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Van Gogh made it to Martinsburg West Virginia.  See it here first!

Putting the final touches to the Van Gogh mural

Putting the final touches to the Van Gogh mural

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Van Gogh is half way to Martinsburg West Virginia.

Van Gogh is half way to Martinsburg West Virginia.

You’ll have to excuse the camera strap that got in the way down in the bottom of this photo.  So this is the half way mark for the making of the Van Gogh mural made out of upcycled plastic bottle lids saved by people from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, and from North Carolina.

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Tomorrow is a big day for the project as i finally get a change to present the project and our needs for sponsorship to Giant Food’s head of marketing.

I had recieved a big ZERO in response to a letter for support a couple of months ago, after months of targeting people in the company with packets of info about the project.  After the rejection letter I took another stab at it with a different approach and that opened the door that was closed to me before.

I am interested in seeing how this goes should know something by March 1st.

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Well, after a night of stress before Harpers Ferry’s Town Council specifically due to one council member, I am pleased to say that the town council has agreed to support/endorse this art project.  They will create a resolution that will then be promoted to their citizens in hopes to have them save their non-recyclable lids for me and this effort rather than to just throw them in the landfil.

I cannot say that I was particularly pleased with how the meeting went, but I had to stop the stonewalling that one council member has been doing for some months.  While I did not want to cause any offense (or in the one council member’s words “Made it personal”) but I could no longer continue to let him B.S. the other council members or the public about what he said that he would do for the past two months, but did not and specifically did not contact me for further clarification.

One observation that still bewilders me: the rest of the town council seems to look to him almost like the mayor.   Granted he has his opinions and verbalizes them well, but I still cannot understand why the true Mayor does not have the center seat at the council desk.  He seems like a good Mayor, but just by giving this one fellow center seat may be giving him a sense of authority that goes beyond his true position.  I SAY “GIVE THE SEAT BACK TO THE MAYOR and go take your real seat.”

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Last night I was at the monthly Harpers Ferry, WV town council meeting and was scheduled to talk to the board with Mrs. G.J. Craig about this project.

Recap: In October I went to the meeting and made an initial presentation/request to the board to have them be the first town to support and endorse the project.

I was asked at that meeting at the suggestion of council member Brandon (sp?) to come back the following month and to spell out my request on paper.

Two monthly meetings went by for different reasons related to the town council.

As agreed upon between G.J. and the Mayor we went back last night with our request on paper which the council had in front of them for the duration of the first part of the meeting and when it was our turn to make our presentation council member Brandon was still unaware of the full sheet of requests spelled out on our letterhead.

NOW BEFORE I PRESENTED I listened to two people also from the town (water department I think) discuss the fact that the town equipment is not operating fully due to a break down in equipment. I listened to the town council talk about needing to reestablish a committee to look into the matter which will then make suggestions to the town council so that they can then apply for necessary grants.

An idea came to me while listening to this. The clear water bottle lids could be earmarked for Harpers Ferry and their water system. Meaning that on paper (and on other promotional items including an interactive website) until the funds are complelety raised Harpers Ferry would be listed and the recipient of any donations made for every pound of water lid that is resqued from the environment.

When I was discussing the project I mentioned this idea to to them. I said that of they fully endorsed the project, becoming my first town to adopt the project, that they could treat the project as a type of marathon and use it to raise funds to replace the entire water filtration system.

I was asked by a board member how exactly the funds would come in? I compared it to an amateur sportsperson that decided to ride a bike or walk for some distance to raise money for a worthwhile cause. In this case the participant (the community of citizens) would just go to people or businesses that they know and ask for sponsorship for every pound of clear water bottle that was resqued that they would give so much money.

Each member of the community would be encouraged to participate in this artistic and environmental “race”. They would ask for sponsorship whereas the sponsor would give the “racer” .10 cents, .20 , .50, or maybe even a dollar per pound of clear water bottle lids that we save from going into the land fill. Why only the clear bottle lids? Because of the symbolism of: a.) what the garbage is doing to the environment b.) the clear being symolic of water c.) “if we don’t do something as a fundraiser to replace our town’s water system then we will be paying Coke and other companies for bottled water.” AND BECAUSE I HOPE OTHER COLORS WILL SERVE OTHER GREAT CAUSES. Green for a “Plant a Tree” cause or Greenpeace or some such good cause maybe something LOCAL!!! The Blue lids could be for other Water or Air related organizations and causes. The Black could be dedicated to people that have lung cancer due to WV Coal Mining. The Brown ones could be for cleaning up Brown Fields. Orange lids could be to support . . . . ummm victims (survivors) who are still dealing with health matters related to Agent Orange. I just researched Agent Orange online at Wikipedia and here is something of interest that I want to put here for safe keeping: “Since the 1980s, several lawsuits have been filed against the companies which produced Agent Orange, among them; Dow Chemical, Monsanto, and Diamond Shamrock (which produced 5%[2]). U.S. veterans obtained a $180 million settlement in 1984, with most affected veterans receiving a one-time lump sum payment of $1,200.” and “In January 2006, the Korean Appeal Court ordered Monsanto and Dow to pay US$62 million in compensation. However, no Vietnamese have received compensation, and on March 10, 2006, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange against the chemical companies which produced the defoliants and herbicides.”

Anyway back to town sponsorship matters. The town becomes the charity and the funds raised from this creative “race” for a “cure” would then go toward rebuilding the water system for the citizens of Harpers Ferry.

However, I also need to add to this that since that idea came to mind and was offered to the town via their “agents” I have also thought about the fact that the population of Harpers Ferry is very low and only in the low hundreds but the water system also takes care of all of the employees and the visitors to the National Park which is inside the town limits (and really is the town) therefore I must state the importance of the National Park service doing something extra to support the towns need. This part of the idea remains to be realized but I offer it to the Town Council for discussion. I would be interested in knowing how much the National Park Service is paying the town (either in tax revenue or as rent) for use of all the park property. Please let me know if you dear reader know the answer to this question.

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The other night when I was in bed a mysterious visitor came by, left a poem and a huge plastic lid from a grocery story food plater. Here is what was written:

Silent as a butterfly
Quiet as a mouse
PEEK-A-BOO, SUCKA!
Homie’s in da house!
WORD!
Here’s a lid 4 u from, the LIDMASTA
Admittingly that was the largest lid left thus far but it is also the flimsy

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Today i met with the founder of http://www.gogreengals.com.

GoGreenGals.com

GoGreenGals.com

If you haven’t heard of this informational website check it out. It offers valuable ideas for conserving resources as well as gives you a great selection of businesses that are doing their part to help the environment and human health.

I look forward to seeing what comes from this meeting.

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