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Sunday's Sentinel letters to the editor


Here are Sunday's Sentinel letters to the editor.

First 'Spooky Saturday' a success

Dear Editor:

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

Dear Editor:

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.

Sonya Browne

Kristen Trout-Roebuck

YWCA Carlisle Social

Justice Committee

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Halloween events for the community

Dear Editor:

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.

Jeff Palm

Executive Director

Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce

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Obituaries for 09/08/1997

  • Robert Bosler, 37, of 224 W. Main St., Walnut Bottom, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, in Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg.

    Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, will announce funeral arrangements when they are completed.

  • Rachel I. "Sammy" Brandt, 82, of 934 Baltimore Pike, Gardners, died Sunday Sept. 7, 1997, in her home.

    Born Jan. 15, 1915, in York County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Shaffer Bupp and the widow of Ralph "Dutch" Brandt, who died May 16, 1988.

    Mrs. Brandt was retired from the former Blough-Wagner Co. in Mt. Holly Springs and was a former employee of C.H. Masland Co., Carlisle.

    She was a member of the Old Bellaire Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 375.

    Surviving are a son, Ralph Brandt of York; three daughters, Joan McNew of Gettysburg, Judy Brandt of Grantham and June Showers of Gardners; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two sisters, Pauline McCans of Hatfield and Hazel Johnson of Gardners.

    Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Gibson-Hollinger Funeral Home, 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs. The Rev. Sandra Schultz will officiate.

    Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens in West Pennsboro Township.

    Friends may call Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. An Eastern Star memorial service will be held Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. in the funeral home.

  • Services for Glen Isaac Kunkle, 89, formerly of 5221 Cumberland Highway, Chambersburg, will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.

    Masonic services will be conducted by members of George Washington Lodge 143 F&AMPAM at 11:15 a.m.

    Mr. Kunkle died Friday, Sept. 5, 1997, at Manor Care Health Services, Chambersburg.

    Born May 11, 1908, in Williamson, he was a son of the late David W. and Grace Carrie Rife Kunkle. He was the widower of Dorothy Jones Kunkle, who died Aug. 29, 1996.

    Mr. Kunkle retired in 1954 from the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., where he had been employed since 1935. He formerly was a wood pattern maker apprentice from 1926 to 1930 at Chambersburg Engineering Co. and then worked for General Steel Corp. of Chester and Frog, Switch &AMP Manufacturing Co. of Carlisle.

    He was a member of Greenvillage Church of God, Chambersburg; Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia F&AMPAM, Washington, D.C.; and a life member of William R. Singleton Hope Lodge No. 7 F&AMPAM of Lebanon.

    Surviving is his sister, Elva Stambaugh of Chambersburg.

    The Rev. Ronald E. Dull will officiate at Tuesday's service. Burial will be in Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg.

    Memorial contributions may be made to ManorCare Health Services, 1070 Stouffer Ave., Chambersburg 17201, or to Greenvillage Church of God, 5164 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg 17201.

  • Services for Gerald B. "Base" Strayer, 80, of 115 S. Prince St., Shippensburg, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Prince Street United Brethren Church in Shippensburg.

    He died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at Chambersburg Hospital.

    Born March 4, 1917, in Southampton Township in Cumberland County, he was the son of the late David F. and Annabelle Eutzy Strayer.

    He retired in 1975 from the former Hershey Creamery, Shippensburg, where he worked for 40 years. After retirement he worked as a custodian at Kmart in Chambersburg for eight years and at the Beistle Co. in Shippensburg for four years.

    And for 25 years he served as the utility groundskeeper for Shippensburg Community Fair.

    Mr. Strayer was a member of the Prince Street United Brethren Church and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1299, Carlisle. He was a life member and past commander of Durff-Kuhn VFW Post 6168, Shippensburg.

    He was an Army veteran of World War II.

    Surviving are his two daughters, Dixie L. Whorley and Diana B. Strayer, both of Shippensburg; a sister, Pearl Allen, of Shippensburg; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy B. Beltz Strayer, who died May 16, 1993; six brothers and two sisters.

    The Rev. George D. Strayer will officiate at Wednesday's service. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg.

    Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home Inc., 112 W. King St., Shippensburg.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Valley Hose Company Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 366, Shippensburg 17257 or to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter Inc., 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg 17202.

  • Services for George K. Gerhardt, 82, of Carlisle, formerly of Bloserville, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle.

    He died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at Sarah Todd Memorial Home in Carlisle.

    Born Feb. 6, 1915, in Carlisle, he was the son of the late Reuben W. and Anna W. Gilbert Gerhardt.

    He was a retired meat cutter from the former Carlisle Food Market, a member of God's Missionary Church, Bloserville, and an Army veteran of World War II.

    Surviving are his wife, Ruth A. Norrell Gerhardt; a son, Wayne Belmont of North Carolina; a brother, Eugene Gerhardt of Carlisle; a sister, Milly Gerhardt of Carlisle, two grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and a stepgreat-great-grandchild.

    The Revs. Clarence E. Dupert and David D. Deetz Sr. will officiate at Thursday's services. Burial will be in Upper Frankford Brick Church Cemetery.

    Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

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