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Pendleton SC Friends of the Park

Updated on February 20, 2017

Pendleton's Friends of the Park

Are you interested in Veterans Park in Pendleton SC? If so, please join Friends of the Park! New members are welcomed and appreciated..

FRIENDS OF THE PARK (FOTP)

PO Box 408

Pendleton, South Carolina 29670

Friends of the Park meets every third Monday at 6:30 pm at Pendleton United Methodist Church in the social hall. Everyone who is interested in the future of our Veterans Park is invited to attend. We welcome new members and also those who just want to visit and learn what all we do for Veterans ParkFriends of the Park is an organized group of Pendleton area citizens interested in making Veterans Park the best it can be. Friends of the Park is a 501C3 organization and works closely with the Town of Pendleton which owns the land and with Pendleton Recreation Association which provides youth sports.Our Main Focus for 2014 will be the Veterans Memorial with an anticipated completion date of Nov 2014.We will also contribute to the fundraising campaign is called STEP UP TO THE PLATE and will involved several fundraisers throughout the year. STEP UP TO THE PLATE merchandise (Shirts and stress balls) can now be purchased from Kim Beck 287-7634.Friends of the Park was organized after an amazing community effort was made to build Barrett's Place Playground. In 2005, over $180,000 was raised and over 1600 volunteers participated in the five day build of Barrett's Place.Friends of the Park is committed to continued improvements and additions to the Veterans Park Recreation Area.



PLEASE CALL 260-4444 TO REPORT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AT VETERANS PARK

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Spring Work Day April 22, 2017

There is a job for everyone so come help keep our playground safe for our children.
There is a job for everyone so come help keep our playground safe for our children. | Source

Thank you to all the Volunteers who came out to the Spring Work Day

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Memorial Day Service at Veterans Memorial

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Next Friends of the Park Meeting - Come join us

We usually meet the 3rd Monday of the Month

See you at Pendleton United Methodist Church located at the corner of Broad and Cherry Streets in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm Next Meeting Monday May 18, 2015

2015 Friends of the Park Officers


2015 Friends of the Park Executive Board

Chair - Mark Majors

Co Chair - Mike Link

Secretary - Gina Forrest

Treasurer - Kim Beck

Step Up To The Plate Fundraising Monies Given to Town for Improvements to the Ball Fields

FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops
FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops | Source

Friends of the Park presents Check to Town of Pendleton for Ball Fields

FOTP and the Town of Pendleton signed an agreement Friday, February 20th, 2015 for Friends of the Park to provide funding for improvements to the Veterans Park ball fields to upgrade fencing and backstops. Even more importantly FOTP delivered a check of nearly $34,000 to the Town collected through Step Up To The Plate fundraising efforts over the past years. Along with FOTP, the PRA and the Town will be providing funding for these upgrades to the ball fields. We are all grateful to the volunteers and donors that have made this day possible. A lot of hard work has gone into making the park better. We expect work to start this spring.

Above Photo: pictured left to right of Steve Miller - Town Administrator, Mark Majors - Chair FOTP, Mayor Frank Crenshaw, Kim Beck - Treasurer FOTP, and Cass Brown - Chair PRA

Congratulations to our 2014 Volunteers of the Year

2014 Volunteers of the Year:  Frances Swaney and Don Peppers
2014 Volunteers of the Year: Frances Swaney and Don Peppers | Source

Vandalism at Barrett's Place Playground - March 2013

Vandalism at Barrett's Place Playground
Vandalism at Barrett's Place Playground

How could anyone in their right mind do something like this. It just makes no sense and we hope that the culprits will be apprehended soon. If you know anything about the person(s) who did this, please call our town hall at 864-646-9409The morning that the vandalism was discovered, photos were placed on our facebook fan page and sometime that morning a citizen took it upon himself to go out there are start removing the graffiti. Friends of the Park would like to thank this person and let them know how much it was appreciated. Seeing what had been done to our playground was so upsetting considering the amount of time and energy that goes into making this a special place for our children. None of our regular Friends of the Park members could do anything but be sick over what they had seen. This person actually did something about it and really made a difference because he was followed by another couple, Michelle and Joe Ansardi, who went out that next day and began painting it. They said that they had some left over paint and just decided that they would try to paint over it. These good deeds did a lot to renew our belief in the goodness of our fellow man.Let's put a stop to this Vandalism once and for all. Please report anything out of the ordinary to the dispatcher or to town hall. Thank you.

Spring Work Day 2013 - Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers

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Great Lunch for our Volunteers - Thank you to everyone who helped make lunch possible

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2012 Volunteers of the Year - Mark Majors and Curt Carter

2012 Volunteers of the Year for Friends of the Park
2012 Volunteers of the Year for Friends of the Park

Every year during our Fall Work Day we announce our two Volunteers of the Year!

