Remember the saying, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me?" The printed words of The A-T's new reporter, Aaron Post, on Aug. 8 horrified me! He conveys that I am trying to receive money from WSOS. This is not true.
I am not applying for or receiving any type of funding from WSOS or CHIPS. A motion to put a lien on my property was not passed at the commissioners' meeting Aug. 7.
Furthermore, my home improvement was a new kitchen that was completed last year. WSOS did not help - nor was it ever asked to help - with that project. Post insinuates that I am seeking money for more home improvements. That is simply not true.
I used a regular home-equity loan from Home Savings and Loan for a new kitchen. I am paying off that loan myself. I am not receiving any funding from WSOS. When Croghan Bank bought Home Bank this year, Croghan offered to write a new loan at about one-half the interest (from 6.8 percent to 3.5 percent). This is what the county commissioners passed: a subordination for a new loan, lower rate. It is a common occurrence. In the past The A-T did not even print the name or address of the homeowner. If you own your own home, as I do, there is no bank mortgage anymore.
Post did rewrite the story and that printed Aug. 9. It still leaves the impression I am having home improvements when the kitchen was completed in 2011.
Thank you Neil McCabe, Aaron Post and A-T editors, Rob and Chris, for the Aug. 9 article. I really appreciate your efforts. I am also grateful to my family, friends and neighbors who have shown their concern and kindness these past few days. I encourage anyone to approach me, call me, write me - whether you know me or not - if you have questions. I will not be offended, just happy to have this cleared up!
In closing, I want to say how much I am grateful for my new kitchen. I thank God every day for it and all those who were involved. I still love it!