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  1. #1
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    Please Help the Kids

    This evening I received the email message shown below from my daughter. Normally, I wouldn’t ask for anything such as this but I know what a caring and giving group woodworkers are – how many projects you design and build for your kids, grandkids or just the community in general.

    If, after reading the message and checking out the contest site you think it worthy, your vote for the Chesapeake Fun Forest Park would certainly be appreciated. Perhaps some of you living in the area might be interested in getting involved, either helping design or donating your services. I know if I was in the area, I would certainly offer my services to help these kids.

    It is a shame that some low-life cretin with no respect for others has robbed the kids in the area of their park!

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Dear Family and friends,

    I do not normally write emails such as this, but this is important to me and
    my children.

    In Chesapeake we have a large city park. 3 acres of this is fenced off and
    was made into a children’s park (called Fun Forest) in 1994 through the
    efforts of some 2,000 community volunteers and lots of fundraising and
    donations. At the time it was developed, it was the largest handicap-
    accessible park on the east coast.

    On April 1st someone set fire to the park. After holding an Egg Hunt there
    over Easter weekend, the park was closed. My kids were in tears when I had to
    tell them we could no longer go to their favorite park because someone had
    burned it down. Luckily an article in the paper a few days later indicated
    that only one section of the park had been burned … a large educational
    section that had slides and taught about science and math. The city quickly
    razed the rest of the structure and had the park back open for
    part of Spring Break. My kids and I were very happy to see only the one
    part had been torched. Unfortunately with the economy like it is, the city
    does not have the budget to rebuild. But, luckily, there has once again
    been a great drive by the community to rebuild and make it even better.
    Fundraisers and donations by individuals and local businesses has already
    begun.

    Our park has been entered into the Sears More Green Across America contest
    and is a finalist for a $30,000 grand prize. Currently we are the high
    scorer but as with all things on the internet that could change. Voting
    continues until May 5th. Each person can enter 1 time per day.

    While I would love for you to take the time and use all your votes for our
    park, I don’t think that would be fair. However, I am asking that you take
    a moment from your busy schedule to check out the contest and vote for the
    park you most think deserves it. I had never heard about this contest until
    it was mentioned in an article about Fun Forest in our local paper.
    Here is the link:_


    Sears More Green Across America Contest

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    Ya got my vote
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Voted.

    Cannot believe the pictures of what the park looks like.
    cheers

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    same here
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Voted!
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    Chip Hamblin
    Rochester, NY / Dwight, ON
    FWW Registered Voter

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    Got my vote too. Looks like Chesapeake Fun Forest Park is over 30,000 votes ahead. Hope it stays that way.
    ________

    Ron

    "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
    Vince Lombardi

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    Just voted againg, Vote often...
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Please Help the Kids

    Voted from the ALOHA state too.

    Looks like you have the lead. Congrats.

    Aloha, Tony
    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

    Registered voting member

    Fighting for all I am worth, and praying every day.

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