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April 30, 2010

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To Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley and other school officials for finding a way to avoid raising tuition rates for in-state students for the 2010-11 school year. Shipley said Shepherd weighed the concerns of students, prospective students and their families in making the decision to keep rates frozen for in-state students next year.

To Hagerstown city administrator Bruce Zimmerman, recently awarded a four-year contract extension. Zimmerman has done a professional job since 1994 as city administrator, often dealing with a very demanding public, a large city work force and a handful of unpredictable and sometimes truculent council members. It's a difficult balancing act. He's done it well.

To administrators of Fort Detrick in Frederick and the Washington County Public Schools. They signed a partnership that will give as many as 100 Washington County middle school students a chance to spend time this summer rubbing elbows with Detrick's experts. The four, four-day workshops will focus on showing students the practical application of biology, chemistry and math. A good opportunity for some of our best and brightest.

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To Alice Humphrey and the One Mountain Foundation, and Tom Rodgers and the Blue Ridge Theater Guild for holding the recent dinner theater and production of "Is there Life After 50?," and continuing to bring outstanding theatrical productions to the Cascade/Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., mountaintop area. - Submitted by a reader

To the Hagerstown Suns for hosting thousands of school kids from throughout the Tri-State area at a morning matinee game last Tuesday. This is a great way to share the game of baseball with its most important fans - kids.

To Carol Brashears for her 32 years of outstanding service and dedication to students at St. Maria Goretti High School as a teacher, athletic director and friend. She'll be missed. - Submitted by a reader

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To those losing their tempers and considering resorting to violence over the tough new immigration law in Arizona. There's nothing wrong with peaceful protests, but violence only drowns out a protestor's validity.

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