From: Edward L. Williar

Union Bridge

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all thosewho attended my retirement party at the Union Bridge Fire Hall on Sunday, June 9.

It was truly a memorable conclusion to my 33 years of public service.

First, I want to thank Sen. (Charles H.) Smelserand Delegates (Richard N.) Dixon and (Donald B.) Elliott for attending and for presenting me with the proclamation

from the state legislature. Your dedication over the years has been, and will continue to be, much appreciated.

I would also like to thank Commissioner (Julia W.) Gouge for being in attendance and for her support of our town over the last five years. Also, thanks to Commissioners (Donald I.)Dell and (Elmer C.) Lippy for their kind words.

Thank yous are also in order for Mayors (Lloyd R.) Helt, (James C.) Carlisle and (Henry I.) Reindollar for coming to the party. It has been a pleasure working with all the mayors over the years, and I am sure Mayor (Perry L.) Jones will enjoy working with you as much as I have.

I would like to thank the committee who worked so hard to put the party together. As I look over the list of the people on the committee, I realize that these are the people who have been committed to making Union Bridge a better place to live for all of us.

Our town attorney, John Maguire of the Westminster law firm of Hollman, Hughes, Finch and Maguire, has seen us through problems and changes with professionalism and resourcefulness.

And then there are people like Kathy Kreimer and Elaine Holmes who work for the citizens day after day to help our town run in a smooth and efficient manner.

It has been my pleasure to work with competent people like our council members (Bonnie M.) Hyde, (Scott W.) Davis, (Bret D.) Grossnickle, (Jeffrey M.) Six and recently elected Mayor Jones.

And thanks to Ellen Jones and Dawn Grossnickle, spouses of the council members, for all their efforts on my behalf. Thanks also to Steve Horn of the Carroll County Department ofPlanning for all his efforts on behalf of the town.

I want to recognize Richard Eichmann of Union Bridge as one of the premier artiststhis side of Little Pipe Creek. The portraits he prepared were extraordinary, not to mention a big surprise to my wife, Irene, and myself. Thank you, Richard.

And finally, in closing, Irene and I want tosay a very heartfelt thank you to our friends and family for all of the support you have given to us over these many years. Without you, our memories of public service would be empty and without meaning.

But with you, we can look back with pride at what we, together, haveaccomplished for the benefit of our town, and we can anxiously look forward to new memories of sharing more time with you.


From: Gary W. Bauer

Chairman of Deacons

Faith BaptistChurch


I am the chairman of Deacons of Faith BaptistChurch and am writing this letter to thank you and your reporters for the coverage of the Rev. Bert Benz.

You have not exploited the situation; instead, you have been informative.

You have revisited this story several times to update the community. You have provided information for the various blood drives free of charge, which a community paper should do.

I, along with the other deacons and the congregation, extend to you and the reporters who have covered this story an invitation to this Sunday's service. This will be the Rev. Benz' last sermon before he leaves for Kentucky.

Again, I say thanks to you and your paper for all you have done.


From: Leonor Pisano

New Windsor

I have made an amazing discovery.

There seems to be a special geography/history book that some peopleread and believe. Somewhere in this book it must state that the townof New Windsor is an island; that anything that happens outside of its town limits will never have any effect on the town; that town officials do not have any influence on outside issues; and that issues concerning the town of New Windsor do not have any effect on the rest of the New Windsor residents.

The most remarkable chapter concerns the inhabitants of this island. There are two very distinct groups:

Group I: If you have roots that go back to the town founders, this could allow you to be heard and respected as a human being and your opinions may be considered in the democratic system that we have. But,there is no guarantee you will be represented.


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