Residents succeed in drive to build new communal gazebo

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Residents of a small community in Maryland are celebrating after successfully working together to raise the funds for a new public gazebo.

While the Maugansville community Ruritan Park has long been popular with local families, for some years it had been missing a focal point, with a long-standing wooded pavilion having been slowly destroyed by the elements, as well as repeated acts of vandalism.

Noticing the need for a new shelter, the Maugansville Historical Society therefore set about raising money for a new slate-roofed - rather than thatched - gazebo for the park, one penny at a time.

And, despite only asking locals for cents, the organisation soon found that they had enough money to purchase the gazebo as young and old alike chipped in with their penny jars.

"We originally wanted to have the gazebo in place by this year's Pride Day," Bob Walton, president of the Maugansville Historical Society, told the local Herald Mail.

"But we didn't want to wait that long."

Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinel's 'Simply Living' column has praised the cost-effectiveness of thatched gazebos, explaining that the native American Indians have long been aware that thatched roofs are best for keeping out the rain and withstanding strong winds.

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