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letters to the editor 4/23

April 23, 2002

Decency in sports


To the editor:

Bob Parasiliti's insightful reflection into the career of Russ and Helen Weibel was a sensitive piece that truly caught the meaning of this pair of caring people. (Morning Herald-Sports, April 9.)

In a day when sports at every level has sometimes become a war of wills and words with little resemblance to what was intended, the Weibels were quiet reminders of decency, understanding and sports as a life experience.

Less me and more we was the message I felt Russ delivered and not just on his radio shows. He was almost always a grounded individual who gently espoused solid morals and the intrinsic value of athletics - especially to the thousands of young athletes who learn basic life skills from their experiences with sports and coaches.

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It would go a long way for many of us involved with athletics at any level to take a lesson from this fine gentleman. We will miss you, Russ and Helen. And thanks.

Bill Sterner

Head Football Coach

Hancock High School

Where's the proof?


To the editor:

Over the last year and a half, Delegate Larry Faircloth and his partner, Attorney Laura Rose have bombarded the citizens of the Eastern Panhandle with allegations and innuendoes against local law enforcement.

Faircloth's latest tirade of fantasy before the Berkeley County Commission continues to illustrate how low Faircloth and Rose will go to continue their baseless crusade against law enforcement.

Mr. Faircloth, if you and Rose have evidence to prove your claims of corruption among local law enforcement, disclose it. Bring charges, not accusations. Otherwise, we call on the citizens of the community as well as the local media outlets to stop taking part in any allegations without merit or foundation or evidence. Let's stop giving these classless blowhards with unfounded theories, and questionable agendas the publicity they crave.

Theodore M. Snyder

President

Berkeley County Deputy Sheriff's Assn.

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Steamtown great place to visit


To the editor:

On that Monday morning in January the snow came down, Steamtown closed its doors, crews came in and cleared walkways, driveways and parking lots. Tuesday morning saw visitors arrive to make the rounds of the History and Technical Museums, the roundhouse and the repair shops in Scranton.

Five big steam locomotives are being rebuilt and the former Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 Pacific type is getting special attention. Volunteers from Altoona's Railroaders Museum work on the many projects in the overall project to operate this historic locomotive on mainline tracks. The chief mechanic is very busy!

Steamtown is unique: visitors take guided tours through the shop to watch mechanics at work. It is designated a National Industrial Heritage Park.

Steam powered excursions of the summer season will commence July 4 on extended weekends, into the Pocono Mountains. Meanwhile, switching duties are performed in the main and coach yards by Nickel Plate Road diesel GP-9 514. This gem will be backup power for the Yard Shuttle.

On April 2, the trolleys began their treks to the State Iron Furnace Museum.

They will leave the depot along the main line railroad used by Canadian Pacific and the local Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad.

The depot was built by Steamtown workers as part of the over all complex now known worldwide as a premier facility representing the era of "Big Steam."

Tickets are available at the Scranton Trolley Museum from 9 a.m., first run, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

During a self guided tour of Steamtown's History Museum one can view a film in the spacious theater on the unfolding career of an aspiring railroader.

The first part was filmed at the famous East Broad Top Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania, moving to our own Moscow Station.

Sherman Shook

Locomotive Shop Volunteer

Wilkes Barre, Pa.

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