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Thumbs up, thumbs down

September 25, 2009

Thumbs up to Gaye McGovern who was named Business Volunteer of the Year during the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting this week. McGovern's list of volunteer efforts is long and meaningful and includes The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Cedar Ridge Ministries and Saint John's Episcopal Church. For the last several year years, she has chaired the Elizabethtowne Feaste and Frolic scholarship fundraiser. Congratulations, Gaye, and on behalf of the community, "Thanks!"

Thumbs up to students, parents and employees of Washington County Public Schools for the achievement of reaching Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at all levels in the school system. The county school district is one of only four public school systems in Maryland to achieve AYP at every school in the 2008-09 school year.

Thumbs down to Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Robert Henson, who got on his Twitter account following the Redskins' 9-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams and called out Redskins' fans for booing the home team. Not only that, he called the fans "dimwits." Not exactly the way to win over the fans, who are the ones paying big bucks to go to games and have the right to boo if the team is playing poorly.

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Thumbs up to Conococheague Little League won the 2009 state Little League championship. It proved it was a winner off the field as well by donating baseball gloves, bats and other equipment to underprivileged youth in Nicaragua and Venezuela. A class act!

Thumbs up to Pastor Justin Repp of Hagerstown's Lifehouse West church, and the other individuals, social service agencies and churches that do their best to provide spiritual, emotional and physical comfort to Washington County's homeless population.

Thumbs up to St. Mary's Catholic School in Hagerstown, which marked its 135th anniversary during a celebration last Sunday. Congratulations!

Thumbs up to Washington County's Rotary Clubs, which again provided a free dictionary to every third-grader in the county's public and private schools. Good work!

Thumbs up to Col. Cheri Provancha, who became the first female commander at Letterkenny Army Depot. Provancha comes to Letterkenny on the heels of a 15-month stint in Iraq and will bring firsthand knowledge of what is needed to combat terrorism.

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