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February 18, 2004

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:

"I think some people at City Hall should get out and shovel residents' walks instead of contracting the job out. Then maybe they wouldn't be so quick to enforce the city snow laws."

"For people who are so kind and nice, Mail Call is the place to let them know it. Johnny and Kathy Hatcher, I know you read Mail Call, so here it is to both of you for being so kind and caring. Sending love to you and our longtime friendship that will stay here forever! There should be more people like you, Johnny and Kathy."


"To Mr. Breeden from Williamsport who is evidently a big time anti-hunter: For your information, I know of two people whose car got hit by a deer in the past two weeks. I believe deer hunting season ended a long time ago, approximately about a month or two ago. So the deer that hit those cars couldn't have been due to hunting pressure."

"Hello to a real nice person, Phyllis Rohrer, a nice smiling face when you go into get stamps or other things. Kindness like hers is what the world needs. Smile and the world smiles back at you. So to you, Phyllis, have a great day and thanks for being so nice and kind. Thanks to you, Mail Call."

- Williamsport

"Higher sewer prices or slot machines? I for one am glad that we were getting higher sewer prices instead of slots, which were keeping those people who are addicted to gambling from gambling. That is more important than higher sewer prices."

"Sorry you moved here and aren't happy with the people. Perhaps you can move back to where you came from. We people like Mail Call because it has meant so much to us Hagerstonians."

"I saw somewhere that the Maryland Stadium Authority had donated money to Baltimore for its Arts and Entertainment District. I was wondering if perhaps whoever is in charge of the Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District could contact the Maryland Stadium Authority to get funds here, since we didn't get funds from them for our stadium."

"Once again, it's up to me to educate the people of Hagers-town on a certain issue. I have to remind you, if you shovel a parking spot, it's NOT yours and doesn't make it yours. If I see a chair in a spot I want, I will run over it. You have been warned."

"Is there still a planning and zoning office in Washington County that enforces the codes written by the county? There seems to be a lot of untagged, uninsured vehicles sitting around, a lot of building going on without permits. Do they not investigate this kind of stuff anymore or do they just do it for certain people and that's it?"

"First, I want to thank you for putting my Mail Call in on Feb. 12 about the Board of Education candidates, but the last sentence was wrong and it changed the entire meaning of my Mail Call. I stated in there, to not forget that we are still the only schools in the Tri-State area without an all-day kindergarten. You had 'only school in Tri-State area with an all-day kindergarten.' It should say 'the only school in the Tri-State area without an all-day kindergarten.'"

"I also wondered why the Boonsboro Cemetery wasn't plowed yet. Also the snow wasn't removed from the sides of the street around the square so that cars could park."

- Boonsboro

"Imagine this, Hagerstown, yet another shooting in the Jonathan Street area. Gets old doesn't it? I guess the cameras in that area aren't helping much are they, Hagerstown City Police officers?"

"I want to thank my snow angel, Dave Myers, for plowing open my driveway on Harpers Ferry Road. Jean Hanes, from Sharpsburg."

"Thanks to our snow angel John Dawson on McDowell Avenue. We really appreciate a great neighbor like him."

"The 1950s were great in school, although you had been retired from Williamsport High School for a few years, just wanted to let you know, LaRue Hitchens, of Williamsport that you are not forgotten. Thanks for being very special and a caring person. Time goes by so fast, but the thoughts and love for you are always there. The world would be a better place if there were more people like you in it. Thanks a lot, Mail Call."

"To the person in Clear Spring who said they saw robins. Some robins stay around all winter. I saw one about a month ago."

- Boonsboro

"To the person who found a wedding ring in a bowling alley. My husband lost his wedding band at the bowling alley on Dual Highway. So if you have a man's ring, it may be ours. Please call us at 301-791-6362."

"To the person who answered my question about the school delays and cancellation about watching channel 99. Thanks very much. I didn't even know that they had a channel that did that. I really appreciate it."

"I am concerned, after last year's controversial play at a school with curse words, can anyone tell me what play is going on this year because I don't want my child to see it this year."

"I wanted to compliment Greg Simmons for the great job he did on the snow issue with the city. I have yet to hear the city's response as to why their properties weren't shoveled, yet they could fine other folks for not shoveling theirs."

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