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Mike Schlegel | Watershed Steward

Watershed Pledges: 17 Member Since: December 19, 2013 Location: Raleigh, NC Credit Balance: $0.00

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  • Sad!!! water bottle

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    Bottle Filling Stations Replace High School Drinking Fountains

    Woot! Great to hear you've reach a milestone and are working to get the first station installed! Great job! Thanks for caring enough to take action in your local community. I love these water bottle filling stations. Keep it up! It's amazing what a small group of caring people can do to make a difference!

  • Sunnypoint

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    Sunny Point on Trickle Run

    Hi, Freinds, Neighbors and Creeklifers. This is Mike Schlegel.  Would you believe that some jerk stole my friend David's bike! Last Thursday, as David ducked into the woods to pee, some guy in a green pickup truck pulled up and grabbed his bike. David heard him, and came out yelling at him, but the guy just jumped in his truck and took off. THAT SUCKS! I can't even imagine. I saw David about an hour after it happened and we looked all over for the truck or bike, but it was long gone, and didn't find it. #totalbummer 

    Anyway, my buddy David loved his old bike, given by one of our our Falls River neighbors. David's life just got a little tougher since he's now on foot and has to walk literally everywhere.

    So, thanks to Creeklife, I'm taking action.  I've emailed my neighbors, and in 12 hours, I had 4 offers for bikes and four others who wanted to donate to the cause.  BAM!  Neighbors-helping-neighbors.  That's what it's all about!

    Thanks in advance for your generosity.  We accept prayers, gifts, and donations.  Together, we ARE making a little difference in one man's life.  

    And the best part is this... Through Creeklife and Backyard Creeks, David feels like he matters and has a purpose in life - cleaning up tiny creeks, little by little.  He's collects two bags of trash everyday for like the past 4 weeks.  He's all the way done with Trickle Run and Walton Brook.  He has a #littlemission to keep going a little further everyday.  Not perfect, just better than it was.  What more could one ask?  

    David is good people.  So are you.  Thank you for caring, and choosing to act, and just for being AWESOME!  Rock on.

  • Greenville summer camp guide resized

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    Wet & Wild Greenville Water Camp

    What a great call-to-action! Well done. This camp looks like a blast, and how cool to get kids to experience water and watersheds though hands-on adventures and learning.  That's awesome! I trace my love for watersheds to my childhood days playing in my local creeks. As the saying goes, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."  That is a true saying.

    Major kudos to Clemson Extension and Greenville County SWCD as well as all the volunteers!  I'm in Raleigh or else I would totally volunteer.  I wonder if you have reached out for volunteers to any local environmental consulting firms or engineering firms with environmental scientists.  In NC, we have an Association of Environmental Professionals and Water Resources Association, which would be great resources if SC has similar organizations (NCWRA has a large contingency of college student members, too).  I'm sure you're already on it, but wanted to offer the idea in case it was helpful.      

    I hope you are more than successful reaching your fundraising goals and that the program is well attended.  My experiences with Extension and SWCD has always been positive (I'm a regional watershed planner by profession), so I fully trust this will be a great program! Best of luck!  My two brother-in-laws are in Greenville and Spartenburg, so I'll ask them to help spread the word. 

  • Greenville summer camp guide resized

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    Wet & Wild Greenville Water Camp

    Wet & Wild Greenville is a water-based science camp focused on providing environmental ...

  • 20150102 140227

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    Spring Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup on April 11th, 2015

    You guys are an inspiration to me.  Keep up the good work.  I'm in Raleigh, NC, so I won't make the clean up this weekend, but please know I'll be cheering you on from the Triangle.  I'd also love to learn from you about getting qualified to serve as community service or service learning hours.  Mark Contorno always has such good things to say about you guys.  My little organization, Backyard Creeks, is a work in progress and we're trying to learn from the best. #thatsyou.  I'll be interested to see your results after the event, but to me it's as much about the effort as it is about the results.  Good luck for a great clean up!  How-How!  

  • Backyardcreeks logo

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    I <3 Backyard Creeks

    At Backyard Creeks we love little creeks and waterways.  We think every great river begins a...

  • Backyardcreeks logo

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    I <3 Backyard Creeks

    At Backyard Creeks we love little creeks and waterways.  We think every great river begins a...

  • Sad!!! water bottle

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    Bottle Filling Stations Replace High School Drinking Fountains

    The Mayfield High School environmental club was created in the spring of last year with one ...

