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MailCall

September 02, 1998

"Here's a little warning for all people who see and want to enter this contest. I saw in your paper an ad for an essay contest to win a computer on page B2. Fine and dandy but they don't tell you where to send the essay and it's to be 50 or less words but they want to know why you need this computer and then they want you to tell them a little about yourself. All in 50 or less words. This response is 67 words already. How can a kid tell them all they want to know in 50 words or less and say anything? But now the kicker to all this. I called the phone number listed because you have to in order to get the address as to where to mail this or for any other info you might want. Now for the best part - you HAVE to send $25 along with your essay in order to enter this contest! I was always told and also have read that if you have to pay anything to enter a contest it's probably not on the up-and-up or it's not a good contest and there's a 99.9 chance won't win anyway. What's up with this Herald-Mail? I'm not impressed now that I know the facts. Thank you."

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"We hope the neighbors are enjoying the ferret as much as we did."




"Smithsburg Lions started a nice family atmosphere community park long ago. The town of Smithsburg during the past administration made great improvements to Smithsburg's best kept secret. Now, thanks to Mayor Bowers, we have loud speakers and constant noise due to ramps, bicycles, skateboarders, etc. People using pavilions can't hear and we as neighbors find this very annoying. We have been told that this is not even a Smithsburg group using our once nice tennis courts and the taxpayers of Smithsburg are paying for them to use the electric and the bathroom facilities. We certainly hope Smithsburg is ready to handle high costs as this place is just an accident waiting to happen and the citizens who supported this park since it opened will no longer do so anymore if this is the type of activities that is allowed there. This group needs an area where they do not disturb others. Thank you."




"Hello Mail Call. I don't know who is in charge of running the Hagerstown City Park, whether it be the city or maybe the Park Board but I was in the back part of the park on Sunday watching a softball game and I had to use the bathroom. Lo and behold, I looked over and some man was locking them up already at 4:45 p.m. I went quickly up to him and he very rudely informed me that I was out of luck and he was not about to unlock it and then he went on to say still in a very rude manner and I quote, 'And that's not all lady, starting Sept. 1 they will stay locked until next summer.' I don't think we need people who seem to be mad at the world greeting people in our city park. After all, there are a lot of warm weather left and a lot of people use that park back there. If our poor city can't afford to keep the toilets open until cold weather sets in, at least put a sani-pot back there. Thank you."




"Hurrah for the person that called into Mail Call pertaining to the hideous outdoor billboard signs. I agree whole-heartily with whoever that was. We have to get together and call the city administrator, the councilmen, and everybody else involved with the city planning of this town. We have to get together!"




"Hello. I'm responding to the people that called in about the people over at the North American Rod and Gun Club. I'm a member also and I can tell you that the troublemakers are just a few of the officers, not all of the membership over there. Just a few of the officers. They don't follow their own bylaws and they just do whatever they want to and whenever they want to no matter what the membership votes on. What we need over there is to throw the whole bunch out, the officers and start over with a new bunch of new people. Thank you very much."




"This is directed to the person or persons who stole a black and gray goose, a wooden planter, from the lawn of South Cleveland Avenue last week. This was made for me by a very dear friend in New England and who has since past away. We've had it for several years now and the person who took it knows who they are. The planter was wooden and loaded down with stones to keep it to the ground but that didn't stop the thief. I know it doesn't mean anything to the one that stole it but it does have sentimental value to me and I'd like to have it back. Please return it. Thank you."




"This is about the little boy who shot the cat with a BB gun. At 9-years-old he should know better. If I was his parents, his little butt would be standing in juvenile hall for a long time. That's pretty bad when he's only 9 and he wants to shoot a cat. He knew exactly what he was doing and he just did it to be sick and psycho. That poor little pet had to suffer and die just because of his stupidity. He's be in juvenile and when he got out he'd be suffering even more too!"




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