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April 23, 2010

Thumbs up to the Tri-State-area runners who competed in Monday's 114th running of the Boston Marathon. What an amazing accomplishment on the sport's grandest stage.

Thumbs up to Turner Dual Lanes in Hagerstown for hosting the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon last Sunday, which raised about $39,000 for the agency. Also, thumbs up to the bowlers and sponsors who donated their time and money to this worthy cause. The kids are the ultimate winners here.

Thumbs up to those responsible for the "Dig It, Hagerstown" program that is sponsoring a cooperative garden at Hager Park near Municipal Stadium. This is a great idea and we hope something good blossoms!

Thumbs up to those who helped raise tens of thousands of dollars at last weekend's Shepherd (University) Relay for Life. This event has grown exponentially over the past eight years thanks to chief organizer Holly Morgan Frye and her band of student and community volunteers.

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Thumbs up to Doris J. Nipps, executive director of the PenMar Development Corp., who was named to The Daily Record's 2010 list of Maryland's Top 100 Women. Nipps previously served on the Washington County Board of Education, was a Washington County commissioner and has volunteered with several other local groups.

Thumbs down to those responsible for the 11 arsons in the Martinsburg, W.Va., area since the beginning of the year. This is no laughing matter. This is not cool. This is dangerous and we hope the police can make an arrest soon.

Thumbs up to those who organized and participated in Earth Day activities over the past few days. No matter what your belief on climate crisis, global warming and fossil fuels, there is no doubt that we could all take better care of our global home.

Thumbs up to the 33 Washington County businesses that were honored Tuesday by the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission at Celebration of Business 2010. With the struggling economy, the event was a good way to recognize local companies that provide jobs in the community and support nonprofit organizations.

Thumbs up to Loretta Wright and Marquita Davis from Hagerstown's Memorial Recreation Center for their efforts to mentor young people. Thanks to the direction of Wright, the director, and Davis, the center's program director, the center has launched two programs aimed at showing teens how to steer clear of risky behavior.

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