Thumbs up, thumbs down for June 20

June 19, 2009

Thumbs up to Baltimore Orioles players Luke Scott and Brad Bergesen for coming to Hagerstown on an off-day and speaking at the Hagerstown Area Church League's annual banquet. Days off are hard to come by for big leaguers and they shared their evening and their faith with local fans.

Thumbs up to Washington County Public Schools on the completion of the butterfly sculpture program in downtown Hagerstown. Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, headed up the program, which has raised money for the school system's new arts school and brought people downtown.

Thumbs down to whomever is responsible - the railroad, the city or both - for the terrible condition of the railroad crossings next to the old Park Circle restaurant near City Park in Hagerstown. It doesn't make sense to have such a terrible patch of road next to one of Hagerstown's top recreational destinations. Fix it!


Thumbs up to the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors for listening to overwhelming public dislike of a proposed riparian buffer ordinance and voting against it.

Thumbs up to Rick Aleshire, girls soccer coach at North Hagerstown High School. Rick was named 2008 Maryland small schools Girls Soccer Coach of the Year by a national coaches association. Congratulations!

Thumbs up to the board of directors at Hagerstown's Discovery Station. With the opening of a new weather center, Discovery Station continues to add exhibits and enhance its reputation as a blossoming tourist destination and learning center.

Thumbs up to James E. McClanathan of Smithsburg High School, who won a $10,000 scholarship from Northrop Grumman Corp. as part of the company's engineering scholarship program. Way to go, James!

Thumbs up to the girls softball teams at Greencastle-Antrim, Waynesboro (Pa.) and Chambersburg (Pa.) high schools. The three teams were the best in the competitive Mid-Penn Conference this spring and went on to postseason success as well. Greencastle-Antrim capped off the banner season by winning the Pennsylvania Class AAA girls softball championship last week in a 1-0 thriller.

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