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January 09, 1998

To the Jefferson County, W.Va. Development Authority, for deeding the historic Peter Burr House and 7.5 acres to a group which will restore and preserve this 1750s farmhouse.

To Hancock Middle-Senior High School's faculty, students and administration, for the work they did to win recognition as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Here's hoping they win national honors as well.

To Heidi Drury, a member of Clear Spring's Future Farmers of America, who tied for top national honors for her work on developing a new breakfast cereal at a Kansas City competition.

To Michael Griffith, outgoing manager of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, who took the rink from a $19,000 monthly deficit situation in September to a $10,000 monthly profit in December. This guy will be missed.

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To Washington County Hospital, for being named one of 101 top hospitals in the U.S. in terms of cost-efficient and quality care in an annual survey of acute medical care facilities.

To the unnamed state official who accepted the loan of a $5,000 computer from the Washington County Mental Health Authority, an agency whose use of grant money the official was responsible for overseeing. A bit of a conflict, we'd say.

To everyone who has jumped to the conclusion, in the absence of scientific confirmation, that farm run-off is responsible for the pfiesteria outbreak. Let's hear some evidence.

To U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., whose Far East Trade mission yielded an agreement with a Taiwanese company to expand in Greenbrier County and bring in 200 new jobs, paying $5 to $15 per hour. Good job, Jay!

To whoever talked former TV news legend David Brinkley into becoming a spokesman for Archer Daniels Midland. What a sad end to a distinguished career.

To the Washington County school board, for agreeing to allow its new superintendent, Dr. Herman Bartlett, to meet informally with county government officials. The more communication between the two agencies, the better it will be.

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