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Letters to the Editor

June 02, 2009

Thanks to Pam Smith, our choir director



To the editor:

I'm Anne Hunt. I'm 14 years old and I go to Broadfording Christian Academy. My school year is almost over.

One of the best things about my school is the high school choral program called the Ambassadors. It was the highlight of my year.

A couple of weeks ago, we traveled to Williamsburg, Va., for the Music in the Parks competition. My choir won first place in our division.

I just want to thank my choir director, Miss Pam Smith, for all of the hard work she does at Broadfording. She not only directs the high school choir, but she also directs the elementary and middle school choirs.

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The elementary and middle school choirs went to Hersheypark last Saturday for their competition. The elementary choir came home with the first-place trophy and the middle school won second place in its division.

Miss Smith is such a blessing. Every month, we have galleries that showcase the many talents at BCA. Miss Smith is in charge of those as well. She goes above and beyond to put on something amazing at this school. She is one of the many reasons why I attend Broadfording Christian Academy.

Miss Smith, thank you for all you do for our school. We love our Miss Smith!

Anne Hunt
Hagerstown




New Orleans still needs help recovering



To the editor:

Church members from Frederick and Hagerstown spent a week in New Orleans as part of a Church World Service building blitz. Since Hurricane Katrina struck, the faith community has contributed countless hours to the largest disaster recovery effort in U.S. history, but the journey is far from over. More than three years later, many agencies have concluded their Katrina recovery efforts. Public attention has dissipated. Frustrated residents have not returned because homes remain damaged and whole neighborhoods remain blighted.

The faith community's extensive response in New Orleans proves how small efforts at recovery can grow - a single house repaired prompts another fixed home. Families return. Schools fill again with children as a community is reborn. That is why Church World Service and 10 of its member denominations partnered in rebuilding a single neighborhood - Little Woods, in eastern New Orleans.

The Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel, senior pastor of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, led a group of 13 people for the first week of the blitz. Teams were divided into two groups and mixed with teams from other denominations as a witness to our common life in Christ and commitment to rebuilding together.

There also were opportunities to talk with homeowners about their life since Katrina - its challenges and their hopes for the future.

The group received words of appreciation everywhere they went. A common question was, "Are you here to work with rebuilding? Thanks so much. We really appreciate all that you and so many others are doing."

The Rev. Marilyn E. Washburn
Williamsport




Seeking help on a lost Korean War veteran



To the editor:

I am searching for the family of one of your native sons who was lost in the Korean War. At this time, the government has no family contact. When the soldier entered service, he gave Washington County, Md., as his home of record.

His name is George Sanderbeck and he was born in 1932. He was a member of C Company, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and he was reported missing in action on Sept. 9, 1950.

When the Korean War ended, the enemy never returned or accounted for more than 8,000 of our servicemen. They died in their hands. That was more than 50 years ago.

Our government is obligated to return the remains of missing soldiers to the proper family. DNA samples have been obtained from most of the families of these missing soldiers. For various reasons, some families have not been located.

When the remains are recovered and identified, they will be returned to the family for proper burial. I am a 78-year-old combat veteran of the Korean War and thankful that I did return.

I consider this a noble cause and I hope you can help in some way to find this family. For more information on the project, you may go to www.jpac.pacom.mil/. My part in the program is to match up the lost families with the proper agency.

I will be grateful for any assistance in locating this family.

Harold Davis
Wilmington, N.C.




Boonsboro High in need of renovations



To the editor:

When one considers the fact that North Hagerstown High School, South Hagerstown High School and Boonsboro High School were built within five years of each other, and North and South had total renovations in the 1990s while Boonsboro only received a new gym, new media center and new counseling center in the mid-1970s, one is left to ask the question: Is this fair?

Boonsboro needs to be put on the list for total renovations. Boonsboro High School of the 1960s had approximately 720 students; now, it has a student body of more than 1,000.

Is it fair to ask students at Boonsboro High School to attend school in a school built in the late 1950s?

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg

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