  • Sad!!! water bottle

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    Bottle Filling Stations Replace High School Drinking Fountains

    What a great project!  This is awesome!  Keep up the good work!  #DrinkTapWater

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    Quick update: I have set up a meeting with the Branch Director at the Kerr YMCA next week.  I'll share the project idea and seek their support for doing a stream clean up and exploring the option of officially adopting the creek. That is all.  Looking forward to it.

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    Woot!  Woot!  We're reached the first fundraising goal.  Thank you, Fellow Creeklifers!  I will begin taking action straightaway and keep you posted!  This is going to be good.

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    We're so close to the goal, Creeklifers!  That's awesome.  Keep up the support and pledges.  With you're support, we'll soon begin raising awareness and engaging partners to protect and restore Wakefield Branch.

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    I've digitized the watershed boundary for Wakefield Branch.  Here's the KML file for viewing in Google Earth.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dsjPuUvTiZb0lIOXI3a0pNT1k/edit?usp=sharing

    I also spoke with Mac Smith, Coordinator for Raleigh's Adopt-A-Stream program about the process of adopting Wakefield Branch.

  • Find

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    River Erosion Control In Your Backyard: Why Does It Matter?

    Nice article, Creeklife Team! Thanks for highlighting Wakefield Branch.  While gabions and riprap can protect a bank, all such armoring can also transfer the stream energy downstream causing erosion just below the stabilization.  Rocks can work well to help dissipate energy and help to stabilize banks, especially if installed as part of an in-stream structure like a cross vane or step pool.  The practice of natural channel design can restore the pattern, profile and cross section of the stream based on a stable reference stream with similar flows.  Bio-engineering practices combine natural materials and engineering principles to address bank erosion.  One example is "stream revetments," which use evergreen trees installed along the eroding bank to slow the water (decreasing stream energy) and create habitat.  As water slows, and sediment drops out, the channel begin depositing sediment and forming a new bank on top of the revetment.  Stream restoration specialists, stormwater engineers, and soil and water conservation professional can be a great resource as you explore ways to address stream erosion.  It's always best to address the root problem as well, which might include stormwater management to slow runoff, green infrastructure to increase groundwater infiltration, and/or low impact development practices to reduce impervious runoff.  Thanks for the opportunity to comment.  Good stuff.  Keep it up.  Thanks, Mike

  • Find

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    Lois and family are rebuilding after the Colorado flood - help out.

    Thanks for the update.  How cool to be able to play a small part in replacing kids' bikes.  May they lead to many happy memories.  Grace and peace to you as you continue rebuilding one step at a time.  Thanks for the opportunity to help.  - Mike

  • Camp

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    Send a kid to Watershed Day Camp!!

    Great job. I know it wasn't enough to support one child for an entire week, but I'm sure ever bit helps.  Thanks for the opportunity to make a small difference in the life of a child.

  • Morgancreek

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    Morgan Creek Volunteer

    This is a great looking Call to Action!  I love the idea of using Creeklife to raise awareness of the Morgan Creek Valley Alliance!

  • Site19action

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway - Keep the Rope Swing Clean

    Glad to report the City picked up the bag that we left at the edge of the trail last week.  Hauled out two more full bags today.  How-How!

  • Site19action

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway - Keep the Rope Swing Clean

    Hauled out another bag of trash tonight. Good stuff. I'm going to see if the City of Raleigh Parks & Rec. staff will pick it up if I leave the bag on the greenway shoulder. Be a lot cooler they did. Should know in a few days.

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    We created another call to action to help us maintain this site weekly.  Thanks for all the support! https://creeklife.com/actions/216

  • Forestparkelem

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    Friends of the Ravines (FOR) Ravine Art Contest

    Friends of the Ravine's (FOR) (Columbus, Ohio) mission is to protect, preserve, and restore ...

  • Site19action

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway - Keep the Rope Swing Clean

    How-How! With support from fellow Creeklifers, the Waving Kitties Y Guides Tribe installed a...

  • Site19action

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway - Keep the Rope Swing Clean

    How-How! With support from fellow Creeklifers, the Waving Kitties Y Guides Tribe installed a...

  • Site19action

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway - Keep the Rope Swing Clean

    How-How! With support from fellow Creeklifers, the Waving Kitties Y Guides Tribe installed a...

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Wow. Two weeks since we emptied the trash and the can was overflowing again. Dreaming Daisy and I hauled off three bags of trash today. I think we're going to need to make this a weekly project. Look for another call to action to help us keep this site maintained.

