Letters to the editor

April 01, 2004

Thank you from Habitat for Humanity

To the editor:

On Saturday, March 20, Habitat for Humanity of Washington County held its 11th annual fund-raising auction and dinner at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center.

That night almost 450 guests joined in the celebration of Habitat's 10th anniversary and the belief that "There's No Place Like Home." We, the board of directors and members of the auction committee, thank the generous members of the community who helped to make the evening a success beyond our wildest hopes.

We exceeded our goal and realized $40,000, which will go toward the construction of another Habitat house.

Such good fortune was due to our financial sponsors, Citicorp Credit Services, Citicorp employees, First Data Merchant Services, Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine, Mike's Auto Body Shop, Geri Rubin, Willard Agri-Service, financial supporters and approximately 145 businesses and individuals who contributed auction items.


The devoted and talented Apple Valley Painters and Potomac View Decorative Artists created beautiful painted centerpieces and dozens of dedicated volunteers spent many hours working to make the evening happen.

Longtime guest auctioneer John Compton, his wife, Michelle Compton, emcee Dave Barnhart, and guest auctioneers Art Callaham, Vikki Nelson and Tom Riford kept the show rolling. However, the stars of the show were surely the drama students under the direction of Ruth Hobson from Smithsburg High School. These young men and women shone as characters from the "Wizard of Oz" but were somewhat upstaged by "Carly," portraying "Toto."

It is heartening to know that the community supports the work of Habitat and all those families trying to improve their lives. Having the opportunity to make a house a home is what encourages and drives Habitat homeowners to make the enormous commitment necessary to help build and then purchase a Habitat house. Thank you all so very much.

If you missed out on this year's excitement, watch for the date and location of next year's event. We would love to have you join us.

Eileen M. Beck
Event Chair
Habitat Board of Directors

Library has many attributes

To the editor:

Last Sunday a reader submitted a letter to point out a glitch in the Washington County Free Library system. I recognize that the system the library has in place has its disadvantages and these errors need to be addressed. Still, consider what you can do with our library.

For years I wasn't able to make full use of the library. I live quite a distance from Hagerstown and there simply wasn't time to go to the library to search the stacks and check out books - that is, however, until the library went on line. I'm not sure everyone knows this, but you can browse every book in the Washington County library's holdings simply by going on the Internet. You can access reviews, see pictures of the books' covers and sometimes read actual excerpts from the text.

In a few easy steps, you can reserve the book and have it delivered to the library branch that's closest to your home. This means you can check out any book from any library in our county without ever leaving your living room. Moreover, you can use this same system to request a book from any library in the State of Maryland. Free!

I'm a true book lover. Having access to so many books is like having Christmas every day. I know any system has its glitches but a computer error now and then seems a small price to pay for such an amazing system. Thank you, Washington County Free Library, for making full use of the latest technology!

Barbara Vann

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