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Jumping into the water from a dam running around through the trees and fishing from the shore were some of the many exciting activities experienced by a young little boy on Sylvan Island during the 1930s Although these times were plentiful they would soon diminish over the years Republic steal which provided many jobs for members of the community went out of business and left no one to maintain proper care for this childs playground This island that once supported trails for people to walk and ride bikes open land for family picnics and a peaceful atmosphere for one to relax was now full of pollution and brush that made it impossible for one to enjoy Nothing was really made of the island until the 1960s when Professor Norm Moline from the geography department at Augustana College decided to take a class over for fieldwork At the time the only intention was to provide labs and experimentation for the students As the class continued the students focus started to involve the islands history and possible changes that could be made to the island in the future What originally started out as a class project now turned out to be a starting point in returning childhood memories to many who spent time making this island their home Many students and faculty had long and short-term ideas of what could be done to restore the island back into what it used to be Eventually many volunteered hours of hard work would be spent restoring the island The project would not however be completed by professor Moline and his students It would become a starting point in which a once young boy named Jesse Perez who experienced and grew up with the beauty of the island would take over and continue the quest in making Sylvan Island a home for many to experience the islands pleasures for years to comeSylvan Island was created in 1865 because the US
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