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Thumbs up, thumbs down

April 02, 1999

Thumbs up!To Jeanne E. House, who made Jeannie's Restaurant a Williamsport landmark and gathering place for the past 53 years. We'll miss your smile and your fried chicken, too.

Thumbs up!To the Maryland general Assembly, for providing $1.4 million in state grants for a new Hagerstown YMCA building and new downtown health clinic run downtown by the Washington County Hospital.

Thumbs up!To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, for putting $120,000 in planning money for a University of Maryland campus in Washington County in his supplemental budget. Thanks so much.

? ? ?To Maryland Delegates Robert McKee and Christopher Shank, two Washington County Republicans who voted in favor of the governor's collective bargaining bill, but not his tobacco-tax proposal. Why one and not the other?

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Thumbs down!To Marine Capt. Joseph Schweitzer, for destroying a videotape he made during a flight in which the jet he was flying cut an Italian gondola cable, killing 20 last February.

Thumbs up!To the friends and neighbors of Richard Hess, for reacting quickly when fire damaged his woodworking shop in New Franklin, Pa. Two dozen folks worked to remove the damaged shop roof before the fire companies even left the scene!

Thumbs up!To four students from Hagerstown's St. Maria Goretti High School who combined to win the Washington County Academic Team Championship. Brain power rules!

Thumbs up!To 12 teachers from Hagerstown's Northern Middle School who worked to win a $2,000 prize for a program they developed to promote peace in the school and the surrounding community. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Thumbs up!To the three U.S. soldiers now held captive by the Serbian troops, for their courage in enduring captivity by a group that's demonstrated little respect for human rights.

Thumbs up!To Berkeley County, W.Va., for its plan to expand local recycling efforts by opening its Grapevine Road Recycling Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. The more that's recycled, the less that must must be buried.

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