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July 31, 2009

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To two often underappreciated, long-time institutions, the Rohrersville Band and Hagerstown Municipal Band. For years, these community bands have provided beautiful music for all of us to enjoy. They are truly local treasures.

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To ex-Hagerstown Community College and former Williamsport High basketball player Will Taylor. Taylor was offered a basketball scholarship by Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. Good luck out West this fall, Will!

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To Hagerstown Community College grad Holly Bonenberger, an administrative assistant at the Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown. Holly won a $15,000 Community College Merit Scholarship from the University of Maryland University College to continue her education. Congratulations!

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To the Conococheague Little League 9-10 year-old All Stars. They beat East Frederick last week, 19-9, to win the state championship in their age group. Good job, champs!

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To all members of law enforcement and rescuers who handled the fatal helicopter crash last Thursday. One of our reporters was stuck in the traffic behind the crash site and she appreciated the way police drove by with a megaphone to ask drivers for their patience. They then got traffic turned around swiftly and escorted motorists the wrong way on the highway to an exit where everyone could get off for a detour. Otherwise, the drivers would have been stuck there for hours.

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To state and local government and tourism officials who worked out a plan Wednesday to keep the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center open for four days until at least Sept. 1. We understand that we all need to share in the budget cutting efforts, and we hope officials can work out an alternative plan to keep the center open permanently.

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To Hagerstown Regional Airport officials for not making a public statement about the upcoming Allegiant Air "hiatus" to alert people that the service will not be available from mid-August through the end of October. Airport officials knew of the plan to suspend service for more than a month before local media approached them about it.

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