Letters to the Editor - March 25

March 25, 2013

We lost a dear, deer friend in Bucky

To the editor:

On Saturday, March 16, we got the phone call that we were dreading. Bucky, the lovable, tame, Sharpsburg-area “pet” deer was dead, with a rope around his neck and caught in a fence.

In June of 2011, Jeff and Doris Shumaker found a very small, newborn deer lying in the road. Its mother could not be found, so Jeff and Doris adopted this sweet little baby and raised him. He was named “Bucky,” and his home for several weeks was a cardboard box. Often, he got many rides in Jeff’s truck. He was later moved to the farm where Jeff worked as a meat cutter, blending in perfectly. While growing up, he became a fixture and a conversation piece around the Sharpsburg area. He was totally tame, had a yellow tag in his ear with his name and date of birth, had his horns cut down (so no one would shoot him) and he was well-known in the Sharpsburg area, especially on Harpers Ferry Road where he lived.

But you might find Bucky just about anywhere. He was very inquisitive and seemed to want to know what everyone was doing. He was also very naughty. It seemed that everywhere we went, someone would ask about Bucky. Bucky had so many human friends, and we are totally devastated. When the word got out about the death of Bucky, there were 25 calls on our phone. You had to know Bucky to really appreciate him. He loved all kinds of treats, but some of his favorites were Oreo cookies and cheese crackers. He was well fed by the community. Everyone looked forward to his visits.

We’re sure everyone has their Bucky stories, and he left us with lots of good memories. It’s a tragedy that he had to die with a rope on his neck, getting caught in a fence where none of his friends could rescue him. It’s even more tragic that his friends were searching and got there too late.

We love you, Bucky. Thanks for coming into our life. We cannot quit crying.

Gene and Barb Eichelberger

W.Va. Panhandle schools need high school lacrosse

To the editor:

This is in regard to Pride Panhandle Lacrosse, which finally has a high schoolers team of U18 from Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

It is time for lacrosse to make its way into the high school system. I see no reason why this extremely popular and growing sport is not in our school system. Many parents are upset. We request that the Board of Education take this into consideration as these kids have to go to Maryland to play on club teams and not represent their high schools.

I am proud to say my son is a member of Panhandle Pride U18. Last year, there were about 40 participants. Now, we have 70-plus kids who are playing and want to represent their schools and West Virginia. Let’s get this roadblock removed and provide the children with what they deserve — representation of their high school.

If we can support football and basketball, there is no reason why lacrosse should not be included, especially with Spring Mills High School opening up a state-of-the-art sports facility next year.

Jeff Werner
Falling Waters, W.Va.


Club thanks supporters for event’s success

To the editor:

On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Antietam Exchange Club of Hagerstown presented its 40th Annual Italian Festa spaghetti fundraiser hosted by Leiter’s Fine Catering at the Williamsport Fire Co. social hall.

Once again, the event was well attended with more than 800 adults and children enjoying the spaghetti served by members of the club, along with their families and friends. The event is attended each year by many repeat “loyal” patrons who contribute to assisting many charities in the area.

This year’s event was in competition with other local fundraisers and the Daytona 500, but we were again very successful. Thank you to all who attended.

The 50/50 winner was Brent Bailey, who graciously donated back one-half of his winnings to the club.

Frit Hill

Homeless Resource Day helped many in county

To the editor:

The March 2 Washington County Homeless Resource Day was a great success because of the efforts of many community organizations and individuals. More than 170 homeless or at-risk families were helped by their effort. 

This annual event is coordinated  by the  Washington County Homeless Coalition and is implemented through the  efforts of 120 volunteers and  donations. Community participation ranged from state and local departments to local business.  

More than 40  government, nonprofit and private service providers offered their services, including Hair Cuttery (haircuts for guests), Literacy Council (books), Washington County Free Library (Internet job searches), Towson University Nursing Students (blood pressure checks) and Washington County Health Department (auditory tests, HIV/AIDS tests, flu vaccinations, Maryland birth certificates and emergency dental care). 

John Kenney, vice chairman
Washington County Homeless Coalition

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