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Letter to the Editor,

Last week an article was run about The Friends of the Mt. Gilead State Park. The article was cut in a fashion that didn’t truly reflect what I had to say about the Park and the many volunteers working behind the scenes to make it all so wonderful for our patrons and community. It left out the dedication of those volunteers that work without compensation every breakfast and every festival and nature program.

The article made the “Friends of the Park” a behind the scene jewel. The “Friends” are a wonderful group of people that have committed to the betterment of the park and community. However, they have not brought on the programs and playground equipment we see in the park today. It’s the “VIP’s” and the “Nature Center” who are the jewels. The dedication and loyalty is unsurpassed by any of the 83 State Parks in the Ohio system.

I don’t want to shoot the horse I rode in on, however I’m complaining about the cutting floor and who has the authority to do it. As in this article, it does disservice to those who really “work” at the park. The volunteers are loyal to Marilyn Weiler, Kenny Krumnow, and Terri McFarland. These are the people that make the park work for all of us. And the glue that holds it all together, I might add.

I know, you’re going to say that the entire article was published online. My answer to that would be that most of the Sentinel Subscribers won’t bother to look up the story online, because the reason they subscribe is the wonderful feeling you get when a nice cup of coffee and the porch swing only add to the atmosphere of reading the newspaper. It’s an American tradition and nothing will ever replace it.

In closure, I’d like to thank Evelyn Long and Randa Wagner for the wonderful job they do at the Sentinel.

They try very hard to report the unbiased facts about the stories they write, only to have the “meat” of a story end up on the cutting room floor and getting disgruntled letters from readers like me.

So come out to the park, get your kids, grandkids, and yourselves out to enjoy the wonderful asset we have in this small community. And while you’re at it, say thanks to those folks in the gold and green t-shirts, they really do deserve it.

Linda Harper, President

Friends of the Mount Gilead State Park

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