STEP UP TO THE PLATE
STEP UP TO THE PLATE

Step Up To The Plate

Fundraising Campaign for our Ball Fields

We need everyone to STEP UP TO THE PLATE!Let's quit complaining about the ball fields and quit waiting on someone else to do something about them.Together We Can Make A Difference so..........STEP UP TO THE PLATEOrganize fundraisers within your school, church, or community organization.Donations can be made to:Friends of the ParkPO Box 408Pendleton SC 29670Checks should be written to Friends of the Park for Ball Fields.Learn more about this effort by clicking here: Veterans ParkLogo by Lynne Parker GraphicsSTEP UP TO THE PLATE TEEClick on the Tee to see other styles with the logo. The back of the shirt reads Together WE CAN Make A Difference

History of Friends of the Park

Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

In February, 2005 a group called Pendleton Pride In Motion decided they wanted to build a community playground. Upon completion of Barrett's Place Playground in October 2005 a need was seen for an organization to continue to work for the betterment of Veterans Park. Friends of the Park was formed the following year and volunteers maintain the playground and have recently completed Trotter's Trail. FOTP also works closely with the Town of Pendleton who own the land and with Pendleton Recreation Association who provide youth sports on the fields at Veterans Park. The town has a beautiful plan in place for the park which include Basketball Courts, Volleyball Court, Tennis Courts, Ampitheatre, and a Veterans Memorial.In February 2010, Friends of the Park was granted it's own 501c3 Status.

Veterans Park

Our Veterans Park includes:

Ball Fields

Pavilion

3 Picnic Shelters

Trotter's Trail

Barrett's Place Playground

Veterans Memorial

Where Is Veterans Park in Pendleton, SC?

A markerVETERANS PARK -
500 Lebanon Rd., Pendleton,SC
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Veterans Park Master Plan

VETERANS PARK MASTER PLAN
VETERANS PARK MASTER PLAN

Great Gift Idea for the person who has everything!

Great way to say Thank You to someone, Great way to remember someone, Great way to recognize someone or some group............Personalized Playground Pickets and Trotter's Trail Pickets are still available. Call Kim or Bill 287-7634

Personalized Pavilion Pavers, Pavilion Tiles, and Playground Pavers are still available.

Reserve a Picnic Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton, SC

Available for Rent

RESERVE A Picnic Shelter

3 hr. $35

Call Town Hall 646-9409

Reserve a Picnic Shelter for your next event - Shaded Picnic Sheters at Veterans Park

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Veterans Park Pavilion

Completed 2008

The new Pavilion houses the Concessions stands, restrooms and the PRA office. It also has a beautiful observation deck overlooking the whole park. Teri Sloan and Amber Barnes did some beautiful painting inside the restrooms.

Barrett's Place Playground

In Memory of Barrett Beck

Pendleton Pride in Motion sponsored the building of this playground in memory of Barrett Beck, a twelve year old Pendleton resident who tragically lost his life too young, and other young people in our community whose lives we want to remember. Through volunteer efforts and donations, the Pendleton area community built a playground without tax dollars.This large playground includes a climbing wall, campsite, speed boat and lots of swings, slides and monkey bars. This children's activity place stimulates the imagination, while providing a safe and attractive area for our children to play.Barrett's Place . . . a community-built playground.

Playground Patrol

PLAYGROUND PATROL
PLAYGROUND PATROL

Attention: All Users of Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail

We recently had some vandalism and continue to have a lot of litter. We need for everyone that uses the park to assume responsibility for it and help to keep it clean and safe for our children. Please encourage your children and/or group to help by picking up litter while they are there. Also please report any misconduct or vandalism to town hall at 646-9022. Thank you.JOIN THE PLAYGROUND PATROL AND HELP KEEP OUR PLAYGROUND CLEAN AND SAFE

Trotter's Trail

In Memory of Justin Trotter

The new "walking trail" was named Trotter's Trail in memory of Justin Trotter. Justin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 while a student at Riverside Middle School. In September 2004, after 2 years, Justin lost his battle at the young age of 15. His love for nature and the outdoors has inspired friends, family and FRIENDS OF THE PARK to honor his memory by building this 1400 foot long trail that will wind through the woods adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground. It has park benches, a bridge and is handicapped useable. The 6 foot wide trail has an asphalt surface for easy mobility and is wide enough for two wheelchairs.

Click here to learn more about Trotter's Trail

Veterans Memorial

In honor of all our Veterans

Veterans Day, November 11, 2007, was a special day for the citizens of Pendleton. We not only honored our veterans of past and present, but also unveiled the future Veteran's Memorial design. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the corner site of Veterans Park, where the "Pathway to Peace" tribute will be installed.The Veterans Memorial committee of Friends of the Park, along with the Town of Pendleton, is committed to seeing this monumental dream come true. If you would like to help, please call Joan Kelly, chairperson, at 225-1025

UPDATE: We had to change our location and our design but our Veterans Memorial is finally becoming a reality and will be dedicated on November 11, 2014.

Friends of the Park Works Close With PRA and the Town of Pendleton

Pendleton Recreation Association (PRA)

Alan Charping - Recreation Director - Hours 3 - 5 M-F

Pendleton Recreation Association

Veteran's Park, Lebanon Road

PO Box 904

Pendleton, SC 29670

Telephone: 864 646-9226

FAX: 864 646-9226

The Pendleton Recreation Association (PRA) is a privately run-non-profit 501-C3 association of area residents set up to provide recreation programs for the youth of the Pendleton Community.The association is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and employs a part-time recreation director to coordinate programs and activities. The PRA contracts with and receives limited funding from the Town of Pendleton. They also receive limited funding from Anderson County.Youth Programs include:* Baseball (including T-Ball and Coach Pitch)* Basketball* Cheerleading* Football* Soccer* SoftballCall 864 646-9226 to sign up for programs.

