2013-06-06 / Local & State

Tea Shop To Advocate For Meadow Grounds Lake During Strawberry Festival

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Folks will be flocking to Mc- Connellsburg June 14 and 15 for all the fun/food events one associates with a Strawberry Festival, but Tickle Your Fancy Gifts and Tea will have an altogether different agenda.

“Meadow Grounds Lake is draining away and we want legislators to keep their promise that once problems are fixed with the dam, the lake will be restored,” says tea shop owner Lin Henry.

Henry is one of a small group of 20 who are acting as a steering committee for Meadow Grounds Friends. The group have been working behind the scenes securing a domain name and building a Web site: www.meadowgroundsfriends.org as well as keeping an active Facebook page, Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake, where more than 800 supporters post concerns, memories and photographs.

The group will headquarter at Tickle You Fancy Gifts and Tea at 110 Lincoln Way West all day Friday and Saturday as they continue to put together their database for future information purposes. Members Ed and Cindy Carbaugh have already created a database from the more than 1,000 signatures they collected on their paper petition, and member Troy Hollinshead will be adding more than 1,500 signatures from the online petition he created. Hollinshead also created a Wikipedia page to bring more public awareness to the situation.

By the end of the Strawberry Festival, members hope to have an accurate and complete database so that information and news of events can be sent to concerned citizens about the ways they can contribute to a restoration project that does not get lost or back burnered.

Henry is asking all people who are concerned about the future of the lake to check in at the shop during the Strawberry Festival where names and contact information will be added immediately to the database. The group will also be passing out cards with contact information for local legislators and announcing a public meeting to be held June 24 at the Fulton County Public Library.

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