Habitat for Humanity hoping to sell donated property
To the editor:
Franklin County has acquired the property at 458 E. King St. in Chambersburg. While the report is accurate, it might appear to some that we purchased this property with funds donated to build homes.
In reality, the building was an unsolicited gift to Habitat by the former owners, for which we are very grateful. We considered using the property as our headquarters, since we rent our current office at 23 N. 3rd St. in Chambersburg.
The King Street building is more than 6,000 square feet and has space for 14 offices — quite simply too large for our present and future operations. For that reason, we are attempting to sell the building. The good folks who donated this building to Habitat wish for its value to further our mission, which is to build or renovate homes in Franklin County for low-income families in need.
We will be doing just that in 2012 as we rehab two homes in the Borough of Chambersburg, bringing our total number of houses completed by volunteers to 30. I am pleased, though not surprised, by the generosity of caring people in our community. Together, we’ll make a difference in 2012.
Mark D. Story, executive director
Habitat For Humanity of Franklin County
MCTC doing its part to keep roadways free of litter
To the editor:
Keep America Beautiful Inc. reports that more than 51 billion pieces of litter land on U.S. roadways each year. That’s 6,729 items per mile. Some surveys indicate that 90 percent of people litter sometimes, but 10 percent are habitual litterers. Traveling around the countryside, it is evident that roadside trash blights the American landscape.
Cleaning this all up costs the U.S. almost $11.5 billion each year, and the presence of litter in a community takes a toll on quality of life, property values and housing prices. Keep America Beautiful’s 2009 National Visible Litter Study found that litter in a community decreases property values by 7 percent. And debris finding its way into local waterways just adds to the already serious environmental pollution problem.
Most litter is tossed onto roadsides in remote places where there aren’t many houses or into our rivers and streams while crossing bridges. And litter just keeps piling up until a state or local government agency or civic-minded individuals or organizations clean up. There is a lot of that community service going on in neighborhoods all over the U.S. and right here in Washington County. We all can do our part by picking up trash as we are out and about in our daily activities, especially in our neighborhoods.
But the real reason for this letter is to salute the Maryland Correctional Training Center for providing crews to work with state and county agencies that keep up our region’s roadways. This partnership delivers a valuable, visible and welcome public service that benefits everyone. Let’s encourage them to keep up the good work.
Chuck and Melissa Schwalbe
Political traffic is going both ways
To the editor:
I read with interest Russell Williams’ letter in the Dec. 26 Herald-Mail. However, I think he needs to look further.