Letters to the editor - 7/1/03

July 01, 2003

Habitat says thanks

To the editor:

Thanks to the efforts of a number of caring individuals, a Washington County business, several art clubs and many, many folks willing to take a chance, Habitat for Humanity of Washington County recently raised $2,300 by raffling chances on a special dollhouse.

The dollhouse kit was generously donated by Callas Contractors, a steadfast supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.

Nick Hill of Clear Spring devoted more than 100 hours to meticulously construct the three-story, eight-room, Victorian house, complete with upper and lower wraparound porches.

Then, 14 decorative painters from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., gathered at the Old Stone Mill in Smithsburg for a lively weekend of painting. More than 150 woman-hours of painting produced a house with many exquisite decorative techniques and touches. The painters included: Rella Keller, Lynne Wilkinson, Sandy Clements, Fran Schmitt, Karen Whisman, Lynne Morgan, Karen Schaffert, Linda Smiley, Barb Renaud, Debby Roberts, Audrey Jaggers, Cynthia Warnock, Linda Eszenyi, and myself. We represented several different chapters of the Society of Decorative Painters.


Lee Gogan of K&L Construction and Terence Fominaya built a beautiful case to protect the dollhouse while it was on display.

All of the effort and expense that went into the building, painting, decorating and encasing of the dollhouse would have been for naught without the generous support of those who graciously took a chance and purchased raffle tickets from our many devoted volunteers.

Rich Lawson supported Habitat by purchasing a dollhouse raffle ticket; and Rich was the lucky winner of the dollhouse. Congratulations, Rich, and many thanks to you and to everyone who helped make this fund raiser a great success.

As volunteers for Habitat, we are striving hard to eradicate substandard housing in Washington County, one house at a time, by working in partnership with families in need of a decent place to live. We do not provide "hand outs"; rather we offer a "hand up" by helping qualified families and individuals build a home they can afford and thus build a better life. The ripple effect of a family moving out of substandard housing into their own home can have a positive influence on generations to come, as well as on neighborhoods, towns, and our entire county. It behooves each of us to do what we can to support Habitat for Humanity.

To learn more about qualifying for a Habitat House, to volunteer on one of our numerous committees, to help build a Habitat House (we'll train on the site), to learn about sponsoring a house or to donate building materials call 301-791-9009.

Jackie Shaw
Habitat for Humanity

Don't miss the next show

To the editor:

The Town of Williamsport and its residents were sorely disappointed that The Morning Herald had once again failed to mention our famous "Sunday Concert and Ice Cream Social" of June 15 in your newspaper.

Your paper has an opportunity of redeeming itself for this oversight by mentioning Williamsport's upcoming July 4 "Concert and Ice Cream Social" in the Byron Park of Williamsport at 7 p.m. July 4. Featured will be the Williamsport Community Band followed by our fireworks show.

We are hoping that our circle of friends in adjacent communities will join us for an old-fashioned celebration on July 4 in Byron Memorial Park that day.

Jean V. Thomas

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