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The Venango County commissioners held an unpublicised meeting Wednesday with Tim Spuck, president of the Oil Region Astronomical Society, to discuss procedures for the astronomy club's upcoming Astroblast event at its observatory at Two Mile Run County Park.

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Observatory clash may have sparked battle over park
In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," Cassius, attempting to persuade Brutus to turn against Caesar, remarks, "Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings."
As the play shows, human passions and resentments (rather than the fate written in our stars) tend to fuel human tragedies - both large and small - and would appear to be the catalyst of the County Park Wars as well.

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ORAS Observatory closed
In the wake of a recent court ruling, the Oil Region Astronomical Society is closing its observatory at Two Mile Run Park to the public, at least temporarily.
The ruling came in the course of a lawsuit filed against park operators in September 2004 by the club and its president, Tim Spuck. The lawsuit seeks to resolve a longstanding dispute over the terms of the group’s 1993 lease with the park and sort out the obligations under the lease.
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania last week sided with President Judge H. William White’s ruling that the club’s lease covers only the ground beneath the observatory.

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