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Letters to the Editor 8/1

July 31, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/1



Many worked hard to make Fourth fine



To the editor:

On behalf of the National Park Service and the staff of Antietam National Battlefield, I wish to thank everyone who attended the Fifteenth Annual Salute to Independence concert and fireworks at Antietam National Battlefield. The pleasant weather and cooperation of our visitors made this an enjoyable evening. The display of support for the national park and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the respect shown for our country's history and freedom are highly appreciated.

Public cooperation, particularly during the exit of traffic and pedestrians, is appreciated. Respect for the battlefield and for other concert visitors over the last 15 years has made this a very special, popular and enjoyable event.

I thank our neighbors for their patience and cooperation during times when the park hosts special events. These events are offered to provide enjoyable, memorable opportunities for citizens of the local and surrounding community as well as visitors from other areas. The public support we receive is tremendous. We extend our thanks to each individual and sponsor who donated time, money and other resources to support the concert and fireworks.

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Special thanks to the Community Rescue Service, Hagerstown Choral Arts, Hagerstown REACT, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland State Fire Marshal, Maryland State Police, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services, Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co., Town of Sharpsburg, Washington County Commuter, Washington County Fire Police, Washington County Sheriff's Department and agencies on standby for participants. With your valuable assistance, the traffic control and visitor services components of this event continue to become safer and more manageable.

I hope everyone enjoyed the 2000 Maryland Symphony Orchestra Salute to Independence concert and fireworks at Antietam. We invite all to the park to participate in our regular programs, as well as the many other special events that occur throughout the year.

John W. Howard

Superintendent

Anitetam, Monocacy National Battlefields

County shows its leadership



To the editor:

Once again the people of Washington County may take justifiable pride in the hard work and dedication of their elected officials. Monday night July 24 at the Hagerstown Community College there was a public hearing by the Commission on Education Finance, Equity and Excellence.

The purpose of the commission's public hearings are, "to obtain specific input from the public as to how the current financing system can be improved so as to further the goals of equity, adequacy, and accountability."

Many members of the political and educational leadership of Washington County were in attendance. Excellent testimony was given by, among others, Greg Snook, president of the County Commissioners, Paul Bailey, president of the Washington County Board Of Education and Sharon Chirgott, president of the Washington County Teachers Assn. Inc. In attendance were several teachers, several County Commissioners, and several members of the elected Board of Education. To support Bailey, Superintendent Herman Bartlett and several members of his staff were also there.

It comforted me to look around the room and see so many people, in positions of leadership, taking their time in the evening to improve the funding of the educational delivery system for the children of Washington County.

I wish to here publicly thank all these leaders for their dedication to the children and parents of Washington County.

Russell Williams

Hagerstown

Memorial help was appreciated



To the editor:

I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to many friends for cards, calls and gifts. Thanks also to the Rev. W.C. Crowe for officiating at our memorium for my husband Paul.

Marge Colley and family

Martinsburg, W.Va.

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