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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 23

December 22, 2010

Byron Memorial Park is a Christmas wonderland

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the mayor, council and particulary the town employees of Williamsport for again turning Byron Memorial Park into a Christmas wonderland.

Every year, we and hundreds like us look forward to the official lighting of the park. When the decorations begin going up in early November, it brings back memories of the late 50s and early 60s, when as a child living in Williamsport, the raising of the community Christmas tree in the town square was a sure sign that the Christmas season had begun.

With the addition of A Charlie Brown Christmas tree display over the past two years, this celebration has grown to a level we could never have imagined 10 years ago. The number of people who line up to drive through the park is an indication of how other county residents also look forward to this event. The automobiles waiting in line as far back as the intersection of Clifton Drive and Potomac Street are not Williamsport residents.

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This is just another activity that the town sponsors that makes Williamsport truly a Norman Rockwell community. It is refreshing to find so many civic-minded individuals in one town. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, "they spent but a few dollars of their mortal money ... and the happiness it gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune."

A Merry Christmas to the town of Williamsport.

 

Kim L. Bowers

Williamsport

Blue lights honor law enforcement personnel

To the editor:

Law enforcement families nationwide will be decorating for the holidays in blue again this winter, honoring and remembering those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to the profession and thanking those officers who continue to work America's dangerous streets each and every day of the year. 

For the past 21 years, Concerns of Police Survivors has asked law enforcement families, surviving families and police supporters to burn a blue light in their windows during the holiday season. The blue light is symbolic of our remembrance of those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice and honors those who continue to work the violent streets of our nation.

Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of the nearly 15,000 surviving families of America's fallen law enforcement officers during the holiday season.

Project Blue Light is a simple gesture. During the holidays decorate with a blue light in our homes or businesses. C.O.P.S. also encourages law enforcement agencies to decorate police headquarters in blue lights.

The color blue is symbolic of peace. By displaying blue lights in your holiday decorations, you will be sending a dual message - that you support America's peacekeepers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace.

So what say you, from the Tri-State area, let's put a blue light in our windows to honor our local law enforcement agencies who patrol our cities, towns, and state and federal areas keeping you safe, and remember during Christmas and the holiday season the men and women of law enforcement are not home with their families, but on duty making sure you and your families are safe.

Mike Barnhart

Hagerstown

president, Blue Knights Maryland Chapter II

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