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Letters to the Editor 8/31

August 31, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/31



Acts beyond professionalism



To the editor:

A big thank you to Bob May. My husband passed away in April and I'm so ever grateful that I chose Rest Haven Funeral Chapel. Our family was so sad and overwhelmed with grief that we didn't know where to begin. Bob May met with us and was so very helpful.

He made everything so uncomplicated and easy for me and my children. He not only accomplished all our wishes, he took the extra time to make sure everything we asked was taken care of. He stayed with us, comforted us and called us with reassuring words. Bob reassured us that everything would be as we requested. He is truly a professional. The service went just as we asked. Not only did this impress me, he is still getting in touch with our family to see how we are doing. These acts go beyond professionalism. Thanks Bob. More funeral directors should take a lesson from you.

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Pete Hamburg and children

Hagerstown

Head got it wrong



To the editor:

Once again the brilliant headline writers at the paper have struck against our local ice rink. Banner headlines in The Morning Herald state "Pa hockey league turned away by rink" followed by "City rink can't spare ice time."

Neither of those statements is even remotely true and if one reads the article you come away wondering what the headline editor read when concocting the headlines. The true story is that the Hagerstown Youth Hockey League (with 130 youth hockey players) has had ice time at the rink since the rink opened.

Most of that ice time is in the evenings during the week. The Cumberland Valley Hockey Association (the group from the defunct Waynesboro rink with about 70 skaters) wanted to skate at the same times.

Rink management and the rink board met with the CVHA and showed them available times. Their players are welcome into the existing league to skate at prime times. However, the CVHA board wants to keep its league intact (after all, they have put much time and effort into league development) and wants to skate at times not available at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex

They have found that time available at the Frederick rink and have chosen to run their league there.

So let's review - the CVHA has chosen to play at Frederick because prime ice time is already booked to an existing larger youth hockey league. Does this sound like they were turned away? Absolutely not! The rink has time available before and after prime skating hours which the CVHA finds to be too late or too early for youth hockey players. Does this sound like the rink can't spare the ice time? Absolutely not! What this does sound like is a headline editor who wants to take shots at the Hagerstown Ice Rink at the expense of the truth.

As a board member of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex I wish the CVHA well in its efforts to keep the league intact. If the effort becomes too great we welcome your skaters to join the programs at the HISC and of course we urge everyone to come to public skate sessions to keep their skating skills sharp.

I also say this to the headline editor - how about reading the articles by your reporters and making the headlines reflect what is in the article? Or is writing truthful headlines beyond your area of expertise?

Gary Wright

Hagerstown

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