Thumbs up, thumbs down

April 17, 2010

Thumbs up to the team from Boonsboro High School that won last weekend's 14th annual High School Academic Team Competition sponsored by Washington County Public Schools. Team members included Katrina Bushko, Kacey Clark, Alex Pantos, Jacob Reinhart, Eric Ryberg and Bilaal Saif.

Thumbs up to Kevin Brandt, superintendent of C&O Canal National Historical Park, who approved an idea by Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy to rewater part of the canal for the town's annual Barge Bash on June 26. The decision will allow the popular event to occur in the midst of repairs to a leaking culvert on the section of the canal that runs past the town.

Thumbs up to Barbara Ingram School for the Arts for the spectacular production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" over the weekend. The school's first major production was a home run. Bravo!

Thumbs up to all those responsible in the planning, developing and supporting processes of the Healthy Smiles Community Oral Health Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. The clinic will help those with lesser means get needed dental care.


Thumbs up to Kathleen King, Cindy Downs and the rest of the Clear Spring Garden Club. Club members are pushing to revive a May Day tradition by encouraging people to anonymously leave a container of flowers on a neighbors' door or front porch.

Thumbs up to Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker and Deputy Chief Ronald Horn, who recently announced plans to retire in June. The two have served the community for a combined 35 years. Hats off, gentleman.

Thumbs up to the entire Washington County delegation for keeping it professional in Annapolis despite campaign tensions. And to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington for working to get the Correctional Officers' Bill of Rights passed.

Thumbs up to Phil Mickelson, who won his third career Masters golf tournament last weekend. While Tiger Woods garnered the majority of the attention in his first tournament since his sex scandal made headlines, Mickelson overcame adversity in his family's life over the last year and simply went about his business to win the tournament.

Thumbs up to Veeda Bassett for trying to attract people to downtown Hagerstown by hosting a poetry reading at her shop, Tranquility's Garden.

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