Town Hall Meeting

Recently our fair little town had it’s first Town Meeting, since Mayor Blake Panache took the reins. 😀

Quite a few topics were discussed, a few of them were…

The new Train Network and a basic run down on how to use it. The station in to the east near the Fairgrounds.

Jaiden Magic and Nathaniel Lorefield also gave a demonstration of the weather system they’ve been developing. The attendees to the meeting were treated to a light snow and a rain shower.

Mayor Panache noted that Philo will have a blanket of snow
from Thanksgiving till around the end of February. He also noted that the South Lake and North Ponds will both be freezing over for the season.

News that both a Post Office and a Police Station will soon be constructed. A reminder that Constable Fulgrim is in search of a Deputy, was also mentioned.

The Philomena Road Rally was officially launched.
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There will be a yard decorating and photo contest for Winter Holidays Season. Prizes will be given for the best yard and the best picture. More details to follow.

The idea of a 9am slt Sunday Brunch was suggested. If you’d like to host the event, please contact Mayor Panache.

Also the idea of a Gentleman’s Night was proposed. Details to be determined.

Qwis Greenwood mentioned that she’d been asked to
write a holiday story for Prim Perfect magazine. She will be using Philo as inspiration and will be using parts of the town for backdrops, pictures, and possibly cast.

Note from Mayor Panache about the future:
“The Future is hard to talk about because i just don’t know whats going to happen.”
“I have good feelings about town, and am open to all ideas and thoughts you might have.”
“But here is the thing.. I cant make everything happen as easy as the game of horse shoes.”
“I am one guy, and I need all of you.”
“I know all of you here love town as I do.”
“My hope is you can engage and make this a place, where we all really do know and like one another and, as Thad used to say, all the time make it a place where you can always say ‘Howdy neighbor.’
” I know so many of you and i like all of you.”
“And it just seems to me you all would really like each other too.”
” So, if there is anything you want to see in the future. I am willing to entertain all ideas as long as they don’t start with telling me I should do this or that.”
“Make this place, your folks, thats what I’m really trying to say.”
“Thank you.”11_8_2015 Philo Town Meeting.

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The garden in which we live.

Snapshot _ Philomena Park, Bushside (57, 179, 55) - ModeratePhilomena is a town of Gardens. We have some of the most creative and nurturing gardeners here and our yards are some of the nicest and most though out landscapes in Second Life. I have wondered about this from time to time.  While it is true there are so many beautiful plants and flowers being made these days, why would folks waste those prims outside instead of using them for furnishings and so on indoors? What it seems like to me is the people want to make a beautiful place not just for themselves, but for all to enjoy. This simple behavior is symbolic of what Philomenaville is all about. Everyone selflessly tends to their small patch but when you look from a bit of a distance what we have is something greater than all of us.

This is what I love about town. We are all gardeners, but its bigger than pretty plants or manicured lawns. If you know anything about gardening you know its not just about plunking plants into the ground,  its about the love and care you give to something and the enjoyment you get from seeing what you nurture blossom, bloom, and perhaps even yield fruit. It is about sharing with others and its learning how to do things better. Its about making the world a richer and better place.

As I have stumbled through becoming Mayor I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. There have been disappointments, set backs and at least two melt downs. I’ve learned a lot and done a lot of stupid things. But one thing I know for sure is if it where not for the nurturing Gardeners of this town showing me such compassion and giving me encouragement when they had no idea how much I needed it I would have failed here for sure.

A town is nothing but the souls of its inhabitants. It seems I have fallen in love with Philomena. She is a beautiful complex soul and I am lucky to have her.