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PA STATE PARKS SLATED TO CLOSE DUE TO BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS!
A SPECIAL RIVERSWAMI RANT:
This raises many questions:
• How does one close a park?
• How high will the grass grow & what (or who) will be in it?
• Will trees replace toilets?
Does this move go against the economic stimulus package which is supposed to create jobs, not eliminate them?
How much will it cost the public to support out-of-work employees and associated contractors?
Will the state save money in the long haul after facilities become delapidated and in need of expensive repairs?
Where will kids play soccer if the fields are overgrown and off limits?
How will we honor the founders of our country?
At some point, will we need to summon the spirit of Ben Franklin to deliver to us a magical key to regain entry?
Why does the state own these parks if it can't take care of them?
Shouldn't the hallowed ground of the Keystone State that helped to form our United States be protected on a Federal level (like Gettysburg)?
• How soon will the PA episode of "Life After People" air?
Who are the wizards who came up with this one?


ATTENTION!  WASHINGTON CROSSING HISTORIC PARK FACES CLOSURE OF ITS VISITOR'S CENTER!
Tourists arriving at the park will soon be surprised to find that they are on their own.  Supposedly due to mold issues, the building that houses a treasure trove of information is slated to be shuttered.  This comes only a short while after the loss of local businesses that once leased other park buildings.  Better scoop up those souvenirs while you can because they will be a thing of the past if the Commonwealth of PA has it's way!  Call or write your representatives or send your opinion to the PA Historical & Museum Commission via the park's web site.  See what we'll all be missing at:
Washington Crossing Historic Park

     So, you think this painting is of George & Co.       
            Crossing the Delaware?  Guess again!          

                                                                      
Trail of History...
Every year on December 25th, the annual re-enactment of the 1776 Crossing of the Delaware commences at Washington Crossing, PA.  Often, due to swift currents, high water or ice flows, Gen. George Washington and his troops have been forced to ditch their Durham Boats for an alternate means of transportation.  In 2008, they crossed the Delaware by marching over the Washington Crossing Bridge!  Wouldn't that have surprised the Hessians!


URGENT!  HELP SAVE FORT MIFFLIN ON THE DELAWARE FROM CLOSING ITS GATES FOREVER!
Built in 1771 on Mud Island in the Delaware River by the British, Fort Mifflin played an instrumental role during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the US Civil War, the Korean War, WW I and WW II.  Due to lack of funding, it faces permanent closure.  Learn more about the plight of this historic American treasure at:   

The Fort Mifflin CANNON Newsletter

Philadelphia Landmarks Examiner - Fort Mifflin Could Close Doors Forever ( Jan 7, 2009)

Fort Mifflin's MySpace Page

The OFFICIAL SITE of FORT MIFFLIN ON THE DELAWARE


Put this in your pipe and smoke it!
In accordance with his final wishes, Albert Einstein's ashes were dumped in the Delaware River.


TIP:  Feed your brain, but please don't feed the geese!

STAY PREPARED!  Be sure to have an emergency kit at hand and an evacuation plan.