Here are Sunday's Sentinel letters to the editor.
First 'Spooky Saturday' a success
The first annual "Spooky Saturday," which was an afternoon of traditional trick-or-treating hosted by downtown Carlisle businesses and organizations, was held on October 30, 2010. As the organizer of the event, I was pleased to see so many children in costume trekking up and down the streets with their parents as they enjoyed some old-fashioned fun in a safe environment.
The idea behind the event was simple -- bring families out for an afternoon to discover just what truly unique shopping and eating experiences await them downtown. Many new businesses have opened in the past year of which most people are not aware, my own being one of them, and this event allowed those businesses who participated to reach out to the community while making kids smile.
Overall, we had 25 businesses participate by offering treats and crafts to children, which was quite a turn out for a first-year event. I would like to publicly express my thanks to those businesses, especially CALC and Nancy Stamm's Galleria for offering crafts and Cafe Bruges for having Cupid the Belgian drafthorse. I would also like to thank Posie the Fairy (Dana Stout) for offering her facepainting services for free at my store and the Downtown Carlisle Association for supporting the event by providing balloons, copies, and contacts.
There are plans to make "Spooky Saturday" an annual event, and I am in the process of planning "Frosty Frolic," which will be a Christmas-themed event similar to this one, for the weekend before Christmas. There are plans to have additional events around Easter and during Summerfair as well. I welcome input from the community and my fellow downtown businesses as these events take shape.
Thank you so much,
Stephanie Patterson Gilbert
Georgie Lou's Retro
Candy & Gifts
Speaking out against intolerance
After reading the article in The Sentinel entitled "Crowd hurls rocks, epithets at Pa. school band," the Social Justice Committee of YWCA Carlisle feels the need to express a few thoughts about the intolerance that seems to be so accepted in today's society.
We would like to commend the parade organizers who offered these students an apology and asked them to return next year.
We feel that by their offering this apology they are striving to convey their message of "promoting a friendly environment that encourages family values and cooperation."
While we may not be able to directly address the perpetrators or influence their way of thinking, we believe the people standing next to them had the power to influence those who acted in such a hateful manner. We wonder if anyone felt uncomfortable with the words that were used?
Was anyone frightened by the actions witnessed? What did the people standing next to them say or do that may or may not have influenced their actions that night? Did they encourage the behavior? Did they speak out or did they remain silent?
We believe that each one of us has a responsibility to promote peace and understanding in our communities, whether it is in our work place, in our relationships, in our schools, our places of worship or in a crowd watching a parade.
It is only when we speak out against intolerance that those who promote it are silenced.
Lastly and most importantly, we would like to recognize the members of the William Penn High School Marching Band for their bravery in continuing to march under such adverse conditions, and may all of the adults in our society follow the lead of these students who march in unity, regardless of their differences, in perfect harmony.
YWCA Carlisle Social
Halloween events for the community
I want to thank all the volunteers, sponsors and participants in this year's Mechanicsburg Halloween Parade and Streets of Treats. Without the generous donations of time and financial support, neither of these events could be presented for the enjoyment of the community.
Both events are planned and executed with volunteers who dedicate their time to give back to the community for a wonderful event. The Halloween Parade Committee, led by residents Jeff Shatzer and Ann Edgar, deserve praise for accomplishing the difficult task of assembling such a large event. Event sponsors Lawrence Chevrolet and The Mechanicsburg Club help build the financial foundation to which their fellow sponsors can build upon.
A special recognition is also due to the firefighting units from around the area for providing the necessary safety lighting throughout the parade.
Finally, thank you to all the participants, both residential and business, for incorporating their time, money and energy into providing enjoyable opportunities for the children and adults of the area.
These are truly events by the community for the community. I also encourage other citizens interested in assisting or participating in future editions to contact the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce office.
Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce
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