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July 26, 2008

Thumbs up to Prudential Schultz Realty and the American Legion post in Charles Town W.Va., for their sponsorship of Mountaineer Pride, an organization dedicated to the care of service families and soldiers being deployed to Iraq, including the 28 members of the West Virginia National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing, some of whom leave today to train at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base.




Thumbs up to all of the sponsors, exhibitors and adult mentors who made Washington County's 2008 Ag Expo and Fair a success. This annual event is a chance for the members of 4-H and the farming community to meet the public. The event also reminds local residents that the beautiful farm fields many enjoy are preserved because farmers choose to do the hard work that many in the county never see them do.




Thumbs down to Carroll County Circuit Judge Thomas F. Stansfield, for agreeing to a plea deal that will give former Washington County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Ricki Lynn Hemphill and his mother, former county liquor board Administrator Constance Joan Rooke, clean records if $14,000 they are accused of stealing from the liquor board is repaid.

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Thumbs down to the Bush administration, which The Associated Press reports caved in to the food industry's requests to limit the records firms would have to keep to help investigators track food-borne illnesses. AP says the White House also killed a proposal to have companies maintain an electronic tracking system. Since April, a salmonella outbreak, the source of which hasn't been found, has sickened 1,300 Americans.




Thumbs up to Scoti Dodson, a Boonsboro High School senior and student member of the Washington County School Board , for advocating that student representatives on the board have a vote that counts. Some say that student representatives don't have the maturity or the knowledge to cast votes, but over the years we've also observed some adult members of the School Board whose votes and statements have not impressed us.




Thumbs up to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, for its continuing support of the Inwood, W.Va., Farmers Market on W.Va. 51 in southern Berkeley County. Begun in the 1960s to help smaller fruit growers with packing, the market has grown into a retail center where a variety of items grown or prepared in the state are available. What a great way to help local agriculture.




Thumbs up to Bruce Dreisbach, director of the Main Street program in Waynesboro, Pa., for his innovative plan to recruit new tenants for downtown storefronts. Instead of looking for first-time business owners or chains to locate there, Dreisbach is targeting businesses already established in the region and trying to convince them to either move to Waynesboro or set up a separate location there. It just might work.

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