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Thumbs up, thumbs down

September 11, 2009

Thumbs up to the leaders of the City of Hagerstown for moving forward on Hagerstown Advance, the city's comprehensive marketing and economic development plan. The effort is scheduled to launch this month.

Thumbs down to the previous Hagerstown City Council for awarding a $58,000 no-bid contract to four local businesses to market the city through Hagerstown Advance. The project should have been put out for bid to get the most competitive price. Current councilwoman Ashley C. Haywood was right to question the action at a meeting last month.

Thumbs up to the members of the Waynesboro- and Chambersburg-based Pennsylvania National Guard Stryker Brigade who returned last weekend from extensive stays in Iraq. Thank you a hundred times over for your service and dedication to your country.

Thumbs up to the Greencastle (Pa.) Borough Council and the anonymous donor, which approved and paid for the K-9 in Greencastle. Rony, the 1-year-old German shepherd, sniffed out a large amount of drugs during a raid last week, helping keep it off the streets.

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Thumbs up to Lynn Shaw for his 25 years of dedication to the Smithsburg Library. Shaw, the library's board and the community were the driving forces behind the town's beautiful new facility.

Thumbs up to the Rouzerville (Pa.) Lions Club for organizing and sponsoring an Oct. 10 fundraiser for Waynesboro, Pa., teen Cameron Beckner, 13, who suffered a stroke during a middle school track meet this spring.

Thumbs up to the First Hose Co. and Boonsboro Station 6 and Rohrersville Substation 8 who sponsored a Remembrance Parade Friday in memory of the fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. We must never forgot those brave Americans who lost their lives on that day.

Thumbs up to the organizers of last Saturday's Hot Monkey BIG Chili Cook-off in Shepherdstown, W.Va. In addition to having a very catchy name, the event raised more than $5,000 to help in the effort to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Thumbs up to Hagerstown's Simone Grove for giving it her all and nearly making the next season of TV show, "America's Next Top Model." She auditioned for the third time against thousands of other models for the highly-competitive show and flew to Los Angeles, where she was part of the top 30. She's proof that perseverance pays off. Good luck in the future, Simone.

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