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Letters to the editor - 5/10/03

May 10, 2003

Great care



To the editor:


On March 8, my dearest friend and I were involved in a single-car accident on Maugans Avenue in Hagerstown. I lost control of the SUV I was driving after hitting a pile of snow on the side of the road. My vehicle rolled several times, leaving my friend and me trapped inside.

Thanks to alert citizens calling 911, the Maugansville Fire and Rescue Company 13 responded in record time.

After 30 minutes they succeeded in removing the roof of my vehicle and freeing my friend and me. I can't say enough about the kind and compassionate care given by members of this fire company and fire companies all over this great country who give selflessly of their time and energy to ensure the safety of others.

Josephine S. Shockey
Dee Butler
Hagerstown




Real friends



To the editor:


Perhaps the best continuing feature in The Herald-Mail in the past decade has been the dual real estate columns by Diane Hymer and Ellen James Martin of Inman News Features.

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Each Saturday they offer two brilliant columns analyzing some often obscure aspect of home real estate. The amazing thing is they keep going 52 weeks a year, year after year, and don't seem to repeat themselves.

I've done some columns myself, fortunately usually monthly - but I have to admire these two for continuing to find small segments of real estate practice that merit more explanation. They also are lively (and blessedly brief) writers. Some real estate columns simply go on and on and on!

In any event, I have found their work outstanding! I have learned much from their efforts, and during the past few years have been engaged in various real estate ventures which - largely due to the Messes Hymer and Martin and have served to turn the financial wagons of both myself and my wife around. (And my wagon had a long turn to get there.)

How about some plaudits for these two unsung heroines?

David L. Woods
Hedgesville, W.Va.




A team effort



To the editor:


On behalf of the Rescue Hose Company No. 1, Inc., of Greencastle, Pa., I would like to thank the many people, businesses and organizations that contributed to the success of our 68th annual minstrel show.

There are a few businesses and organizations we owe heartfelt thanks for their contributions. They include Graphics Universal, E.L.M. Department Store, The Dame Broadcasting Company, the Greencastle-Antrim School District and the Harry Zeigler V.F.W. Post of Greencastle. Without their contributions, it would not be financially possible to conduct a show of this kind.

We would like to thank the many people who supported this fund-raising endeavor by contributing to our patron list.

I would like to thank the members of the cast and the production team. So many talented people contribute their time and energy, year after year, so the minstrel show can continue.

This year we had more people involved in the show than in recent memories. It truly was a community effort. We even had one couple travel from the Lancaster, Pa., area to sing in the chorus. Though we hope you had an enjoyable time at the show, we are the real winners. The friendships developed and the fun we have together far outweigh the time put into the show.

That is why so many return year after year to be a part of it. We are always looking for "new voices" to help us with the show. If you attended the show, it should be obvious that anyone is welcome, whether you have singing talent or not. Our first practice is always the first Sunday after New Year's Day, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the fire station on South Washington Street.

And last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank everyone who attended the show. Last year, we had some of the biggest crowds in over a decade. This year we surpassed last year's attendance numbers. We hope you had an entertaining evening while helping the Rescue Hose Company in the process. It is with your support that this Greencastle tradition continues after 68 years.

C. Gregory Hoover
Chairperson, Minstrel Show Committee
Rescue Hose Company No. 1, Inc.




Support helped



To the editor:


Our family would like to express our deepest thanks to all our friends and family for all the cards, flowers, food and support that was expressed during the recent loss of our mother.

Also we would like to thank Pastor Dave Keener of South Mountain Bible Church, South Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, co-workers at SMRC and Abraxas, Chambersburg Hospital, 3 West Nursing Staff, Oncology Department and doctors, Dr. George Baker, Deafnet of Hagerstown and Jim Bowersox.

Family of Gloria E. Grove
Hagerstown

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