Friends of the Park Activities

Fall Work Day at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail - Volunteers are always needed

barretts place playground
barretts place playground

Missy Nail Recognized as the First Chairman for FOTP - Missy was recognized at our Spring Brunch

Missy Nail recognised as first Friends of the Park chair
Missy Nail recognised as first Friends of the Park chair

In October 2002, concerned citizens came together to explore means of creating a healthier environment in which to live. These citizens met with staff from AnMed Health Systems, DHEC and Partners for a Healthy Community. This meeting resulted in the formation of Pendleton Pride in Motion. A coordinating council was elected: Powell Hickman, Jo McConnell, Lynne Parker, Greg Gilstrap, Bill Parker, Teri Gilstrap, Scott Ward, Ed Kirkley and Dan Jepson. In 2004, this council began the process for the building of Barrett's Place Playground. They contracted with Leathers and Associates of Ithaca, NY and in October 2005, Barrett's Place was built by community volunteers in 5 days with funds raised through numerous fundraisers and donations.On March 23, 2006 Pendleton Pride in Motion held a community meeting to organize Friends of the Park. Lynne Parker had designed the logo and membership decals were distributed. The following officers were elected:Missy Nail - ChairpersonBill Parker - V ChairJoan Kelly - SecretaryKim and Bill Beck - TreasurerThe first official meeting of the newly organized Friends of the Park was held in May 2006 and much was accomplished that first year under Missy's leadership. Missy was determined to make "Friends of the Park" a well known organization. T-shirts, Sweatshirts, and Throws were sold and many volunteers are still wearing these today. The organization was involved in the Independence Day Celebration which led to it's taking over the event and naming it Freedom Fest in the following years. In October of that first year, FOTP sponsored a circus as one of it's fundraisers and created the first Friends of the Park brochure. The first year was an important one as FOTP strived to build a working relationship with the Town of Pendleton and Pendleton Recreation Association, recruit new members, raise money, set goals, and increase the awareness of the master plan for Veterans Park.In 2010, PPIM felt that it was time for Friends of the Park to become an independent organization and in February 2010, FOTP received its 501c3 non profit status. Much has been accomplished since those early beginnings and we don't want to ever forget how we got to where we are today and why.

2013 Friends of the Park Officers - Good Leadership is the Key to a successful organization

L to R - Mark Majors, Kern Cox, Kim Beck, Regina Forrest

2012 Highlights

Turtle Man in the Scarecrow Contest for Friends of the Park

Thank you Kim, Molly and Karen!

Wow, Turtle Man looks great on the square in Pendleton! Click his kerchief to see more scarecrows in the contest. Over 100 scarecrows can be seen in our town until Nov 3.

Pendleton Elks Lodge Donates $1,000 for new benches for Trotters Trail.

Thank you, Pendleton Elks

Trotter's Trail will be getting two new benches which will be installed at the May 19th work day. Pendleton Elks Lodge Makes Community Donations At its regular meeting, April 26, the Pendleton Elks Lodge presented $1,000 checks in support of each of two community organizations, the Supper's On Us Pendleton (SOUP Kitchen) and The Friends of The Veterans Park. During the presentation Carrie Gibson, Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, praised both organizations for their important contributions to the welfare and health of Pendleton citizens. One of the objectives of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is to assist deserving local charitable organizations such as the two honored last month in Pendleton. Photo caption, L to R: Rosa Gibson, SOUP Kitchen, Carrie Gibson, Pendleton Elks Lodge, Todd and Renee Trotter and Kern Cox, Friends of The Park.

Kern Cox at the Spring Work Day for Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail - Thank you to all the great volunteers

Barrett's Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day Oct 20, 2012 - We will be working at the playground and Trotter's Trail

There is so much work to be done. We realize that it is a Clemson Home Game but hope to be finished before noon. This was the only weekend available.

Thank You To Everyone Who Contributed to the Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend March 16-18 - Barrett's Place Playground gets a Face Lift from the ground u

Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend
Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend

Barrett's Place Playground Work Weekend was a huge success and the playground was re-opened for visitors on Monday. We will have to schedule another Work Day soon so please call Nancy if you would like to help. 934-3461Many people donated food or money so we could feed to workers and that was greatly appreciated.There were also volunteers who worked hard the weeks before in preparation for the Work Weekend. Thank you to all who came to stain/seal the wood, dig mulch away, and gather supplies.

Thank you to Ed and Davie Kirkley - Shelter 3 was named in honor of these two wonderful volunteers - Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park
Kirkley Shelter at Veterans Park

On October 15, 2011 Friends of the Park named Shelter 3 in honor of the Kirkleys for all the work they have done for our Veterans Park.RESERVE A Picnic Shelter3 hr. $35Call Town Hall 646-9409

Thank you, Debra Goss for choosing Friends of the Park for your volunteer work

Debra Goss of Clemson University
Debra Goss of Clemson University

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Alumni Softball Fundraiser Raised $1,025.93 - Softball, Crafts, Food, Games and lots of fun for everyone!

