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May 21, 2010

Thumbs up to Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Jeff Miller, who pulled the owner of a home on York Road in Halfway from a burning house last Sunday.

Thumbs up to United Way of Washington County for organizing the FamilyWize prescription discount card in our area. Cost savings are important wherever we can find them, especially for families without health insurance. Way to go, United Way team. - Submitted by a reader

Thumbs up to the citizens who did their civic duty and cast votes in the May primaries in West Virginia and Pennsylvania despite not facing a bevy of choices, and dreary weather.

Thumbs up to Maryland State Trooper 1st Class D. Wayne Smith, who is about to retire. The Smithsburg resident is a highly decorated law enforcement officer who's served Washington County and Maryland with honor. All the best in retirement.

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Thumbs down to Florida Marlins' shortstop Hanley Ramirez who loafed after a misplayed ball, was confronted by manager Fredi Gonzalez and held out of the following day's game. Ramirez had the audacity to say his manager never played in the Major Leagues and didn't have the credentials to tell him what to do. Another great role model for young players to emulate.

Thumbs up to the 79 recipients of high school equivalency diplomas during graduation ceremonies at Hagerstown Community College on May 16. Good job making the time and having the courage to go back and earn that certificate. Here's hoping this is but a first step in your continuing education.

Thumbs up to Kelly Barnhart of Williamsport, Kassie Beaver of Smithsburg, Amber Hendershot of Clear Spring and Whitney Sheppard of Boonsboro. They were among 20 students named McMurran Scholars, the highest academic honor awarded by Shepherd University. Congratulations.

Thumbs up to the 230 high school seniors who were honored Wednesday night during the Washington County Public Schools Celebration of Excellence. The program honored students who have a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher halfway through their senior year.

Thumbs up to the organizers of the Bonanza Extravaganza held earlier this month for recognizing the efforts of the event's designated drivers by holding a special drawing for them. - Submitted by a reader

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