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December 29, 2007

Thumbs up to the late Christopher Shane Nicholson, who overcame a heart defect and chronic asthma to become an officer with the Smithsburg Police Department. He had been with the department for a little more than a year when he was killed. His death reminds us that even in a small town, the officers charged with protecting the public put themselves at risk every time they don their uniforms for a duty shift. Those he served should never forget the sacrifice he made.

Thumbs up to Adna Fulton and the employees of AC&T for raising $35,000 during the recent Step 'n' Stride event to fund the programs run by Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley Inc. That agency helps with free early-detection and after-diagnosis programs for local individuals. Without such services, some whose cancer could be caught early might not survive. Thanks to all who participated.

Thumbs up to Boonsboro town officials and the members of the town's Recycling Task Force, for returning a recycling bin for use by residents of the town and nearby areas. A recycling bin at a previous location was removed after it became a dumping ground. The new one, at the intersection of Md. 67 and South Main Street, should serve the area's needs.

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Thumbs up to West Virginia Del. Larry Williams, D-Preston, for his proposal to lure teachers to areas of critical need by exempting them from state income taxes. Preston said the bill hasn't been written yet, but he said he will include a three- to five-year time commitment to stabilize the teaching force. It's worth some debate.

Thumbs up to Fahima Vorgetts, owner of the Valley Caravan Gallery in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., for donating the profits from her shop to help women and children in war-torn Afghanistan. A native of that country, she said she returns three times a year to visit rural communities and help those there rebuild their lives. With U.S. troops fighting there, Afghan relief is something Americans should embrace.

Thumbs up to Sheetz Inc., for its donation of an old convenience store and the land on which it sits to the Salvation Army of Franklin Colunty, Pa. The property, at the corner of Lincoln Way West and Franklin Street, is adjacent to the Salvation Army's Chambersburg headquarters and moving its thrift store there will save the organization about $20,000 a year. Thanks, Sheetz, for helping this community group.

Thumbs up to everyone who stepped up to help when a thief stole Tony Faison's wheelchair from the Wal-Mart Supercenter at the Centre at Hagerstown. The costly, custom-made chair was recovered on the grounds of Concordia Lutheran Church, but not before Wal-Mart had pledged to replace it and Crystal Anderson, of Podiatry Associates of Hagerstown, had started a fund to replace Faison's chair. Thanks to all for your kindness.

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