We realize that many of the first-time or one-time food handlers are not aware of our requirements. Therefore, we try to not only ensure proper food safety and sanitation is being practiced, but to educate the food handlers as well when inspecting the special events.
Twenty temporary food service permits were issued for this event. There were also pre-packaged food items, such as bottled water and canned sodas being sold that did not require a temporary food service permit. All bona fide nonprofit organizations are not required to pay the temporary food service permit fee, but are still required to obtain a permit.
We are currently looking at ways to improve our ability to respond to similar special events in the future. One item under consideration is a reduction in the fee currently being charged for events similar to the Mile Long Yard Sale.
Director, Environmental Health
Washington County Health Department
Let's stop the dumping
To the editor:
As I take my early morning walks along Boteler Road in Brownsville, Md., I am always struck by the beautiful surroundings of the area. I've lived in Brownsville for 29 years and have never stopped appreciating the beauty of South Mountain and Elk Ridge, the fields, streams and meadows, the towns and villages of Pleasant Valley.
This morning, however, my enjoyment came to an abrupt end when I saw a pile of used diapers tossed on the side of the road. I was reminded then of the Christmas trees that were similarly discarded in January this year, the deer carcasses that were disposed of in the same spot in the fall, and the ever-present beer cans and litter.
I can understand the beer cans. That's just plain ignorance. But I am confused by the dual messages the other discarded items represent: The joy of a new life to be loved and guided and taught to live in society, the Christmas tree, a symbol of tradition and the spirit of giving, and the deer carcass, so beautiful in life, useful as food, but pitifully tossed aside to rot; all of these things left for others to see and ultimately clean up.
What are these people saying to their own families and friends about stewardship of the environment and community responsibility?
What exactly goes through their minds when they drive through Brownsville, the very town some of them live in, and throw their trash from their vehicle? The very things that signify life and growth and caring are used to flaunt those same values with no regard for anyone else.
Brownsville residents have come together this year to begin a dialogue about civic and personal responsibility with the goal of making our town a better place for everyone to live in and in which to raise their children. We have made progress; more is obviously needed.