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    Our Grand RIver Needs Love This Spring

    This poor creek here is just trying to be a creek and just for being there, it's getting cho...

  • June 7 flyer

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    Cleanup Dundalk's three historic War of 1812 Monuments: North Point Battlefield Park, Battle Acre Monument and the Methodist Meeting House Monument.

    Great looking call to action!  I hope you had a good turnout.  Thanks for sharing all this good info on Creeklife.  Great to see you raised over $100 to help support this action!

  • Find

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    Keep the Seven Islands in Tennessee Clean

    The area is about 200 yards north of where Kimberlin Heights Rd. comes to an end at Seven Is...

  • Find

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    Lois and family are rebuilding after the Colorado flood - help out.

    We are doing better... we just moved into a new home in Lyons, and are buying and collecti...

  • Camp

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    Send a kid to Watershed Day Camp!!

    Rural Action Watershed Day Camps are  hosted each year within four watersheds in Ohio.  Duri...

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    Awesome, Creeklifers!  I just came to check on this action and I am thrilled to see such great support!!! This is exciting.  We have some great momentum now!  Let's spread the word and keep building support!  We'll be ready to kick off the outreach effort soon, building partnerships, organizing a clean up, and raising awareness.

  • Camp

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    Send a kid to Watershed Day Camp!!

    Rural Action Watershed Day Camps are  hosted each year within four watersheds in Ohio.  Duri...

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    Ok, Creeklifers.  I think it's time to get serious and get some momentum on this action.  I'm asking for your help to reach my goal of $200 to begin an outreach campaign and organize a clean up!  With your help, we can do it!  Will you help?  

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    My oldest daughter (Teaching Eagle) and I went to check on the site Sunday, June 1st.  The trash can was overflowing, so we emptied the can, and bagged up a second bag with the overflow.  Thanks to a few local teens who were at the site, we collected a few additional pieces of garbage that were laying around.  We hauled off the two bags of trash, leaving an empty garbage can and a trash-free site.  The trash can is definitely working and people are using it!  We'll just have to make more regular trips this summer to keep hauling off the trash.  

    Maybe it's time to start a new call to action for the site maintenance and upkeep.

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Dreaming Daisy and I went to check on the site this morning.  We emptied the garbage can and put in a new bag.  Happy to report the area is still trash free.  The trash can is working!

    How-How, Muddy Waters

  • Dunn

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    Don't Re-Zone - this land has character

    More information about this site can be found at http://protectfalls.com.

  • Find

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    Greenway Clean Up - Storm Damage

    There is a greenway clean up on January 18, 2014.  Meet at the Bedford clubhouse at 9:00 AM....

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Looking to raise enough money to get someone to pick up the litter along Upper Neuse River G...

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    I am happy to report one week later the can is working.  The site is still clean and the can has some trash in it.  I think this project will make a big impact this summer in keeping this place clean, so thanks to all the supporters who helped us raise enough money to install a garbage can!  And maybe just as importantly, this project has really created a sense of ownership among this who did the clean up.  We're committed to seeing this site STAY clean, so we'll be checking it often and removing the bags when the can fills up.  We may need to create another action to help offset the costs of removing the trash, but we'll have to see how it goes once the weather warms up and the site gets more use.  Thanks again for helping to make a difference!

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Walking home from a job well done... with attitude. :- )  Thanks, Creeklife Community!  We couldn't have done it without all your support.  Hopefully, with a garbage can installed, we've taken an extra step to keeping the swimming hole and rope swing clean.  We'll keep an eye on it and plan to collect the garbage as needed or see if the parks department will check it on their runs.  Thanks again!

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Here's the completed project.  We installed a galvanized garbage can and cabled it to a tree.  We also cabled the lid tot he can and attached a sign asking folks to help us keep this place clean.  We left about 20 garbage bags in the bottom of the can. 

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Action photo. We collected about 1 1/2 full bags of garbage. Here is a shot of Dreaming Daisy with an arm full of garbage.

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    We installed a trash can at this site. Here is the laminated sign we affixed to the can. The hope is when people see that the trash can was installed by kids, they will help take care of it.

  • Dunn

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    Don't Re-Zone - this land has character

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 550 JOIN PETITION IN TWO WEEKS

    NORTH RALEIGH RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO RALLY AGAINST REZONING AS ANOTHER 550
    SIGN PETITION TWO WEEKS AFTER MEETING WITH CITY COUNCILOR JOHN ODOM.
    SIGNATURES NOW TOP 2,850.

