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January 02, 2001

Letters to the Editor 1/2



Stop raceway's plans



To the editor:

I moved to Clarke County from Fairfax County to have a more peaceful, quiet and slower way of life. The beauty of this area is its rural location, rolling land, and the incredible peace of the country. Unfortunately, that peace is broken on a regular basis by the large numbers of race cars at Summit Point Raceway.

All day long they pollute the air, and create a noise situation which greatly affects the quality of life in this area. Summit Point is unique among racetracks in that it does not require mufflers on the vehicles that use the track. Enforcing this one step alone would create a much more livable situation.

Now the owner of the track, Bill Scott, is petitioning Jefferson County Planning Commission to allow expansion of the racetrack to include another track. He is requesting a change of zoning to industrial/commercial. This would totally change the area, and greatly affect the rural character of the community. The track comprises 300 acres, and this expansion could be far-reaching and devastating to our way of life. These rural roads do not need the speeding cars and the large increase in traffic that hotels, restaurants and other commercial buildings on the property would bring.

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Furthermore, there would be nothing to stop the track from running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The environmental damage would be overwhelming, not to mention the constant noise that makes it impossible to enjoy a quiet afternoon on the front porch.

Scott has so far been unresponsive to community concerns, which makes a difficult situation even worse. Of course, he lives in Middleburg, so he is not affected by the problems he brings to our area.

There will be a public input hearing on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Jefferson County Planning Commission, 110 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va. 25414. This is your opportunity to let the public officials know your views. Please plan to attend. You may also write the commission at this address.

We have seen in the past election that one person, one voice can count. Make yours count. Stop the Summit Point Racetrack expansion, and save our rural way of life.

Dianne O'Donnell

Berryville, Va.




Flu clinic went well



To the editor:

The Washington County Health Department is to be commended on the smoothness and efficiency at the first flu clinic on Dec. 9, at the North Hagerstown High School.

The personnel processed over 1,500 persons in a very smooth and efficient manner. The workers did a magnificent job.

There was no long waiting in line outside the school, which was an improvement over the flu clinics of previous years.

As a result of these efforts, there are now over 1,500 persons who have protection, if and when, the 'flu bug' hits the area.

Thanks to everyone for a job well done.

Richard and Myrtle Hartle

Hagerstown


Coat drive a success



To the editor:

On behalf of the Salvation Army and the hundreds of youngsters that now have warm coats, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated coats for the Sellers Funeral Home "Coats For Kids - 2000" campaign.

Over 1000 coats were collected for distribution this year and without the generosity of the many people involved, it would have not been such a great success.

A special thanks goes to Chip Gabler of Gabler Trucking and Bob Erickson our driver (since the beginning) for both donating the trailer used for coat storage and their prompt, safe, pick-up and delivery for the last five years.

Without all of you, this would just not have been possible.

May you all be rightly blessed this holiday season.

Bill Sellers

R.G. Sellers Funeral Home, Inc.

Captain John Brooks

Salvation Army

Chambersburg, Pa.

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