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Thumbs up, thumbs down

June 02, 2000

Thumbs Up!To Kevin Roberts, the Washington County 14-year-old who made it to Round 6 of the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. The Knoxville youth and his family should be proud.

Thumbs Up!The Joint Veterans Council of Washington County, the International Masonry Council and all who helped create a wall honoring veterans at the Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway. It's one more reminder of their great sacrifices.

Thumbs Up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for their decision to save six Bradford pear trees on Hagerstown's Public Square. The public spoke and the council listened, which is good.

Thumbs Down!To the Hagerstown Planning Commission, for deciding that no one could say anything they hadn't said before in a hearing held because the tapes of a previous session were somehow erased. Writing it makes it sound even more bizarre.

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Thumbs Up!To the sponsors, organizers and performers whose combined talents have turned the Western Maryland Blues Fest into one of the most enjoyable events held all year in Hagerstown.

Thumbs Up!To Will Stuller, a 17-year-old Hedgesville youth whose Eagle Scout project resulted in the successful renovation of the Little Georgetown Cemetery, site of about 75 graves. Stuller wants to go into the Air Force, then study medicine.

Thumbs Up!To the Smithsburg High School girls' track team, for winning a record fifth straight Class 1A championship. That's quite a feat for a team that wasn't expected to win again this year.

Thumbs Up!To the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for suing to uncover what the city government did to persuade a former policeman who'd been tried and acquitted of homicide to retire. If public money was used, the public should know.

Thumbs Up!To officials of Salem Township in Westmoreland County, Pa., for their innovative proposal to control strip clubs; strippers who perform at the club must first obtain a city license to strip.

Thumbs Up!To the Washington County Redmen's Tribe No. 84, for their donation of $40,000 for construction of a picnic pavilion at the county's Agricultural Education Center, located on the Sharpsburg Pike. Thanks for this fine gift.

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