Petition to BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON
Reopen the Florence Jones Reineman Wildlife Sanctuary and Beaversprite Nature Center
The Florence Jones Reineman Wildlife Sanctuary and Beaversprite Nature Center is a wonderful center located in a small town in Upstate New York called Oppenheim. Its center houses a crawl through educational beaver hut, taxidermy animals, live tanks for fish, salamanders, and bugs. It has fantastic nature trails and also hosts an array of education shows not only for children but for adults as well. Many city schools would travel to the Nature Center and Sanctuary to learn about plant and animal life native to the area. Some of the students from these schools would only be given the opportunity to learn about such things because of this center. Unfortunately, due to mismanagement and greed from the previous manager of the Sanctuary and Nature Center, the Trustee's closed the center down with no plan of reopening. It took away a huge and beautiful piece of the Oppenheim Community as well as an amazing educational opportunity for the surrounding areas and population both young and old alike. A simple solution to this problem and the outcome we hope to achieve is to have the fund reopen the center and appoint a proper manager to run and improve this fantastic place. Part of this solution has already been achieved. A person of great integrity with the proper degree and management experience has already stepped up and been in contact with the Trustee's in hopes of taking over as Manager of this center. All we need is to convince the Trustee's that the Center is worth the time. The community and surrounding areas are all loosing out on a fantastic opportunity to learn and see what nature is all about. Girl Scouts Troop 2123 says: The Sanctuary was a wonderful place to bring our girls. They learned about nature and how they could help keep it safe. As Brownies and Daisies (Kindergarten to 3 Graders) our girls were able to explore and learn not only through lecture but through touch and experience the world around them and how they are all connected to everything they do. Community Member says: During the summer months I would take my grandchildren to the lectures that they hosted at the Nature Center. My granddaughter got to see a baby black bear! She got to pet a python and an alligator. She got to see so many animals that most people, forget about children, only get to see at a distance if at all! I miss having those opportunities! I miss being able to call my daughter and her husband and say "Hey! There is a great show on Friday night! Bring the babies up so we can go. Tonight there is going to be *insert awesome animal here*." I just wish that we had our Center back! Mrs. Susan Pedrick - Second Grade Teacher, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville CSD says: I teach 2nd grade at Oppenheim Ephratah St. Johnsville school. I visited the Sanctuary for many years. I have lots of pictures of the group's visits. It was a very educational and child friendly setting. Children loved the trip and learned a great deal. I probably went there 7 or 8 years as our field trip. I did not know it had closed. How sad. It had Saturday night shows all summer free to the public with wonderful live animal programs. Mrs. Kira Stone-Benenati - Kindergarten Teacher, Dolgeville Elementary School says: My family and I used to love to attend presentations at the nature center on Saturday nights during the summer. We really miss them! Also, even though I have not taken a class on a field trip to the nature center, I attended a few there myself when I was a student in school. The nature center really was educational, and I had a great time crawling through the beaver lodge! Adirondack Adventures Childcare Owner says: As a daycare provider in the town of Oppenheim I was saddened to hear that the Florence Jones Reinman Sanctuary as well as Beaversprite are no longer in operation. What a loss to our community . I remember visiting them as a child and adult and at both stages being amazed at the stories of Beaversprite and learning invaluable information about our area and the animals around us at the sanctuary . I was hoping to be able to provide these experiences to my daycare children to share the joys of nature with them however now I can not . This is an amazing area that has such potential to provide years of learning and experiences for people of all ages from all over. Just as important as the location is for learning it is just as important for preservation of the land located here . Being located just miles from my daycare I would love to be able to incorporate learning at the sanctuary into my curriculum.
Petition to The Walt Disney Company
Bring Back the Original “Journey into Imagination!”
In 1982, The Walt Disney World Resort opened it's 2nd Park, Epcot Center. When this park opened, there was no Mickey Mouse, no Goofy, No Snow White, none of the established Disney Characters. Instead, there was a Bearded Man known simply as the Dreamfinder, and his Purple Dragron Friend, Named Figment. 5 Months Later, These Characters got their own attraction inside the Imagination Pavilion called “Journey into Imagination” in which Dreamfinder and Figment shows people what Imagination could create. The attraction was considered to be the best attraction in Epcot Center, So much so that Dreamfinder and Figment were considered the unofficial mascots of Epcot. The attraction ran for nearly 2 decades, the attraction was closed in 1998 to make way for a new “revised” version of the attraction called, Journey into Your Imagination, and this version, for lack of a better term, was a huge disappointment to say the least. Dreamfinder was completely GONE from the attraction, and Figment was reduced to a cameo. This attraction didn't last too long and it closed in 2001, making way for “Journey into Imagination with Figment” which, while better than it's predecessor, was still a far cry from the magic and wonder of the original. This attraction has been open for over a decade at this point, and with the Imagination Pavilion in Epcotvscheduled to get a MAJOR refurbishment, I think it's high time Disney returns the attraction to it's former glory, and here's why: The Message: The message that the attraction portrayed is still a relevant one: Everything in the World comes from Imagination. This message is still relevant today, unlike some of the other attractions at Epcot on opening day, wouldn't be terribly relevant by today's standards. (Food Rocks Anyone?) The Nostalgia: I think another good reason to reopen this attraction is the nostalgia factor this attraction has for so many people. If Disney were to reopen the attraction, there could easily be a huge marketing push for those nostalgic for this iconic attraction. The Characters: it's not suprising to many why Dreamfinder and Figment are so popular: their recognizability. Dreamfinder and Figment embody the human imagination, and how one little spark can turn into something great. So, there you go. With some new effects and things of the sort, Journey into Imagination can return as good as ever, and a dream can once again be, a dream come true.
Petition to Everyone in SCV, Mayor Cameron Smyth, Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste, Marsha McLean, Bob Kellar, Bill Miranda
Reopening of Macaroni Grill in the Santa Clarita Valley
The Santa Clarita location of Macaroni Grill has created an atmosphere of laughter, relaxation and a place of community for 16 whole years. Macaroni Grill was loved and cherished by the city and its citizens. From new-comers to regulars, Macaroni Grill stood out above and beyond all Italian restaurants in the valley due to its amazing customer service, inviting atmosphere and divine food. Unfortunately, on April 18, 2017, Macaroni Grill suddenly and immediately closed down without any further notice. It was a shock to the city, especially the supporters and regulars. We, the citizens of The Santa Clarita Valley demand a reopening of Macaroni Grill to continue its legacy.