Letters to the Editor
Volume VI Number 22
June 4-10, 1998
Thanks from the Animals
Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:
Thank you very much for your wonderful support and sponsorship of the SPCA's Seventh Annual Walk for the Animals held May 17 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
We are very grateful to each of our sponsors who helped us in so many ways - with donations of in-kind services, donations of prizes for our walkers, advertising and monetary donations to help defray walk expenses. Thanks for your print coverage. Jim Gibbons was a pleasure to work with. We love being "Pick of the Week."
We simply could not have had a successful walk without your generosity and commitment to the over 5,000 homeless companion animals the SPCA houses each year.
This was truly a banner year for the walk. It was a huge success. We raised in excess of $62,000 - that's a 50 percent increase over last year - and far above our goal of $50,000. And the number of walkers was up 25 percent over last year.
We didn't get the opportunity to count all the human and animal companions who accompanied our walkers, but it was a superb turnout and everyone had a great time.
On behalf of all the animals, thank you again for your generosity and support of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
We hope to see you next year: May 16, 8am to noon at Quiet Waters Park.
-JoAnn Lamp, for Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County
3 Cheers for Community Spirit
Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:
Sincere thanks to your reporting staff for the fine article about the wetland park project in Rose Haven.
On behalf of the committee that has kept this dream alive for several years, we owe a special debt of gratitude to several organizations who helped us, including the Anne Arundel Community College Environmental Center, whose director turned our plan into an executable project and the event into a workshop on wetland ecology.
The Department of Recreation and Parks approved the plan and commissioned maintenance crews to clear the site and haul out the trash, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has been a major financial backer, and local businesses have donated facilities and services for constructing the breakwater to prevent erosion. The Providence Center propagated and nurtured the grass plants for over a year and provided valuable advice on planting and design.
Community spirit is alive and well in Anne Arundel County, and we are indebted to all the generous individuals too numerous to mention here, but especially to: Dr. Steve Ailstock, Director, Anne Arundel Community College Environmental Center; Brian Woodward, Department of Recreation and Parks; Ray Ciupeck, Southern High School; Melanie Teems, Chesapeake Bay Trust; Leslie Mathieson, The Providence Center; Steve Waltjen, Chesapeake Bay Marine Construction; E. Steuart Chaney, Herrington Harbour Marinas.
-Susie Armstrong Wills, Rose Haven
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