Letters to the Editor - July 5

July 05, 2012

Senior Center site OK, but penny-wise and pound-foolish

To the editor:

On Wednesday, June 27, for the first time, I went to the Washington County Senior Center at Girls Inc. on the west side of Hagerstown.

I was surprised to see that the Girls Inc. building housed a large gym, all-purpose room, classrooms, etc. As the lot was full, I had to park on the street. I had to wait in line to sign in.  After a long walk through the halls, I joined about 100 folks and heard an excellent presentation by Hilary Lo, community educator for the Washington County Commission on Aging.

During the Q&A, I inquired why the Board of County Commissioners didn’t see the wisdom in building the originally proposed two-story center so that all services could be housed under one roof and save rent, utilities and duplicate staff monies.

I still wonder how the bid process became so convoluted, considering that Washington County has no senior center and is the only such county in Maryland. 

The folks I talked with at the meeting live in different areas of the county and do not oppose the HCC site. It’s my opinion that the benefits of this location are many: Land does not have to be purchased, a used building does not have to be retrofitted, parking is sufficient, other transportation can be accommodated, plus, the wide interests and needs of our area’s growing senior population can be more readily met. In my opinion, more seniors will likely avail themselves of the HCC location than the difficult to find Girls Inc. one with its limited parking. 

I hope that that the senior center will become reality in the not-distant future and that its location will be embraced by the senior community. 

Sally R. Hatch

Thank you for supporting Joshua Forsythe foundation

To the editor:

Our foundation was named after Joshua Forsythe, who went home to be with the Lord on May 23, 2010, after battling Ewing Sarcoma (a rare and aggressive bone cancer) for two years. He passed away four days after his 16th birthday. We felt the need to help children like him who are dealing with a terminal illness.

We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who were kind enough to make a donation for our first fundraiser on June 7 at the National Sharpshooter competition at Fort Meade, Md. Joshua got to attend one of these competitions during his treatment and said it was one of his best days ever. He wanted to become a Maryland State Police sharpshooter.

All money raised will be used to help families in the Tri-State area that have a terminally ill child. We hope the community will continue to support the foundation so we can help as many families as possible during this very difficult time. 

Thanks so much for all of your support.

Ann Forsythe-Crist and Lori Forsythe

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