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Running Out of Time: Contest Ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Poll)

Now is the time to come together for the good of the children. Why haven't you voted yet?

Think about this:

Someone comes to your house and places stacks of money on your table: It's all yours, no strings attached. You can keep it in three days if you take the time to go online every day and click a button on a web site.

What would you do? Click the button, or say "No Thank You, I don't have the time."

Have you heard about the Deck The House Finals?

For one week I've done just about everything I can to inform and inspire you to take a minute out of your day, vote in the Deck the House finals, and help the win $100,000.

It all started in December with a house decorating contest — and out of all the great decorations we enjoy in town during the holidays, only two residents entered.

A judge went over all the entries and made sure that there was no copyrighted music included and chose one local entry from each 860 Patch sites across the country.

Then, the moment of truth, the unveiling of the 24 finalists and the opportunity to win $100,000 for their school system.

Town with a spirit

Davis, California immediately mobilized, getting a local newspaper to write about the contest and the finalists went on a "Good Morning CT" type show, getting everyone in their town of 60,308 residents excited.

I tried, but could not get the local television stations interested BUT the New Haven Register responded to my plea for help and posted this for us on their web site.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday night (Jan. 5) Davis, California had 7,458 votes and Orange, Connecticut had a measly 1,218 votes.

Davis's vote count goes up dramatically each night at 7 p.m. West Coast time, garnering 19 votes to every 2 Orange gets on the East Coast at 10 p.m.

You can do it!

In the past 15 years, I've seen Orange at its best, rallying together for whatever is important to the town.

I Know You can Win This!

How, you ask?

Davis averages 1,056 votes per day (vpd). Orange is averaging 173 vpd. How can we possibly catch up?

The answer is simple — VOTE and spread the word!

We have 13,233 residents in Orange, If EVERYONE voted for Peggy Koether's Orange home once per day, per e-mail, we could have 39,699 votes by the end of the contest on Sunday.

If half the people in town voted once per day per-e-mail now through Sunday at 11:59 p.m., Orange could have 19,849 votes,  (I'm estimating that Davis will have about 17,500 by then) and you could actually pull into FIRST PLACE and win $100,000 for the Orange elementary schools.

I personally planted 100 yard signs around town in the most visible areas I could think of. I didn't sleep for several days planning ways to get everyone to vote.

Then I lost my voice for six days, making it impossible for me to talk to anyone about the contest. There's nothing in it for me, no "Super Editor Prize" for the winning site, no iPad, nothing.

I've done my part, now it's your turn.

If you haven't already done so, go to http://deckthehouse.patch.com/entry/225488, register and vote today, tomorrow and Sunday.

It's Orange, Connecticut VS Davis, California and only you can make it happen.
Vote and when you're done voting, tell all of your friends and neighbors by e-mail, Facebook, call them on the phone, talk about it in the check out line at the store.

Please don't blow this opportunity, Orange.  Put your town on the map, show the country what you've got. 

And all you teenagers out there, you have the power, you are the social media experts. Teach your parents a valuable lesson and get to work!

This is important, why can't you see that? Why don't you care?

Something to consider

At next Monday's meeting the Superintendent is going to propose Orange's portion of its budget to be about $1.2 million — an increase for Orange residents of more than double what you paid in the last fiscal year.

Wouldn't it be nice to have someone GIVE you money for a change?

Terri Miles January 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I still don't understand why our numbers aren't skyrocketing. Orange is better than this!
Roy Green January 07, 2012 at 03:02 AM
One problem is that Davis CA is much bigger than Orange and it appears that in Patchland, Orange stands alone. A little support from Bethwood, but the other neighboring towns show nothing.
Melissa Fember January 07, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I know, Roy. Terri even got some help from the New Haven Register and still Orange residents think that $100K is stupid and not worth taking a few minutes a day on a computer to fight for. The odds are better than the lottery. Everyone will buy a ct lottery ticket, but when the odds are 1 in 24 wins no one cares. Orange can win if people gave a damn.
Judy Johnson January 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Did you vote today? I did!!. All three of you are so right. You would think the towns around Orange would help out by voting,most of all Bethwood. I'm really surprise. You can't take three min. out of your day to vote. Terri you did a great job but I just some people just don't care. But I haven't given up hope yet!!! Come on ORANGE we can do it................
Terri Miles January 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I'm disappointed but it's not over yet if everyone pulls together, votes and spreads the word we can still do this ... Although it could take a miracle
Frank Julius January 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
This is a sad testament to the mentality of the majority of Orange residents. Even if they don't read Patch on a daily basis the signs are all over town, the schools sent out notices, the first selectman and new superintendent spoke in favor of it. What is wrong with you people? Are you really too good to get off your duffs and make an effort to win this contest? If I were you, I would be ashamed to say I Live in Orange.
Frank Julius January 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Correction, I vote every day, as do my parents, and we ARE ashamed of the rest of you.
Terri Miles January 07, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Frank, I don't understand why our numbers aren't higher, but, if everyone pulls together, believe it or not, we can crawl out of this hole and rise up and win this thing. Like you, I'm sad that the majority doesn't seem to care.
jyoung January 07, 2012 at 08:08 PM
So bummed that we are still only at 1500+ votes at this point. Terri - thank you for all of your efforts to get the word out. We should be thousands of votes higher by now if you consider the number of families, businesses and educators that would count even if they only voted once. I am truly amazed at the lack of participation when the entire world seems to live and breathe with a smart phone attached to their hand. Sad.
Jennifer January 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
none of the links work for me :(
tfal24 January 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I have been trying to vote for 1/2 an hour and I will keep trying but the links are not opening as well!
Judy Johnson January 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I just VOTED. People last day PLEASE VOTE!! Terri: I guess some people are having a hard time getting into the site
Terri Miles January 09, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I had a hard time yesterday. Oh well, there's only an hour and 50 minutes left. There's no way we can do it now. unless EVERYONE VOTED NOW. But thanks for the support.

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