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History Of The Fire Pit

It began like any other Beltane

To: synergy@lists
Subject: BELTANE!!
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 17:59:38 -0700
From: Goddess of Fecundity <daisypl>

Hey kids and caboodles!
Keep Saturday clear for big fun next week! Come celebrate the beginning of spring, the sprouting forth from the earth of new life, the fecudity of the freshly moistened terra. Here's something to send out to your loved ones.

BELTANE - a celebration of spring
Saturday, May 3
POTLUCK starts at 5
Nine Mile Skid starts at 6

w/ Little Sue
Starting at 9

Dance ye round and round the maypole
Leap through the bonfire to clean ye for the year yet coming,
Regale in the fertility of the world!

And then, for the first time in years, the bonfire was discovered (though the maypole still wasn't)...

From: "Wes Hermann" <weston>
To: <synergy@lists>
Subject: Syn: Totally Busted
Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 11:29:30 -0700


We suck.

The fire marshall came this morning and saw the burned spot out back, and reported us to the housing supervisor, who just paid me a visit. The burned spot was there before, but i guess it wasn't as big, and there wasn't always a wheelbarrow full of ashes sitting next to it. That part was my fault. After the clean-up, I was hoping to use them in the garden somewhere.

She wasnt mad, exactly, but certainally not happy. She did make it clear that there is a fine coming down the pipe, which I should know more about later today.

They are of course just interested in our safety.

So it looks like its time to keep our noses real clean for the next couple weeks, now that we are in the spotlight. Watch out for stuff in the hall, especially bikes and things by the fire exits. Also, we should probably hide the flammables in the garden area such as spray paint/wood stain/house paint. I was told we would be visited again soon.

Oh boy.


From: Wes Hermann
To: synergy@lists
Subject: Bonfire Fine (Whoo-hoo!!!)
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 16:37:38 -0700

This made my day. In short:

The fine is only $100 plus fixing the pothole. (So a "recreational discharge" of a fire extinguisher is a $500 fine, but starting a huge fire is only $100.)

Fires CAN BE LEGAL at Synergy if we get them approved by the fire marshall (I wonder if that is impossible?)



----- Original Message -----
From: Shelita Larteri
To: weston; orion1
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 4:05 PM
Subject: Synergy - Bon Fire Rules & Grounds Clean Up
Hi Wes [house manager] and Orion [RA],

As you already know, yesterday it was bought to my attention that there previously had been a bon fire held on the northeast side of Synergy. According to the Housing Policies and Services, pg. 12 " flame devices are strictly prohibited anywhere inside or around the residences. If you are found in violation of this policy, you will be charged $100 per day upon discovery and $100 per day until it is permanently removed."

After speaking with Alison Pena, Assistant Fire Marshal, she said that recreational bon fires up to 3 ft are permissible with prior approval from the fire marshal's office. This way, they can work with you to ensure that all precautions are taken to protect residents and structures within the area. The current location in which the fire took place is dangerously close to the house and surrounding areas. In the future, do not have another fire without the approval from the fire marshal's office.

I am awaiting an estimate for the cost of repairing the pavement area, and the house will be billed accordingly. There will also be an additional $100 fine for violation of policy.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Take care. Shelita.

Shelita Larteri
Housing Supervisor- Upper Row houses & Lake houses

And the following year, the industrious Robert Usiskin?, with the aid of RA Laura Ward and the ever enthusiastic community made real the pit you see today: getting Housing's approval, breaking apart the asphalt, disposing of the remains, moving the dirt, and getting the stones.
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