2008-10-02 / Local & State

Presidential Debate Watch Held At Dott Store

Voters watch presidential nominee Barack Obama, Democrat, debate Republican nominee John McCain at a debate watch held at Dott Store in Bethel Township Friday evening. Voters watch presidential nominee Barack Obama, Democrat, debate Republican nominee John McCain at a debate watch held at Dott Store in Bethel Township Friday evening. The Dott Store in Bethel Township was the scene of one of many debate-watch get-togethers taking place across the country Friday night.

Owners Glenn and April Hiller extended a bipartisan invitation to the community, which resulted in a group of about 40 Republicans, Democrats and Green Party members as well as Independents gathering to watch and discuss the first of three presidential debates between John McCain and Barack Obama.

The Hillers said that folks came from not only the Warfordsburg and Needmore areas but from Mc- Connellsburg, Mercersburg and as far away as Shade Gap.

The Nov. 4 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most important presidential elections in U.S. history and possibly the biggest.

"This store has long been a central part of our community, and during this historic election with many critical issues facing our country," Glenn said, "we feel it is important to provide as much information as possible about all of the decisions and candidates on the November ballot."

The Hillers hoisted a large screen television into place to accommodate their guests and served them coffee and dessert.

"Watching the debate together was informative and fun, and hopefully people are encouraged to learn factual information about the candidates, and encouraged to vote on Election Day," said April.

The Hillers will open their store again this Thursday, Oct. 2, for the highly anticipated vice-presidential debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin. The debate begins at 9 p.m. and guests are welcome anytime after 8 p.m. Free coffee and dessert will be provided by Dott Store. For more information, call Dott Store at 717- 573-2390.

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