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Letters to the Editor

July 20, 2009

Day in the Park an all-around winner



To the editor:

Way to go, Funkstown! On Saturday, July 11, Funkstown hosted "A Day in the Park." The day reminded many folks of what is right with America.

On Saturday, a Civil War-era battle took place on the main street and the day concluded with an amazing display of fireworks. In between, there were children's activities and many arts and crafts vendors, along with various local businesses displaying their products and services.

The laughing and smiling faces of the children was worth every dollar of the Maryland state hotel-motel tax allocation the town received for the event. This helps promote local tourism within our county and I believe it did just that.

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At one time, these types of activities were commonplace in every small town in America without mention or worry of cost. So through the efforts of the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council, a day of great food was provided by the crew of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., french fries by the Funkstown Lions Club and snowcones by the members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Youth Ministry.

In between several afternoon rain showers, we all got to see period-dressed soldiers in a field battle to commemorate the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Funkstown.

Around 9 p.m., I sat in my lawn chair behind the backstop of the baseball field with family and friends. As I looked around at all the other families, I was overwhelmed with the memories of my childhood, sitting in the same spot watching a similar fireworks display. So for me, no price can be placed on that nostalgic small-town feeling of childhood innocence lost in a world of hustle and bustle of today's busy lives.

My hat is off to John Phillips for taking the large amount of time and effort to make this a day that many children and adults alike will remember for a long time. Thank you!

Jeff Shank
Funkstown




Everyone hits the wall at some point



To the editor:

We have a saying in our family that goes like this: Did he or she hit the brick wall yet?

You might ask what does this mean? In our family, it means the time when an individual can no longer live their life without help. Their hitting the brick wall might be caused by illness, divorce, financial problems or any other circumstance you might think of. Some people hit the brick wall at a relatively young age, while others may live decades before hitting the wall. I believe almost every individual will hit the wall at some point in their life.

With the support of family and friends, many people who hit the wall come out the other side stronger. I am not saying in the least these difficulties in life are easy. Almost always, they are difficult.

You may ask where do I get my information? I know for a fact I have hit the wall very hard at least twice. If you have hit the wall in your life, are you better prepared the next time? My experience is no. Hopefully, that is not the case for everyone.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg

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