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Wash and rinse

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Forest Park Superintendent Bill Houck uses a leaf blower to blow soap out of the Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain in front of Forest Park Wednesday morning. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Soapy suds fill Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain

Less than 24 hours after being hit by a thunderstorm, which wreaked havoc within the county, Forest Park officials were dealing with a "soapy affair."

At approximately 12:50 a.m., Wednesday, Brazil Police Department officials responded to a call that soap was coming out of the Chafariz Dos Contos Fountain at the front entrance of the park.

"Somebody put some soap in the fountain," Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer said.

Authorities notified Park Superintendent Bill Houck at approximately 6:30 a.m. of the situation.

When Houck arrived at the park, he intended to flush out the soap in order for it to eventually evaporate.

But the suds kept coming, making the mountain of suds quite noticeable to travelers on State Road 59.

"My daughter called me about 8:30 a.m. and said, 'Mom, have you been to the park,'" Park Board President RuthAnn Jeffries said. "She said the fountain looked like the entrance to the 'enchanted forest.'"

Houck has been in his current position for four years and said this is the first time this has happened.

"We have vandalism year-round, but it's generally just the pool and tables," Houck said.

Jeffries has been involved with the parks for several years, having served on the park board since 2001, and added she doesn't remember seeing a wall of soap coming out of the fountain.

"To anyone driving down (SR 59), it must have been very, very obvious," Jeffries said. "We've had quite a bit of vandalism this summer in the park."

Jeffries added with Tuesday's thunderstorm, cleaning up the area would be quite a chore.

"With all of the damage in the park from the storm, that is one thing (Houck) did not have to deal with," Jeffries said. "But he's flushing it and that's basically all we can do with it."

Park Association representative Tom Reberger agreed.

"It will flush itself out eventually," he said. "But whatever they put in, they put in a bunch."

A green soap dispenser cap was on the ground near the fountain. Officials believed it to be from a bottle of Palmolive dish soap.

The fountain was dedicated to the City of Brazil in 1954 from the country of Brazil.

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I'm sorry, but thats funny.

-- Posted by pepper1 on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 9:20 PM

Must be part of the "clean up Brazil" campaign.

-- Posted by opininated on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 9:48 PM

At least it was bubbles and not graffiti

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 10:46 PM

Thanks to Jason Moon those who was respondable for this got their trophy. This should never been put in the paper. I hope they will be caught. Vandalism the park is very serious.Next copy cats?This is not a joking matter.

-- Posted by donalde on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 3:43 AM

Oh, loosen up donalde. Wouldn't you rather the kids have silly string than spray paint cans ?

-- Posted by pepper1 on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 5:56 AM

Actually this isn't funny at all. It might appear to some to be innocent vandalism, however, vandalism is vandalism. It took both time and money to clean up this mess. Time and money that could have better been used on something else in Brazil, not cleaning up a fountain! And as far as reporting this, as "donalde" states, Jason Moon is only reporting the news as it happens, that is his job!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 6:52 AM

I thinks its funny. It really isn't going to hurt anything. This prank has been going on since the early 1960's. A group of high school seniors went to Indianapolis and pour dishwashing liquid in the fountains on the circle. It was beautiful.

Congratulations to the creative person who wanted to clean-up the area.

-- Posted by Taxpayer5253 on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 6:55 AM

It was a harmless prank. I dont think it was a plot by Jason Moon to over throw Brazil! Lighten up! There are by far worse things in the world than a bubble bath!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 7:47 AM

Lighten up there its probally the cleanest Job

the park crew ever did

-- Posted by dovelw on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 8:17 AM

I really like the fact that there are people praising the kids that did this. How about if they came to you house and poured it in your pool if you had one? This is not just a funny little prank it is in fact vandalism. Doing anything to something that is not yours is Vandalism. It did cost money to get it cleaned up. Now that all of you on here have given the vandals praise wonder what they will do next to try to be funny.

-- Posted by time2growup on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 8:40 AM

I agree with donalde! This is vandelism and it needs to be punished! Next time it will be something worse and the same people that are laughing will be asking for justice! This should never have been put in the newspaper. Amazing.....

-- Posted by timetomoveon on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 9:19 AM

Oh my goodness... What next... This is a crime spree people. Take cover!

