Mail Call

November 06, 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 a resident that lives on Village Mill Drive, I have pictures of you people letting your dogs do their business in our grass where the children play and I am going to turn you in."

"I just wanted to say congratulations to the E. Russell Hicks Middle School band in the parade. You guys looked awesome and I am very proud of you guys."


"I live on Baptist Road in Hancock and I wanted to tell you that on trick-or-treat night, we have groups of roughly 100, of the most polite trick-or- treaters. They were all as nice as can be and I was very proud of all them."

"I want to thank Tim Rowland for his article in Sunday's paper about the County Commissioners and the growth problem we have here. He put a lot of things in perspective for us and it made a lot of sense. I think everyone should read that and know and understand why we have to do what we are doing. Thanks to the county commissioners for being smart enough and brave enough to do what sounds like is the right course."

"Veterans Day is coming up and I want to encourage everyone to attend the memorial events being held Tuesday, Nov. 11. First one is at 9 a.m. at Marty Snook Park and the second one is at 11 a.m. at the old courthouse on the corner of Summit Avenue and West Washington Street. Last year, the event wasn't well attended by the public and certainly in these times we would like to support the veterans, both living and passed."

"My granddaughter had a troubling experience while shopping in the junior department at JC Penney on Friday, Oct. 31. Excited over shopping for her birthday, my granddaughter momentarily laid her purse down and walked away. Even though we were back within minutes, the purse was already gone. The purse was black and white with the letter K and contained $50, a pair of sunglasses, all birthday gifts. The incident was devastating to my granddaughter. A little girl's faith in people was gone along with her birthday presents. What and ugly commentary by the lack of honesty in today's society."

"On trick-or-treat night, I enjoyed the adult witch and ghost, along with the huge spiders, on the Sharpsburg Pike, close to the visitor's center entrance, passing out treats to the children. It's great to see such great adult enthusiasm in the community."

"I went to the parade the other night and it was good until I saw a woman on a float talking on a cell phone or someone walking in the parade talking on a cell phone. Couldn't they turn the cell phones off long enough to go through the parade? Boy, what would people do without cell phones?"

"This is for the Smithsburg PTA, if you are interested in some new fund-raiser ideas, please call me at 301-733-3521."

"Does anyone know of any area clubs, groups or organizations that collect or take newspaper? If so, leave the groups or club's name with Mail Call."

"When is someone going to do something about the drag racing, speeding, squeeling of tires, reckless driving that occurs on Dual Highway every evening? It's not even safe to go out there anymore. I would like to see police out there making a regular trip through the area to see what is going on. Even Sunday mornings they are out there. Something needs to be done to make Dual Highway safe again."

"Has anyone noticed that the honor rolls for the local schools seem very large? From what I can gather, the so-called honor roll is up to one third of the student body. After all, how much of an honor is it when one third of the entire school makes the honors list?"

"I read in the paper that Penny Nigh apparently doesn't understand how the city council really works. Considering her understanding or misunderstanding on voting for funds for after school activities. Maybe she should concentrate on understanding her own job and not slur Section 8 so much."

"I want to say congratulations to my grandson Ryan Taylor for being on the honor roll at Williamsport Middle School. We all love you. Nan."

"This is for Katie, I have a Boonsboro Middle School yearbook that belongs to you. If you would like to have it back, please come to your old house on Jefferson Boulevard and I will be happy to give it back to you."

"This is Karen and I wanted to thank the staff at Washington County Hospital for having to put up with me during my stay there. I really appreciate all that you have done for me. Thank you."

"Found, a piece of jewelry near Bed, Bath & Beyond. Call to describe at 301-733-4795, found on Nov. 1."

"Does anyone have the figures on how many homeless people that REACH and the Rescue Mission are providing beds for?"

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