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Metro Parent
Board: State: Michigan
Sep 11, 2019 7:16pm
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I just stumbled across this article online from March...just wondering if anyone else had seen it? it lists a few letterboxes from some familiar names :)

https://www.metroparent.com/daily/family-fun/family-activities/letterboxing-fun-for-families-in-southeast-michigan/
Re: Metro Parent
Board: State: Michigan
Reply to: #979395 by Perfect Pair
Sep 11, 2019 7:25pm
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That is a great article.
100 years Ago - No Cops in Boston!
Board: History is Alive
Sep 12, 2019 7:17am
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100 years ago today was the 4th and last day of a strike by the Boston Police officers. The largely Irish-American police force had seen its wages lag badly during the war. Efforts were made to organize in order to gain not only higher pay, but shorter hours and better working conditions. Police Commissioner Edwin U. Curtis refused to sanction a police union and suspended the leaders from the force in August 1919.

On September 9, more than 1,100 officers went out on strike, which removed three-fourths of the force from the city’s streets. In some areas, rabble-rousers looted and rioted. On the following day, Mayor Andrew J. Peters summoned local militia units, which managed to restore order. In anticipation of the strike, all of Boston's newspapers called it "Bolshevistic,"[#] and pleaded with the police to reconsider while predicting dire consequences. This hurt the officers deeply as most of them had fought in World War One, which had ended only 10 months earlier.

Police officers had an extensive list of grievances. Officially they worked ten-hour shifts, but typically recorded weekly totals between 75 and 90 hours, with no overtime pay. They were not paid for time spent on court appearances. They complained about having to share beds and the lack of sanitation, baths, and toilets at many of the 19 station houses where they were required to live. Their pay was $0.25 /hour, considerably less that the average Bostonian civil servant's. According to the US Census, average wages in America at the time were $1.25 per hour.

They also objected to being required to perform such tasks as "delivering unpaid tax bills, surveying rooming houses, taking the census, or watching the polls at elections" and checking the backgrounds of prospective jurors as well as serving as "errand boys" for their officers.

In the 4 days of the strike, 9 people were killed, 8 by the State Guard, who had virtually no experience in crowd control.

Ultimately all of the striking officers were fired, nearly 1200 in all. The replacement officers hired in the wake of the strike received higher salaries and more vacation days than the strikers had. They enjoyed a starting salary of $1,400 ($0.40/hr) along with a pension plan, and the department covered the cost of their uniforms and equipment ($250). So the replacement officers were the beneficiaries of the strike.

[#] Many of the non-Irish officers were Italian, Scandinavian and Canadian. This Bolshevik conspiracy fear focused on non-Americans, and particularly along religious lines.

Sources: Boston Globe and Wiki.

Submitted for your consideration,

Old Blue
Re: 100 years Ago - No Cops in Boston!
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979397 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Sep 12, 2019 8:09am
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most of them had fought in World War One, which had ended only 10 months earlier.

World War I was also known as the Great War, or described as "the war to end all wars".
Re: 100 years Ago - No Cops in Boston!
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979398 by Oberon_Kenobi
Sep 12, 2019 8:54am
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World War I was also known as the Great War, or described as "the war to end all wars".

WorldWarIwasalsoknownastheGreatWar,ordescribedas"thewartoendallwars".
Congratulations NorseGnome on BOTW!
Board: State: Michigan
Sep 12, 2019 1:11pm
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Hey all,

Did you see that our own NorseGnome got Box of the Week honors for Paradise Nature Trail ? It's a fabulous box and well-deserving of the honor.

Congratulations!
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979352 by Kirbert
Sep 12, 2019 5:02pm
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It’s a nice kit. The description says it helps fulfill the last requirement for the badge. There are more requirements - four more - before they earn the badge.

I came into letterboxing with my then-Brownie. She’s a second year junior now, with ~400 finds. She’s much more interested in finding the boxes than stamping and carving. Lol. But as a leader, I try to ensure that all the scouts I go out with know the leave no trace principals, and are respectful of boxes and hiding spots too.
Re: 100 years Ago - No Cops in Boston!
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979398 by Oberon_Kenobi
Sep 12, 2019 5:09pm
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described as "the war to end all wars".

