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October 21, 2006

Thumbs up to the 50 to 60 American government and political science students at Hagerstown Community College who took on the job of running two televised political forums and did a professional job of handling the candidates and the audience. Praise is due also to Spring Ward, an associate professor at HCC, for her help in recruiting the students and helping them organize the event.

Thumbs up to John Barr, owner of Ellsworth Electric Inc., for his donation of $200,000 to renovate a school on Hagerstown's Locust Street for the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Part of the center will be open by Nov. 1, so ABC can continue its mission of training apprentices in carpentry, electrical work, masonry and heating/ventilation/air conditioning, also known as HVAC.

Thumbs down to U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, for vacating the conviction of the late Kenneth Lay, founder of Enron, because Lay was dead and thus unable to have a full opportunity to challenge the conviction. The ruling means those seeking restitution will have to sue Lay's estate. We've heard about people cheating death, but in this case, Lay's death cheats his victims.

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Thumbs up to Williamsport's mayor and town council, for the hard work they did to put the town's finances in order. An audit report just received by the town showed that the town's net assets increased by $118,631 this fiscal year. Last year's audit showed them dropping b y $457,016. There is still work to be done, but this is progress.

Thumbs up to the Jefferson County (W.Va.) Commission, which is moving to draft a law to keep members of the county's planning commission from being removed from office by people who disagree with their decisions. Under the proposal, anyone who sued a citizen planner for that reason would have to post a cash bond to pay that person's attorney, should the case they're bringing fail in court. Go for it.

Thumbs up to all of those who worked and donated money so that the Hagerstown Aviation Museum could purchase a C-82 "Flying Boxcar" aircraft originally manufactured in Hagerstown for use in carrying troops and equipment during World War II. The C-82 planes were later used in the Berlin airlift.The plane, which has a wingspan of 106 1/2 feet, still needs a home befitting its history.

Thumbs up to students at Williamsport Elementary School, who for the third year in a row are sending holiday gift packages to the men and women serving overseas in the U.S. military. The group sent 18 packages last year and hopes to do 30 this year. If you can help, by donating money, or items such as disposable hand warmers, disposable cameras, playing cards, beef jerky, toothpaste and hard candy, call 301-766-8415 and ask for Stephanie Bard.

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