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Letters to the Editor

March 26, 1999

Many thanks

To the editor:

On Feb. 20, the Boonsboro Band Boosters held a dinner dance to help raise funds for a utility trailer. Our jazz band provided the music for an evening of family entertainment.

We would like to thank all those involved with making our dinner dance a success. Thanks to director John Eckstine and the members of the jazz band for their hard work and dedication. Also, a big thank you to all the following businesses who provided items for our raffle and silent auction: Hagerstown Automotive, Ground Round, Boonsboro Rotary Club, Ruby Tuesday, Fitness Priority, Hagerstown Suns, Family Recreation Park, Hagerstown Billiards & Cafe', Sports Connection, Lowes, Washington Co. Tractor Pullers, Terry's Auto Center, The Potting Shed, Bast of Boonsboro, Tortuga, Asaros, Martins, Old Pike Inn, Town Center Pizza, Homeplace Everlasting, Family Skating Center, Applebees, The Figurehead II, Crazy Charlies, Richardsons, Boonsboro Pharmacy, Walmart, and Sams Club. Your support is very appreciated.

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Bette Shifler (for)

The Boonsboro Middle/Senior High Band Boosters

Rates explained

To the editor:

In response to Bob Hornbecker's letter of March 7, on electric rates, we would like to share the following with your readers. We trust this will provide clarification and insight on the issues raised.

The Public Service Commission regulates Maryland public utilities and transportation companies. The law requires the Commission to set "just and reasonable" rates that balance the utilities' interests in making a reasonable profit for their shareholders with the public's interest in paying the lowest possible rates.

Rates are set to recover a utility's costs of producing electricity. The ratepayers do not fund other activities. The Public Service commission has been vigilant in making sure that ratepayers do not subsidize non-regulated activities. Consequently, land purchases along Downsville Pike and payments to name a local stadium do not impact a customer's monthly bill.

Hornbecker also inquired about a recent electric rate increase. The new Warrior Run plant (from which federal law requires Allegheny Power to purchase electricity) was scheduled to increase customers' electric rates by 15 percent. Allegheny Power, as a result of a very complex settlement agreement with the commission, Office of People's Counsel (which represents the interests of residential customers) and other parties, was able to limit the net increase to 4 percent. This represents significant savings over what rates would have been without the settlement.

Glenn F. Ivey

Chairman

Maryland Public Service Commission

Leaving, with regret

To the editor:

It is with great regret that I must announce my resignation from Children's Village. I hope that you all know my heart has truly been in this job. Over the past four years it has been more than a job to me. . . Children's Village has been a "cause," and one that I believe in very passionately. I have gotten so close and become friends with so many of you. Leaving is not going to be an easy thing!

Sometimes one must make life changes to attain a more secure future. Such is the case for me. I will be moving out of the area on April 10. My last day at Children's Village will be on March 26.

Naturally I will be working very hard to be sure that everything is in order prior to my departure. I will take with me many wonderful memories and experiences.

The mission which I have been serving here at the Village will always be close to my heart. Thank you all so much for giving me the level of community support I have been given over the years. I know that you will give a new Executive Director and the board of Children's Village your continued support through this transition!

Marsha K. Tidler

Hagerstown

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