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November 24, 2000

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Thumbs up!

To the Smithsburg Leopards volleyball team, for winning its second Maryland Class 1A title in the past three years. The team won 51 of the 57 games that it played this season!

Thumbs up!

To Millie Fiery, an 86-year-old Hagerstown resident who has been volunteering at the Western Maryland Hospital Center for the past 43 years. She helped found the hospital's auxiliary and has given more than 30,000 volunteer hours there.

Thumbs up!

To Winston Blenckstone and the Hagerstown Suns baseball team, who have politely and patiently endured one setback after another in the off-again, on-again quest for a new stadium.

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To Hagerstown and Washington County officials, who've worked out a plan for joint sewer service that will net each government $1.5 million over 10 years. Years of hard work and negotiation produced this historic agreement.

Thumbs up!

To the City of Hagerstown, which is providing free parking downtown for those who'd like to do some holiday shopping to support those merchants who've kept retailing viable there.

Thumbs up!

To officials of county election boards in Florida who've spent longer hours than anyone ever expected on this election, and who've done their best, under close scrutiny, to resolve the question of who will be the next president.

Thumbs up!

To all the volunteers in the Tri-State Area who spent time away from their families this Thanksgiving holiday to provide meals to the needy, the aged and the lonely. Thank you.

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To the Wilson Ruritan, for providing a free breakfast to more than 160 veterans of the armed forces on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at an event in which 515 total meals were served. Thanks for remembering our veterans.

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To Vivian Hicks, Wilda Gift and 20-some members of their family who prepared a Thanksgiving meal for 45 homeless people at Hagerstown's First Christian Church.

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To Hagerstown and Washington County officials who've realized the State of Maryland won't build a Funkstown bypass and have thus formed a committee to explore how to do it with local funds. Contributions will no doubt be welcome.

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