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Thumbs up, thumbs down

December 17, 1999

Thumbs up!To Richard Renner, John Barr, Tim Myers and Danny Myers, for refurbishing old kettle houses and building some new ones to shelter Washington County's Salvation Army bell ringers.

Thumbs up!To the City of Martinsburg, W.Va., for creating a package of tax credits, low-interest loans and other incentives for people to purchase and renovate historic properties in the downtown area. Sometimes a little help is all that's needed.

Thumbs up!To Regina Haerer of Hagerstown, who has spent the last five years volunteering at the Roxbury state prison complex, teaching prison inmates about the Catholic faith and the Bible.

Thumbs up!To Greg and Paula Ernst, owners of Ernst Market in Clear Spring, for hosting a free holiday dinner for hundreds of area residents for the past seven years. They say it's just their way of giving back to community.

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Thumbs up!To Kristen Tassone and 11 other students from J. Frank Faust Junior High School in Chambersburg, Pa., for putting together wooden toys for the town's Toy Mission project.

Thumbs up!To Phil Martin, retiring fire chief of Martinsburg, W.Va., for the more than 25 years' service he gave to Bedington and Martinsburg. He's looking forward to spending more time with his wife and 5-year-old granddaughters.

Thumbs up!To the Washington County School Board, whose decision to participate in a food cooperative with 11 other counties has already saved the system $20,000 so far this year.

Thumbs up!To Main Street Martinsburg, for turning the public's love of model railroading into a downtown promotion with its second annual Model Railroad Showcase Competition, with entries displayed in downtown storefronts. All aboard!

Thumbs up!To all the interested citizens now working to save the Doris Billow ice rink from foreclosure. Billow's dream - a place for Olympic hopefuls to train - shouldn't die easily.

Thumbs up!To all of the workers from utilities, banks and governments whose holiday celebrations have been curtailed by their agencies' preparations to deal with any problems related to the Y2K computer bug. Thanks for all you're doing.

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