Tuesday's Sentinel letters to the editor


Here are Tuesday's Sentinel letters to the editor.

Many thanks from Project SHARE

Dear Editor:

It is with admiration and thanks that I write to thank all the people who planned and participated in the mid-August Boiling Springs Triathlon to benefit Project SHARE Food Bank of Carlisle.

What an amazing group of athletes and neighbors you are! Your muscles are only superseded by your will to press forward and to help your community.

For those who struggle to even walk, like me, we are inspired by your discipline and strength. And the fact that you do not leave us behind.

This event has grown in the last six years from a tiny neighborhood event to a regional attraction.

New this year was "chip timing," which allows more people to compete all at the same time. So 99 athletes could sweat it out all at once instead of doing individual heats.

The triathlon doubled its benefit to an amazing $6,000 compared to last year's $3,000!

It still amazes me that people want to sign up for such a grueling event as a half-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a three-mile run all in one day.

It looks like torture to the uninitiated, but there is great reward in crossing the finish line.

If only we all could relish the challenges set before us in life the way you do during this race.

If only we could see life's obstacles as incremental challenges the way you do as you train, reachable goals that benefit us and others.

Then maybe we'd be willing to go the extra mile, too, like all of you did on Aug. 14.

August is the month that Project SHARE seems the weakest.

We, like many organizations, suffer the most in terms of low donations. We are at our lowest revenue point all year.

We count on the generosity of the community, congregations who put SHARE in their budget and on the outstanding of efforts of our United Way. We rely on fundraisers like Triathlon and people in neighborhoods and businesses to help us care for the poor.

I think some of us don't give because we think we don't have a big enough gift to bring.

If we only knew that $12 in food costs can provide over $183 retail worth of food (food for a family of four for a week), I think we'd be racing to help. Such a small amount can help in such a huge way.

Give to your local charity and the United Way today and watch your gift be multiplied.

If you don't see how your donation matters, make sure you ask them to show you how it does.

These athlete started their training with a single step.

You can help us cross the finish line on hunger this year, so our whole community wins!

Elaine Livas

Executive Director

Project SHARE of Carlisle

Weathering the recession

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Dear Editor:

Millions of American families are suffering from the recession, which is now starting its fourth year.

After last week's focus on good American values, let's see what we can do to promote two of our most fundamental ones: support families and encourage hard work.

I tie those two together because any household with children and working parents shouldn't be below the poverty line.

Children thrive in families that not only have the love and affection necessary for any healthy upbringing but who also have adequate resources to meet basic human needs.

If it weren't for the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, far more families and their children would be growing up under greater stress.

Long-overdue improvements to these credits made in 2009 will be lost if Congress lets them expire this year.

I want to remind our members of Congress that it is work, not wealth, that defines the character of American families.

When Congress comes back to Washington after Labor Day, representatives from our area, like Todd Platts, can directly support families and reward work by making sure that last year's improvements to the EITC and CTC (which helped an additional 7 million parents and children) are made permanent in the bill extending middle class tax cuts.

Bruce Kessler


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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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