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November 21, 1997

To the 50 children from the Chambersburg-area Child Care Connection, who helped decorate 200 teddy bears for police to give to children involved in accidents or stressful situations.

To Doctors Albert and Lorraine Kligman, for giving Penn State's Mont Alto campus $500,000 to create a scholarship fund to repay the school where Albert Kligman, the dermatologist who invented Retin-A cream, got his start.

To the four Washington County Commissioners who belatedly realized that a medical waste treatment plant is not the sort of new industry this area needs. That desperate we're not.

To Vickie Coulter, an Ohio woman who pleaded guilty to attacking her niece's husband after his release for prison from molesting a 7-year-old girl. Vigilanteeism is wrong, but bless her for not trying to weasel out of the charges.


To Phoenix Color, for donating $18,000 for one-year funding for Transitional House, a Virgina Avenue shelter for Hagerstown families trying to get on back their feet. Thanks.

To the Maryland General Assembly's Data Systems Advisory committee, for agreeing to put lawmakers' votes on the Internet, despite some members' misgivings that complicated procedural votes would be misunderstood.

To Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare, for proposing regulations that would increase day-care costs for the working poor. This is the wrong place to attempt economy.

To whoever decided back in 1994 that chemical toilet and septic waste wouldn't be sent to Washington County's Conococheague pre-treatment plant. Officials say the stuff is damaging the conventional plants it's going to now.

To Hagerstown officials saying it's time for a look at revamping the Downtown Assessment District. Underfunded from the start, DAD needs a pick-me-up of some sort.

To the parents of Charas H. Heurich, who attended an academic awards ceremony two days after the Smithsburg student's death to emphasize that parents and children should cherish every moment they have together.

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