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This semi-scam was Seymour Drakes' idea. I apologize on his behalf. I told him this was a bad way to start a new month, but he would not listen. He insists it is for a worthy cause.
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The answer is: This is the rain barrel in the Marsh Warden's yard. The nylon rope was added to provide a lifeline for chipmunks who fall in and cannot otherwise climb out.