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July 17, 2009

Thumbs up - During the past few weeks, the City of Hagerstown has floated ideas to markedly increase the number of trees within the city, make its streets more bicycle friendly and add trails to the North End's Mills Park. Great ideas that are environmentally friendly and enhance the quality of life. Keep 'em coming!

Thumbs up to William Bulla, a retired businessman, recipient of the United Way of Washington County's annual Jessie L. Kagle Award. The award deservedly recognized his many contributions over the years to the United Way.

Thumbs down - Another week and Pennsylvania remains without a budget for the new fiscal year. The state House of Representatives agreed Wednesday to suspend the chamber's internal rules to speed up the process, but that isn't fast enough for state workers, who started having their paychecks withheld Friday.

Thumbs up to the organizers of the Elizabethtowne Feaste and Frolic fundraiser, who raised enough money to award $2,500 scholarships to 10 students at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown. Outstanding!

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Thumbs up to Boy Scout Kyle Marshall, who supervised a massive landscaping project last weekend at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex as part of his Eagle Scout requirements. Also to the City of Hagerstown, which stepped up and provided the plants and tools for the project.

Thumbs up to Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who was named a Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Shank supported the nonprofit organization by introducing a Transparency in Lawsuits Protection Act. A job well done.

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