Letters to the editor - Wednesday (5-22-2013)
Thanks for supporting postal service food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 934 in Salisbury would like to thank everyone who contributed to our “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on May 11. We collected a total of 13,870 pounds, which was donated to Rowan Helping Ministries, the Salvation Army and Main Street Mission in China Grove.
We couldn’t have done it without the support of many volunteers who donated their time and expertise. We extend our gratitude to the United Way, the Salvation Army and Main Street Mission, as well as Jackie Harris and Dennis Sims, for helping with planning and advertising and providing volunteers to collect and sort donations.
Several local businesses also deserve our gratitude. Food Lion provided trailer, and Food Lion store No. 416 handled recycling of the plastic bags; Rowan County Recycling handled the paper; Buddy Poole and WSAT provided public service announcements, voiced by our own Michael “Mailvis” Thomas. The Salisbury Post and Shavonne Potts covered the event admirably.
Boy Scout Troop 317 and the West Rowan ROTC provided much-needed manpower. Freightliner came through with a special on-site collection. Sam’s Car Wash and local churches donated advertising on their marquees and in their bulletins. Cookout Restaurant and K&W Cafeteria helped feed our volunteers and participants. The Vanderelst family represented Wells Fargo Bank with their hard work.
We thank our co-workers at the Salisbury Post Office and other area offices who joined to make the food drive possible. A special thanks to new mom Melanie Evans; Amy Hammond; Ron Lilly; Lavonda Partee; Mike Phillips and his sons Mason, Ethan and Jacob; Tara Lowrance, Phil Fridie and Nick Graham and all who spread the word on Twitter and Facebook.
Above all, thanks to our postal customers who graciously donated food to support the need in our community. Our hats are off to you — you really delivered.
— Kim Lane
Kim Lane is the “Stamp Out Hunger” coordinator for NALC Branch 934 in Salisbury.
A salute for flag ceremony
This is a heartfelt thank you on behalf of Kennedy-Hall American Legion Post 106 for all the support and help for the dignified and respectful retirement and disposal of the no-longer-serviceable flags of our great nation during the 10th annual Cleveland Town May Fest on May 18.
Thank you to the town of Cleveland, Cub Scout Pack 308, West Rowan High School JROTC and, most of all, to the community for their support to honor our nation’s colors during the flag retirement and disposal ceremony.
— Tom Hicks
Tom Hicks is commander of Kennedy-Hall America Legion Post 106.
Track and field recognition
Congratulations to all the student-athletes and their coaches who participated in the NCHSAA 2A Track and Field championships in Greensboro.
Jalessa Smoot and Rasean Bledsoe’s first place finishes in the 400 and triple jump were great accomplishments!
Ryan Bisesi is to be commended for providing excellent coverage of the events.
I hope that, as reigning state champions in two events, there will be renewed interest and support for Salisbury High School’s track and field team.
— Quentin Woodward Jr