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thumbs up, thumbs down - 11/24/01

November 27, 2001

Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/24



Thumbs up!To the volunteers and participating houses of worship that run the REACH Cold Weather Shelter, to keep Hagerstown's homeless from freezing to death and refer them to agencies which can help.

Thumbs up!

To the dietary staff of Hagerstown's Avalon Manor Nursing Home and the volunteers who prepared and delivered 125 Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Alexander House and Holly Place. Sharing and helping others is what it's all about.

Thumbs down!To Arkansas State, for firing football coach Joe Hollis on Thanksgiving, during the last quarter of its final game of the season. Hollis, 54, has prostate cancer and is due to be operated on next month.

Thumbs down!

To Superior Court Judge Allen van Gestel, for reinstating Argenbright Security at Boston's Logan Airport. In 2000 the firm paid a $1 million fine after pleading guilty to violating federal security rules, including hiring convicted felons.

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? ? ?To Hagerstown Councilwoman Penny Nigh, who, after being told she needed a $15 permit for her home alarm system, said such fees are wrong. Is it wrong to compensate the city for responding to false alarms?

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To two Belton, Missouri men who allegedly handed out business cards, complete with phone number, to advertise their marijuana sales business. Could these fellows have possibly been dipping into the company's inventory?

Thumbs up!To the Washington County school system, which successfully increased the number of students signed up for free and reduced-price lunches. The increase makes the system eligible for other grants.

Thumbs up!

To the 23 students from Broadfording Christian Academy who painted storefront windows at the Long Meadow Shopping Center to help the Marine Corps Reserve's Bulldog Detachment get ready for the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

Thumbs up!To Habitat for Humanity and 18 Hagerstown area churches who helped build a new home for a woman and her three children at the corner of Fridinger Avenue and Security Road. Thanks.

Thumbs up!

To Hagerstown's Union Rescue Mission and Grace United Methodist and Williamsport United Methodist churches, which, with volunteers' help, fed hundreds of hungry people the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.

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