not currently distinguish between moonshine and fuel-producing alcohol stills.The shutdown was a setback to Floyd's efforts toward energy self-sufficiency, but the brewer's conflict with state authorities couldn't have come at a better time. You see, the agents arrived at the Horst farm the day before the State Senate was scheduled to vote on a bill to bring the cost of a permit for distilling fuel down to $25 . . . and the legislation passed. (It must now be approved by the House and signed into law by the governor.) Floyd's battle with state lawmakers just may have helped set the wheels in motion toward changing another state's outdated regulations concerning alcohol fuel production . . . and that, Horst admits, makes the whole hassle seem worthwhile. —JV. 

Keith and Vicki Lambert: Recycled House

When Keith and Vicki Lambert decided to build a new home, they resolved to get the job done without benefit of a 30 year mortgage. So the couple set out to construct a recycled house. 


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