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Thumbs up, thumbs down

May 07, 2010

Thumbs up to organizers of last Saturday's Crystal Ball, which raised about $100,000 toward the capital campaign for the new Meritus Regional Medical Center, aka the new Washington County Hospital. The hospital is about $1.5 million shy of its $16 million fundraising goal.

Thumbs up to Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Marjorie Kellman. Kellman, a teacher at Washington County Technical High School, was one of 47 nominees for the award. Congratulations!

Thumbs up to Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline. Kline was unseated in his bid for another term as Funkstown mayor, bringing to an end 28 years in the position. That's quite a commitment to his community doing a job few wanted to do.

Thumbs up to the Sons of the American Legion in Boonsboro, which hosted the Washington County Junior Olympics last Saturday at Boonsboro High School. Several hundred elementary school students competed - for free - in track and field events, with the top competitors receiving ribbons and medals. Each competitor received a T-shirt and a free sandwich and drink from the concession stand. This event has been held for 36 years.

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Thumbs down to the state of Maryland, which is spending $18.4 million for a new welcome center along Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md., yet didn't have the money to keep the Sideling Hill visitors center open in western Washington County. Yes, the money was earmarked several years ago, but seems extremely wasteful in hindsight.

Thumbs up to the approximately 100 firefighters from across Maryland and Pennsylvania who participated in a rural water supply training exercise near Smithsburg on Sunday. The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. hosted the event.

Thumbs down to the federal government for not taking better control of airline security. The fact that the suspect in the Times Square bombing boarded a plane is downright alarming, especially considering the man was on the international "no-fly" list. What will it take to get better oversight of security policies?

Thumbs up to Jenny Sarnecki and her Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, all volunteers, and the more than 50 other adults and students volunteering at today's event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park. The second annual event, sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, features nearly 100 vendors of eco-friendly products, crafts, services and information to help citizens learn more about how to "tread more gently on this green earth," the event's motto.

- Submitted by a reader

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