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

Pendleton Recreation Association presented the "Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge" - Friends of the Park is proud to have worked with PRA on this fundraiser

Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge
Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge

It's not about the Golf, but rather about us telling our story of Veterans Park! This was a super event and raised over $20,000 for the ball fields and Veterans memorial at Veterans

Thank You, Squidoo, for being one of the 64 Hole Sponsors for the Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge - Friends of the Park is a Squidoo Supported Charity

Squidoo Hole Sponsor
Squidoo Hole Sponsor

Avon Calling!

Avon Fundraiser
Avon Fundraiser

Barrett's Place 6th Birthday/Maintenance Day - Oct 15 at 8:30 am - Maintenance Day was a huge success!

Barretts Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day
Barretts Place Playground Birthday/Maintenance Day

Thank you to all the volunteers who came to work. We had 65 to sign in.

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard on our Maintenance Day at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail - Volunteers are GREAT!

Barrett's Place Maintenance Day
Barrett's Place Maintenance Day

Chili's in Anderson on Thursday Oct 27 raised $50 - Thank you, Regina for making this happen for FOTP

Eat at Chili's for Friends of the Park
Eat at Chili's for Friends of the Park

Thank you, Caroline Jamieson! - Even with a broken arm, Caroline is working hard promoting Freedom Fest on July 2

Friends of the Park
Friends of the Park

Caroline was presented a gift from Treasurer Kim Beck at the June FOTP meeting.

Freedom Fest in Pendleton SC at Veterans Park July 2 from 6:30 to 10 - Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!

FREEDOM FEST JULY 2 AT VETERANS PARK
FREEDOM FEST JULY 2 AT VETERANS PARK

Freedom Fest 2011 on July 2

Friends of the Park helps the PRA with the Step Up To The Plate Golf Challenge - Over $20,000 was raised for the ball fields and veterans memorial at our Vetera

Step up to the Plate
Step up to the Plate

Thank you Kim and Caroline for working so very hard selling our Step Up To The Plate Merchandise:Shirts - $12Stress Balls - $5Cinch Bags - $10

Bubba Bake Off Raises Money for Veterans Park

Thank you to all the Bubbas that make cakes, everyone that bid, Danny Ford and the Fall Festival Committee


BINGO at Fall Harvest Festival - Carol Burdette - Chair

Friends of the Park at Fall Harvest Festival
Friends of the Park at Fall Harvest Festival

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with Bingo and also to all of those who donated prizes.

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Oct 30, 2010 at Barrett's Place Playground - for our annual maintenance day at the playground and Trotter's Trail

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Barrett's Place Playground's 5th Birthday/Maintenance Day was a big success - Thanks to volunteers like Charles Hughes

Charles was one of the over 50 volunteers who showed up on October 30, 2010 for the 5th Birthday/Maintenance Day Celebration.

Thank you to all the Volunteers who made our Nov 14 Workday a Big Success

Friends of the Park Volunteers
Friends of the Park Volunteers

Barrett's Place Playground 4th Birthday/Maintenance Day & Trotter's Trail Dedication - Over 50 people showed up for this wonderful day.

Everyone working together to make our Veterans Park the best it can be! Watch out for photos and videos of the event. They will be appearing shortly.

Mayor Randy Hayes at the Nov 14 Work Day

Pendleton High School Environmental Awareness Club - Volunteers at Barrett's Place

Camp Proverbs Volunteers at Barrett's Place Playground

Thank you, Dr. John Martin - Donation to Veterans Park

Dr. John Martin donated the needed money for a lighted flagpole at Veterans Park. Thank you, Dr. John!

2009 Volunteers of the Year for Friends of the Park

Congratulations to our 2009 Volunteers of the Year:WANDA BATTENMARY JO CRAIG

Wanda Batten and Mary Jo Craig - 2009 Volunteers of the Year

Friends of the Park 2010 Volunteers of the Year
Friends of the Park 2010 Volunteers of the Year

Spring Cleaning at Barrett's Place Playground

There is always work to be done at the park so please let us know if you would like to volunteer.

Thank You Volunteers

For Our Spring Jubilee Table

Thank you to all of you who volunteered for our Spring Jubilee Table:Set up: Ed Kirkley, Hevy Mann, Parker Beck, Kim Beck and Karen LinkWorkers: Sue Medlock, Nancy Hellams, Caroline Jamieson, Ruth McKay, Mary Hancock, Lynne Sumeral, Carol Burdette, JoAnn Cole, Tim and Lisa Doyle.We sold 147 Tickets for our Freedom Fest Drawing.Thank you to Frank Crenshaw of Crenshaws, Lorett Hayes of 1826 On The Green and Deirdre Rizk of Skin Care at the Gallery in Anderson for donating the items for the Freedom Fest Drawing.

Fun at Barrett's Place Jan 31, 2009

Do you have photos or videos that you would like to share? If you have photos or videos from Veterans Park and would like for them to be posted on this site, please let me know. Thanks.

