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December 12, 1997

upTo Tim Hawks of Highland Manor, whose decision to turn around on U.S. 29 after a car that had been following him disappeared saved a man whose car had gone over an embankment.

upTo West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 83, for taking more than 100 children on a Kmart holiday shopping spree on Saturday, Dec. 6. All who benefitted were nominated by schools, churches and civic groups.

upTo Hagerstown Junior College Coach Marlys Palmer, who recently notched her 300th coaching victory. Think about how many young players she's helped in her career.

downTo the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority, for its proposal to increase local government's costs for housing prisoners, even if the state arrests them. Giving this fiscally fouled-up agency more money for anything is a mistake.

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upTo the 12 volunteers who expressed interest in becoming members of the Sharpsburg ambulance company, keeping alive hopes of rejuvenating the south county group.

upTo the Hagerstown City Council, for giving Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin some help, even if it's only a part-timer. Giffin has been overloaded for so long we're surprised she could concentrate on any one task.

downTo the person or persons who killed 15 of the 23 cats owned by Robert Monninger of Smithsburg. Got a problem with roaming animals? Don't kill them; call the SPCA instead.

upTo Hagerstown City Councilman Bill Breichner, whose many years of service to the city led the mayor and council to name the new Edgemont Reservoir treatment plant after him. Thanks for your dedication, Bill.

upTo Frances Ecton, commander of Funkstown's Neighborhood Watch program for the past 11 years. May the next leader have just half the dedication that you did.

upTo Boonsboro's Don Brown, whose historical research revealed the final resting place of William Wilson, a Hagerstonian who won the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving with the Buffalo Soliders in the late 1800s.

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