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Pumpkin King

My Halloween/christmas Facebook Page Got Deleted!

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Hey gang!

 

For all those who had "LIKED" my Facebook page "The Lights on Neffs Circle", I'm sorry to report that it somehow got deleted/deactivated.  Recently, my personal account was deleted, and my other pages were connected to it, so they got deleted as well!  UGH!!!!  I had a nice following on my page, and now I'm having to start over!

 

Anyway, for those of you who had joined my page before, here's the new link to my Facebook page.... www.facebook.com/lightsonneffscircle

 

It's one of the best ways to stay updated on what I have planned for my Halloween and Christmas light shows, AND get some fun ideas, recipes, and cool pics.  PLUS, I will be posting my NEW Singing Pumpkin animations there FIRST!  So, you are definitely going to want to join!

 

Thanks all!  See you there!

Edited by disney-fan-reborn

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Another reason I stay away from FB. FB found something on your page they did not like or agree with & POOF you are gone.

 

      Mike

 

Not sure what it could have been.  BUT, I have since started a NEW page separate from my personal one.  So, if my personal page gets deleted again, my Lights on Neffs Circle page will still be up and running!

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