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Thumbs up, Thumbs down

January 17, 1997

To the late John Dayhoff, a Hagerstown resident who faced a five-year battle with leukemia with courage, good humor and the desire to use his fight to assist others in getting help.

To the Rev. Douglas McBride, of the Chambersburg United Church of Christ, for the action he took to foil a scheme that would have wiped out the savings of an elderly Tennessee couple. Thanks, reverend.

To the Exxon Corp. for applying for permission to bring the tanker Valdez back into Alaska's Prince William Sound, where its '89 oil spill caused environmental disaster. What a dumb idea!

To Debra and Patti Robinson, a Williamsport mother-daughter team who have launched a publication that will focus on the town's heritage. She's not only preserving history, but encouraging her child to love it as well.

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To the many stores which refused to sell issues of a tabloid newspaper which featured pilfered autopsy photos of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. Thanks for your restraint.

To disgraced presidential adviser Dick Morris, for his televised statement that "You can be a political genius and a personal dunce." This adulterer still doesn't get it: Scandalous behavior is a political and personal minus.

To Sherry Smith, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., for her 25 years' service to the PTA. And she's not done yet: She's the new director of an eight-county region for West Virginia's PTA.

To the Washington County School Board for its recent "Speak Out" session for teachers. The proof of the pudding, however, will be how well elected officials listen to the front-line professionals who work in classrooms every day.

To Eiko, a 10-year-old German Shepherd who died this week after years of service as Charles Town, West Virginia's first police dog. You've gotta hope dogs go to heaven.

To John and Audrey Bowman of Williamsport and their son Matt, for the work they did that won them honors as 1996 Family of the Year from Maryland Special Olympics. The family has volunteered for the past 12 years.

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