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Thumbs up, thumbs down

November 26, 1999

Thumbs up!To coach Kristi Gee and the Williamsport High School volleyball team, who swept Allegany in three games to win the Class 1A state championship. Congratulations to the Wildcats!

Thumbs up!To the late Haven Hoffman, known as Mrs. Santa Claus, who spent more than 50 years making sure needy Washington County children and their families wouldn't go without food and a toy at Christmastime.

Thumbs down!To whoever decided it was time to allow the display of live Christmas trees in some public buildings in Maryland, 30 years after the practice was outlawed. Don't we have enough fire hazards?

Thumbs down!To the Norfolk Southern Railroad, for parking locomotives on a siding on the west side of Greencastle and leaving them running for days at a time. This siding was supposed to be for temporary stops while trains changed crews.

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Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for voting to allow some free parking downtown from now until Dec. 24. After seven months of torn-up streets, it's the least the city can do.

Thumbs down!To whichever Hagerstown city government agency is responsible for battling those pesky migratory flocks of crows, which drop their dung here, there and everywhere. Don't look now, guys, but the crows are winning.

Thumbs up!To students, faculty and administrators at Greencastle-Antrim High School, for the work they did to get their school nominated as one of 20 Pennsylvania schools in the National Blue Ribbon School competition.

Thumbs up!To Larry Middleton of Maugansville, for donating 30 gallons of blood to the Washington County Chapter of the Red Cross. Middleton, now 78, has been donating since he was 16 years old. He's also been married for 54 years.

Thumbs up!To the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waynesboro, Pa., and all the other institutions which welcomed the needy and the lonely for a Thanksgiving Day meal. It's much appreciated.

Thumbs down!To the State of Pennsylvania, which has refused to convert a vacant building at the South Mountain Restoration Center into a long-term care home for veterans. As one vet sadly noted, all the government has to do is wait them out.

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