To Don M. Ringer of Waynesboro, Pa., soon to retire after 49 years' service to the town's fire department, the last four as part-time fire chief. Thanks for a lifetime of service.
To Lodge No. 378 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, for 100 years of service to the Hagerstown community through its donations to charity and sponsorship of youth sports.
To Jefferson County, W.Va. historian Jim Surkamp, for the research he did on the late Charles Town native Martin R. Delany, the first black field officer in the U.S. Army.
To the State of Maryland, for its $180,000-plus "Hot Spots" grant to fight crime in Hagerstown's Jonathan Street area, a neighborhood plagued by out-of-town drug dealers.