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Letters to the Editor

October 15, 2009

Thanks to those who made cyclocross a success



To the editor:

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Antietam Velo Club promoted the sixth annual Cyclocross Challenge Against Breast Cancer bicycle race at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. For readers who are not familiar with a Cyclocross race, it is a cross between cross-country running, road cycling and mountain biking. Participants have numerous hills, barricades and jumps to maneuver on a short course during the event.

The AVC made a donation of $4,000 with proceeds benefitting Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley's free early detection and after-diagnosis support programs. BCA-CV provides the most comprehensive breast cancer support program in the nation serving Western Maryland, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania.

I want to personally thank all the AVC/CVCC volunteers, too numerous to mention by name, who helped with pre-race organization, course setup, race-day activities and course tear-down. I also want to thank the USA Cycling officials who gave up their Saturday to officiate at the race. Many thanks to the following sponsors that supported the event this year: AC&T Dual Highway, Hartle's Sub Shop, Dr. Dona Hobart of Robinwood Surgical Associates, Pepsi-Cola and Wantz Distributors.

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Co-promoters Joseph Jefferson and Tim Lung worked tirelessly securing the sponsors and venue, configuring the course layout, and advertising for the race. I also want to thank Anthony Hanners and Amanda Manspeaker, EMTs with Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., for volunteering their time at the race. Many participants, including Team Kenda, graciously made additional donations online and race-day. Thank you again for your kindness.

As a nine-year breast cancer survivor, I greatly appreciate everyone's hard work and dedication to this extremely important cause. Breast cancer touches each of us. Event proceeds are used locally and will help continue BCA-CV's mission that no one has to face breast cancer alone.

Janet Lung
Hagerstown
Community Liaison for
Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley




JB track, ceremony success the work of many



To the editor:

On behalf of the James Buchanan Athletic Booster Association, I would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the following who made the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new track at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., on Sept. 25 such an outstanding success:

Planning committee members Trina Metzler, Tammy Nesbitt, Pat Reeder, Barb Rife, Lynn St. Clair and Linda Witter, who spent long hours planning and orchestrating; Superintendent Rebecca Erb, James Buchanan High School principal Rodney Benedick; Stanley Morgan and Gary McCray with facilities maintenance; athletic director Larry Strawoet; Tuscarora School Board President Jane Rice; honorary guest and longtime JB track coach Harold Hunsberger; and the other past and present JB track coaches.

Also deserving thanks are Mary-Anne Gordon, executive director of the Mercersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, who helped with our elected officials, media coverage and the "golden scissors;" (she also helped with our July 13 groundbreaking ceremony); former state Sen. Terry Punt, state Sen. Rich Alloway, state Rep. Todd Rock, and Jeremy Shoemaker of U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster's office; the JBHS Marching Band; the JBHS Art Club and JBHS sports teams who sponsored children's game booths, face painting and food stands; Paula Bond Photography, Matt Wise Aerial Photography, First National Bank of Mercersburg, Tower Bank; and all the community members who attended and celebrated this exciting and memorable occasion.

Tim Witter
Mercersburg, Pa.
president of the James Buchanan High School Athletic Booster Association

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