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Letters to the editor

November 29, 2003

Quincy says thanks


To the editor:

Quincy United Methodist Home recently raised several hundred dollars to benefit our Nursing Educational Assistance Program (Scholarship Fund). A live auction was held during our Christmas Mart at Minnich Manor.

We would like to thank the friends of Quincy Home who donated items for the auction, including a beautiful fan quilt. Also, the vendors, Dick and Pat McCracken of Shamrock Gifts in Mercersburg, Vonnie Mansberger of Soda Crate Conversions in Chambersburg and Robert Sanders of Woodcrafts & Knives in Hagerstown, who generously donated merchandise to the event.

Thanks to the kind contribution of time from Matt Hurley of Legacy Auctions in Greencastle, the auction was truly a treat for those who attended. Thank you friends, vendors and Matt. We appreciate your help in our efforts to educate and retain our nursing professionals.

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Dianna C. Heim
Director of Development and Public Relations
Quincy United Methodist Home and Village




The blessing of open minds


To the editor:

I would like to thank the Islamic Society of Western Maryland for inviting the Interfaith Council and the public in general to visit the Mosque, be present during their evening prayers, and the delicious food that was served.

I, for one, was extremely pleased at the large turn-out of folks from the general public. To me it says that many people are trying to understand each other's beliefs in an effort for greater peace and harmony in our community.

Though I have read a great deal about the Islamic faith during the last two years, and have had an opportunity to talk to many from the Islamic community at the interfaith meetings, it was nonetheless an inspiring, meaningful and educational evening for me.

The thing that never ceases to amaze me is how we all believe so very much alike in so many things, teach the same path to follow for a better life, pray to the same Creator and yet find so many differences between us that we can go to war over our religious convictions.

When you get to the basic beliefs of the three major religions in the western world, they are all very similar. The only difference seems, to me at least, to be the way we choose to worship and practice our faith. I think it is long past time when all people need to look at the similarities between all religions instead of emphasizing our differences.

Last evening went a long way toward accomplishing just that. I only hope that we all can continue to visit with each other and their churches, synagogues and mosque. We may well learn that the differences between us are so small that we truly can have a community of religious freedom where all can practice their particular beliefs without recriminations from those of other faiths.

Again, I would like to thank all members of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland for a wonderful evening.

Phil Poffenberger
Hagerstown




Great event


To the editor:

On Nov. 1, the Tuscarora Area Youth Soccer Organization held its Fall Soccer Social and Awards Ceremony at I Skate 81. We would like to thank all the dedicated volunteers who made this season a huge success. Your caring, enthusiasm, dedication to the children and the organization, once again assured that we succeeded in adhering to the "Everyone Plays" motto of AYSO.

As an AYSO organization we strongly believe that every child is special. Therefore, regardless of experience, skill level or abilities, our coaches and volunteers take a heartfelt interest in maintaining that each and every child receives at least 50 percent playtime. We strive to teach good sportsmanship, team work, basic soccer skills and provide the opportunity for each child to develop a stronger sense of self-esteem and pride within themselves.

Thanks to the staff of I Skate 81 for their patience and hard work in helping make our social a success for the kids.

Our long list of thank you's includes: Applebee's, Red Lobster, Ryan's Steakhouse, Hoss's, Orchard's Restaurant, Pibby's, Dunkin Donuts, C. R. Bucks, Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonald's, Stoner's, Whitetail Ski Resort, Inside Out Day Spa, Goldfish Barn, Gift Enclosure, Keystone Country Store and Blue Mountain Sporting Goods.

Also, Yellow Shed Gift Shop, Expert Auto Care, Lowe's Home Improvement, United Automotive Service Center, Soccer Solutions, Dick's Sporting Goods, Alternative Creations Day Spa, Warm Spring Day Spa, Class Act II, St. Thomas Towing, Christian Light Bookstore, The Gift Enclosure, Country Shadow's and Computer Tutor Learning Center & Technical Services.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated by every member of the Tuscarora Area Youth Soccer Organization.

Thank you again to all the parents, volunteers, business's for their donations and most importantly the kids. They are the core of our organization and reason for our success. We look forward to seeing everyone in the Spring 2004 Season.

Terry & Michelle Snyder
Tuscarora AYSO Board




Religion is well-defended - unless it's Christianity


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