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Date:
18 Dec 2001
Time:
16:30:05

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like eehhhh keepem going?!{hope ya guys come pass Wijk bij Duurstede if ya take the river ........oh yeah rijn in holland hope youl survieve . TAKE CARE!!!!!!

posted by:Floris van der Hoeven

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Date:
01 Dec 2001
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06:28:43

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Hi, I don't mean to be totally on your case, you really do deserve a A+ for your adventurous spirit, but I'd have to give you a failing mark for execution. Your rafts look like hell, I'm the type who would love to be a part of this sort of adventuring, but I'd be too embarrassed to be seen living in such structures.
Do your philosophies totally preclude craftsmanship? I've seen tree forts, even the hovels of the homeless that show greater pride of ownership than your rafts. I also question your contstruction methods, I've viewed your photos, and cannot believe that your rafts will survive beyond maybe 10 years max. Would not thinking a little bigger be inorder? Perhaps a donated barge or tug? I've seen 80' barges and unpowered tugs available for under $20,000. You would have people such as myself washing up on your doorstep, with several thousand bucks, and in my case, with a aluminium skiff, 22 foot sailboat, a couple outboard motors, and a whole pile of other miscellaneous junk (power tools, generator, mechanical skills, and more cash) to contribute, just begging to sign up, but I just cant see grovelling in a hovel.

These opinions, unpopular as they may be, are my own, P. Crost


Date:
16 Oct 2001
Time:
04:37:01
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Hello, my name is Matt Pomije. My trade or profession is a 20 year veteran chef. I am currently reading Huckleberry Finn (again.) I saw your documentary on the Explorer Channel. I have relatives in Port Allen, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I have been searching for ya'll (you guys as we say in CA) for a long time. I want to join the crew on the next trip. I want to cook. I do cajun naturally and southern cooking, as well as 22 other ethnic groups. How can become part of this dream? Is there a cost involved, or may I offer my services? I have to do this. I have had a strong message about this ever since I was a child, and even more so since seeing your flotilla. My Email is [email protected] I would appreciate a response on how I may pursue this life long dream. When I was fifteen, I saw a Popular Mechanic magazine showing how to make a raft with telephone poles, plywood, and an outboard motor. Besides, I love catfish.


Date:
11 Oct 2001
Time:
05:41:19
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bonzo say's hi poppa from mpls mn.


Date:
10 Oct 2001
Time:
05:37:40
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Hi....I'm Kathy Jaclyn"s Mom. I hope to come see what you all are doing soon. Jaclyn sounds very happy and peaceful helping you all. My prayers go to each of you and our mother earth. We hurt right now and God is going to help if we ask....I'm with your thoughts of moving away from vengeful thinking.... Please keep Jaclyn safe, she is part of my heart. Kathy Howle


Date:
30 Sep 2001
Time:
04:36:12
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I think all of this stuff is so cool that i want to make one it looks like it is fun so i think im going to make one thanks this sit relly helped me and my brother and so our raft dont sink so i woud like to thank you send back at [email protected] Thanks


Date:
29 Aug 2001
Time:
20:19:12
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News from the Son of Town Hall. This summer we did move the Son of Town Hall, but only 4 miles. Now the raft is in Frontignan. I will continue to try to bring the Son of Town Hall to the Netherlands. As a matter of preparation I think a general check-up is needed. But minimal things have to be done. First the wooden rudder needs to be renewed, the hull should be cleaned from mussels. Then I want to raft to be more liveable by removing a lot of stuff that is not needed. Are you interested to sign-up as a possible crewmember for next year? One week of longer. France is beautifull. For more information or questions sent a e-mail to [email protected]


Date:
23 Aug 2001
Time:
23:44:49
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Great stuff. I came across a cutting from the irish Times when you did the transatlantic crosssing, and entered Son of Town Hall in Google, and up you came.<P> Here is a link to a discussion thread I have opened about you on the Mudcat Cafe, a website with a forum about folk music and all kinds of other stuff: <a href="http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=38074&messages=1#533905">http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=38074&messages=1#533905</a>


