Holly Springs residents responded with love and enthusiasm with 836 Likes and 103 Shares to help a photograph of Cinder, our Holly Springs Fire Department puppy, clear another bracket in the North Carolina League of Municipalities March Madness-style photo competition. Cinder’s photo, showing him perched atop the shiny chrome bumper of an HSFD truck with Fire Station No. 1 in the background, is in the Sweet Sixteen of the competition that collects Facebook “likes” as votes.
The competition begins anew each week through a tournament schedule pairing towns across the state in four regions. If Holly Springs advances this week over a photo of a red-roofed building in Hamlet, Cinder’s photo likely will face its stiffest competition in the Elite Eight or Final Four bracket against Fuquay-Varina. Our neighbors to the south have a forceful Facebook presence and garnered more than 2,500 likes for their Americana picture of a historic post office building and American flag. They beat Garner, which had more than 2,000 likes!
The bar is high, then, and grows higher each week. Last week’s votes don’t count -- so we need your help again to get Cinder and his story through another bracket and into the Elite Eight!
It’s easy to show your hometown pride and support for Cinder. Go here before noon Friday and like the photo and then SHARE it with and tell everyone you know to do the same. Cinder will be so honored! The NCLM is hosting this Hometown Showdown photo contest that pairs communities across the state in a fierce competition that tests hometown pride. The winner of the contest will earn bragging rights for the community and a special place in the NCLM’s hometown calendar.
Cinder, an especially sweet-natured and smart Australian Labradoodle with a soft, curly soot-black coat, is away at boot camp this month to be trained as a therapy dog who will work with children, the elderly and disabled. Cinder’s primary duties will be to help firefighters teach children fire safety lessons like stop, drop and roll. He will serve as an ambassador of the fire department as he visits with the elderly and provides joy and comfort to disabled citizens.
Let’s all discover our hometown pride and get out the votes and love for a special puppy! As of press deadlines Monday, Cinder had 197 likes and 8 shares; our direct competition, Hamlet, had 100 votes and 1 share. And, that powerhouse Fuquay-Varina already had 565 likes and 33 shares!