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Ok, so for a few days now I’ve been saying I had an announcement of sorts to make. So here is the deal. As you know, the economy in this country is doing horrendous. I am a business owner with 3 separate businesses that I run, in addition to doing this in my free time. Sadly as the economy maintains its downward spiral my businesses are getting crushed as many others are. I still make enough to make ends meet, but the superfluous stuff I used to do has had to go by the wayside. Like most of you I am tightening the belt buckles, making sure I can weather this storm. Anyway, I have run this site for 3 years now, as a not for profit site, and that is how I absolutely want to continue to run it. Unlike other sites that use free software and free domains and free hosting, my site requires me to pay for these things because if I used the free alternatives, then you guys would be subjected to advertisements, slow load times, etc. So for 3 years now I have been shelling out the cash for this place, quite happily. The traffic on this site is pretty impressive, over 2.5 million hits last year, and I continue to be ridiculed by other site owners for not using this traffic to make a buck. I have never done this to make money, or for any other purpose than to have some fun.

Unfortunately the way the economy is going I don’t know if I will be able to afford shelling out the cash it takes to pay for the hosting, domains, NHL Center Ice, etc that I use for another years service. Luckily I have several more months which have already been paid for last year to work with. So, with all that said, here is my goal. I want to be able to keep this site going, and when the economy rebounds, I can afford to do it once again on my own. But for the time being, I may need your help. As such, in the next few days, I will be adding a “Donate” button on the right side of this page, with a link to this topic. If you think you can afford a few bucks to help keep this site going, awesome. If you are like me, and are struggling, no worries, I totally understand, and I’m right there with you. Hopefully I’ll get enough to maybe pay for some of the hosting fees for next year, if so then I can pay the difference. But I figured I owed it to you guys to let you know, that it is possible, if I don’t get enough, and my businesses continue to do poorly in this failing economy, that I may have to shut this site down. But hey, let’s cross that bridge when we get there. This will be the one, and only request you will ever hear from me. You will not see me cry for donations every other topic, or add any sort of intrusive and annoying ads. There will just be 1 small donate button on the right which will be added in 3-5 days.

Hopefully you guys understand.

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