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thumbs up, thumbs down 12/30/00

December 29, 2000

Thumbs up, thumbs down 12/30



Thumbs up!To Hagerstown restaurateur Nick Giannaris and all who help him put on the Christmas dinners he's been serving free to the needy and the lonely since 1986. Bless you kind people.

Thumbs up!

To Wayne Nicarry, of Chambersburg, Pa., for donating $100,000 to build a courtyard for the residents of the Penn Hall Nursing Center. The gift, in memory of his late wife, Frances, will let residents sit and look at Reflection Lake.

Thumbs down!To President Clinton, for lifting the ban on lobbying by ex-government employees just as he's about to become one himself. If this guy's looking for a legacy, this isn't going to help.

Thumbs down!To Donna Shalala, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for refusing to implement a bill that would have allowed Americans to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. And your plan, Madame Secretary?

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? ? ?To the person or persons who stole a time capsule buried in 1976 near the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts by a Community Action Council youth group. It wasn't filled with gold, so why?

Thumbs up!To Washington County's eighth grade math students and their teachers, whose hard work won top honors statewide in the last edition of the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program. This is a big step forward.

Thumbs up!

To the late John Fignar Jr., who supervised the Washington County schools' music program for 30 years, starting, among other things, the annual Showcase of Bands program.

Thumbs up!To Rebecca Stoke, supervisor of transportation for the Jefferson County, W.Va., schools, for the work she did to win the Professional Growth Award at a National Association for Pupil Transportation meeting. Congratulations.

Thumbs up!To the West Virginia University Mountaineers football team, for giving coach Don Nehlen a retirement gift with his first bowl win since the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Thumbs up!To 60 members of the Maryland State Highway Administration's Washington County crew, who collected more than 1,000 canned goods and non-perishable food items, for distribution by the Salvation Army.

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