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Letters to the Editor

May 19, 1999

Let Kammerer be a lesson

To the editor:

We have, well most of us, read and re-read several reports of the destruction of the Kammerer House. Let's look back in history a little way. Wasn't there a building at the corner of Washington and Prospect that someone somewhere said, "We should have saved it"?

How about the Fox-Deceived house? In 1950 a story on the front page of The Daily Mail ran about the search by the Historical Society for the remains of an old stone house. This house was originally located on the Daniel Scheller farm near Long Meadow. It was standing as late as 1907. Now 92 years later I reflect on this. In 1950 this house was a memory. Mrs. Frank W. Mish Jr. of the Historical Society was searching for just a remnant of the house.

Does history repeat itself? Will someone in say the year 2042 be searching for a remnant of the Kammerer House? Are we destined to do as our forebearers did at the turn of the last century? Will we continue to tear down the rich heritage of Washington County? The rebuilding of America is moving along at a phenomenal pace. Let's not forget this latest travesty and remember when we again go to the polls. Who profited from this venture and has always profited? Certainly not you or I. The house on the Daniel Scheller farm was built in the year 1750. How great it would be to be able to tour another home that was built around the time the "Hager" house was. When will it go? Who will see the profit to be made from that piece of land? Certainly not you or I, no, not you or I. But who?

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Millard E. Stone

Hagerstown

Fine service

To the editor:

Community service is alive and well in Washington County.

Each year during the end of April and the first part of May the Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) holds its annual used book sale to raise funds for the branch's college scholarship fund and community donations. This year the branch needed help with the moving of 40,083 used books from the branch's collection site at Washington County Free Library to the site of the sale at Washington County Agriculture Education Center.

AAUW contacted the Boys' & Girls' Club of Washington County, the Boy Scouts of America Mason Dixon Council, the Girl Scouts Shawnee Council, and Boonsboro High School Academic Team about assisting the branch with the moving of the used books, and all four of these organizations responded overwhelmingly to AAUW's request for assistance.

The following individuals of these organizations helped AAUW with the loading and unloading of 1,432 boxes of used books onto and off of the tractor trailer donated by Todd Bowman of Bowman Sales and Equipment.

The Boys' and Girls' Club of Washington County under the direction of Stephanie Paul, Teen Leader, and Coach "D" led the following group of youth volunteers: Willy Stoner, Beth Schildknect, Michelle Williams, Michelle Jackson, Quentin Robinson, Blake Steel, Rigo Valentin and Andrew Williams-Watson.

Troop 26 of the Boy Scouts of America-Mason Dixon Council under the direction of Joanne Knode, Scout Master; Steve Knode, Quarter Master; Joe Showe, Assistant Scout Master; and Mike Harshman, Assistant Scout Master; directed Darrin Knode, Brian Knode, Brandon Showe, John Lowe, Joey Nelson, Josh Nelson, Brian Lewis and Tyler Harshman.

Three local troops of the Girl Scout Shawnee Council provided volunteers to assist with the unloading of the boxes and the unpacking of the used books. Junior Troop 225 of the Girl Scout Shawnee Council under the direction of Rhonda Stouffer, Troop Leader, guided Monica Stouffer, Rebecca Stouffer, Jenna Burns, Adrienne Tracey and Amanda Sheets. Junior Troop 252 of the Girl Scout Shawnee Council under the direction of Julie Koch and Lisa White, Troop Leaders, led Felicia Koons, Heather Myers, and Alex Koch. Senior Troop 276 of the Girl Scout Shawnee Council under the direction of Barb Moats and Laurie Myers, Troop Leaders, directed Jodi Moats and Amy O'Brian.

The Boonsboro High School Academic Team provided the following student volunteers: Ian Hook, John McGee, Ruth Hook and Ben Keller.

Matthew Brody of St. Maria Goretti High School and Aaron Thomas also assisted with the loading and unloading of the used books.

The Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women owes a huge thank you to all of the organizations and individuals listed above for their assistance with the 1999 Used Book Sale. All of these individuals volunteered many hours of their time to AAUW for the 1999 Used Book Sale, and they proved that the true spirit of community service is alive and well in Washington County.

Erin J. Brennan

Branch President Elect

Bad business

To the editor:

Holding business in the state of Maryland to a higher standard than government, the Glendening-Townsend team has announced a veto of the Y2K business protection bill.

A bill which would have protected companies from large lawsuit awards if they could show that they had a Y2K plan in effect, the legislation was passed by both the House of Delegates and the Senate during the General Assembly session this year. The United States House of Representatives just passed a similar piece of legislation.

The message that the Glendening-Townsend administration should be sending is that what is good for the government is good for business. It is important to protect the more than 122,000 small businesses in the stat in the uncertain times ahead. The Glendening-Townsend administration has turned its back on business and the legislature, further alienating itself from the citizens of Maryland.

Art Blenkle

Mitchellville, Md.

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