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letters 4/16

April 16, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/16



Cancer Society says thank you



To the editor:

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to extend my appreciation to Franklin County residents and business owners for the support shown during Daffodil Days. By purchasing daffodils through presales and at direct sales sites, you helped to raise more than $41,000 this year.

I must also extend my heartfelt thanks to the volunteers who gave of their time in many ways, including making vases, helping with deliveries, and selling at direct sale sites as well as coordinating sales at schools and businesses. This event takes many dedicated individuals and I am truly grateful for their willingness to be involved. It is truly a privilege to work with some of the finest people in Franklin County.

I would also like to thank Plasterers Florist and Greenhouse for sponsoring the Spirit of Hope vases. Their generosity allows more of the money raised to go to the mission. They also allowed us to make the vases in their shop, which also helped us greatly. I would also like to acknowledge the support and cooperation of In & Out Beverage for allowing us to store the daffodils in cold storage until delivery day as well as Pearson's Pasttimes for supplying the trays used in deliveries.

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Without the support of business sponsors and underwriters our success would not have been possible. I would like to extend my thanks to Craig Friedly, Potter & Moore Insurance Agency, Ellsworth Electric of PA, Inc, F & M Trust, Robert Kline/ Wide Open MRI, Thomas & Josephine Stouffer, William K Nitterhouse Family Foundation, D L Martin, Boyer & Ritter CPA, Stickler Agency, Surgical Associates of Waynesboro, Waynesboro Construction Co., Inc, Harold L. Brake And Ingram Books. We also had many generous individuals and businesses that underwrote the cost of the flowers donated to hospitals and nursing homes and their assistance is also appreciated.

The proceeds from Daffodil Days are vital in our search for a cure. This money will also be used to fund educational programs on prevention and early detection as well as the financial and emotional support of cancer patients in Franklin County.

Thanks again for all the support shown to the American Cancer Society as we offer hope, make progress, and find answers.

Holly Burkett

Chambersburg, Pa.




Cascade group seeks solutions



To the editor:

I'm writing you on behalf of the Cascade Committee to formally request the creation of a joint working group to address specific concerns that we have identified in the final Facilities Review Report issued on Feb. 13, 2001.

Specifically, we request the immediate establishment of a joint BOE, Washington County Commissioners and Cascade Committee work group that has the following objectives:

Validate data and findings in the study; investigate feasibility of avoiding capital and operating costs by moving to new building on Fort Ritchie; improve quality of education by partnering with the parents, community, PenMar Development corporation and corporate sponsors. Explore with Frederick County the feasibility of combining Sabillasville and Cascade elementary schools; determine impact to redistricting on the closure/consolidation process, and determine with PMDC the influence the redevelopment plan for Fort Ritchie will have on the demographic profile of the area and enrollment projections for the next five years.

We believe the establishment of a work group is an equitable and reasonable approach that demonstrates our willingness to work with you in addressing any potential closing of Cascade Elementary.

Further, we believe this approach demonstrates to the taxpayers of our county that the conclusions and date in the FRC report are accurate and justifies the closing of our school.

We also believe that this approach gives the county an opportunity to demonstrate that all alternatives were given deliberate consideration.

Your consideration of this request is appreciated.

Karl Weissenbach

Chairman

The Cascade Committee

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