Mail Call for 6/10

June 11, 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 am a parent of a student that goes to North High. The graduation tickets that they give everyone; I think they should give everyone the same amount of tickets."

"I think exceptional people should be acknowledged. In the lobby of the Washington County Hospital, there is an extremely nice and friendly lady. She is the perfect person to represent the hospital as a public relations person or greeter. She greets people with a great smile and a bubbly smile. When welcoming one to the hospital, she ask if there is anything she can do for you. She appears to be an employee who loves her job. Monday through Friday, she is there to assist. If a wheelchair is needed when I get out of the car, she is alert to my need and brings me a chair. There should be more friendly and helpful people in this world. Keep up the good work, to the lady in the hospital lobby."


"Congratulations to Nick Duncan for graduating a year ahead of time. We are very proud of you. Love, Mom and Dad."

"Who is responsible for organizing the mile long yard sale? Please put your number in Mail Call."

"I am sure that the Blues Fest was a wonderful thing for downtown Hagerstown. They got so much coverage on TV and in the newspaper. But how come the Boonsboro Carnival, which is for a good cause, didn't get very much coverage?"

"For the County Commissioners or roads department, whoever has the final say about road repair. We live on Kemps Mills Road; they have patched and patched this road. This road needs to be widened and resurfaced before there is an accident."

"The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County extends its thanks to the Parks Department for roping off parking spaces at Marty Snook Park on Sunday, May 30, during its Memorial Day Ceremony. Also, thanks to the Marine Corps League for providing the Color Guard and Honor Guard."

"To the person who wanted to know who picks up cardboard and newspaper. You can call Star Equestrian Center on Broadfording Road at 301-791-6222 and they will pick them up for you."

"What happened to the Blues Fest this year? There wasn't hardly any blues music. It was mostly rock. I want the blues back."

"I want to thank the members of the St. Patrick's Chorale, Children's Chorus and Concert Band for putting on a really nice musical tribute to our heroes of the wars on the past Memorial Day weekend, May 29 and 30. Also, thanks to Hagerstown Community College for letting them use its theater for this tribute."

"To the person who said that the weeds are 5 feet high around Potomac Towers on Baltimore Street. I would like to know where that is at because I live in Potomac Towers and it's beautiful around here. You are just a troublemaker."

"We bought some items from a yard sale. The people who sold the items said they were working and in good condition. Well, they didn't. We tried to return the items and they wouldn't give us our money back, so people, beware of what you buy at a yard sale. To the people who wouldn't give us our money back, what comes around, goes around."

"I have some magazines, Hot Rod, Bluegrass, Wood and Work Bench and a lot of other good magazines. I am giving them away. My number is 301-824-2732."

"Can someone tell me what the brown and white stars on people's houses are supposed to represent?"

"Someone wanted the recipe that was published in the paper for funnel cakes. Here it is: 2 cups all purpose flour; 1 teaspoon baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 2 eggs; 1 1/2 cups milk. Mix ingredients until smooth and heat some cooking oil in a deep fryer or skillet. You are ready to begin cooking the funnel cake. When the oil is good and hot, start by holding a funnel in one hand and place a finger over the tip so the batter doesn't come out while you are filling the funnel. After filled, hold over the heated oil and slowly move your finger away so the batter comes out in a steady stream. Move the funnel in circular motions and criss- cross motion so that the batter forms a funnel cake pattern. Replace finger to stop flow of batter."

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