Canine and goat serving as mayor elevate cash for a playground


FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A goat and a canine who had been every elected mayor have helped elevate cash to renovate a Vermont neighborhood playground.

The oddball concept of pet mayor elections to lift cash to rehabilitate the playground and to assist get native youngsters civically concerned got here from a neighborhood city supervisor.

In 2018, Honest Haven residents elected Lincoln the goat as its honorary mayor. Lincoln helped elevate about $10,000 whereas the present mayor, Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, has raised $20,000, City Supervisor Joe Gunter informed the Rutland Herald. The city chipped in one other $20,000.

Murfee’s proprietor, Linda Barker, mentioned that when she was talked into having Murfee become involved in politics, she thought it might be simple to lift cash by means of T-shirts. Then the pandemic struck.

So she shifted to masks. She’s made practically 1,000 of them, and will likely be making one other spherical of them for Valentine’s Day. She raised greater than $5,000 from the masks and the same quantity from basket raffles.

The city was additionally just lately awarded a $50,000 grant from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, she mentioned.

Satirically, the honorary mayor shouldn’t be welcome on the playground. Barker mentioned there’s a “no canine allowed” signal.

“Murfee goes to take that up with the city,” Barker mentioned Sunday with a chuckle. “He’s going to contest that.”

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