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thumbs up, thumbs down 12/16/00

December 15, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 12/16



Thumbs up!

To the Boonsboro Elementary School PTA, for holding a holiday clothing drive each year to benefit families throughout the area, helping the needy and teaching kids about charity as well.

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To Marc Silverman, a developer proposing a new $12 million office building for downtown, for agreeing to look at whether he can save the facades of three buildings he originally said would need to be torn down. Some other folks would have just walked away.

Thumbs up!To the Hagerstown City Council, for considering making it a goal to deal with rundown buildings within the city. For too long, city administrations have been too timid to insist on up-to-code properties.

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To the CSX railroad, for agreeing to a deal that would allow the National Park Service to take over and renovate a 107-year-old historic train station in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., a site called "endangered" by preservationists in 1999.

Thumbs up!To the late Max Krumpe, for providing sweet treats in Hagerstown for 50 years. It was (and will continue to be) an adventure to visit the Maryland Avenue shop late at night for fresh doughnuts.

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To J. Herbert Hardin, Washington County School Board president, for his proposal for a committee system that would allow members to split up the task of reading a tremendous amount of paperwork. Sharing the load makes sense.

Thumbs up!To Hagerstown Planning Commission members, for having the courage to oppose the city administration's proposal to place Wal-Mart Superstore on Edgewood Drive. Rubber stamps they're not.

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To the Clear Spring Chapter of Future Farmers of America, which excelled in five contests held this year at the national FFA convention in Louisville, Ky. With dedicated students like these, it seems farming has a fighting chance after all.

Thumbs up!To the Marine Corps League, Bulldog Detachment, for running the corps' annual Toys for Tots campaign in Hagerstown. To donate, call commandant Bob Glausier at (301) 432-5289.

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To all who participated in the "Coats for Kids 2000 Campaign" in Chambersburg, Pa. More than 1,000 coats were provided by donors and were collected by Seller Funeral Home, Gabler Trucking and volunteer driver Bob Erickson.

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