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Property rights group to celebrate 20th anniversary

— A locally based organization that crusades for Constitutional principles nationally is celebrating its 20th anniversary celebration soon.

The Property Rights Foundation of America, operating out of Stony Creek, will observe its two decades in existence with a dinner Tuesday evening, April 8 at The Century House in Latham. The public is invited to attend.

The dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., is preceded by a social hour at 5 p.m.

Guest speaker is William Perry Pendley, President of Mountain States Legal Foundation. He is scheduled to give the address “Defending Freedom in an Anti-Constitutional Era.”

Pendley’s Foundation, based in suburban Denver, Col. recently won a court victory in defending private oil, gas and mineral extraction rights in the Allegheny National Forest from non-jurisdictional federal regulation.

Also, In February Pendley’s foundation launched a lawsuit by Mountain States Legal Foundation against Gov. Cuomo on behalf of a coalition of 70,000 landowners who are waiting nearly six years for the Governor to release final regulations to permit landowners to use their land for energy production from the deep Marcellus Shale.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court court ruled in favor of the Mountain States Legal Foundation in its mission to assure that a Wyoming private property owner received just compensation when the government didn’t recognize his property rights when an abandoned rail line was converted into a biking and pedestrian trail.

Carol LaGrasse of Stony Creek, president of PRFA said her foundation was pleased to host Pendley at her group’s anniversary dinner.

“We’ll be giving William Pendley a hero’s welcome,” she said. The PRFA has played a leading role in Adirondack and New York property rights issues, as well as nationwide.

Advance reservations to the anniversary dinner are $25, payable to the Property Rights Foundation of America, P.O. Box 75, Stony Creek, NY 12878. For details or reservations, contact LaGrasse at 696-5748 or lagrasse@prfamerica.org. The Century House is located at 997 New Loudon Road, Rte. 9, in Latham.

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