Anti-violence program supported
To the editor:
I'd like to thank reporter Marlo Barnhart for her outstanding June 27 coverage of the Alternatives to Violence Awards ceremony recognizing more than a decade of AVP at the Maryland Correctional Institution. And while her article focused on our peer facilitators, and Carl French and Christi Bowers, our guest speakers from the Washington County Community Mediation Center, we know this was only because our community volunteers directed that result.
Well, one hand must always wash the other and we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight the fact that our AVP program exists only through the bedrock support of those same modest community volunteers who put the spotlight on everyone else. We want the community to know our gratitude for these wonderful volunteers who devote their time, energy and emotions into guiding and training our AVP programs.
For volunteering their Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and taking off work on Fridays to lead three-day weekend workshops, we commend and express our heartfelt thanks to Lora Byler, William Carrigan, Emma Lou Comstock, Dolores Harmon, Dawn Hoffman, husband and wife teams Don and Sandy Hoffman, David and Nancy Hutchins, Margaret Rhoades and Dennis Shaw.