Thumbs up, thumbs down

April 10, 1998

thumb upTo Louis LaSorsa, chairman and CEO of Phoenix Color Corp., for agreeing to build a new book-manufacturing complex in Washington County. Thanks for choosing us.

thumb upTo Winston Blenckstone, owner of the Hagerstown Suns, for agreeing to keep the minor league baseball team in town for one more year while local officials explore ways to help fund a new and modern stadium.

thumb downTo the nation's tobacco companies, which are trying to pull out of a deal they agreed to last summer to curb youth smoking. Holding out will not get you a better deal, guys.

thumb upTo Bob Thomas, Chambersburg High baseball coach, who's agreed to continue doing that job even though Pennsylvania rules prohibit retired teachers from being paid to coach. After 37 years of teaching, his kids still come first.


thumb upTo the 85 Washington County high school and college students who won Career Technology Excellence Awards. Stephany Chase, a Frostburg graduate, won for the second time!

thumb upTo all the parents and businesspeople who volunteered to work on a strategic plan to correct problems found in Washington County's recent curriculum audit. Considering how big the job is, the October deadline will be tough to hit.

thumb downTo anyone who assumes that the dismissal of Paula Jones' lawsuit is a signal that it's okay to let your hormones determine your behavior: Not unless you're a dog of the four-legged variety.

thumb upTo John Spessard of Williamsport, who's been monitoring CB emergency Channel 9 for Washington County's REACT unit since 1981. Last year, Spessard answered more than 700 calls for assistance.

thumb upTo Civil War artifact collector Richard Abel, for loaning his collection of relics to the Monocacy National Battlefield visitors' center. Thanks for sharing those pieces of history.

upTo Potomac Farms Nursery, the Berk-Mar Garden Club and second graders from Berkeley Heights Elementary, for the garden they created as a memorial to Jessica Newell, found slain last September. It's a lovely tribute.

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