I prefer to describe it as part "One" of the World War with a 20 year intermission to follow.
Letterboxers Christmas Event
Board: Event News and Planning
Sep 12, 2019 6:17pm
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Still looking for carvers for our event. We are looking for childhood toys stamps and Food postage stamps

Please check the event page for what has carved so far. IF you are interested in carving please let us know

Happydaze
Letterboxers Christmas Event
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sep 12, 2019 6:18pm
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Still looking for carvers for our event. We are looking for childhood toys stamps and Food postage stamps

Please check the event page for what has carved so far. IF you are interested in carving please let us know

Happydaze
Re: How do you add a box ahead of planting?
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #979386 by Green Tortuga
Sep 12, 2019 8:54pm
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Maybe a new feature (premium member perk?) to allow you to set the activation date/time? I would imagine that event organizers would like that!
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979345 by Grrly Girl
Sep 13, 2019 6:35am
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As a Lifetime Girl Scout, previous Brownie leader, avid letterboxer and facilitator who teachs a letterboxing class to adults and girls - I can tell you that the badge requirements are such that the girls are to create their own stamp not purchase one. Perhaps 1. the folks on Etsy should not market these items and 2. troop leaders should know better than to buy them.
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979361 by Wry Me
Sep 13, 2019 6:38am
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When I teach this to adults, I suggest 1 troop stamp instead of 12 individual stamps. My troop had 1 troop stamp!

It's an education issue.
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979345 by Grrly Girl
Sep 13, 2019 7:03am
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Apparently I need to set up an etsy shop and start selling these!
Help with a trip to London, England
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Sep 13, 2019 7:06am
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My wife, Dusty Walker, is going to London with her mother in October. Her mom will probably be in a wheelchair or a walker for most of their excursions. I don't have an itinerary for her except for London and a trip to Bath; will get more info. I'm looking to provide her with easy to get boxes. AQ's and LbNA's are fairly easy to look up but I would also like her to find a few "real" English boxes while she is there. If you can provide me with any information about London's boxes, I would appreciate it. Hopefully, will provide better logistics soon. You can reply directly to me, but I bet others would find the info helpfull. Happy Hunting & Cheerio
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979411 by NLW
Sep 13, 2019 8:46am
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When I teach Girl Scouts, I always have them make their own stamps (woodblock and foam) and encourage exchanges. And I do suggest to leaders they have a single troop stamp for boxing in the wild. At camp I let them all stamp in and limit the number of boxes with logbooks (one per series), but at the camps I keep up a pretty good maintenance schedule! I also put ink in all the boxes at camp (letting them know this is not typical in the wild) - I think it prevents more problems that way, but again only because I do regular maintenance (and buy ink pads by the gross/case).

LL
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979410 by NLW
Sep 13, 2019 8:47am
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I’ve been shopping on Etsy for years and it’s not like it used to be. It’s gotten much bigger with I think different owners than the original people. Many shop owners are unhappy and many have left. You see items that clearly have copyright issues and unless a shop gets reported Etsy allows it to continue selling. They allow sales of lots of stuff that should not be listed and a ton of stuff that is clearly not handmade or original.
Re: Android users of Clue Tracker
Board: Clue Tracker
Reply to: #979027 by MichKathy
Sep 13, 2019 8:57am
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Thanks for the feedback! I think this is a problem when you are inside. Could you try the compass outside and let us know if it is less "jumpy"?

