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Thumbs up, thumbs down

May 28, 1999

Thumbs up!To Maryland State Trooper Michael Kretzer, of the Hagerstown barracks, for the hard work and dedication that won him Maryland Trooper of the Year honors.

Thumbs up!To Nettie Anderson-Simmons, for her decision to adopt six children five years ago, to keep two sets of siblings from being separated. Her kind, caring attitude won her Hagerstown Community College's Clopper Memorial award.

Thumbs down!To Herald-Mail editor Bob Maginnis, for leaving the "t" out of Karen Johnston's name, in a May 22 item honoring her for seeking national teacher certification. Accept our apologies, please.

Thumbs down!To all those residents of Charles Town, W.Va. who voted against the new police levy. Unless the Lone Ranger and Tonto rides into town, we don't foresee any free law enforcement being provided to the municipality anytime soon.

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Thumbs up!To Charles and Ima Wise of Boonsboro, who recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. The local couple worked a farm together for almost 60 years.

Thumbs up!To the employees of Garden State Tanning in Williamsport, who recently won a Superior Supplier Award from Toyota, to which it supplies leather for car seats. The firm celebrated by throwing a picnic for workers and their families.

Thumbs up!To West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood, for his pledge of $5 million to upgrade senior citizen centers throughout the state. When done, he says, they'll provide much more than meals.

Thumbs down!To those Washington County high school seniors who still haven't completed their required 75 hours of community service. We predict somebody's parents will help junior avoid a penalty by filing a lawsuit.

Thumbs up!To the promoters of Discover Station, an interactive children's museum for downtown Hagerstown, for moving ahead with their plans to create a new attraction there.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County Commissioners, for their proposal to increase usage of the Conococheague pretreatment plant with a revolving loan fund. The plant may break even in 2000 for the first time in five years.

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