Date:
23 Aug 2001
Time:
20:28:17
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Here is what I posted as <a her="http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=38074&messages=1">a discussion thread </a>on The Mudcat Cafe (a site about folk music and so forth)<P> <I>Rummaging around in a hopeless attempt to clear this room up a bit, I came across a cutting from the Irish Times, from August 1998. Here is the first paragraph:<P> "Raft ends voyage from US in Cork. Friday, August 14, 1998. By Barry Roche, in Castletownbere.<P> Transatlantic travel will never be the same again after four adventurers made what must be one of the most bizarre crossings of the Atlantic - on a 50-ft houseboat made from recycled plywood, logs and foam. Looking like a treehouse but tapering to a point fore and aft, the Son of Town Hall sailed into Castletownbere Harbour in west Cork at 1.30 p.m. yesterday to more than a few odd glances."<P> I remember the story - they had come from Newfoundland, two American jazz musicians, two Canadians, and three dogs. So, wondering what happened next, I entered "Son of Town Hall" into Google - and up came this fascinating site<P> And I see they're trying to get a crew together to shift the Son of Town Hall to the Netherlands right now, according to that website.<P> I remember we had a thread one time dreaming about a floating Mudcat sea cruise...</I> McGrath of Harlow


Date:
19 Aug 2001
Time:
13:37:12
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A simple contribution for me was to participate in re-floating "Sunbeam". God bless...fair winds and calm seas! anonymous ~~~_/)~~~


Date:
15 Aug 2001
Time:
12:26:45
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I am very impressed. Not at the least about the site. People like you make the world a different place, a better place. Thanks for what you are doing. Marie Louise, Turkey


Date:
15 Aug 2001
Time:
10:27:54
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Cathing the end of a CNN clip, I saw your URL painted on the back of a raft. From what I caught of their coverage, I was expecting to find a site about recyling. Clearly I didn't. What was very wierd to me was to see in a small pick on the site yet another sign on the back of a raft which reads "Fourth Way Project". Is Poppa Neutrino's philsophy shaped by the Fourth Way? It's been a long time since I read Ouspensky but I'm sure there wasn't anything about the triads and seven levels... Anyway this has been a strange little wake up. Thanks - Robin, Singapore


Date:
13 Aug 2001
Time:
16:11:01
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~~~Betsy, you must be strong, for it took an ocean to do that to you. *Lenny*


Date:
13 Aug 2001
Time:
16:06:02
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~~~I first read about you guys in August '98 -in the Toronto Star- when you first made the Big Trip. I thought, "WHEW". Then today -August 01- I had the inspiration to see if you had a site. I was very happy to see this come up. Now I know who you are - and the awesome extent of your accomplishment. I will now picture you alongside as I paddle-steer my aluminum canoe with my 2hp side-mounted - along the small lakes of central Ontario, Canada. Yes, special regards to Ed Garry because I am in his (land) home territory. Thank you for being you. And thanks Betsy for the poignant description of the 1/2 hour on the Atlantic when you were overcome by the subconscious loss of ego. I suffered the same "loss of identity" under the influence of grass laced with whatever in 1968. For some time (Thanks God - short) I didn't know "who" I was. Forgot my name. You must be stong for it too an ocean to do that for you. Thank you for being you. *Lenny*


Date:
09 Aug 2001
Time:
16:45:26
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great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great it is really fucking great what you people are doing. regards from Holland. Ad.


Date:
10 Jul 2001
Time:
01:50:40
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I agree with you and your family's moral conviction to install safety hazards and support for your crew. Your website displays you philosophy adequately and I applaud you for your courage. Tommy, Crisfield, MD.


Date:
09 Jul 2001
Time:
19:17:43
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I'm so proud of all of you. I saw the show this weekend and was very entertained by your adventures. Good luck!

Mary of Fairfax, Virginia


Date:
09 Jul 2001
Time:
16:55:49
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I saw the segment about you all on the National Geographic Explorer this past weekend. I want to say that I admire your sense of adventure and what you are attempting to do to help the homeless children of the world. I live about 90 miles north of New Orleans and would have loved to be there to meet you when you sailed in to port. Do you think you all will ever make it back to the Cresent City? If so I would like to know when so I can make a point to be in the area to be able to speak with you all.


