Mail Call for 8/5

August 05, 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:

"This is to the person interested in seasoning her skillet so it wouldn't stick. This is from the bottom of my skillet. Scour thoroughly, coat with cooking oil, heat in 300 degree oven one hour and remove excess oil. It is supposed to be ready for use and you can re-season it as often as you like. This is what I do with my skillet and I have no problem with it."

"Happy 9th birthday to Zachary, our grandson on Aug. 6. We love you and we are very proud of you. Love, Nanny and Pappy."


"I wish you people would lay off the Kennedys. I think that they are good people. I don't mind that my taxes are going to bury John Kennedy. He was a good man, just like his father. I like all of the Kennedys. Ted Kennedy fights for the poor. That's more than you can say for the Republicans."

"I wonder if anybody knows of how we can get the air conditioner fixed over here at the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.? It has been broke for several weeks. They have these fans sitting around. We have all served our country and we can't help the shape that we are in. We need the air conditioner fixed. If anyone knows the number, please call Mail Call as soon as possible."

"This is Tuesday, Aug. 3. I am trying to conserve my water by not flushing my toilet all the time and carrying my dishwater out to my plants. I go out to the South End Shopping Center to go shopping and here is South High with great big sprinklers watering their football field. Does that make any sense with the drought that we are having?"

"If you recall this is about an accident. A person backed into my car and left. If you would call me, my number is 301-223-8640."

"I would like to know if anyone is going to sell Hearts of Gold or Boonsboro cantaloupes this year?"

"This is to the person in Monday's Mail Call saying that JFK didn't deserve what they did for him. He has done a lot for our country. Obviously, you seem to know everything about it. He has kept you entertained for the last number of years."

"This is about the Clear Spring carnival. On Monday, there was a band there, Possum Holler, and they were great. Too bad the sound was bad. They were good, what a shame."

"I would like to take this time to wish my daughter, Deneen Lane, a very happy 26th birthday. I think you have come a long way and you are going to go a lot farther. I see a great mother in you, God Bless you."

"I wanted to wish Nick Carlin a happy 14th birthday on Aug. 6 and good luck at North High. From your friend."

"A lot of people in Clear Spring would like to let the band Possum Holler know that we know it wasn't their fault that they sounded the way that they did. We know that they did not have anything to do with the sound which was provided by the Clear Spring carnival. We heard you play before, we have a lot of faith in you and we know that you are a good sounding band. We will follow you and see you at the Sun Fest where we know you will shine like the stars and professionals that you are."

"If you really believe that it is the planes that keeps it from raining, well, there must be a lot of planes to cause a drought over half the country. It seems that the farmers east of the Mississippi had better pool their money and pay those little planes not to fly."

"This is to the people who complain about the ducks at City Park. That is why the people go to the park to see the ducks, not all the weeds. I think that they should be more concerned about the weeds and clean them up."

"This is in response to the person who was asking for a place in Hagerstown that recycles newspapers. Try the SPCA, they take the papers and recycle them and use the money to help run the SPCA. So please do that."

"I would like to respond to the person who said that Ted Kennedy fights for the poor. He fights for anything he can as long as someone else is paying for it. That is why they take a third of my paycheck in taxes each week for his give-away programs."

"It is Tuesday evening, Aug. 3, and I think that it is a shame what the farmers are facing due to the drought conditions. But Fountain Head feels the need to water its golf course tonight, but I bet the other golf courses are doing it, too."

"Just wanted to thank the people at dialysis on Oak Hill Avenue. I took my sister on Tuesday for the first time. When I first walked in, I thought how sad, but after I got around that staff, they were wonderful, uplifting, they were so happy, joyous and they joked. They were such a wonderful staff, you don't even think about the sadness that goes with dialysis. That staff just picked those people up and joked with them, made them cheerful. I want to thank the staff, they are a wonderful bunch of joyous, happy and cheerful people. God bless you all at the dialysis center."

"To the person who wanted to know where to recycle newspapers, take them to The Maryland Paper Co. it is in Williamsport not Hagerstown, but they are a great place to take your papers for recycling. Call 301-223-6550 and ask for directions."

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