Duke Energy Donates $1,000 to Barrett's Place Playground - Press Release

DUKE ENERGY DONATES MONEY TO BARRETT’S PLACE PLAYGROUNDJason Walls of Duke Energy met with representatives from Pendleton Pride In Motion and Friends of the Park on December 30, 2008 at Barrett’s Place Playground. He proudly presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the playground from Duke Energy. Children, Parents and Grandparents who were playing in the Playground joined in the celebration. Mr. Wall’s handed out red Duke Energy Volunteer T-shirts to the children and made a big hit to all those present. Duke Energy is no stranger to Barrett’s Place Playground, a playground built by more than 1600 community volunteers in 2005. Duke Energy believes in giving back to the community and they were very involved in the beginning with making this dream come true. In the past three years, volunteers and generous donors have continued to work to make Veterans Park the best it can be. The Playground Area now has three Picnic Shelters which are rented for Birthday Parties and other gatherings. The proceeds from the rental allows the Town Of Pendleton to maintain the playground on a daily basis. The organized group of volunteers, Pendleton Pride In Motion’s Friends of The Park, gather together twice a year to do the bigger maintenance jobs and keep the playground safe and long lasting for generations to come. The money that was so generously donated by Duke Energy will be used to help make the Playground even better. They also plan to provide volunteers for the Spring Maintenance Day. PPIM, Friends of the Park, and the Town of Pendleton are most appreciative of all their help.Veterans Park has continued to improve over the past years with the recent completion of the Pavilion which houses a concession area, office for Pendleton Recreation Association, and rest rooms. Trotter’s Trail has also been a welcomed addition and plans are in the making to complete the entrance to the trail in 2009. The main fundraiser for Friends of the Park is the Freedom Fest which is held at Veterans Park on the Saturday before July 4. Their next meeting is planned for January 19, 2009 at Pendleton United Methodist Church at 6 pm and all interested citizens are urged to attend and get involved in making Veterans Park the best it can be.

Let's Hear It Again, Thank You Duke Energy

My sweet hubby gave me a Flip Ultra Video Camera for Christmas and this was my first time to use it.

2008 Bi-Lo Charities Grant Recipient - Thank You, Bi-Lo

We were one of many worthwhile organizations to receive monies from Bi-Lo Charities. We would like to thank Amber Barnes for all her hard work on the Grant. Even though this is far from the amount we requested, we do appreciate it very much.Friends of the Park received a check for $740.00.

Yard Sale Raises $1,217 for Veterans Park

Fran Butler's family worked very hard this past weekend holding a Yard Sale at Fran's home. They wanted the money to go to Friends of the Park for Veterans Park because they knew that is what their dad would have wanted. Friends of the Park is very grateful to Fran's family for this generous contribution and this money will be used wisely in his memory.Thank you!

In Memory Of Fran Butler

Passed Away October 25, 2008

I had often seen Caroline Jamieson and Fran Butler walking around town. They always looked so happy that I would usually take a second look. It wasn't until we started the build for Barrett's Place that I actually got to know him. He was one of a group of men who showed up weeks ahead of the build week to get everything ready. There was a lot of pre-work that had to be done and Fran was there. He continued to volunteer with the group of "granddads" who got together periodically to do maintenance at the Playground and at Trotter's Trail. Fran didn't miss many Friends of the Park Meetings and was always willing to help where needed. He helped with fundraising by selling merchandise at many events.Fran was known for being our "Uncle Sam" at the 2008 Freedom Fest and did a super job for Friends of the Park.Fran Butler made a difference in Pendleton and I am proud to have known him. He will be missed!Memorial Service Tuesday October 28 at 6:30 at Cox Hall - Clemson Little TheatreThe Memorial Service held by Clemson Little Theatre was a beautiful tribute to a Great Man!Fran's sons and their families are having a yard sale Friday and Saturday and want to donate the money to Veterans Park. This is such a wonderful thought on their part and greatly appreciated. Please come to 603 Bailey Ave Fri and Sat beginning at 8 a.m.

This was made by lensmaster Janusz. Thank you!

This was made by lensmaster Janusz. Thank you!
This was made by lensmaster Janusz. Thank you!

Fran as Uncle Sam for Freedom Fest 08

Fran as Uncle Sam for Freedom Fest 08
Fran as Uncle Sam for Freedom Fest 08

Fran Butler at work for the Park

Fran Butler at work for the Park
Fran Butler at work for the Park

Friends of the Park 2008 Volunteers of The Year

Caroline Jamieson and Fran Butler

At the September 15, 2008 Friends of the Park meeting, it was decided to hold a contest to determine the two recipients of the 2008 Volunteer Of The Year Award. Three couples were nominated.We had 42 votes and the winners were Caroline Jamieson and Fran Butler.

Thank You, Dan Jepson

Thank You, Dan Jepson
Thank You, Dan Jepson

Pendleton Pride In Motion honors Dan Jepson

Partners for a Healthier Community made themselves available to Pendleton and its citizens to seek ways to help improve the health and quality of life for our small town. Through a series of personal interviews and group meetings the needs of the community were assessed. With Partners support and guidance Pendleton Pride in Motion (PPIM) was formed and four main areas of interest were identified: Communication/Advocacy; Beautification; Community Progress & Planned Growth and Education/Social Services/Health. This active group began work to improve Pendleton through these areas. PPIM partnered with other groups to bring programs into the schools, health screenings and flu shots to the community, safe neighborhoods and many other initiatives. Our biggest project was to build Barrett's Place Playground at Veterans Park and to establish Friends of the Park to ensure future growth and improvements to that facility.Throughout all this, Partners' employee, Dan Jepson, has kept our feet to the fire to achieve our goals. His expertise and knowledge has guided us to truly make a difference in Pendleton. Effective October 1, Partners for a Healthy Community will combine forces with United Way of Anderson County, but Dan will not transition with the move and his employment with Partners for a Healthy Community will end. Sadly, we lose the "glue" that held us together for over 5 years.We feel it's appropriate to show our appreciation of all Dan has done for PPIM and the town of Pendleton. A reception for him was held at the Guard House on the village green at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22. Many people showed up to express their appreciation to all that Dan has done for Pendleton. Jo McConnell

