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Thumbs up, thumbs down

September 18, 1998

Thumbs upTo the City of Hagerstown, for cutting weeds and grass at the old National Guard Armory and billing the state $637 for the work. It's just the medicine we recommended.

Thumbs upTo the Rev. Jan Dorsey of the Downsville Church of the Brethren, who, along with a group of volunteers, has taken on the task of repairing stone fences on Dam No. 4 Road that have been standing since before the Civil War.

Thumbs upTo all the paid and volunteer personnel who helped ensure that this past Tuesday's Maryland primary election was conducted properly and the results reported promptly. Thanks.

Thumbs upTo a coalition of property owners, retail business operators and Martinsburg. W.Va. officials who joined together in an effort to spruce up that city's downtown. As one property owner said, sprucing up is contagious.

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Thumbs downTo federal officials cutting funds for the Jefferson County TeleCenter because not enough people are using it. Never mind that telecommuting is cheaper than widening I-81.

Thumbs upTo the friends and family of Richard Kaufman, a sight-impaired Funkstown sixth grader who's fulfilling his dream of attending Space Camp, a facility that allows youngsters to train like astronauts.

Thumbs upTo passing motorists who pulled a 74-year-old Cheverly, Md. man out of his burning car after he apparently fell alseep at the wheel and ran off Interestate 70. Thanks, folks.

Thumbs upTo the faculty, administration and students at Shippensburg University, recently ranked as one of the nation's top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

Question markTo former Hagerstown Mayor Steve Sager, who spoke at Waynesboro's "Save the Square" rally. Flash to Hizzoner: Unlike us, they want to leave their square alone.

Thumbs upTo Errict Rhett, star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, for agreeing to appear at the kickoff of Citicorp's United Way campaign. It's nice to know that some pro athletes appreciate what charitable groups do.

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