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Letters: A rare feat for brothers of summer

A rare feat for brothers of summerI still enjoy going out to Newman Park on warm summer nights that offer up close plays at home plate, sounds of the game, the smell of peanuts in the air and the taste of mustard on a hotdog. The cadence of the Rowan County Legion games remain the same all these 70+ years. The rules are essentially the same; the rituals and measurements remain constant but the history can change during one game or one inning.
During the 70+ years that Legion baseball has been played in Rowan County over 1,600 young men have been a part of the program. However, on the night of June 9, 2009, an occurrence took place at old Newman Park that has never happened before and most likely will never happen again. The Holmes brothers (Trey and Noah) hit home runs during not only the same game but the same inning. As of this date, no brother duo has ever accomplished this.
As the summer wears on, Coach Gantt and his assistants have helped to develop the talent of this group of men to a point that they are poised to make a run through the playoffs. If you have not been to see them play, you are missing out on a chance to see something that you may never see again.
So, to Trey and Noah, I say thanks for the memories and I salute you for the hard work that it took to develop such skills that allowed you to achieve this feat!
ó Terry Julian
Faith
Nuisance no more
I read with interest the recent survey results regarding trash collection in Salisbury. I agree our workers who perform weekly trash and garbage collection deserve the utmost credit for a job well done.
I had a recent experience having an old carpet and commode on my curbside for trash pick-up. I received two letters from the City of Salisbury-Code Services Division saying I was in violation of nuisance ordinances.
They further informed me if I did not bring my property into compliance, it would be “abated” for me with cost being taken care of by a “lien against the premises.”
I’m a single, retired old woman with limited funds and physical means of getting rid of discarded items. I see heavy equipment and trucks cruising through the neighborhood with minimal amount of limbs and trimmings being hauled away. That’s a lot of wasted fuel and manpower when they could at least provide a monthly pickup of larger items.
I was able to develop a workable solution to my problem. The commode was fairly easily shattered with a hammer. And with much effort, the carpet was shredded with a utility knife. Thus, the so-called “nuisance” was transformed into “trash,” which was bagged and collected with weekly garbage.
I could have been saved a lot of stress and slow-healing blisters on my hands if this could have been handled otherwise. Being a helpless old lady is a tough road to travel, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
I see numerous vehicles parked bumper to bumper in yards along with scattered toys and trash all over. That continues to be an eyesore to the citizens of our community. These are the so-called violations that should be addressed.
ó Rachel Boger
Salisbury

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