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June 19, 1998

Picking your poisons

To the editor:

In the article on poison ivy in the June 8 paper, it was stated that Tri-State area residents don't have to worry about finding poison sumac locally.

While one is not likely to encounter this shrub in our area, it does, however, occur in the area. It is reported for Franklin County, Pa., in the Atlas of the Flora of Pennsylvania - and I am reasonably certain I have seen it in Washington Country myself. It is also reported for the nearest Virginia counties in the - Atlas of the Virginia Flora.

(Unfortunately neither Maryland nor West Virginia have similar atlases.)

Kathy Bilton

Sharpsburg

Songs for the spirit

To the editor:

I am writing to express my thanks to The Cumberland Valley Chorus, which came to MCIH on Friday evening, June 5 from 9 to 10 p.m. I could tell there was something speical about these singers even as I watched them set up onstage.

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I could just feel the peace they had and it touched me. I sat in the front row in the auditorium, with my eyes closed, listening to the singing, and they sounded just like angels singing. I felt such communion with the spirit that it was as if I was floating. When I opened my eyes I realized it wasn't angels, but the beautiful message of God sent down to us through this chorus. These people were messengers, telling us that God wants us to listen to his word.

As we went through the evening and heard the beautiful Cumberland Valley Chorus, they sang songs which touched us. We felt moved to become one with the singers. We could feel the peace, understanding and love they had in their heart as they sung. It was excellent, fantastic, beautiful because we didn't have loud instruments drowning them out as they sang the sweetest songs.

We could even listen to and get the feelings and meanings behind the songs, since we could hear the words and we didn't have that loud junk in the background keeping us from hearing their voices.

When the concert concluded I got up with everyone else and we gave them a standing ovation. It sounded like there were 500 people in the auditorium, but really there were only about 100 of us, but anyone could tell we loved and appreciated them bringing in their music. As a prisoner, I had not heard human singing for the past six years. It was more beautiful then you could ever imagine, and that is why I am writing to let the 23 members of the Cumberland Valley Chorus know that we truly appreciated their visit.

Jesse Harris

MCIH

Hagerstown

Renters can be insured

To the editor:

I read with dismay about the South Prospect Street apartment building that was destroyed by fire on June 5. While I was relieved to hear that no loss of life or serious injuries occurred, it is my understanding that several families lost their home and possessions.

While this may seem self-serving, as I am the owner of Potomac Valley Insurance Agency, Inc., I wanted to make the public aware that there is a type of insurance available to people who rent their homes.

The owner of a building is insured for covered losses that occur to his/her property, but this type of insurance does not provide coverage for a renter's personal belongings.

Tenants can, however, obtain coverage, not only for their personal possessions, but there is also "loss of use" coverage on tenant's policies that will pay a specified amount to relocate your family until you can get on your feet again. In most cases the cost of this type of insurance is less than $100 per year.

Just because you don't own your home doesn't mean that your possessions are any less important to insure than anyone else's. I believe that most renters don't have this insurance simply because they are unaware that it exists.

Kimberly L. Glenn

Potomac Valley Insurance Agency, Inc.

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