Thumbs up to Hagerstown City Council members Penny M. Nigh and Alesia Parson-McBean, for organizing a Dec. 20 Maryland Theatre concert to help people pay their utility bills this winter. One featured performer for the 7:30 p.m. event will be William Clarence Marshall III, an opera singer who performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra this past summer during the annual Salute to Independence. Tickets are $10. To get one, call 301-739-8577, ext. 116.
Thumbs up to Charles T. "Tom" Brown, for the 33 years he spent serving with the Hagers-town Fire Department. He rose through the ranks to become the department's Senior Fire Marshal. His accomplishments include increasing the city's arson arrest and conviction rate above the national average and overseeing the standardization of hoses to ensure compatibility of equipment at fire scenes.
Thumbs up to the police, prosecutors and expert witnesses who helped convict Floyd Bing-aman III of Hagerstown of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 4-month-old infant in January. Dr. Alan Walker, a specialist in "shaken baby syndrome" at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, called the child's injuries the worst he had seen in 30 years. Give this guy the maximum.