Thumbs up, thumbs down

October 30, 2009

Thumbs down:

o To those who vandalized The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. Find them, prosecute them, and throw the book at them. The theater is a local gem and should be treated as such. An example needs to be made when those responsible are caught.

Thumbs up:

o To the 1,000 or so participants and organizers of last Saturday's 20th annual Step 'n Stride event at Hagerstown Community College's ARCC. It was hoped the fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley would raise more than $140,000, last year's total. Organizers said it was a record turnout. Congratulations!

o To the Washington County Democratic and Republican central committees and several other local organizations, for announcing plans to hold a workshop in November for aspiring local political candidates. It's a good idea, and perhaps it might even result in a bit of civility during next year's political campaigns.

o To organizers of the the second annual Hurley Alumni Orchestra Pops Concert, held last Saturday at North Hagerstown High School. Marvin Hurley, a retired North High orchestra teacher, started the event to raise money for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. The orchestra includes his former students. It was expected that this year's event will raise about $25,000. Bravo!


o To David Keener of Maugansville. Keener was recognized by the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He began donating blood in 1968 and since then, he's given 25 gallons. Quite a milestone!

o To the Hagerstown Lioness Club. Club members have recently coordinated and completed vision screening in all Washington County schools. That's what we call dedication.

o To Austin Shanz and his sister April of Frederick, Md., who placed second in the artistic skating national championships in August. That qualified the sibling duo for the world competition in Freiberg, Germany, from Nov. 7 to 14. Austin and April practice at Turner Skate Palace in Hagerstown. Good luck at worlds.

o To event chairman Allison B. "Allie" Kohler and his crew of volunteers for their long hours and dedication in putting together the recently completed WaynesboroFest. Despite the uncooperative weather, the 10-day event was a success and included plenty of ways and reasons to celebrate the community. A job well done by all involved!

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