Need to share this with you all so you can see how close to home it is. Saturday afternoon we finished up relitively early for us around 3:00p.m. came home and showered grabbed a bite to eat and took the wife and baby out for an ice cream. Got home around 6:00 and was just settling into my recliner when my neighbor started pounding on the door. Awnsering the door Terri yelled turn on the t.v. quickly flipping on the local news station I saw a site that turned my stomach my primary competitor and former employer of 5 years was losing his entire buisness to a huge fire His 40x160 foot barn and retail landscape supply store was fully engulfed in flames. Having worked for the company as its lead foreman for five years I had grown a special attachment to not only thier Buisness but thier family often sharing meals and beer. As quickly as legaly possible I rushed to the fire. On arriving I discovered that even the ten minute drive from home had put me to far away to witness the destruction of a 16 year old buisness in less than an hour the barn and all of its continents were a total loss mowers, tools, saws, and countless thousands of dollars in machinery and supplies gone. As I searched the grounds nearly frantic looking for the owner and his family I found them huddled together atop a mulch bin watching thier livley hood and thier hard work disappear in flames. Surrounding them was a sight that nearly brought tears to my eyes close to a dozen of the local landscape contractors and construction contractors that work in our rural area had already arrived with thier own families ready to provide what ever assitance they could and to console the family on thier loss. In the hours that followed commitments were made to provided any needed assitance for the immideate and long term future of the company equipment and employees were offered at no cost to help clean up hte mess and offers of assitance in covering contractual obligations were organized to insure that the company would make it thru this tragedy. The outpouring of love and compassion that was displayed by the local tradesmen of this community reassured me that even in this time of moral decay somethings mean more than the almighty dollar.. Please remember that although we often bid against each other and always try to out do the next guy that it could be you in trouble and when you are the people you want working beside you are the guys who do what we do and try just as hard as us to make a living. On behalf of the Plaisted Family and the Owners of the PLAISTED LANDSCAPE SUPPLY AND GARDEN CENTER THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED IN THIS TIME OF NEED.