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
23:49:04
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So When are you going to make it back to the east coast to pick and salvage the vast amount of perfectly useful sea garbage lurking on the Chesapeake Bay? Personally I would like to just like to see you all floating into port to meet you. There's no shortage of good stuff here. You just need to let us know you're going to be here and I'm sure you'll have plenty of stuff dropped off or donated in general. I'm over on the Delmarva peninsula which connects to Norfolk via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. We're famous for blue crabs and a who's who of fantastic fish to catch. There are a few rivers that are traversable with the rafts and might offer you a more peaceful nights sleep. The Pocomoke River, the Choptank R., and the Wicomico R. are the ones that come to mind. All are brackish which makes an interesting assortment of fish. I feel you'd be welcomed and would enjoy yourselves here. Hope your adventures are full of joy and you accomplish your goal with the orphanage. What a fantastic way to reach people and give them the footing for survival. Hope to hear back and hope I can offer you a hand and some good stuff to help you along if and when you should get to the Bay. May the sun always shine on your face; and a gentle breeze blow to cary you along the way. May the force be with you--Dana B.


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
22:35:35
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I saw the Discovery coverage of your two raft trips this week. Some years ago I got the idea to sail around the world when I retire. My kids talked me out of it... you have given me new inspiration! I may do it yet, and sooner than I expected. What you did was as amazing as what Heyerdahl did with the Kon Tiki, perhaps more so. Congratulations to all of you

Jim Bloomington, Il


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
17:54:28
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I enjoyed your show last night on National Geographic, I must tell you that I feel it was very irresponsible to take those poor dogs with you on the ocean voyage. While you made an informed choice on the large risks you were taking, the dogs had no say and I doubt that they would have chosen to go, Joanne


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
09:54:13
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I just finished watching the National Geographic TV feature of you. I loved the idea of what you are doing. Furthermore I'd love to keep in contact to some degree if at all possible probably through email. The TV feature I saw was on your raft trip down the Mississippi. I will occasionally hone in on your site here and see what is up. Does the news change any on the site or is it pretty well set? Keep up the adventure and I like the idea about the kids from Brazil or some social work project but make sure all the details are worked out before hand. It sounds complicated to do a program while on the move.

Grace to you all,

Turtle


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
07:29:32
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i watch your story on msnbc channel. you guys are cool & i really like what you are doing! you are defying everything that most people belive to be uncommon. sailing across the atlantic ocean & sailing from minnesota to new orleans! all on homemade rafts! now thats cool! i like your web site & i like what you are doing! i love to travel also!   stay cool!


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
05:59:54
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Ed you crazy guy. The last time I talked to you was just after you got back from your first trip to Europe. I have also traveled alot and had some interesting adventures and experiences since leaving behind the suburban middle class existance of our old high school "Port Credit". Way to go. Drop me a line at [email protected] . Hpoe to here from you. Your old friend David Chun


Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
03:07:11
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I would like to comment on your braveness and free spirit. At the same time I would like to know how you find it humane to comment on which animals were left behind or merely passed away in such short time frames. I find your concern to attract publicity and media, while acheiving much for yourselves, you are risking the lives of innocent animals. Your kitten pearl died afer just one year? Can anyone explain? I wish you luck and safety on the rest of your voyage. I also hope that someone will take responsibility for the many animals aboard your vessels. You are all they have, please make sure they have such an endearing life as you do yourselves.

Corrie Goforth PETA / IDA


Date:
06 Jul 2001
Time:
23:42:45
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Hi Neutrinos;

I saw your adventures on the National Geographic TV and was quite interested in all your intelligent, creative, re-cycling, ideas. I am impressed to see all the hard work and team effort that went into your dreams. I wish you all the best in further achievements and a safe journey where-ever you go. God Bless! B. Parsons Ontario, Canada.


Date:
05 Jul 2001
Time:
22:24:04
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Your bandwidth is as shabby as your rafts. Even DSL won't allow me fast surfing on your site.


