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April 09, 2010

Thumbs up to the family of Ryan Myers and others who helped organize the first Race for Ryan last weekend at Grace Academy. The run was an ideal way to honor the memory of Myers, who was killed last year. Myers was a 2004 graduate of Grace Academy and had been an assistant soccer coach at the school.

Thumbs up up to Connor Renn, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last weekend at the Conococheague Little League's opening day ceremony. It was a great day for the 13-year-old, who was diagnosed in February with ganglioglioma, a rare benign tumor that was found on his spinal cord. Connor won't be able to play baseball this year, but he has been recovering faster than doctors expected and is now undergoing outpatient therapy.

Thumbs up to Bill Poffenberger, who has helped organize the annual Sharpsburg-area sunrise Easter service for about 50 years. Poffenberger is continuing an Easter tradition that was started in 1946 by several people, including his father.

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Thumbs up to the groups that sponsored community Easter egg hunts over the last several weeks. Whether the eggs were distributed the traditional way or dropped from a helicopter, as they were at an event in Martinsburg, W.Va., these groups took the time to keep an Easter tradition alive.

Thumbs down to those who have made physical and verbal threats since the health care reform bill was passed. The latest incident involved a California man who was arrested after allegedly making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's understandable that people who oppose health care reform are angry, but threats of this nature are uncalled for.

Thumbs up to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which is putting inmates to work in an effort to help the environment. Inmates will plant nearly 400,000 seedlings this spring in several Maryland counties, including Washington County.

Thumbs up to Hagerstown resident Nancy Weirich, who was one of 31 dialysis patients chosen as a Patient Champion as part of National Kidney Month in March. Her positive attitude and ability to live life to its fullest have been an inspiration for her fellow patients and staff members at Fresenius Medical Care Robinwood.

Thumbs up to the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. While Duke made the biggest headlines by beating Butler in the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship game, the Huskies held off Stanford for the women's title. Connecticut has won two consecutive women's titles and 78 straight games and is one of the closest things in sports today to a dynasty.

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