Freedom Fest

A Fundraising Event for Veterans Park

Freedom Fest '08 was a big success thanks to all our many sponsors and volunteers. We estimate that about 2,000 people were there to "salute our heroes", eat great hot dogs and hamburgers, watermelon, snow cones and homemade baked goods. They also enjoyed Bingo, Horseshoes, Childrens Inflatables, Face Painting, Fun Merchandise and more. They received a free balloon and a button when they walked Trotter's Trail and they won great prizes at The Great American Turtle Hunt held at Barrett's Place Playground! It was a time to be proud to be an American and especially proud to be a Pendletonian!

Freedom Fest 08

FREEDOM FEST 08
FREEDOM FEST 08

Thank You To Our Many Freedom Fest 08 and 09 Volunteers

Please let me know if a name has been omitted.

Catrin Ammons, Grace Ammons, Betsy Anderson, Glen Andrews, Trish Andrews, Shawn Baldwin, Amber Barnes, Wanda Batten, Bill Beck, Kim Beck, Parker Beck, John Benson, Nancy Benson, Felicia Berkeley, Tim Biagiotti, Beth Black, Kevin Black, James Bonds, Mary Louise Bradford, Frank Breazeale, Don Brewer, Jean Brewer, Donnie Brookshire, Frances Brown, Carol Burdette, Fran Butler, Will Caldwell, Chad Campbell, Bobby Carroll, Nolan Carroll, Randall Cary, Alan Charping, Zane Clardy, Maurita Claypool, Elaine Cobb, Shon Cobb, JoAnn Cole, Covenant Baptist Church Clown Ministry, Heath Cox, Mary Jo Craig, Ben Crenshaw, Terry Crooks, Jessica Cullen, Brandon Curry, Jessica Dacus, David Davis, Howard Dickson, Anita Donnelly, Lisa Doyle, Tim Doyle, Justin Driver, Norman Durham, Kaleb Ellison, Martin Elrod, Shawn Evans, Jean Fisher, Katie Foster, Garrett Fricks, Carrie Gibson, Charles Gibson, John Michael Gibson, Brian Gilmer, C.J. Gleaton, Susan Goudie, Tate Griffin, Angela Guess, Ashleigh Gunter, Bob Ham, Anthony Hamby, Fred Hamilton, Carson Hanahan, Heather Harris, Mara Harrison, Mary Bradlee Hawkins, April Haynes, Harvey Haynes, Curtis Heaton, Doc Hellams, Nancy Hellams, Debbie Herron, Powell Hickman, Melodie Hipskind, Becky Hopkins, Emily Hopkins, Beth Irby, Jacky Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Caroline Jamieson, Tom Jenkins, Emily Jones, John Taylor Jones, Meg Jones, Taylor Jones, Joan Kelly, Willis Kelly, Ashley King, Davie Kirkley, Ed Kirkley, Chuck Kormelink, Faye Ladd, Michael Landreth, Wade Landreth, Lurene Lee, Nate Lester, Karen Link, Mike Link, Thomas Loar, Brittany Looney, Carrie Loudin, Dave Loudin, Randy Mann, Dan Marett, John Martin, Dennis McCall, Jo McConnell, Pete McConnell, Ruth McKay, Anne McMahan, Sue Medlock, Ruthie Millar, Rick Moore, Dave Morrissey, Nadene and Scott Moser, Jerry Mullikin, Regina Murrah, Kate Musacchia, John Nagle, Missy Nail, Judy Newton, Ty Norris, Butch Overcash, Debra Padgett, Joey Parsons, Daniel Perry, David Porter, Joyce Porter, Charles Privette, Marilupe Prosperi, Bobby Pruitt, Shelby Quattlebaum, Lou Robinson, Dale Rollins, Robert Rollins, Tom Sabin, Zach Sahms, Lori Sanders, Scott Sanders, Allison Schneider, Alicia Shriber, Debbie Sloan, Jerry Sloan, Lori Sloan, Michael Sloan, Heather Specht, Leonard Spohn, Heather Survee, Alicia Swaney, William Taylor, Alan Traynum, Upward Bound Students-Tri Co Tech, Josh Trotter, Renee Trotter, Todd Trotter, Upstate Marines, Brenda Vander Mey, Jean Vegod, Tom Vegod, Jim Vogel, Diane Watkins, Sue Watts, Cara Whitehead, Kathy Whitman, Kayla Whitman, Anna Whitwell, Monnell Wideman, Don Winslow, Jan Winslow, Kirsten Woods, Nathan Woods, and Zach Woods, Suerea Wooten.