Date:
04 Jul 2001
Time:
03:54:16
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what a way to see the world!!!!! saw your special enjoyed every moment safe travels and smooth sailing


Date:
04 Jul 2001
Time:
01:40:07
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I saw you on t.v. the other night. I think you should all grow up and get jobs. You look like a bunch of homeless freaks who need to take a bath. If I ever saw your shitty raft I would splash you with my jet ski.


Date:
03 Jul 2001
Time:
03:59:09
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Very cool. I watched you on National Geographic last night. I hope you guys accomplish everything you dream to do. What are you guys doing next?


Date:
03 Jul 2001
Time:
02:59:11
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I saw National Geographic last night, while I can appreciate your sense of adventure your craft was in no way sea worthy to cross the Atlantic, and you are very lucky to be alive. As far as the southern leg of the Missippi, I would not take my power boat down there which can get out of the way of barges in a hurry. Let alone run in the fog on unfamiluar waters full of barges. You were very lucky there as well.

Greg Offenback Berrien Springs, Mi.


Date:
03 Jul 2001
Time:
00:12:17
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I really enjoyed both programs.Now the Mississippi River trip would be something I would enjoy.


Date:
02 Jul 2001
Time:
16:47:43
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Good morning Neutrinos, I saw your incredible voyages on National Geographic last night and was so impressed with your spirit, drive and sense of adventure that I just had to find your web site that was on the side of the raft that went down the mighty Mississippi. I wanted to commend your willingness to seek what is around the bend and am going to add your web site to my favorites. Your entire crew represents the spirit that has made America what it is today, I only wish that I could first hand participate in your voyages with you. God's speed goes out to you. Thank you for the adventure. Randy Likes Oklahoma


Date:
02 Jul 2001
Time:
15:00:06
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I saw the Natinal Geographic special last night and was intrigued. I'm glad you made it to Ireland safely. So intrigued , I guess, that I found your site this morning. (I saw your address on the side of Son of Town Hall). Your philosophy of triads and how they work is really interesting. I have been a student of Buddhism for 6 years now, so am trying to hone my critical thinking skills on a daily basis. I think your VIlma B idea is great and I wish you all best of luck. Thank You! Tommy


Date:
02 Jul 2001
Time:
07:24:00
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AMAZING! When it seems impossible, crazy, out of reach, and EVERYONE thinks your insane - you just have to do it! Who wants to live wanting?


Date:
02 Jul 2001
Time:
07:04:37
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You should have a separate guest book listing..... I found it hard to find this guestbook. I saw your show and was so overwhelmed with it I had to go for a drive and get something to eat in order to gain my composhure. We live in a throw away society and I found your recycled and strong ideas irraplacant of what others beliefs and thoughts forth right strong and appealing. I think about life like your boat ride, long, sometimes ardous, but a sunset and a gentle breeze around the bend. Keep on sailing and living and loving nature and it's people, the pot of gold is not over the rainbow for all of you, you are that rainbow.... Bradford


Date:
02 Jul 2001
Time:
05:55:20
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Betsy,

Simply amazing! Awesome that you can do so much living, while we all watch and are amazed. God Bless and Fair winds and Following Seas..

Russ Spears Raleigh, NC


Date:
27 Jun 2001
Time:
23:25:41
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Check email: [email protected]

THE SON OF TOWN HALL is still in Setes (France). This summer, starting August 5ht we want to sail the Son of Town Hall to the Netherlands. Who is interested to participate. Interested ? We need some crewmembers ( 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks) who have experience or desire to sail in French canals and rivers. More info:[email protected] or (0031) 0345.533933 (jan theunissen)


Date:
21 May 2001
Time:
14:27:52
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Beloved Becky and Shawn (sp?)

Thanks for sharing time with us this weekend. It was a pleasure getting to know you and what you are doing. I will establish a link to night to your site from ours:

http://www.towardtheone.com

(just click on the Sufi Order of of Austin button)

God bless you all, Mikail Davenport Sufi Order of Austin


Date:
10 May 2001
Time:
19:03:14
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Greetings From Wolf Spider Island!

Hey Neutrinos,

Good to see you achieving your dream. Rock on! Chris Parnell says to say hi.

Sol Simon, Winona, MN.


