Letters to the Editor

October 26, 2009

Suicide awareness walk raises nearly $7,000

To the editor:

I wanted to take a moment to thank all those who participated in the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk on Oct. 17 at Veterans Park in Smithsburg.

Even though the weather was cold and rainy, more than 130 walkers withstood the conditions to help raise awareness and remove the taboo associated with suicide. A great number of those participating in the walk were survivors who have lost or have known someone who has succumbed to suicide. I, like many of those who walked, have a personal tragedy to speak about and want to share my pain, so that others may not suffer. This walk was a great avenue for those of us to heal and help the Smithsburg community.

Because of the support and dedication of those who sponsored, donated money and walked, we raised nearly $7,000 for the Smithsburg JRL Community Center Inc. a nonprofit organization committed to erecting a community center for the residents of the Smithsburg area. I would specially like to thank my mother, friends, family, businesses and members of the Smithsburg JRL Community Center Inc. Board of Directors for their help and support.


Lisa Linthicum,
executive director,
Smithsburg JRL Community Center Inc.

Join our family for Thanksgiving this year

To the editor:

Take a quick glance at the calendar and you will see that Thanksgiving Day is only a month away. The Metcalfe family would like to invite you to join us for our sixth annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner.

The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The dinner will again be held at the Lemasters (Pa.) Community Center, just off Steele Avenue.

Last year, we served 753 meals, and we're wondering if the 1,000 mark is in the near future. So, if your house is just too small to get the 46 family members together for a holiday meal, come to our house to eat together. If you want to get the whole dinner thing out of the way so you can enjoy your afternoon of football games unhampered by stacks of dirty dishes, come to our place for dinner and you won't miss a single touchdown.

We would also like to extend an invitation to those who would like to assist us with this project. Any donations, especially when it comes to homemade desserts, would be appreciated greatly. Also, if you would like to help out, but are too busy on Thanksgiving Day, there will be a potato-peeling party (yes, we use real potatoes!) on the Wednesday evening before the dinner, starting at 7 p.m. There's more to do that night than just peeling potatoes, so come on out!

This dinner is free of charge to anyone and everyone who would like to attend. All we ask is that you bring a healthy appetite, and give us a call at 717-328-2366 for reservations, so we know how many to prepare for. Free delivery is available within the Tuscarora School District for senior citizens and those who are physically unable to join us. Just call us at the above phone number so we can get directions to your home.

We must send out a special thank you to Gordy Schlotter and the Chambersburg Cardinals football team for their support by having a food drive. Your help is greatly appreciated by our family. There will be some of the Cardinals team and mascots to help entertain the kids, and meet and greet you at the dinner, so come on out to start your Thanksgiving Day football experience early.

Hope to see you on Thanksgiving Day.

Mark, Jayne, Erica and Laura Metcalfe
Lemasters, Pa.

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