Letters to the Editor

July 20, 2010

Teacher played big role in Doub's ballet career

To the editor:

I greatly appreciate the story that was printed recently about my daughter, Rachel Doub, and her rise to become a professional ballerina. There was one very important piece of information that was omitted from the story.

She was trained by Carolou Brown Fiery Russell at the Hagerstown School of Ballet and the Antietam Ballet Theatre for her first 11 years. Mrs. Russell is a true gem of Hagerstown. She is a very caring and hardworking teacher and, I believe, very influential in getting Rachel to where she is today.

Mrs. Russell has had many years of experience as a ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer. Many of her former students have been or are now dancing professionally with dance companies of both national and international repute. A few are the New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Ballet West and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Others have danced with The American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet and San Diego Opera Company. Her choreography has been performed on both public and educational television.


I just wanted to make sure everyone knew where Rachel got her start. Mrs. Russell's technical training and passion for ballet have been imparted to generations of students.

Tracy Doub

ACTWU members can try to recover pensions

To the editor:

For the past six months, I have been researching what has become of the former Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU).

Employees at the Sagner Corporation in McConnellsburg, Pa., and at the factories in Chambersburg, Pa., and Winchester, Va., were required to give a portion of each week's paycheck to a retirement pension fund.

After much long research and numerous unanswered e-mails and phone calls, I have finally received correspondence from a contact who now oversees the fund.

If you are an ex-member of the former ACTWU and would like to collect your pension, contact Kathleen Cosgrove at"> (you might have to forward your message over and over to get a response, but keep trying as I did) or you may contact me at 306 S. 1st St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233 and I will pass your information on.

If you have had a name change, please include your former name, current address and your dates of employment. Do not include your Social Security number.

As numbers can sometimes speak volumes, let's get together and try to recover our pension fund.

Ellen Mullenix
McConnellsburg, Pa.

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