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Letter: Vote and help

The recent letter from Ms. Ann Dorr regarding Rex Trailer, his children’s program, “Boomtown,” and Senate Bill 1622 recognizing his contribution to awareness of the handicapped caught my attention on several levels.

At 12, I was a bit old for the “Boomtown” show in 1956, however, there were several occasions when I viewed the Saturday morning show and distinctly remember the presence of children in wheelchairs. I certainly think it is appropriate that the commonwealth accord him the honorarium of “Cowboy of the Commonwealth.” I believe that Rex Trailer represented the best that television has to offer to children, clearly on par with Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo.

Ms. Dorr’s letter, and its reference to the show and its pioneering inclusion of children with disabilities, spurs me to bring to the readers attention a nationwide contest sponsored by The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association — a nonprofit dedicated to mobility options for the disabled.

The nationwide contest honors National Mobility Awareness Month and will award a fully equipped handicapped mobility van to each of five finalists. Information, and registration to vote, are available at the NMEDA website: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com

A local child, Theresa Charlton from Charlemont, is entered in the contest, her story is available at: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/theresa-charlton-charlemont-ma/

I want to encourage Recorder readers to make themselves familiar with the contest and involve themselves in NMEDA’s efforts to raise awareness of those citizens who have real disadvantages. It will cost them nothing but a few moments a day to vote and help.

NORMAN SCHELL

Greenfield

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