Yup, it worked much better outside.
Re: Android users of Clue Tracker
Board: Clue Tracker
Reply to: #979416 by Eidolon
Sep 13, 2019 9:11am
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Thank you!
TALE 17 - Texas Annual Letterboxing Event
Board: Event News and Planning
Sep 13, 2019 9:22am
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The location has been locked up and the event posted to AQ. Look forward to seeing you all there!!!!
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979366 by photopam
Sep 13, 2019 11:20am
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Haven't been in Girl Scouts in maybe 10 years or more. I had been enrolled in GS for 34 years. I stopped volunteering as a trainer just after the new journeys program started... but I did help teach a mini event for the service unit we are in about letterboxing. Code of conduct was 1st. It went well and we short term planted boxes for them to find. One of the PIA mom's got mad at the Service Unit Manager (my kid) and told the council that we were teaching kids to sneak and hide things from the community. Oh and lie too. She ended up being a campfire leader...LOL
I Started Teaching Online!
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Sep 13, 2019 12:59pm
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You may or may not know that I am a Certified Health Coach. I decided to teach classes to childrednonline and just got my first class approved. Here I am plugging myself because I know that a lot of folks here have children. Maybe you will be interested. Maybe you will know of someone who might be interested. Will you please spread the word for me? Here is the class:

Why is Drinking Water Important? 💦

AGES 8-10
https://outschool.com/classes/why-is-drinking-water-important-x0rwO3gS#usxoo1AzJm

AGES 11-15
https://outschool.com/classes/why-is-drinking-water-important-wrQEWjxd#usxoo1AzJm

Please feel free to ask me any questions. I am so excited!

PS For a $20 credit, people can use this link.
https://outschool.com/?signup=true&usid=xoo1AzJm&utm_campaign=share_invite_link
Re: Cincinnati question
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #979170 by Oberon_Kenobi
Sep 13, 2019 1:00pm
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Oh, thank you! I was hoping it was that clip!

KuKu
Re: Code of conduct & Brownie Scouts
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979412 by Fantastic Mrs. Fox
Sep 13, 2019 2:23pm
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Seems to me that letterboxers other than Brownie Scouts might be interested. It looks like a good package for any letterboxer who's put off by carving, painting, etc., and just wants to try planting.
Updated clues
Board: State: Maine
Sep 13, 2019 5:41pm
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Clues to: Just A Little Frozen series, have been updated as of (9/13/19) Just wanted to let anyone who has printed this out know and to reprint it. Thanks! :)
Re: Help with a trip to London, England
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979413 by BEBO BEAR
Sep 13, 2019 9:36pm
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I went through the same thing before my last business trip to the UK, but I just couldn’t find much. I am in no way an expert, but it seemed like the letterboxing in England is very region specific, without much action outside those specific areas.

I did find this site:

https://web.archive.org/web/20121026230114/http://www.ian.kirkpatrick2.btinternet.co.uk/page1.htm

It’s a bit older, from the internet archive, dating back to 2012. But there might be other resources out there that I just never found.
Re: Help with a trip to London, England
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979424 by Nature Hikers
Sep 13, 2019 9:59pm
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I did find this site:

https://web.archive.org/web/20121026230114/http://www.ian.kirkpatrick2.btinternet.co.uk/page1.htm

It’s a bit older, from the internet archive, dating back to 2012. But there might be other resources out there that I just never found.

Yeah, Dartmoor Bounders are no longer maintaining the Off Dartmoor list. He told me who he passed it on to but I think that person is also out of the game since he suggested I could pick it up if interested. I didn't feel I was the best person for that being on the wrong continent and all so never volunteered...
Re: Help with a trip to London, England
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #979413 by BEBO BEAR
Sep 14, 2019 3:01pm
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letterboxing in England outside of Dartmoor and the New Forest is very challenging even for folks with no mobility issues. Boxes planted by tourists go missing in London almost immediately.
Even in Dartmoor, you have the pub boxes, but they "don't count" as far as getting your Dartmoor 100 badge.

-Amanda from Seattle
Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Sep 14, 2019 3:10pm
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On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. The poem was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded for over 27 hours by dozens of British ships during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words: “... And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Am I the only person who get chills when I hear it?

Old Blue
Re: Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner
Board: History is Alive
Reply to: #979427 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Sep 14, 2019 3:32pm
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I personally love that our national anthem has stuff blowing up in it. :)