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Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Lost Art - Barter & Trade

There was a time when people and communities actively participated in something called barter and trade. You know, when you trade goods and services for something you or someone else might need. It was a "non-monetary" way of conducting business using the fairness, kindness and honesty policy whether if it was due to lack of money or just a good old fashioned trade off.
With all the hoopla about our economy it would seem that this just might be a great idea to revisit. This weekend was one of those such visitations back to a lost art for me. It started off with trading some of my handmade candles for a pickup load of gravel and a much needed hoof trimming for our pony Lilly. I also packaged up some of the winter stock of candles into a really nice gift basket for a Cancer Benefit which helped to contribute for raising cancer research funds for that ugly disease. (Super job by Alisha and TEAM JULIE) There was also a barter made on a handshake for my husband to do some construction duties for a new parking area to be added in next to our house. Not too shabby.

If you think about what you have to offer or what you can do for someone , sometimes you find that some great opportunities appear. Perhaps this might be a nice reminder to revisit or try out the lost art. It feels a little old fashioned in a good way and certainly makes everyone happy in the end.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Day of Giving

If you haven't already heard or participated before, East Palestine is getting ready for "DOG" days Saturday, May 9th, 2009. "DOG" days is a Day of Giving - in which the community rally's together to clean, paint, plant and donate to make EP a more beautiful place to live and be proud of. I have participated for several years and it is a rewarding feeling to know that you are contributing to your community, nature and taking pride in what EP has to offer now and in the future through the efforts of so many that are working hard to improve our town.

Whether you have a couple hours to offer or all day, any time you have to help in the effort will be so greatly appreciated and it will give you a "good feeling" knowing that you participated!

Registration forms can be picked up at the Municipal Building - 144 N. Market St, the Library or at the East Palestine School. Volunteers are asked to report and sign in at the Community Center at the EP park between 8:00 & 9:00 am, if you were not able to pick up a registration form, I am certain you can do so at the sign in on Sat. morning. Lunch will be provided for the volunteers at the Community Center as well.

In addition to the "DOG" day event, the East Palestine Volunteer Firemen will be having a BBQ Chicken dinner to benefit their local dept. This will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 pm at the cost of $8.50 per plate (includes 1/2 chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, drink and dessert.) Sounds like a nice meal and an even better cause!
This is a great opportunity to work together, share laughs, create memories and show our younger generation how much we love our community and how to take care of it for the future! Hope to see you there!