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Hoedown expenses discussed

November 10, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - A breakdown of expenses and revenues for the Williamsport Ministerium's annual Harvest Hoedown sparked a discussion at Monday's Town Council meeting.

Resident James T. Jewell distributed a financial statement for last month's event, which had a profit of about $10,900.

Of that, $2,000 has been given to Williamsport's food bank, the statement says.

From the audience, resident Nelson Deal asked about the balance.

In response, Mayor John W. Slayman said he asked about revenues a few years ago and was "slambasted" in Mail Call in The Daily Mail "like you wouldn't believe."

Slayman said the money from the event first goes to Food Resources in Hagerstown, then is "divvied up" among local food banks.

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However, Councilman Monty R. Jones said the statement instead seems to show that a $9,000 balance is still available for Williamsport's food bank.

Reached on Tuesday, Jim Swecker, the pastor of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport, which is part of the ministerium, said Jones' interpretation is correct.

The money is not sent to Hagerstown, he said.

The profit from the event, including the $9,000 balance, "is for the (Williamsport) food bank and it's for nothing other than the food bank," he said.

Swecker said the money is distributed to the food bank in installments to make sure it lasts the whole year.

At the meeting, Slayman said he has helped distribute food but, when he "asked too many questions," he was not invited back.

He said people who come in and ask for seven or eight bags of food sometimes have a brand new car outside.

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