Mail Call for 1/2

January 03, 2003

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:

"To the person who found a ring on the Antietam Street bridge, I have been searching for the past few weeks for a Hood College class ring I lost there. The ring is white gold with an onyx stone bearing an 'H' insignia. 'Pepper' is engraved on the back and 2001 is etched on both sides of the stone. I can be reached best at work at 301-733-5131, ext. 2338. My name is Pepper. Thank you so much in advance."


"In response to the person who said, 'We' don't want a bed and breakfast on Spielman Road:' Well, how does she determine who 'we' are? Because 'we' would love to have a bed and breakfast out here. It's just what we need. Liven things up a little bit, get a little business going this way. Hey, speak for yourself. Don't put 'we' in the mix."

"Well, here it is about four days after Christmas and Harpers Ferry Road going down to the transfer station at Dargan has as much trash lying on it as the transfer station has in it. This is a message to all you people who haul your trash down there. Please, secure it in your vehicle, so I don't have to be out picking it up in my yard and quite a few other people on this road are doing the same thing. We're getting tired of it. Accidents happen, we know, but accidents aren't happening when your trash flies off your vehicle and we see you hit your brakes and almost stop, and then you go like you're crazy. We don't want to be your trash man. Take your own trash to the dump."

- Sharpsburg

"I wish to thank the person who returned my check to the Wal-Mart office before Christmas. Thank you again. I was very concerned about it. God bless you."

- Hagerstown

"Yes, I'm trying to find the old-time reflectors that you put on the lights on your Christmas tree. You screw the ball off and you put on a reflector and then you screw the ball back on. I went to a couple of places - they don't know where you can get them any more. Maybe they don't make them any more. Maybe somebody has some up in their attic or down in the basement. They are Christmas tree light reflectors. They make the light shine all over."

"Shame on the cable companies and all the major networks for their lack of Christmas programming on Christmas Day. I was not able to watch 'A Christmas Carol,' or any of the other traditional things that we have associated with Christmas. This became the first truly secular Christmas. And I suggest that people drop a line to the cable company and the major networks that they are offended by this lack of programming."

"Yes, I'd like to reply to the person who called in that said, 'If Mothers Against Drunk Drivers were serious, they would hound their state legislators to impose higher taxes on alcohol drinks, the same as cigarettes. The budget could use the money, too.' Well, you know that's a little unfair tax because this person evidently doesn't drink or smoke. Why don't we tax something everybody uses - like toilet paper."

"There sure was some pretty Christmas lighting this year. The park in Waynesboro is really pretty; also the house on Clopper Road was pretty; also the house in Maugansville, the one on the corner of Main Street and Maugansville Road. It was like a country look. They should have won the contest in Maugansville."

"This is my second time trying to get this published in Mail Call. We do wonderful Christmas decorations at our house every year, and we add additional items to the display. This year, when we got up on Dec. 21, someone stole our two deer that we had right outside our front door. I just want to know if anybody found two of the wire deer with the moveable heads in their yard, to please give the sheriff's department a call. I gave them my name and telephone number."

"To the nice people on Clopper Road, I would like to say your Christmas lights are gorgeous. We enjoyed them so much. And Williamsport, you have done a beautiful job at the park and it's too bad the other little towns around couldn't do such a good job as that. Beautiful. Congratulations to you both."

"Concerning the people that are opposing the bed and breakfast on Spielman Road, it is not like it will be a 200-room hotel. What does it bother on this back road? I hope these people just go for it."

"I keep looking for a front page announcement in the local paper about John Munson deciding to hang it up because he sure is not going to be an effective commissioner with all the problems that he has created."

"I found a ring on Antietam Street near the dry bridge. If somebody would call in to Mail Call and leave their number and a brief description of the type of ring they lost, I will gladly see that it gets returned to you."

"I would like to thank all the people who kept the roads clean for us Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Your efforts were very much appreciated. You did a wonderful job."

"I am calling to see if someone could call in the revision of the 'Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Cookies' that were the winner in the cookie contest in your paper. I would certainly appreciate that. I understand there is a revision on that recipe."

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