Archive for Thursday, November 20, 2008

Letters to the Editor

November 20, 2008

To the editor:

The 51st annual Maple Leaf Festival has come and gone. It seems that everyone in town has an opinion about the festival. Love it or hate it, the Festival affects nearly every citizen of Baldwin City.

One of the least known benefits of the festival is the amount of money paid out to area non-profits for their volunteer efforts during the festival. At our November meeting more than $14,000 was paid out to the following groups: Baldwin City Fire Department, Baldwin City Recreation Commission, Wellsville PTA, Baldwin High School pom squad, BHS Band Booster, BHS girls basketball, Zeta Chi fraternity, Heart of America Teen Challenge, North Baptist Church, Bethel Christian Academy, LOH Fire department, Baldwin First Methodist youth group, Cub Scout pack 3065, Boy Scout Troop 65 and Rainbow Preschool.

In addition, the following groups raised thousands of dollars at their food booths during the Maple Leaf Festival: First United Methodist Church, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Annunciation Catholic Church, Baker soccer, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Baker Christian Youth Group, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Baker’s Women’s Basketball, Vinland Valley 4-H, BHS French students, Natural Baseball Academy, Lions Club, Church of the Nazarene and Black Jack Ducks Unlimited.

I think it would be safe to say that nearly every family in Baldwin has at one time been touched by at least one of these organizations. These groups all count on the Maple Leaf Festival as a primary source of each year’s fundraising. In addition, each year the MLF committee awards two college scholarships to BHS seniors and donates thousands of dollars to other projects in the Baldwin City area. This year alone a $20,000 sound system was donated and installed downtown for use not only during the festival, but during other events held downtown.

The Maple Leaf Festival is an important part of our identity here in Baldwin City. It takes dozens of volunteers to make it a success. Because many long-serving members of the committee are “retiring” this year there is a need for additional people who want to see the festival continue to thrive. If you have the time and the passion for this uniquely Baldwin event, then we need your help. The Maple Leaf Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at the library. The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Please plan to attend or call Annie France at 785-979-7097 for more information.

Diane Wagner

The Maple Leaf Committee

To the editor:

The American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 228 wants to thank all those that donated jeans, shirts, t-shirts, sweaters, gloves, hats, coats, socks, towels, blankets, cookies, meat and cheese cracker trays, toothpaste, tooth brushes, popcorn and etc. to the Topeka and Leavenworth veterans. They were very thankful and appreciative for the items.

Alice Randel

Auxiliary president

To the editor:

I want to express my gratitude to Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center for the program and dinner honoring the veterans last week. It was planned and initiated in a most inspirational way. I just want to say thanks and good job to all involved. The food was good, too.

Merle Venable

Baldwin City

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