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Letters to the Editor - July 10

July 10, 2013

‘Bucky’ remembered with memorial at ballpark

To the editor:

On Sunday, June 30, a memorial service was held at the Sharpsburg ballpark for our beloved “Bucky,” the Sharpsburg-area deer who died so tragically, with 83 people attending. A monument was put in place honoring “Bucky” and 30 trees were planted along a dangerous fence row. The ballpark was one of the places that “Bucky” visited quite often to see the kids and enjoy the treats that were offered. The service was very touching and some people were openly crying, and probably all of us were trying to hold back tears. It was a day to cry but also a day to hear “Bucky” stories and laugh.

The most touching part of the service was the children who wanted to tell about “Bucky.” One child told about “Bucky” running after the school bus after he got on it; another told about “Bucky” licking his face; another wanted to tell his story but was so sad that he could only cry. A 6-year-old girl named Kiera had a note she had written all by herself which read, “Dear Bucky, I miss you and I love you. I’m so sad you got killed when you went to visit someone. I love and miss you so much.” She attached her note to a yellow balloon and sent it skyward for “Bucky.” Another young lady had a tag in her ear with “Bucky’s” name on it, exactly  like the one “Bucky” wore. A young man had his own “Bucky” T-shirt. Other children and adults told their stories and kept the tears flowing.

Then came the stories that helped erase the tears — stories about this absolutely intelligent, lovable, inquisitive and naughty creature who so many people loved. There was the day when “Bucky” joined in the 5K run through Sharpsburg; how he liked to greet everyone by sticking his head in their car window; how he’d get in your vehicle with you (he liked to ride); how he’d go into Sharpsburg where he’d get a banana at Nutter’s; then sometimes he’d check the town out, causing traffic to come to a stop. He loved everyone and always wanted to be involved. It’s just so hard to make so many kids (and also adults) understand what happened to their “Bucky.”

God gave him to us for 21 months and then he wanted him back. “Bucky” had lots of love for us, but we also had lots of love for him. We cry every day. We all loved him and miss him so much. Thank you “Bucky” for doing such a great job in your 21 months for bringing so many people together. Goodbye “Bucky,” we love you.

Gene and Barb Eichelberger
Sharpsburg


Volunteer Washington County is a great resource

To the editor:

What a wonderful online vehicle for volunteerism we have in Volunteer Washington County. The Doleman Black Heritage Museum Inc. (DBHM) appreciates the opportunities to increase its potential for volunteers afforded by this grass-rooted concept of “people helping people” through today’s technology.

Volunteer Washington County’s new website features are user-friendly. Be it for researching and engaging other nonprofit organizations within the community or for the popular uploading of your organization’s needs for volunteers, increasing the dissemination of information about upcoming events and past events with photos and special notices, you will find it a breeze to use and a valuable asset for spreading your organization’s mission, goals and values while allowing the community the opportunity to get more involved.

Thank you, Volunteer Washington County for offering DBHM the opportunity to be a part of this fast-growing online community. DBHM encourages every nonprofit organization in Washington County to take advantage of this precious online tool.

Alesia Parson-McBean, project director/administrator
Doleman Black Heritage Museum


Rosie the Riveter movement is taking shape

To the editor:

Matt Umstead captured well our hope to create the second Rosie the Riveter Community Park in America in order to show Americans ways to honor and educate with “Rosies” while they are still living. The plan is that the park in Martinsburg will, in turn, inspire other communities to create Rosie parks.   Further, parks are only one example of projects we have created to show what communities can do to learn from their Rosies first-hand and leave lasting education for future generations.

We have chosen the Tri-State area to launch a national Rosie the Riveter movement for several reasons: numerous Rosies live in the region, several communities already show sincere interest in Rosies, and we have worked successfully from this region on and off since 2009 when we invited Belgium to Shepherdstown, where they became the first Allied Nation to thank American Rosies for their contributions during World War II. 

NBC’s “Today” worked exclusively with our organization to do the work to tape Rosies in a World War II factory in South Charleston, W.Va. Unfortunately, after they taped 50 Rosies in March 2012, Ann Curry was fired from the show, leaving Rosies and their families watching on many dates with “no show.” Finally, the segment aired in late December 2012, but we were neither given prior notice nor credit. The sad outcome was that, even though time is our most scarce resource, we worked for almost a year with little positive result.  Nonetheless, we are back on track to plan a national Rosie the Riveter movement.   

We have created many model projects such as the park to save time for America. We believe that if people see interesting, high-quality examples to learn from living Rosies, many more communities will follow. Thus, in the end, many more Rosies will educate America with projects that last into the future.

We have not raised funds for the park, as yet. However, we believe the park will become a reality relatively quickly, and that other Tri-State communities will continue to work with us on other Rosie projects. Thus, when the park opens, the region will be seen as cooperative.

In the words of Nancy Sneed Sipple, a deceased Rosie and former member of our board of directors, “We pulled together then; we can — and we will — pull together again.” Matt Umstead’s article is an example of this community’s readiness to help us help people pull together again. 

Anne Montague
Charleston, W.Va.

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