To the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, for its pledge to raise $500,000 toward the new University of Maryland campus, no matter which site is chosen.
To all the residents of the Brightwood Acres area whose determination convinced a developer to abandon plans to cram 230 dwellings onto a 36.7-acre tract on Hagerstown's Mt. Aetna Road. Involvement does pay off.
To Lockheed Martin Astronautics, which acknowledged this week that its failure to convert English measurement units to metric ones may have doomed the $125 million Martian probe.
To officials at Keystone Oaks High School near Pittsburgh who tried to assess students a $25-a-year fee to use special "honors" bathrooms, where visitors would pledge not to smoke or vandalize the facilities, leaving poorer kids to use old, crummy bathrooms.