Letters to the editor

September 24, 1997

War Wide Web a major help

To the editor:

As a re-enactor and a former journalist (I'm just a lowly flack now) please allow me to extend my hearty congratulations for your excellent Antietam web site as well as the superior job you did covering the re-enactment.

Your coverage was comprehensive and your photography was just spectacular. Ric Dugan's Page 1 tableau of a Confederate carrying off his wounded buddy was one of the best re-enactment action photos I've ever seen. Many of my fellow re-enactors, both friends and complete strangers alike, mentioned how blown away they were by the great coverage of the event in The Herald-Mail.

As the days approaching the re-enactment (and the 14-hour drive to Hagerstown) drew nearer, I found myself checking the public forum portion of the web site several times a day to keep up with the current gossip about the event. Your section with news clippings was also a valuable reference - I knew what was going on, what to expect, and where to go well before I ever climbed into my car to begin the drive.


In short, the entire effort was an excellent example of the promise that interactive electronic journalism hold for the future. As a result of the web site, your paper didn't just go to Washington County, but to the entire country.

Rusty Ayers

Huntley, Ill.

Day of Caring a big success

To the editor:

Our second annual United Way Day of Caring in Jefferson County - held on Tuesday September - was another tremendous success. Over 500 volunteers representing all areas of our county volunteered a day of their time to work on projects for our 19 United Way member agencies. And that's not to mention the numerous businesses and community organizations that donated money and project materials in support of this community wide event.

Once again, we were amazed at the amount of work that our volunteers accomplished on one Day Of Caring. We had the opportunity to visit each project site and witness first-hand the excitement and energy being displayed by every single volunteer we encountered. Most of these volunteers were quick to acknowledge a lack of confidence in their own skills for the tasks they were performing, but openly admitted that they were enjoying themselves and believed that their time and efforts were being directed to a worthwhile cause.

September 9 truly was a Day of Caring, not only in Jefferson County but in the Eastern Panhandle. Hats off to the event's major sponsor, One Valley Bank, and everyone who supported our United Way Day of Caring in Jefferson County. The work performed for our member agencies on this magical day will go a long way in benefiting our agencies and the people they serve.

Teresa McCade, Co Chair

Travella Younce, Co-Chair

Jefferson County Day Of Caring

Meet an old shipmate

To the editor:

The Pennsylvania L.S.T. Association will be holding its fourth annual Presidents Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Yoders Restaurant in New Holland, Pa., at 12:30 p.m. It is located on Pa. 23 opposite Garden Spot High School east of New Holland, Pa.

Any ex or member of the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard Amphibious Forces in the Tri-State area is invited. The cost is $7.99 and spouses or friends are also invited. Come along and enjoy an afternoon with us. Perhaps you'll meet an old shipmate or at the very least you will meet some interesting people.

For information, call Paul M. Mackrell at 301-739-8617.

Paul Mackrell


The Herald-Mail Articles