Jason.... I enjoyed the story!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 9:29 AM

It would have been nice to see an article about the National Night Out that took place last Tuesday evening at the YMCA. Oh well!

Great job Mr. Houck....were you singing "Tiny Bubbles" or "Bad Boys"? Keep up the great work.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 10:51 AM

This is a silly prank by someone--IT could have been an (albeit, probably intoxicated) adult to, just because people get old doesn't mean their sense of humor is gone!

And that is how this should be taken, with a sense of humor.

If the person is caught, make the "clean freak" clean up the park and our streets for a few weeks. No cash, we need to sop paying our way out of messes, and start making people clean them up with a little elbow grease.

As for the story not appearing in the paper -- If it hadn't, how many of you would have logged on to complain that it didn't and that there is a conspiracy at The Brazil Times to cover up something for the mayor's office or the actions of someone's child who is "high up" on the food chain.

You can't have it both ways people.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 11:40 AM

Yes, it is still vandalism and whoever did it should get some kind of punishment....but it is funny!

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 2:36 PM

i think this is so funny it finally going to be clean for once

-- Posted by savanna01 on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 3:37 PM

Just some good "clean" fun ....... I'm still laughing

-- Posted by freebird on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 3:38 PM

I'm sorry I do find humor in it. If someone gets caught then, yes punish them. But first maybe they could take some dish soap and pour it in the toilets and flush then until they bubble over. Then maybe the bathrooms would get cleaned too.

-- Posted by opininated on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 4:00 PM

mr clean strikes again

-- Posted by nobob on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 9:14 PM

Pepole may think of it as a joke at the time, small pranks somtimes can downfall into disaster.

What for some reason if a wind picked up and threw the soap onto a windsheild of sombodys car causing a wreck. It would not be so funny. Years ago I had a freind that got a wedgie in his underware from kids that thought it would be funny. To this day each kid as adults now think about the damage that they did as a joke and thought it was funny. ( He can not have any children ) Funny or not? STOP and think how would you feel?

-- Posted by pepper1 on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 5:57 PM

Ok, some of you may think this is funny...but do you really realize how long that fountain has been there and nothing like this has ever happened. This is a historical landmark...it was here before some of you were even born. It is completely wrong for someone little punk kid to do this...and he/she deserve to be punished in some way.

I have a son and honestly I don't want my kid to run around with kids that do this type of thing, and to be truthful, if some parents would spend more time with their children we wouldn't have all this vandelism and destruction.

And too, you can all laugh but your not the ones that had to get out there and clean it up...along with the rest of the park that kids decided to vandelize! Sorry to sound so harsh...but what is it with this society today...children/teens are getting more and more out of hand!! Something needs to be done!

-- Posted by mrsmeaden on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 3:12 PM

I got a little chuckle out of it but it wasn't right for someone to do. I don't know why people automatically assume it was teenagers? Some adults are just as immature as teenagers.

-- Posted by lillyblossom on Sun, Aug 9, 2009, at 9:16 AM

If you did not see a kid do it--don't assume a kid did it.

Take note of the irresponsible adults in this community that do not

take care of their property, or feed their children but always have plenty of time and money for their booze and drugs. Face it we live in a nasty town.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 12:16 PM

I certainly don't condone vandilism but apparently those of you that have your panties in a bunch about this never played a practical joke on anyone. If you find the time to complain about this I feel very sad for you. There a whole lot of things and places that these individulas could pour some more soap on in this community. Finally some news to report in the paper that made me smile and giggle.

-- Posted by hoosiertwins on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 11:25 AM

I'm typically pretty much law and order oriented, but if this was the worst thing we had to worry about, we would be in pretty good shape. If caught, the people should be made to pick up trash in the park and let go at that. We can't condone this type of behavior but we also can't declare that the sky is falling because of it either--I hate to admit it, but this "incident" gave me a good laugh.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 2:19 PM

OK. No, look, whoever did this, we're gonna wash your mouth out with it. But, honestly, people, nobody got hurt and we all had a good laugh. I'll take some "creative vandalism" over drug addicts and home invasions any day! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Somebody should have to be punished for this. I mean it. Stop laughing!

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 10:05 PM

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