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October 22, 2005

Thumbs up to Harry Mills of Clear Spring, for the dedication to youth sports that led to him being named one of "Maryland's Most Beautiful People." His own baseball career cut short by arthritis, Mills has spent 50 years helping young people learn to play the game the right way.

Thumbs up to the Washington County Commissioners, for voting to increase the value of discount certificates given to people who need to have their pets spayed or neutered. If all would agree to do this, the county's animal-control costs would plummet.

Thumbs up to the Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council, for its vote in favor of a plan that will redo the borough's center square without a net loss of parking spaces. It took eight years to agree on a design, but a town's square is its heart and it should be done right.

Thumbs up to Brother Kenneth Hoagland, principal of Kellenberg Memorial High School in New York, for canceling the school's senior prom after parents spent $10,000 to rent a "party house." Hoagland called the prom trappings "financial decadence."

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Thumbs up to the 200 people who participated in Hagerstown's 12th annual Memory Walk, raising more than $25,000 for Alzheimer's disease and to rebuild Alzheimer's Association buildings destroyed during recent hurricanes.

Thumbs down to all of those who are saying that opposition to the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court is due to the fact she is a woman. It's due to the fact that she's never spent a day of her life on the bench in any court.

Thumbs up to Ken Berry, a certified orthopedic physician's assistant in Washington County who is volunteering six months of his life to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail - 2,170 miles - to raise money for the Community Free Clinic.

Thumbs up to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, for saying that the state ought to be able to provide affordable health care to all its citizens. If Manchin can accomplish this, he'll win national acclaim and will deserve every moment he gets in the spotlight.

Thumbs up to James O. Carter Jr., for the hard work he did to win honors as the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co.'s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service Provider of the Year. He was one of many honored by the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Chamber of Commerce.

Thumbs up to the late Nellie and Emmett Lake Lytton, who left almost $200,000 to the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association, which has a tradition of awarding three $1,000 scholarships to deserving students each year.

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