Donations Are Appreciated

If you would like to make a donation to be used by Friends of the Park for Veterans Park, please make tax deductible donation out to Friends of the Park and write in where you would like for the money to be used at Veterans Park.Please mail to:FRIENDS OF THE PARK P.O. Box 408 Pendleton, SC 29670

If you want to designate a specific project at the park, please do so on your check. The projects include:Barrett's Place Playground, Trotter's Trail, Veterans Memorial, and the Ball Fields

July is Park and Recreation Month

July is Park and Recreation Month
July is Park and Recreation Month

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      looking forward to the Veterans Memorial

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      cancerfunds1 3 years ago

      Wish we all could enjoy with our mother nature more these days.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ruthi: Ruthi, did you see the video that shows your picket in our playground? It is on our "Squidoo Friends of Friends of the Park" lens. Take a look.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Nancy, thank you for stopping by to share the fantastic news! Proud to be a Friend of FOTP! (And of Squidoo, naturally!)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fun to stop by here again to see the updates and great work that is being done in the park. Its awesome to see a community pulling together to get the job done. - God bless Friends of the Park, and you, Nancy. :D

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      OhMe, you do an awesome job of keeping this page updated. You are indeed a shining star in the Squidoo sky!

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      Until you joined Squidoo I had never heard of Pendleton, SC. Now it is on my Bucket List of places I'd like to visit. What a tremendous amount of community spirit you have shown here. Congratulations on all of the successful fund raising. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This is a wonderful example of a community pulling together for a cause and you have been able to give it a voice. Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks to Squidoo for choosing Steip up to the Plate for gift.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Makes me wish I lived near enough to visit the park on a regular basis! Here to let you know Friends of the Park is now my "tithe" charity for Squidformation Highway.

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      sorana lm 5 years ago

      Absolutely delightful lens. You are doing such a fantastic fundraising work. SquidAngel blessed. I am also making a lens (My Squid Angel Memorial Day Weekend Bus Trip Quest) on my SquidAngel Quest and I'll feature it there. Come and visit in a couple of days.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Valentine ***Blessings*** to you today, dear OhMe!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Due to OhMe's hard work, FOTP continues to be one of our most active and successful charities.Congrats on having one of the 33 Best Charity Profiles!https://hubpages.com/community/monsterboards-best_...

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      This is such a great lens about how a park can be such a great way to pull the community together and provide a place to work and play together. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      AllyVuitton 6 years ago

      Such a sweet, good lens!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Awesome lens for Friends of the Park.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Just dropping by to FB "like" this wonderful lens!!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Nancy, I love how much you love and give to your town and the people who live there. You set an incredible example for the rest of us to follow. Blessed by an Angel today and featured to Pay It Forward.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Spook LM: Thank you, Kevin

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Happy Birthday Nancy and many,many more. Apart from all you do at Pendleton, thank you for all you do at Squidoo and especially for me. Have a lovely day.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats! Thanks to AJ you've earned another $99 towards the park in the Sunshine Award. http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/07/13/suns...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats! Friends of the Park has earned their first $99 in the Sunshine Award contest! Thanks to BevsPaper: http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/06/08/suns...

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      I love how much information you have on this lens and clearly you update it all the time. I need to be better about updating my CAER Food Shelf & Minnesota Food Helpline lenses. I hope you win lots of money in this summer's charity contest!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Congratulations on Giant Squid 100!!!!!!! yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! 100 fantastic lenses!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well done on the Purple Star for Pendletons Friends of the Park Nancy!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star and best wishes with your new charity. :)

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great cause and great volunteers! Congratulations on the purple star and your new Squidoo charity partner status!

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      NWTG 7 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming a Squidoo partner nonprofit and also on your pretty purple star!!

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Congratulations on your well deserved Purple Star for this brilliant lens. You've put so much work into this and done a marvellous job on telling us about your town's park.

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Congratulations on that lovely Purple Star and on becoming an official Squidoo charity. You've done a great job for a great cause.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Well, congratulations indeed, my Purple Squid! You have left no stone unturned in the creation of this masterpiece.By the way, it's already featured at https://hubpages.com/community/purple-star-awards

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great lens, and what a wonderful town, what dedicated volunteers! I read everything, even most of the minutes from the very beginning. We have our struggles of course. I prefer to focus on the good will that comes from cooperative efforts that occur over and over again in Pendleton..

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      steveffeo lm 7 years ago

      Congrats I was talking with Joan earlier I think this is a wonderful lens and a great NP, it is important people come together as a community and this Park provides a place. Humm you could write an Ebook on your experience let it be the blueprint for other towns perhaps? Let me know if I can help.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Nancy! As usual you are the soul of your great town... I admire you for all town activities you promote...LoveMichey

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming an officially sponsored Squidoo charity. You be da friend of da park. Best wishes with raising funds for charity. Whoew-ha!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Spook LM: Oh Kevin! That would be wonderful and very much appreciated. Thank you, thank you.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Now that you are official I will try to change my lens donations to FOTP. I trust this will be OK with you. Sorry but I'm a bit slow at getting around. Congratulations and so well deserved.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: Yes, we are so excited to now be an independent 501c3 organization and will be so thrilled and appreciative if we are approved as a Squidoo Charity.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Wednesday-Elf: I haven't heard anything official yet and am waiting on pins and needles. I don't know how long it takes to hear. Thank you for your help with proofreading.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wonderful story about Pendleton's Friends of the Park. You and many other Pendletonians are tireless volunteers to this wonderful park in Pendleton. Congratulations on becoming an official Squidoo charity!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations, Friends of the Park, on your new status! Waiting patiently --or impatiently --for your approval as an official Squidoo charity!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      You inspire me! This is a wonderful organization, well deserving of being a part of the Squidoo Charities.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      This is beautiful Nancy, I always admire your love for your town. 5*, favRegardsMichey

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What beautiful community spirit you have there! Also the park plan is amazing. 5*/ Blessed!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have to come to Pendleton. Another great lens from Queen Ohme!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to Janusz] Whew. I sure needed that blessing and it is so much appreciated. Thank you!

