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Letters to the editor – Saturday (4-19-08)

Festival featured gardens of delight
The Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Guild is often heard saying, “Our events are always beautiful, sometimes elegant and always useful to the community!” The Festival of Spring Gardens on April 12 and 13 featuring the stately azaleas and dogwoods of Milford Hills and two serene country gardens in Granite Quarry was exactly that! The bounty provided by nature but nurtured by these loving gardeners was picture perfect and witnessed joyfully by several hundred guests. Even Saturday’s rain didn’t keep people away.
On behalf of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, which directly benefits from the proceeds of this event, the Guild proudly commends our 16 garden owners!
Thanks go to Cloninger Ford-Toyota-Scion, the presenting sponsor, along with 70 additional sponsors and more than 100 volunteer docents, organizers, reception hosts and drivers, including two young men from Catawba College. Bravo to the musicians, sculptors, Plein Air Artists and McCubbins Horse and Carriage team who added glory and fun to this weekend.
In addition, we commend the police and public services staff of the cities of Salisbury and Granite Quarry for extra services. The Salisbury Post, Out and About, the Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, WSAT 1280, News Channel 14, Rowan Magazine and other media outlets promoted this event. Area garden shops went the extra mile to assist our gardeners. Thank you to our visitors as well. Altogether you have spelled success for the symphony in Salisbury!
ó Debbie Elliott
Salisbury
Debbie Elliott is president of the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Guild.
What did it cost?
The letter to the editor in today’s paper written by Gordon Correll is excellent. I would carry it just one step further. In the second paragraph Mr Gordon asks, did they not figure the possible cost of annexation? My question now is, just how much money from start to finish did the city of Salisbury spend in this annexation attempt, and where did the money come from? The citizens of the city deserve to know, and hopefully they will remember this at the next City Council election.
ó Robert N. Stone
Rowan County
Students needed
The Youth In Action Against Tobacco Council is currently recruiting for new members of the youth council. We meet the second Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. at the Rowan County Health Department. We are a youth-led and youth-empowered group that educates youth in schools, community and other organizations on the harmful effects of tobacco use. We have members from four county high schools and are in need of new high school members who are willing to serve on this youth-led council as we strive to prevent teen tobacco use in Rowan County.
If you are interested, please come to our next information session on Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. to learn more from current youth council members what our program is about and see if you interested in joining. Please pre-register for this information session before April 25 by calling Natalie Gray, 704-216-8849.
You may leave your name and phone number on voice mail. Refreshments will be provided.
ó Adam Hendrick
Salisbury
Campaign letters
Letters endorsing candidates in the May 6 primary should be limited to 150 words and must be received in the Salisbury Post newsroom by 5 p.m. April 30.

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