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Letters to the Editor 5/28

May 26, 2000

Norman Mills does good work

To the editor:

In 1962 the Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women started holding its annual used book sale to raise funds for the branch's college scholarship fund and community donations. Over the years our branch's used book sale grew and grew, and our branch found itself in need of a large facility with plenty of free parking and easy access for the physically challenged. In 1997 our branch found a facility that met all of our needs, and it was the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Before our branch held its first used book sale at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, it had no idea that it would find such a polite hard working caretaker of the Ag Center as it found in Norman Mills. Our branch has now held four used book sales at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, and every year Mills has kept the facility in excellent condition for our branch members and our customers.

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The Hagerstown branch of the American Association of University Women owes many thanks to Norman Mills for helping to provide a neat, clean facility to hold our annual used book sale in. By providing such a neat, clean facility to hold our annual used book sale in, Mills helped to make our recently completed 2000 used book sale a huge success.

Norman Mills is a fine asset for the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Erin J. Brennan

Branch President Elect

AAUW

Don't sing at concerts

To the editor:

It sounds like Vivian Knick and her daughters had a great time at the recent Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Maryland Theatre, but did they ever think how much their actions may have made the evening miserable for those seated near them?

The article states they "sang along with some old favorites." When I pay money for a ticket for a show, I want to hear the performer sing - not those seated near me. This have been a persistent problem for me at The Maryland Theatre and complaining to the ushers does no good. I have not been to a concert at The Maryland Theatre for several years now due to this problem.

I attend shows and concerts all over the country: New York City, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Chicago, and many other places; but it is only in Hagerstown where members of the audience are rude enough to think you want to hear their performance, instead of the one you've paid good money to hear. If they were such good singers, why aren't they on stage?

In the future, use some courtesy and let the performer sing. Keep your singing to yourself in your car, shower or anywhere that it is not a performance situation.

Cynthia J. Shank

Hagerstown

A fine performance

To the editor:

My class and I have just recently visited the Maryland Theatre to hear the Symphony Orchestra play in their youth concert.

I and many others enjoyed the soft, loud and classic music played. I would like to personally thank Citicorp for making it possible for us to participate in the audience of this concert. The orchestra played outstandingly.

Shelby Layman

Hagerstown

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