    Today residents of North Raleigh reached another milestone as their
    petition to stop rezoning at Dunn and Falls of Neuse gained another 550
    signatures to top a total of 2850. This gain follows a meeting two weeks
    ago with City Councilor John Odom. During that meeting more than 125
    citizens attended to express their concerns and opposition to rezoning.

    Volunteers intend to continue obtaining petition signatures but will now
    embark door-to-door distributing flyers and newsletters. Already business
    cards have been distributed to thousands directing residents to a
    grassroots website at norchoa.wordpress.com as well as a Facebook page.
    Recently, this grassroots effort has launched a Twitter account,
    @protectFalls, and is using every means available to communicate to area
    residents.

    For more information, contact the North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowners
    (NORCHOA) at norchoa@gmail.com

  • 47

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    Litter - Down on the River

    I see this action is showing up on the map again. Nice job, Creeklife team.

    I also see that some funds have been pledged.  Sweet!

  • 43

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    Tiring Tires Are Here to Stay it Seems

    This is an interesting looking site from the photos.  The way those tires are arranged doesn't seem like happenstance.  Also, the fact that this area might be under water during the wetter seasons makes me wonder if these tires were placed here to create fish structure.  Might be good to check with local natural resource agencies (Mt. Hope State Rec Area staff, USDA NRCS or IN fish and wildlife would be a good place to start) before they are removed.  It appears that some of the tires might be cabled to trees or clustered with down wood, which strengthens my suspicions.   

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    Litter - Down on the River

    This is a great looking call to action.  Looks like the map shows a waterway called Onini Gulch very near this action.  It also looks pretty erosive, even from the fairly coarse aerial photo.  

    I noticed this site the other day when I logged on to Creeklife.  I also noticed that for some reason the pin is not showing on the map any more.  That happened to one other site near my home, too.  I've been in contact with the website creator and he is looking into it.  Just thought I'd let you know.  The call to action is still visible if you type in the URL: https://creeklife.com/actions/172.

    Keep it up.  I'm cheering for you!

  • Dunn

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    Don't Re-Zone - this land has character

    Here is a recent email from the North Raleigh Coalition of Homeowner's Associations (http://norchoa.wordpress.com/)

    The next North Raleigh CAC meeting will be held Thursday Feb 6, at 7pm at
    Millbrook Exchange Park.  WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO ATTEND.

    The next few CAC meetings will be very important as this rezoning process
    moves forward.  Given that the developer has hired a professional,
    political public relations firm, we expect to see some very polished and
    attractive presentations.  Bring cameras.

    We will all need to objectively evaluate what is presented and understand
    the impacts of their proposal to traffic, noise, light pollution, its
    lasting impact on the Falls of Neuse Corridor from Durant to the Neuse
    River and its lasting impact on the entrances to our neighborhoods.  Let's
    also think about the impact on the home values of our neighbors adjacent
    to the proposed development and how that impact will ripple through the
    area.  Most importantly, don't take at face value everything that they
    present and remember that they stand to profit enormously if the rezoning
    is passed.

    Regarding Chuck Fuller and his company, their website is
    www.resultsco.com.  Fuller was the campaign manager for former US Senator
    Lauch Faircloth.  According to his website, "Chuck understands business,
    loves politics, too, and has run political campaigns on the federal,
    state, and local levels."

  • Find

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    Greenway Clean Up - Storm Damage

    Here's the trash from two teams. Great job.

  • Find

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    Greenway Clean Up - Storm Damage

    We split into three teams.  Here's a photo of our team.

  • Nc

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

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    Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name

    This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable wat...

  • Find

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    Greenway Clean Up - Storm Damage

    There is a greenway clean up on January 18, 2014.  Meet at the Bedford clubhouse at 9:00 AM....

  • Find

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    A Musician's Family and the Colorado Flood

    My heart goes out to you.  Thank you for sharing your story and giving us a chance to help.  May every gift multiply and our caring be contagious.  Please know that we're cheering for you and sending prayers for miracles!  Little ones and big ones!  Amen.

  • Find

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    A Musician's Family and the Colorado Flood

    Meet Enion, David their 5 year old son, Aesop and their dog, Tabla. They are professional m...

  • Neuse river clean up 2

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    Upper Neuse River Greenway Litter Patrol Needed

    Great idea, James.  I'll check the project site again to make sure we'll be prepared to recycle everything we can.