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    Blow-molded.com Update


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    Hi everyone!

    I wanted to keep everyone updated with what's going on with the blow-molded.com website. I think Mel has filled everyone in that Kevin Provost has been very busy with other things in his life and has not been able to maintain the site. Along with that, something happened the last time he updated it and most of the links and pictures got messed up.

    I know that this is a valuable resource for everyone, so I have stepped up and asked Kevin to mail me all of his images and site files on CD. Once I receive this CD, I will get the site back up and running as soon as I can. After the site is back up and running, I will begin to revamp the site (with Mel and Kevin's direction, of course) to make it load faster, searchable by keyword, and overall easier to use.

    Thank you for your patience through this transition. If you have any questions, please post them here or send me a PM. I know that Mel checks this site on a fairly regular basis, but I'm not sure about Kevin. If your question is for Kevin, you might be better off to send him a PM.

    David

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    Hi everyone!

    I wanted to keep everyone updated with what's going on with the blow-molded.com website. I think Mel has filled everyone in that Kevin Provost has been very busy with other things in his life and has not been able to maintain the site. Along with that, something happened the last time he updated it and most of the links and pictures got messed up.

    I know that this is a valuable resource for everyone, so I have stepped up and asked Kevin to mail me all of his images and site files on CD. Once I receive this CD, I will get the site back up and running as soon as I can. After the site is back up and running, I will begin to revamp the site (with Mel and Kevin's direction, of course) to make it load faster, searchable by keyword, and overall easier to use.

    Thank you for your patience through this transition. If you have any questions, please post them here or send me a PM. I know that Mel checks this site on a fairly regular basis, but I'm not sure about Kevin. If your question is for Kevin, you might be better off to send him a PM.

    David

    Thanks for the effort in getting that resource up and running!
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    Daryl, yes, anyone can submit pictures for the website. As for who to send them to, at this time I will leave that for David and Kev to decide. All of the pictures that I have for the site at this time are ones that I have taken of pieces in our collection.

    Mel

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