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Thumbs up, thumbs down

June 02, 2010

Editor's note: The following appeared in the Saturday, May 29, 2010, print edition of The Herald-Mail:

Thumbs up to Carolyn Brooks and Roger Stenersen, who recently were named 2010 campaign chairs for United Way of Washington County. Two good leaders for a big job. Good luck.

Thumbs up to the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club for donating $5,200 in scholarships to help four local students further their education. The students are Tanner Beal of St. Maria Goretti High School, Chelsea Stigile of Hancock Middle/Senior High School and Melissa Carson and Zachary Gilbert of North Hagerstown High School.

Thumbs up to South Lynn, who received the John Frye Historical Preservation Award on Tuesday from the Washington County Commissioners for his work in restoring the Kennedy Farmhouse near Dargan. Lynn spent more than $100,000 in personal, state and federal funds restoring the farmhouse from which abolitionist John Brown launched his ill-fated raid on the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry in 1859.

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Thumbs up to Tim Smith, founder of the community group Hancock in Motion; his wife, Linda; and Mark Peterson, a Hancock in Motion member, for chaperoning an impromptu teen dance last Saturday night at the Hancock Community Center. More than 40 teenagers showed up at the center Saturday night for a dance that happened Friday, but the Smiths and Peterson went ahead and opened up the center for the teens.

Thumbs up to Judy Phleeger, a local duckpin bowling advocate who recently was named to the National Duckpin Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. Phleeger has been involved in duckpin bowling for more than 40 years and has committed herself to furthering the sport for both adults and youths.

Thumbs up to Robert "Addie" Allen Goetz and Eugene "Gene" Lewis Angle, two World War II veterans who recently received their high school diplomas from the Greencastle-Antrim School District through Operation Recognition. The recognition was well-deserved for the men, who left high school to serve in the military during WWII.

Thumbs up to Wilson College President Lorna Duphiney Edmundson, who recently announced that she will retire in 2011. Edmundson was instrumental in helping in the growth of the school, including completing and implementing its first comprehensive strategic plan.

Thumbs up to Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Laura Rattenni, who was named Clerk of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Justice. This is a well-deserved honor for Rattenni, who has made great strides in modernizing the Circuit Clerk's office and making it more accessible.

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