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September 11, 2009

I wonder what else is going on in city?



To the editor:

Thanks to Peter Benchley, the author of the book "Jaws," for this lead-in: Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, "Boss Hogg," aka Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, rears his head like the great white shark and proclaims "there's plenty of pie to go around in this initiative."

This "Tammany Hall-like" proclamation made by Bruchey and quoted in The Herald-Mail ("City marketing plan near launch," Sunday, Sept. 6), refers to a reporter's inquiry about a $58,000 "no-bid contract award" made by the city to some local contractors for a marketing plan.

Whoa! And one of the contractors for the marketing plan, who got a piece of this pie, happens to be the person who did Bruchey's Web page for his campaign for mayor. Wonder if Bruchey reported the "in-kind" contribution to the election board? Maybe, maybe not. You know the person that did the work is just "a friendly guy" (so says the friendly guy in the newspaper).

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But don't worry, Councilman Martin E. Brubaker made everything OK when he commented that "proficiency over price" is sometimes the way you need to go. Wonder how price or proficiency was determined when there were no other bids to compare? Whoa! All of this proficient and price-worthy pie eating. Wonder what else is going on?

Eddie Lake
Hagerstown




Help needed with mystery in Smithsburg



To the editor:

This summer, a visitor to the Smithsburg Historical Society brought to us an item that is identified with the Smithsburg community, but for which we can find no other information.

The item, one of many that were obtained, consists of square tissues, probably used to wrap fruit, most likely apples for shipment. The circular emblem on the wrappers is red and green and shows a roaring tiger in the center and the words, "Tiger Orchard Co. Smithsburg, Md."

If anyone can help us with the solution to this, please call the Smithsburg Historical Society, 301-824-7154 and leave a message, or call Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when volunteers are in house. Even better, stop to see us on Mondays. We usually have interesting chatter and are meeting and greeting folks during those hours. We have contacted some orchardists in the area, but have come up with very little.

Thank you in advance for your input.

Sari Kilheffer
volunteer, Smithsburg Historical Society

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