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November 06, 1999

Thumbs up!To Martinsburg, W. Va. police officers Terry Stanely and Leslie Witt, who entered a burning home without breathing apparatus to rescue two children trapped on the second floor.

Thumbs up!To David Scott Reed, a Hancock High School sophomore and other Boy Scouts from Troop 15 who are restoring a cemetery at Needmore, Pa. where vandals toppled more than 50 headstones this past summer. This is a good deed!

Thumbs up!To neighbors on Hagerstown's Main Avenue who assisted the Washington County Narcotics Task Force in helping track down suspected drug dealers after a three-week investigation.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown's William H. McLean for devoting a lifetime of service to the developmentally disabled, helping to ensure that they would have opportunities to be educated, get good jobs and not be discriminated against.

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Thumbs up!To Robert and Ester Grove who purchased and restored the fountain which stood in the town square of Mercersburg, Pa. They've now donated it and a building lot back to the town.

Thumbs down!To the faction of the Sharpsburg American Legion which advocates keeping $2,400 in funds from Memorial Day Parade advertising proceeds to pay the post's bills. We're sorry the post is in financial straits, but this isn't the way out.

Thumbs up!To the volunteers of REACH, Washington County's cold-weather shelter which opened for the season Oct. 31. These folks keep the less fortunate from freezing to death.

Thumbs up!To Mary Fiery and 16 other donors who raised nearly $24,000 during the Clear Spring Garden Club's drive to purchase 24 antique-type memorial streetlights for the town. Dairy Queen's own John Clopper bought 10 lights all by himself.

Thumbs down!To Maryland Republicans who for years told state Sen. Robert Neall he wasn't conservative enough, and who are now surprised he's thinking of switching parties.

Thumbs up!To Donna Pile, a teacher from Washington County's Alternative School, who's leading a group of students there in a project to interview former members of the armed forces in honor of their service, and to teach the meaning of Veterans Day.

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