thumbs up, thumbs down

September 01, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up!To the more than 150 volunteers who kicked off this year's Washington County United Way "Day of Caring" with a day full of fix-up, clean-up and public-service activities.

Thumbs up!To Amber Unger and Christopher Popescu, for the computer designed brochure that won them national honors in a desktop publishing contest. The James Rumsey Technical Institute students beat 116 other teams.

? ? ?To Berkeley County. W.Va. officials, who are still trying to figure out who won the May election for Circuit Court judge. If one of the candidates dies of old age, does the other one win?

Thumbs up!To students at the Washington County Technical High School, who improved their scores on the verbal portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test by a whopping 47 points over last year's scores. What's your secret?


Thumbs up!To Jeff and Chris Harper of Hagerstown, who saved several tenants from injury in a two-alarm apartment fire on Locust Street. The building's smoke alarms apparently didn't sound, so their warnings were the only ones.

Thumbs down!To New York City officials, who sent a man killed in a gas explosion at his home a letter the next day, ordering him to clean up debris from the blast. Big Apple officials apologized after relatives pointed out their error.

Thumbs up!To Washington County Commissioner Paul Swartz, for not giving up on his plan for a sales tax increase that could pay off the county's sewer debt. If you don't ask, you get nothing.

Thumbs up!To the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company, for its donation of 1963 Mack pumper to a rural Arkansas fire department. Hoffman Transport of Greencastle, Pa., will haul it there - more than 1,000 miles away - for free.

Thumbs up!

To all the teachers, students and support staff who combined to make the first week of school run as smoothly as such things can. May the rest of your year be as successful.

Thumbs up!To Greg Smith, a landlord who wants the City of Hagerstown to get tough on property owners who let their buildings fall down and their lots become overgrown with weeds. Can we clone this guy?

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