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Letters to the editor

September 11, 1997

MIHI offers day of fun

To the editor:

This year marks the tenth anniversary of MIHI and on September 21, 1997 MIHI will kick off it's week-long celebration with MIHI "Day in the Park." we are planning a "no holds barred" day of fun for the whole family. In past years we have had local radio support, crafts, food, and live entertainment. This year we have added a lot of excitement to what I like to refer to as "country fair with a modern touch."

Our entertainment will feature an outstanding local group, Bonedaddy, a 12-piece horn band playing songs by Chicago, Tower of Power, Three Dog Night to name a few. Bonedaddy also plays some of the hottest Motown and rhythm-and blues hits from the seventies and eighties.

We will also have several carnival games. The Jaycees will be providing their dunk tank. The kids will enjoy the Moon Bounce and a trip through the belly of Winston the Whale. Dads will enjoy the test of strength with the high striker. Everyone will enjoy feeling the wind in their hair as they ride the MIHI trackless train.

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For the car enthusiasts, we have a car show with Classic Car Group for Children that features trophies and dash plaques donated by Antietam Automotive. The judging will be handled by the drivers and spectators in several different categories.

County Girl Creations has planned what we hope will be the biggest craft show in the area. Artisans from all over the Tri-State are expected to display and offer for sale some of the finest arts and crafts anywhere.

Back by popular demand is the Val-Pak Karaoke contest. This was a huge crowd pleaser at last year's day in the park. This year will be no different and we have cash and prized for the best of the area's best amateur singers.

Our "Day in the Park" will also have the usual food and baked goods. We will break ground for our new addition to the MIHI picnic and playground area. We will also have some surprises for everyone and last but not least we will have face painting for the kids and anyone else who cares to wear the paint.

All of this will be offered to the public with no admission fee.

Richard Ginck

Chairman emeritus

MIHI, Inc.

Support for Princess Di

To the editor:

Following a refreshing but sad Labor Day weekend spent with my family in Williamsport, I went home to Washington and paid a visit to the British Embassy which I was glad to discover was within walking distance of where I live.

For the benefit of readers of this paper who loved and admired the Princess of Wales but were not able to visit the memorial of flowers and cards mourners in Washington had created for her, I would like to share in detail what I saw.

What had evidently started as an assortment of bouquets laid at the embassy from gate became a waterfall of flowers, cards, letters, balloons, signs, candles, framed pictures, poems, and stuffed animals cascading down the steps and toward the street. Candles set on the wall had burned for hours, sending trickles of wax down the bricks.

What was especially moving were the things people had written, most of them as if they were addressing Diana directly. Here are a few examples:

Princess Diana, you are my symbol and definition of courage. My love and admiration for you will live eternally.

I know we will meet one day in that place of sweet songs.

Britain, our hearts are broken. The world has lost a most precious gem.

Sleep well, Princess, and rest in our hearts' embrace.

Princess Di, you'll always be our Queen of Hearts.

(On a picture of the flag of Great Britain) Diana, safe in heaven now.

You showed us your goodness and your frailty. We are all better because of you. To you a perfect rest.

(Written on the back of a supermarket receipt) Pure sadness. Diana, you were so perfect to us. Our love killed you and we are sorry. Our tiniest shred of comfort comes only in the thought that maybe now you have some peace. Rest in Peace, Beloved, Queen of our Hearts.

Ruth M. Brown

Washington, D.C.

Thanks, Legion

To the editor:

I am writing to thank American Legion Post 211 of Funkstown for the scholarship that the Past Commanders and Women's Auxiliary has provided me since my graduation in 1995.

I am a junior at University of Florida. I want everyone to know that clubs have been very supported for my education and I give thumbs up for their support. Today I am majoring in biology. Since I have attended Florida I carry a GPA of 3.58. Presently I have excepted the invitation of joining the Golden Key National Honor Society. This prestigious organization was founded to recognize and encourage outstanding juniors and seniors in all fields of study at leading universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Australia and Canada.

Please publish this for me, for clubs like the American Legion Post 211 should be recognized for the great efforts of creating scholarships and making my dream a reality.

I also would like to thank my parents, Robert and Bonnie Fletcher, for their support and my grandfather Ronald D. Smillie. Without there love and support this could have only been a dream.

Rebecca S. Sumpter

Gainesville, Fla.

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