Date:
06 May 2001
Time:
07:10:50
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i miss seeing the flying neutrinos.Since you have not been playing the rodeo bar and I never see you advertised in the Village Voice, I have no idea where you play at. yall my favorite Jazz/swing band ever! Anyway, if you still contact fans via mail, Im; James Dougherty 71-17 147 St Flushing N.Y. 11367 Hope to see yall play again and God Bless. Bye-Bye.


Date:
03 May 2001
Time:
01:33:06
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We saw your raft in Port Isabel Texas on May 2.Where did you come from?Are you all Americans or do you have other nationalities onbord.You website is very interesting. A local Swede


Date:
15 Apr 2001
Time:
23:26:24
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Hello Betsy and crew!!!!

This is Ginny & Dorothy from Fridley- remember us? We wanted to know how you all are getting along....we talk about you frequently. Mom always asks what I've heard, or if I know where you are....she recently had a stroke, but she's doing better now...good luck to you all Ginny


Date:
26 Mar 2001
Time:
13:46:36
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Hi, just saw a program about your Atlantic crossing, way to go!!

Really shows that you can do whatever you really want to, as long as your mind really set on it!!

Regards Anders Wiklund, Sweden


Date:
24 Mar 2001
Time:
19:18:16
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Hi my name is Neil McPhee , one more transplanted east coast canadian living in Ontario. I just saw a T.V. show of your Atl. crossing, and I was very impressed with your courage and determination ( all of you ). By choice or by design you are living a life of passion , without any guarantees, I salute you.

I hope you never lose site of the next horizon, good luck!! Neil


Date:
23 Mar 2001
Time:
15:19:19
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I need urgently an interview for VSD magazine Antoine de tournemire 33 1 40 47 82 55 Thanks


Date:
23 Mar 2001
Time:
06:03:08
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Was so glad to meet you and shake your hand today 3/22/01. We were the people from Oklahoma. Appreciate you talking to us about your raft, and letting us take your picture. We wish you all the good luck, and take care. [email protected]


Date:
09 Mar 2001
Time:
02:44:38
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Guess what? I want to participate in the VILMA B project! Are you accepting applications?


Date:
09 Mar 2001
Time:
02:20:30
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Hello! I'm so happy to locate your website. I read about you three years ago and haven't run into any info about you since. I'm the creator/editor of "ALL ROUND - a radical mag for children ages 1 to 100 and up". I love your orphange project. It has in part inspired one of the story lines in my mag. I'd love to collaborate with you once you get it going...I'm looking for kids to be international spokespeople for the mag. I have a website - www.allroundmagazine.com. Hope to hear from you if you're interested - I could give you some good publicity -

Tilke Elkins All Round Editor [email protected]


Date:
06 Mar 2001
Time:
00:27:47
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Folks,

I tried to reach you in Ireland. I have a boat junkyard: anythingmarine.com. I just finished a book on the "new bohemians" The Son of City Hall is in it. I's like to trade some stuff for some publicity/sponsorship.

henry 631 447 1884

 


Date:
24 Feb 2001
Time:
06:31:01
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You Neutrino folks rock!


 

Date: Monday, January 08, 2001

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Took care of one of your raft mates at Dolly Vinsant Hospital E.R. in San Benito Tx. Can't give her name(due to confidentialality) but was facinated by what they were telling me about the raft. Good Luck David Bykowski R.N. [email protected]


Date:
07 Jan 2001
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23:46:24
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Hello, My husband and I think it is terrible what has happened to town hall. We were thrilled of hearing of the marvelous voyage. We hope another one can be built not to replace the first but to leave its own legacy. We will be behind you and our prayers are with you and for the ashes of the father that was lost and the beautiful Cat that was never found. We are animal lovers and support anything that helps to recycle and leave our world a better place. God Bless You Always Stacie and Tony

 


Date:
04 Jan 2001
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06:07:36
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I love the website and am glad you guys are still up and roaring. I mean it. i was one of those little brats chillin on town hall watching your show still remembering your songs. I saw marissa this summer and was pleased to see her doing well! well anyway website is cool but you guys are cooler!!

Keith loughnane [email protected]

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