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November 29, 1997

To all of the volunteers who gave up their own Thanksgiving family meals to serve dinner and some companionship to the poor, the homeless and the lonely. Bless you.

To Washington County citizens who donated 7,000 pounds of food in two days, so that the annual Bags of Plenty food drive would reach its 25,000-pound goal. After a potential shortfall was publicized, many generous folks kicked in.

To the late Odello M. Leiter, a Hagerstown businessman who served his community on numerous boards and commissions. He's a good example of what a life of service means.

To Gary Branum, a University of California columnist who urged UC students to attack Chelsea Clinton, who attends Stanford, UC's football rival. Branum said his piece, which referred to a "bloody carcass," was a satire. Satire's funny; this wasn't.


To faculty, students and administration at Hancock Middle/Senior High for the work they did to win Maryland's Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence. On to the nationals!

To the Kearneysville, W.Va. couple who trapped three burglary suspects by locking them in the basement and called 911 to summon police. Most people would want burglars out of the house as quickly as possible.

To Waynesboro, Pa. property owner Harry Morningstar, for being blunt about why some storefronts there remain vacant. You can't rent it if it's not fixed up, he says.

To Jim Deaner, executive director of the Washington County Boys and Girls Club, for the work he did to win the A.D. Mangini Award. Deaner's plans for satellite clubhouses all over the city are just what Hagerstown's youths need.

To Cascade, Pleasant Valley, Sharpsburg and Williamport elementary schools, for winning part of a $200,000 grant for "substantial and sustained" improvement.

To Summit Health, parent corporation of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, for creating a special $3 million fund to provide grants for local nonprofit organizations. The idea is that health care is a job shared by many groups.

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