Letters to the Editor

October 24, 2009

Thanks to those who made WWII Weekend a success

To the editor:

The second annual Williamsport World War II Weekend was successful beyond all expectations. Implementing the plans for an event such as this is possible due to the efforts of many who work behind the scenes, often unnoticed.

In an effort to correct this, I would like to mention the following:

- Joan and Gerry Knode, who were largely responsible for the ceremony honoring our veterans, and for the organization of the various bands and music groups.

- Greg Henesy, who stepped up and took charge of organizing the many re-enactors who attended.

- Jim Jewell, who took a discussion of a possible parade at an early planning meeting and transformed it into the outstanding affair we experienced Saturday.


- Phil Mayhue for transforming both the museum and himself back in time to create an authentic 1942 atmosphere.

- Paul Mosny for his expert direction in food preparation and presentation.

- Phil Elgin for supplying his own jeep and his assistance with other military vehicles.

- Jessica, Becky and Amber Malott and Betty Lou Rinn for your dedication to the cause by helping where needed.

- Patrick Bowers, who donated from his collection of WW II uniforms and equipment, as well as his time, to present an accurate glimpse at a moment in time.

- Curt and Peggy Gaul for all of your assistance with the Friday night movie and for whatever else we needed.

- The many businesses and organizations that through monetary assistance and product donations made the weekend financially possible.

I need to include the mayor and the council, who provided support for this project wholeheartedly from its conception and beyond.

And finally the unsung heroes of the weekend, the town employees who worked long and hard to get this affair ready on time, many times off the clock. No request made of them went ignored, no task was too great. It is clear why the Town of Williamsport's events, such as the park illumination, Williamsport Days, the car shows and all the rest are such memorable events.

I have been asked "what are you going to do next year to top this?" At this point, I can't say, but with a group of people such as these, anything is possible.

Kim L. Bowers

'Distressed bird calls' are a public nuisance in Hagerstown

To the editor:

While the Hagerstown Housing Authority (HHA) touts a planned 60-unit building for senior citizens, it does not announce that it will continue its seven-year assault on the wider community with its raucous - but ineffective - attempt to control the bird population on its properties.

Despite documented evidence that noise is widely recognized as not only a nuisance but a health hazard, the HHA blasts "distressed bird calls" for four hours every evening, and two hours every morning, all winter.

Specific and verified information was presented to the HHA board, raising very real issues regarding the health hazard created by excessive and prolonged noise for tax-paying residents. It is even more damaging to the disenfranchised population served by the HHA, many of whom have multiple health problems and constitute a high-risk population.

In spite of this information, and the fact that the noise hasn't solved their problem, the HHA remains adamant that the noise will continue, and insists that tax-paying residents must share the burden of their less-than-successful efforts to address the bird issue. None of the HHA board members live close enough to be affected by the noise, so apparently they are comfortable with allowing it to continue.

For at least seven years, this screeching has been tolerated because the HHA administration has told anyone who complains that, "We have to do this." The truth is, they do not "have to do this." Many other methods are available. The noise is easiest and cheapest, but it doesn't work! And it is an enormous offense to the community, as well as its own tenants.

The City of Hagerstown has a noise ordinance, but officials and police seem reluctant to challenge the HHA. The same noise level that threatens HHA residents also affects tax-paying citizens who deserve some peace in the sanctuary of their homes.

If CSX can be made to silence their train whistles at railroad crossings within the city, then surely a noise that is louder, longer and more invasive can be stopped.

Dianne Wiebe

Ambrose editorial on global warming was way off-base

To the editor:

I was amazed by Jay Ambrose's editorial, "Global warming theory takes a hit recently" (Oct. 18). It was so transparently double-talk, I hardly know where to begin.

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