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July 25, 1997

To Michele Drapeau, an obstetrics nurse at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, who's taking her mountain bike to Colorado to ride in a fund-raiser for a multiple sclerosis center there.

To South Mountain's Little League team, for the work that won them a spot in state tourney competition for the first time in the league's 27-year history. They play tonight at 6 p.m. at Hagerstown's Staley Park.

To Maryland officials, for their welcome (if belated) decision to include Jonathan Street residents in discussions of how to spend $221,000 in funds to combat crime in their neighborhood.

To the U.S. Government Printing Office, for destroying more than 3,000 books on the history of the U.S. Senate, on the grounds that it cost too much to store them. Why not offer them free to the public or the schools?

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To every idiot who spends the weekend boozing, then tops it off by threatening his wife or girlfriend with a firearm or other weapon, forcing police to intervene. Grow up.

To Smithburg Police Ofc. Shawn Tyler and four other men who work for the local fire service or criminal justice agencies, for winning prizes in the World Police and Fire Games, held this year in Calgary, Alberta.

To Vienna, W.Va. Mayor Chuck Milhoan, for having the guts to admit he must take a leave of absence due to clinical depression. Some would try (unwisely) to "tough it out."

To the person of persons who pushed Chambersburg resident David Dreyer's car into the Edenville Quarry. Dreyer's parents estimate it will cost them hundreds to pull the 1988 Mustang out of the quarry's depths.

To North Hagerstown High teacher George Cassutto and student Tom Dean, for the work they did to win the Ed View Award for Outstanding Use of the Internet in Education.

To Mark Hoke, president of the Frederick County Commissioners, for his plan to have firefighters haul water to parched farm fields. It didn't work out, but thinking about ways citizens can help each other is never a bad thing.

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