Letters to the Editor 4/29 part 2

April 30, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/29 part 2

AIDS walk a success

To the editor:

April 7 started out to be a drizzling day, but the sun tried to come out. The Vernon Flook III Memorial AIDS walk was an success. We would like to thank the 58 walkers who came out on this day, from all around the Tri-State area. They raised more than $3,900 that day, to help provide services for the PWACMI organization. For those who stayed at home, we missed you and would like to let you know we had a blast all day. Let the band play on.

Thank you to the following volunteers: Antonio, ANTS (AIDS Network of the Tri-State) Bob, Cathy, Dan, Frederick County Health Department Go Program (West Frederick Middle School Students), Jody and friends, Kathy, Kellee, Loretta, Mariama, Red Cross of Frederick County, Sharon, Steven, Tobley's Family, Tom, Tommy, Trish, Wanda (who we will miss deeply), Wes and all others.


Thanks to all of Vernon's friends who took the time to come out.

Stephanie Schwartzbeck

Founder/Executive Director

People with AIDS

Committee of Maryland

Frederick, Md.

Potomac Center a special place

To the editor:

I'm writing this letter in regard to the letters written about Potomac Center in the past month. My son lives there and we would like to express how grateful we are for Potomac Center and its staff. The care the residents get is great. This is their home and they are happy here. Why fix something that isn't broken? It still does the great job it did when it first opened its doors.

Keep it open to serve as it has in the past. This is a family and doesn't need to be split up. Group homes are not for everyone. Special needs can only be filled by special people. We have just that at Potomac Center.

Guy and Bertha Sigler

Myersville, Md.

Health questions to be answered

To the editor:

Last year the United States Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the most significant change in health care for retired military persons in decades. Tricare for Life (TFL), which will start this coming October, when combined with Medicare, is expected to provide seamless coverage for most, if not all, medical needs. As such it is expected to relieve the need for supplemental insurance or other alternative health plans. This will be a significant cost saver to retired military veterans who are 65 years or older.

But, as will all new programs, there are questions concerning implementation and there are also prerequisites the retiree must have in place to be eligible for TFL. Therefore members of The Retired Officer Association (TROA), Shenandoah Valley and Upper Potomac Chapters are combining efforts to further disseminate information on TFL, help identify beneficiaries in the area and to inform them of the new, congressionally approved benefit.

To answer the many questions which surround this new program , the chapters have arranged for an expert on TFL to speak in Martinsburg at a dinner meeting May 10. Susan Schwartz is the Deputy Director of Government Relations for Health Affairs at TROA, where she closely follows health care reform legislation and its potential impact on the military health services system.

She is co-chair of the Military Coalition's Health Care Committee, works closely with the Department of Defense for implementing TFL, and testifies before Congress on the program. Schwartz has been closely involved with TFL since its inception and will offer explanations, requirements, and the latest updates on the program's features.

The dinner, which costs $21.50 per person, will be held at the Holiday Inn, Martinsburg, W.Va. Reservations are required. For information or reservations please call prior to May 4, 2001: Jerry Schumeyer (Frederick) at 301-696-1191, Bill Stewart (Winchester) at 540-723-4861, Doug Fargo (West Virginia) at 304-726-0817, Jim Walsh (Boonsboro) at 301-582-0495, or Herb Arm (Pennsylvania) 717-749-5228.

James E. Walsh, Jr.

Col., USA-Ret,


Upper Potomac Chapters


Museum project went well

To the editor:

The Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites would like to thank all those in the community who participated in our Antique Appraisal Day held Saturday, March 31. The funds raised will help us continue our work of cooperatively promoting and advertising the many fine museums in Washington County.

We would especially like to thank the following appraisers who so generously donated their time and talents: Donnie Hockman, Bud Moore, Richard Moyer, Thomas Newcomer, Carl Ocker, Alesia Permansu, Phyllis Potter and Art Warnick.

Special thanks to the Military Museum of Morris Frock American Legion for the use of their facilities.

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