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December 11, 2009

Thumbs up to the Washington County Commissioners for approving a $500,000 job attraction and creation program to provide financial incentives designed to encourage companies to build or expand facilities in the county and to add jobs.

Thumbs up to the local road crews that worked Tuesday night into early Wednesday to clear the snow and slush from the area's roads in time for the Wednesday morning commute. An efficient job done by all to clear the area's major highways and roads.

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Thumbs up to those who participated in the annual Tree of Lights fundraising effort organized by the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary. The event has raised nearly $400,000 over the years to help pay for equipment and services at the hospital.

Thumbs up to Michael G. Hull, who was named the 2009 Business Person of the Year by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Hull, who is president and principal-in-charge of Noelker and Hull Associates Inc., was honored for his business and charitable contributions to the community.

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Thumbs up to the 400 airmen who were honored Sunday at the Air National Guard's Hometown Heroes Salute at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va. Also recognized at the event were the service members' families, who were called "the unrecognized heroes" for their sacrifices.

Thumbs up to the Incarcerated Veterans Group of the Maryland Department of Corrections. The group donated funds for 25 phone cards through the American Red Cross. The cards were delivered by a special forces representative from Hagerstown to the troops overseas over Thanksgiving. This shows true pride and patriotism in your fellow veterans and comrades-in-arms, regardless of your present status.

Thumbs up to Frederick, Md., natives Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, who competed in the latest season of Bravo's "Top Chef." Michael, who is chef de cuisine at The Dining Room, Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, in southern California, won the competition. Bryan, a chef and partner at VOLT Restaurant in Frederick, finished in the top three. Good to see the brothers do well in the national spotlight.

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