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Thumbs up, thumbs down

January 15, 1999

Thumbs up!To all of the road crews, fire/rescue workers and police who've worked long hours to keep Tri-state area residents safe during the recent ice storms. We're very grateful.

Thumbs up!To Dennis Clopper, a Franklin County Emergency Services dispatcher, who kept an elderly Waynesboro Pa. woman who called 911 from panicking when her house caught fire after an electric heater malfunctioned. Thanks.

???To whoever decided it was time for the new Washington County Commissioners to consider a pay raise for themselves, after less than six weeks in office. From a p.r. standpoint, it's a puzzling move.

Thumbs up!To Maryland State Police Lt. Bruce Smith, the Hagerstown unit's commander, who'll dive into the icy Chesapeake Bay today at 2 p.m. to raise money for Special Olympics. Last year, the event drew 700 and raised $150,000 in pledges.

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Thumbs up!To Kenneth J. Mackley, a Hagerstown lawyer retiring after 50 years of practice. The former school board member always spoke his mind, and always for the good of the community.

Thumbs up!To the parents of 14-month-old Emily Stevens of Keedysville, who died on Christmas Day. Their agreement to donate her organs gave three other children a chance for a better life, for which their parents will forever be grateful.

Thumbs up!To West Virginia state Sen. Bill Wooton, for his proposal to ban video poker machines. It'll never happen, but it's a first step toward taxing winnings often paid under the table to players.

Thumbs up!To Rick Barnes, Steve Schultz, Mike Johnson and Denny Whittington, of Community Rescue Service, for the rescue of three boaters from the flooded Antietam Creek, a heroic effort that won them their agency's medal of valor.

Thumbs up!To the 18 teams that played in last Saturday's volleyball tourney at the Waynesboro YMCA, to benefit Rusty Dozer, stricken with leukemia last March. Thanks, folks.

Thumbs up!To Washington County School Superintendent Herman Bartlett Jr., for wisely realizing that the community wouldn't support the school system's proposal for an outside firm's paid marketing effort at this time.

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