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November 06, 2009

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to Washington County Schools Superintendent Betty Morgan, named last week as Superintendent of the Year by Maryland's Public Schools Superintendent Association. It's always an honor to be recognized by your peers. Congratulations!

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to the organizers of the Alsatia Mummers Parade, who put on the 85th edition of the event last Saturday. Despite the inclement weather, an estimated crowd of 85,000 lined the streets of Hagerstown. The Alsatia Club makes a big job look easy. Thanks for a job well done - again.

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to Major League Baseball. The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies played one of the better World Series in recent memory, but the games dragged on, with most of them ending well after 11 p.m. If you want working people and schoolchildren to enjoy the American pastime, those who run Major League Baseball need to find a way to speed up the games or maybe even start the games earlier than 8 p.m.

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to the Maryland State Highway Administration, for adding rumble strips and making other improvements to a particularly hazardous area of Fairview Road (Md. 494).

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to the City of Hagerstown, for patching the potholes in the alley behind the Washington County Free Library.

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to Dr. Michael Horn, an anesthesiologist at Washington County Hospital, who has signed up to have his head shaved Sunday as part of a "Be Brave and Shave" fundraiser to benefit the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia. As of Wednesday night, Horn and his wife, Dr. Marianna Horn, a pediatric oncologist at the center who also agreed to have her head shaved, had raised almost $14,000 in donations for the cause.

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to the Hagerstown, Antietam and Washington County Friends of Education Exchange Club chapters, which joined forces Monday for an American flag ceremony at Public Square in downtown Hagerstown. The ceremony was designed to remind people of the sentiment behind the flag and was a great way to promote Americanism.

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to Hagerstown resident Veronica Grove, who on her 85th birthday went parasailing in Ocean City, Md. Grove, who was featured in The Herald-Mail on Oct. 29, said she has ridden the rapids in the Dakotas, gone rafting at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., climbed Old Rag Mountain in Virginia and enjoyed the view from atop the Empire State Building. Now 86, she plans to keep her adventerous, fun-loving attitude and go parasailing again. We all could learn something from Veronica.

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