Mail Call

June 18, 1999

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"Four years ago we bought a home out here on Clinton Avenue and there were bats coming in. We didn't realize it at first until one got in the house and now we know that they are coming in because we heard them down in the basement. We were wondering if anyone knows if there is anything you can do about it to keep them away?"

"I am a police officer. This is for the person who feels it is OK to flash lights to people to warn them of the radar. If I catch you, you are going to be in as much trouble as the person who is doing the speeding. We are out there trying to help the public and we don't need this kind of thing to happen. Do you like it when people drive by your house 20 to 40 mph over the speed limit? I would think not, and most of the people we are trying to protect don't either."


"I am calling in response to the article in the paper about the crossing guard hugging and kissing the children in the middle of the street. My children have crossed with that crossing guard for the last three years. I think it is wonderful what she is doing and giving them donuts. Are you people jealous or something because she is giving these children attention and things and you are not getting it?"

"This is referring to the little bridge at the Pony League park. Fifty years ago, Mr. Funkhouser, our councilman, had that little bridge put down there for the people of the East End to watch the baseball games and so our kids could go down there and play. This little bridge holds a lot of memories for me and Mr. Funkhouser's people. He is passed away now. He got that little bridge up for us and personally for me, he put signs up that said, Children at Play, the signs are still here, but the bridge is gone. My son played baseball there in 1964 and 1965. He played for the VFW Club and my family and I walked that bridge many of times to watch my son play and win. Now, a lot of memories have been taken away."

"On Tuesday morning, at 6:15 a.m., I was appalled to see prostitution going on only a block from the police station and that someone looking like that can make a living through prostitution."

"I am calling and wondering why neighbors have trouble getting along? If you have lived in the same place for years, there is no reason why everyone can't get along. On North Mulberry there is a big problem with neighbors talking about each other and why? Why can't everyone grow up and act like friends, neighbors, whatever it takes to get along? There shouldn't be any talking about each other, that's what makes our kids talk about everybody else. Would somebody else please help me on this problem?"

"We all would like to congratulate Heather Lynn Jordan for graduating from high school. We knew you could do it! We all love you very much and we hope that you do a lot with your life. This is from her family and her friends. Keep up the good work, Heather, we all love you, congratulations!"

"We keep seeing about the carnival canceled, since every other fire company in town can find a place in their service area for their carnivals, why can't Longmeadow and Maugansville shop around somewhere else in the Longmeadow area to have their carnival? Maybe some of the property owners there could extend the opportunity to have the carnival there in their service area also?"

"I have made several attempts to get a hold of Mayor Bruchey. He works in the day and I work in the evenings. It seems impossible. I would like to know what the mayor and the City Council plan on doing with the Fairground land? It is just sitting there and the ideas that they have to do with it. It would have made a beautiful amphitheatre and brought a lot of revenue into Hagerstown by having country, rock and different music for the young, elderly, middle-aged. I think that it is a shame that they can't still have a fair every year like Frederick County has every year. Also, why can't the Longmeadow Fire Company use it for their annual carnival? Could someone please call me and let me know the answer?"

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