Mail Call for 6/18

June 18, 2002

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I would like to thank the person for the recipe for the Chinese pickled beets. The beets are absolutely delicious. I made them the way you said and I too like them much better without the vanilla and I didn't put in the oil. My family and I really enjoyed it. Thanks ever so much."

"Somebody needs to check out the traffic lights at the old Sears where Eastern Boulevard hits Potomac Avenue and Northern Avenue and again at where Northern Avenue connects with Oak Hill Avenue. Sometimes you sit there for a couple of lights before yours turns green. The sequence is all messed up and it is very frustrating."


"I am new to Hagerstown and I would like information on how I could access a dirt bike trail? I was told that there was one in the South End and I have seen one off Virginia Avenue and a little side street, but we don't know how to get the kids' bikes onto it. Call in and tell us how to get onto it, or do we have to get a permit or something?"

"I am an elderly shopper, does anyone else go grocery shopping and according to the ads buy one get one free or an item that is $1.99 a pound on sale for 77 cents a pound and when you get up to the register it doesn't come up that way? You tell the checker and she says, 'oh it must not be in the computer right.' So if I wasn't watching, I wouldn't get the bargain, would I? How many of you go home without checking your receipt and get ripped off? I watch every item being rung up and speak up if it's not correct. The attitude of the checkers is very impolite when you correct them. The competition is big out there, so guess what, you don't have to shop there anymore."

"About the man who claimed he was a member of the rehab unit, he actually isn't, he is a member of the air unit."

"I have also lived in Hagerstown for almost 40 years and I have seen a lot of good things, but it was a shame when the trees downtown were chopped down."

"I just wanted to say that this is my favorite time of the year, because Little League All-Star season is about to begin. I just love the River City Classic in Williamsport for the 9 and 10s and the regular major league All-Star games for 11 and 12s. I like watching the games and then watching the players develop through Pony League and Colt League and high school. I remember when South Mountain did so well in the 11 and 12s that year and now many of those same players were on the Boonsboro High School team that won a state title this year. Let the games begin!"

"In the Hagerstown area, we have a severe lack of law enforcement. The other day I witnessed a lot of dog kicking going on and I am fed up."

"In regards to the person who called in and said about sending letters to the CEO of the hospital regarding the loss of the trauma center. Do you really think that would make a difference? He probably doesn't even open his own mail. His staff probably does that for him. He might never see it. He probably has no idea what mail he gets."

"To the person who wanted something to spray on their flower beds to stop the bunnies from eating their flowers. Go to a garden place or nursery and get a spray called Ropel. It does work."

"The new flower garden and fountain area at Western Maryland Hospital Center is really beautiful. The poeple that did that should really be commended. It is lovely and it's nice that the sick there can go out and see the beautiful gardens and get some fresh air or at the very least be able to see the gardens from their window. It's nice for visitors, too, becuase there is so much suffering at that center."

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