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June 08, 2002

Symphony was greatly enjoyed


To the editor:

On April 25, Old Forge School's fourth grade went to hear the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Once all the players tuned their instruments, Elizabeth Schulze came on stage.

Then the orchestra started playing "Le Tombeau de Couperin." That's a famous piece by Ravel. The music I liked most was "Capriccio Espagnol" by Rimsky-Korsakov. I hope Citicorp will sponsor the symphony orchestra again so that other fourth graders in the future may have that experience.

Zachary Greenleaf

Hagerstown




Give thanks to the clergy


To the editor:

The first Sunday in June is a day designated to honor our priests. Some parishioners will send cards, send gifts of money, and maybe a present or two, but I feel called by God to write just a few words from my heart.

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As a parishioner of St. Mary I would like to say "Thank you" to both Fr. George Limmer and Fr. Robert Morey. Thank you of course is a very broad term and seems so simple. Simple though is not the work of priests.

On call 24 hours a day, their job is never finished. Our priest start the day with prayer, daily mass, hospital visits, nursing home visits, home care visits, church meetings, church teaching classes, baptisms, weddings, funerals, private confession, Arch Diocese Meetings, phone calls, e-mail's, and communication of almost every kind.

This is just a simplified version of the life of our priest. Jesus shares with us the Story of the good shepherd, taking care of his flock and I am grateful for their ministry. Another story in the Bible is the lost sheep. Many times I have strayed away and through the words of the priests during the homilies I have returned to the flock. With all the controversy these days and news media flashing headlines of fallen priests, I want all to know that there are many, many more priests who have responded to the call of God's people with love and faithfulness.

In my prayers I will give thanks to both Fr. Limmer and Fr. Morey for answering God's call to ministry and I will pray that they recognize the importance of their hard work as they continue giving their all to everyone. Forgive us when we forget to feed you as you feed us.

Isaiah 43 says, I have summoned you by name; you are mine, When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. May our God through his saving grace, bless and keep you both now and forevermore.

Tammy Needy

Hagerstown




Remembering a fine man


To the editor:

May 23 is his birthday. If he were living today, he would be 100. J. Lee Mullendore was a remarkable, compassionate, successful, respected and friendly gentleman. After completing only a ninth grade education, between planting and harvesting seasons on the farm, he rode the train to Hagerstown to attend business college.

He completed the required courses and received a diploma from Columbia Business College (now Hagerstown Business College). After working as an office boy typing, going to the bank, post office and other jobs - all for $10 a week, with years of dedication and hard work, he eventually became president of the Hagerstown Lumber Co.

He worked there 62 years, was able to oversee the building of many wonderful homes in the community, and recovered and rebuilt the company after two devastating fires.

He served the Lord faithfully in his church and in all areas of his life, assisting many people along the way, including young men in college entering the ministry.

As a steady Rotarian he achieved District Governor, was a faithful supporter of the Salvation Army, Union Rescue Mission, and a trustee of Bridgewater College.

He deeply cared for his wife and only child, a daughter, during every circumstance. During the Depression years the family slept in the dining room and turned the second floor into an apartment - to not lose the home in hard financial times.

Well-known and loved by many - his fellow workers called him "Mully"; his friends, "Lee"; his acquaintances, "Mr. Mullendore"; his nieces and nephews, "Uncle Lee"; his wife, "Hubby"; his three grandsons and one granddaughter, "Paw Paw"; and as for me, I just always called him "Daddy."

Susan Mullendore Freed

Hagerstown

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