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September 18, 2009

Thumbs up to Hagerstown Police Department Lt. Margaret A. Kline, who was named the Hagerstown Business and Professional Women's Club's 2009 Woman of the Year. The BPW cited Kline's career in law enforcement as well as her achievements in promoting women and her advocacy for children as some of the reasons she was selected for the honor.

Thumbs up to all of those in the Tri-State area who planned and carried out Sept. 11 observances. Each observance called to mind those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Many also paid tribute to police, fire and rescue personnel who routinely risk their lives to protect us.

Thumbs down to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., tennis star Serena Williams and music star Kanye West, all of whom made news for the wrong reasons in the past 10 days. Their actions make you wonder whether civility is a thing of the past.

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Thumbs up to Ryan Carty of Boy Scout Troop 99 in Greencastle, Pa., who plans to build two dugouts at a ball field in Antrim Township Community Park for his Eagle Scout project. Also to the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, which allocated $2,000 toward the project.

Thumbs up to the Boonsboro Historical Society and others who had a hand in restoring the Boonsboro Trolley Station, which was dedicated last Saturday and now is the home of the Boonsboro Trolley Museum. It was the only remaining trolley station in Washington County, and its restoration preserves a part of the county's past.

Thumbs up to Alex Ray, a 2007 South Hagerstown High School graduate who will be among a group of students traveling to Honduras in January to volunteer at a free medical clinic.

Thumbs up to the more than 1,000 volunteers who participated in Tuesday's United Way Day of Caring in the Eastern Panhandle. The volunteers tackled more than 100 community service projects on a sunny day and brightened the day for many who needed help.

Thumbs up to Samuel Gillespie of Chambersburg, Pa., who received the 2009 Mike Waters Citizen of the Year award from the Chambersburg Borough Council. The award was a fitting tribute to a man who has served his community in many ways.

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