Thumbs up, thumbs down

August 21, 2009

Thumbs up to Pennsylvania state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, who announced that he will go without a paycheck until the state passes its 2009-10 budget. Good to see a state legislator taking a stand when agencies are suffering because of the budget impasse.

Thumbs down to Pennsylvania lawmakers, who still have not passed a budget for 2009-10. Officials in Franklin County said this week they could run out of money to pay for human services by late September if the state does not reach a budget compromise. How much more can these agencies take?

Thumbs up to conductor Lynn Lerew, recognized by the City of Hagerstown last Sunday for leading the Hagerstown Municipal Band for the past 35 years. Thanks for your dedication to this musical treasure.


Thumbs up -- Happy Anniversary to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, marking its 160th year. The church, on Md. 68 near Lappans Crossroads, recognized the milestone in part by having an Endless Summer Festival at which school supplies were given away. Leftover supplies from the event were to be donated to several area schools. A good deed, indeed.


Thumbs down -- From the silver spoon file: To Maryland Del. Jon S. Cardin, D-Baltimore County, who on Aug. 7 used Baltimore City Police Department officers from the marine and helicopter units to stage a fake raid during which the lawmaker proposed marriage to his girlfriend. Cardin said he would reimburse the city for the stunt. Boy, what a sense of political entitlement, not to mention poor judgment.


Thumbs up -- Congratulations to Allison Moore, the new president of the Maryland FFA. Allison is a sophomore at Frostburg (Md.) State University and a graduate of Clear Spring High School.


Thumbs up -- Many happy returns to Bill and Anne Blair of Williamsport, who turned their June wedding reception into a fundraiser that resulted in a $3,000 donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Thumbs up to the motorcyclists who participated last Saturday in Bike Night in Martinsburg, W.Va. The annual event, which this year featured actor Erik Estrada of "CHiPS" fame, raises between $8,000 and $10,000 annually for Hospice of the Panhandle.

Thumbs up to Washington County Women Build, a group of local women banding together to build a house for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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