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      Janusz LM 7 years ago

      Nancy, I love your lenses about Pendleton.. Blessed by your feathered friend :)

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens 5*

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Hello OMe,After reading your lens,now I understand why "Friends of the Park organization in Pendleton SC "is your favorite cause.What a wonderful community you have there.Poutine

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is an outstanding example of what a community can do! Actually, I was "on site" for some of the Barett's Place Playground Construction, and oh, was I ever impressed with the volunteer sector of the Pendleton area. The dedication of volunteers and the support of businesses, big and small, add up to "goal accomplished!" A major feat! Congrats...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      OhMe, Nan, Nancy, Joan, John, Oh, I get so confused! :0) This is another great lens and I'm glad to see it is doing so well too! - You can Squidoo girl! I grew up at Kabetogama 'United Methodist Church.' - I just added a photo last night of the alter that was hand carved by a resident of Kabetogama, who passed away some time ago. - It is beautiful!!! - I had my first spiritual experience at age 10 in the church during communion when I went to the alter. Have a wonderful day!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Nancy...been at the eye doctor all day trying to lift my Mr. McGoo syndrome, but finally got to FofTP. You have done a marvelous job here, just as you have in person and on the phone of promoting the Park as well as Pendleton Proper. 5*faved

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Nancy...been at the eye doctor all day trying to lift my Mr. McGoo syndrome, but finally got to FofTP. You have done a marvelous job here, just as you have in person and on the phone of promoting the Park as well as Pendleton Proper. 5*faved

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      Tobbie LM 8 years ago

      Caught your squidcast...Nice and clear videos..watched them all. Your new toy might be a good idea for a lens.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      You slide show for 3rd birthday is great! I don't know how I missed that before!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is such a good use of Squidoo!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I may come up to Pendleton over Christmas break. I really want to look around this town.Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Great lens. When my kids were small we went to the park all the time. Now I take the dog.5*Lizzy

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      VBright 8 years ago

      GReat job! Poll looks fine to me...do I get a vote??? lol just kidding

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love this site!!!!! Very informative.Keep up the good work.

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      Lovely lens 5*!

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      great job!What a nice lens!!!

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      Within LM 8 years ago

      Well done....a very nice update to a lovely lens. Congrats to all involved,Within

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I love the new "keep your playground clean" poster! And your new products! The lens looks really great!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I want to be just like you when I grow up! Great Job. Remember Doc said if you did any more that a divorce was coming! I guess you are pushing the limits huh? lol

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      Delia 8 years ago

      Thanks for your sweet comment on one of my lenses! This Pendleton Veterans Park is going to be awesome! My husband was a part in helping with the establishment & building of the "Medal of Honor" walkway in one of our Parks(City of Parks) now he is involved with moving all the Veteran Memorials in town into this park and have a real "Veterans Park" ...5*s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great job Nancy! Wish I had your talent at putting things together like this page. Thank you so much for all you do for our little town.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am constantly amazed at all accomplished by Pendletonians! The volunteer and business commitment to the community is unbelievable! Great job here, Nancy...my "tip of the hat" to you and all who give and support each other in "our hometown."

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a super nice lens for FOTP! The first lens is most exciting, after getting the hang of it. LOL Looks like a very fun and lovely park for all to enjoy. Thanks for your kind vote and I'll return the favor to you. 5* :o)

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      bigjimj 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! Very nice work for your hometown. Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.

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      bigjimj 8 years ago

      Please come over and submit your lens to the Squidoo City Guide. Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nancy, this is great. Thanks for keeping us informed of the various happenings around our town.

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      sbaokay 8 years ago

      You've done a great job with your lens. You're a natural! Definitely 5 stars from me!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Very impressive first effort! Good information and very well presented.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Sorry. Faye Ladd was also at the meeting. She and her committee did an exceptional job at honoring our heroes at Freedom Fest.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We had a good FOTP meeting last night. The following members were in attendance:Joan Kelly, Caroline Jamieson, Fran (Uncle Sam) Butler, Mary Jo Craig, Meg Jones, Surrea Wooten, and Don Brewer and myself.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great job, Nancy. You do so much for our community, and I appreciate you so much.Love the picture with your name.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am impressed. I am not easily impressed, but quite impressive. Great means of entertainment and information.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Keep up the good work. It is great to see such dedication and hard work. As a Vetran all I can say is THANKS!

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      magicpocketz 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Ilearned some great things about Pendleton. Which is as it should be eh? Cheers keep moving forward. Onward and upward!Becky

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nice lens! Nobody visiting will know it's your first if you don't spill the beans. Good Work! Kudos!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Wonderful job!!! Keep em coming! 5* FAV

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is my first lens so please be patient with me while I learn how to do this. Thanks, Nancy

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