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10/6/2006
Talleyville Softball plan presented to community - Community News

To the Editor:
While I can understand some of the concerns of the residents of Liftwood/Shelburne, find it hard to sympathize with them. Yes, there will be an increase in traffic, but that will only be approximately three months out of the
year from about 5:30 p.m. until about 8 p.m.

If the proposed parking lot is not large enough to accommodate all the cars, any overflow may surely park on the street, however, there are no houses on that side of the street for most of Old Mill Lane, and the other side is largely taken up by cross streets; very few houses.

Yes, there will be some noise, if that's what you want to call joyous encouragement of our children. I have two children who have played for Talleyville for several years. I have always found the families involved to be
just wonderful. The league is run by volunteers who are simply doing their best
to secure a nice, safe, fun facility for their families to enjoy, while teaching their children about good sportsmanship and fitness.

What is so frustrating to me is that the residents of Shelburne and Liftwood say they know nothing about the proposed facility. This is probably true, but it is only because they refuse to listen. I attended civic association meeting
at Immaculate Heart of Mary over the Winter.

The president of Talleyville Softball and other representatives were there, very willing to answer all questions, however, they were never given a chance.

Every time they tried to answer a question, they were rudely interrupted, and unable to answer the question. I was beginning to fear for my safety. There was profanity from the residents. There was one honest woman who often admitted that the residents were informed at several civic association meetings over the last 2-3 years and that the entire plan had been in the News Journal and the Brandywine Community News many times since it's inception several years ago.

So, while yes, there may be some slight inconvenience for a few months of the year, the residents of Shelburne and Liftwood had plenty of opportunities to voice their opinions, and assure you that nothing was "shoe-horned" into
their neighborhood. In order to be informed, people have to listen.

Sue Donlin
Brandywine

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