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Thanks to the volunteers who helped remove flags

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 24, 2002

Editor: Nov. 16 was a wet and windy Saturday in Crystal River. It was also the day that we removed the 210 flags from U.S. 19 and State Road 44 and installed lighted Christmas decorations.

It was also a day that 22 volunteers from Crystal River and Citrus County gave their time and energy to accomplish this, and a day that two strangers walked in the rain and provided hot chocolate to our cold and wet volunteers.

It was a day that City Hall, the Fire Department, a commercial company and private citizens came together to bring Old Glory down after nearly one year of flying over our city.

I wish to thank them all. From F&H Construction, there were Dave Finley, Dan Williams, David Welch, Buddy Martin, Paul Williams, Randy Sturdivant, Danny Lucas and Greg Helton. From the City, there were John Lettow, Bill Davis, George Hicks and Paul DeDanna. The Fire Department was represented by Brown Dumas, Terry Cates and Dan Wagner. Private citizens included Hank Butler, Marc Bowen, Leonard Marcoux, Bob Bell and my wife, Denyse.

I also want to thank Larna Booth and Amanda Lee for caring and providing hot chocolate during hard, driving rainstorms. Thanks to all of you good citizens.

We all shared what has been lost in some cities -- civic and patriotic pride!
-- Bud Kramer, Crystal River chairman, Crystal River Flag Committee

Extending middle school sports a good idea

Editor: Re: District panel to study middle school sports, Nov. 14, and Parents call for kinder sports, Nov. 11, Citrus Times: In response to the articles reflecting exploratory sports in middle school, I wish to voice my support for extending the opportunities for middle school children to participate in extracurricular sports regardless of ability.

As a retired tax-paying Citrus County citizen, I am in support of budgeting for the additional dollars needed to keep safe, supervisory support.

As a kid, I walked in plain school clothes with the rest of the bands in all the parades. The best musicians were in the "A" squad with uniforms. The "B" squad had some hats, etc. and the rest of us played the best we could. The audiences cheered us on and we kept trying our best to become better players. This experience carried over into the military.
-- B.G. Parish, Inverness

Coach responsible for special moment

Editor: Re: A special moment of sportsmanship,class: Editorial, Nov. 14: Your editorial on Nov. 14 was excellent.

You had to be present at the Citrus/Crystal River football game to feel the excitement and jubilation as twin brothers Matt and Joey Burke ran onto the field.

Indeed, this was a class act and memorable event. However, you failed to mention the person responsible for this extraordinary show of class -- Citrus head coach Larry Bishop.
-- T.J. La Manna, Inverness

Editor's note: You are absolutely right. The name of Coach Larry Bishop was inadvertently omitted from the editorial. The Times salutes Coach Bishop and his staff and regrets the omission.
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