Mail Call for 7/3

July 07, 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:

"On Friday, my 13-year-old son lost his pet parakeet. He flew out through an open door in the area of Crestwood Drive and Rest Haven Cemetery. It is a very friendly, tamed bird and responds to the name Jasmine or Jazzy. It is a beautiful light blue with a white head and has a black stripe. My son is heartbroken and has taken the loss very hard. He loved the bird and formed a great friendship with him. The bird would greet him at the door and sit on his shoulder, he would eat from his hand, play fly chase with him and sing to him. If you see the bird or know of someone who found it, call 301-790-3384."


"Now that Hagerstown is grouped with Martinsburg for development outside the D.C. area, maybe the people of Hagerstown should ask Sen. Robert Byrd to get some of the money for Hagerstown to widen Interstate 81 like he got for West Virginia, since none of our politicians seem to be interested. Just ask Sen. Byrd, he seems to know where the money is."

"I visited the cat kennel at the Washington County SPCA a few days ago. When I left there, I left with tears in my eyes, asking myself, how and why there are so many cats in there, mamas and their precious babies too. Yes, they are very well taken care of while in there, but only for a short time period. They deserve to live. I am asking anyone who is qualified to visit there and find it in your heart and home to take one, two or three of these with you to free and love them."

"Someone wanted the number for the telemarketers. I called them and they said that they weren't going to take the state of Maryland in until July 7, but they will take us in, they can only handle so many at a time. The number is 1-888-382-1222 and they will take your message after July 7. They said they can only take so many states at a time."

"What does the SPCA do? I called and asked them to come out and remove a baby deer that was dead. They told me to call the Roads Department, of course they couldn't help either. I had to do it myself and I am in my 60s. So what good is the SPCA? I have called them before to come and remove cats from my yard and they won't even do that."

"Is the city of Hagerstown going to do something about the bricks sinking on the side of 1 E. Franklin St. at the corner of City Hall. Someone is going to break their neck crossing the street to North Potomac."

"I want to thank the people that helped me find the Washington County Zip Code Book. The post office didn't have them, but the Election Board has them for sale and I have one now. Thank you."

- Hagerstown

"Found a set of car keys at a yard sale on Little Antietam Road, Saturday, June 28. Please stop and pick them up if they are yours, they were found at the white house."

"A way to stop bread from molding, is to eat it. I am a brick layer and as far as I know the city is always going to have trouble with these brick walkways."

"We freeze our bread until we are ready to use it. Take half a loaf out, if you don't eat it fast enough, put in a freezer bag and freeze the other half loaf."

"The Boonsboro High School Class of 1993 is planning a 10-year reunion. We are trying to reach some classmates. If you know where they are or if you are a member of the Class of 1993, please contact Amy Wescott (Barnes), Boonsboro, or Shawn Bowland (Reeder). We are hoping for a big turnout, so please contact us."

"For the person asking about the stop light in Funkstown. I have a suggestion, call the police department and ask the police who does the maintenance and repair work. They will give you a name and number and then you can call that department and ask them to check the light."

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