Thumbs up, thumbs down

December 05, 1997

upTo Mary House, a 90-year-old Hagerstown woman who volunteers several times a week at the Commission on Aging. Helping others makes her happy, she says.

upTo Hagerstown radio personality Lou Scally, for having the presence of mind to alert friends of Mrs. Juanita Queen, when the "Phone Party" regular didn't call in Dec. 1. The 94-year-old, now okay, had fallen and couldn't arise.

downTo Washington County, a community that spends $60 million-plus on tip jars, but has trouble finding $1.5 million to fund the annual United Way campaign. Try harder.

upTo Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for putting together the "Smart Growth" plan that will make low-cost mortgage money available in older areas of Hagerstown. This is an opportunity the city must capitalize on.


upTo the late Randy Hinkle, a firefighter for the City of Hagerstown for 24 years, who oversaw renovation of the Antietam Fire Company's hall despite a battle with cancer. He'll be missed.

upTo Jefferson County, W.Va. school officials, who said a 10- acre parcel that two local men have offered free for a new high school is too small, by about 40 acres. We're talking about a high school, not a municipal airport!

upTo Maryland House Speaker Cas Taylor, for advising that Maryland put back some of its unexpected surplus for a rainy day. The temptations to spend the cash will be great.

upTo the Hagerstown branch of Goodwill Industries, for its willingness to consider operating a grocery store in downtown Hagerstown, to give residents more shopping options and provide training opportunities for their clients.

???To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for his proposal to drug-test 25,000 probationers twice a week. Who'll run this, how much will it cost and what will happen to those who fail?

upTo Norman Epstein, president of Summit Health, for the work that won him the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year award. Summit gave $9.5 million in free care and public service in '97.

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