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June 11, 2010

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To the Smithsburg High School girls track team and coach T.J. Hood for winning the Class 1A girls track and field state championship in Baltimore on May 29. It was the school's first team title since 2003 and 14th overall.

To the City of Hagerstown and organizers of the 2010 Blues Fest. Another great event!

To Hagerstown physician Dr. Martin Gallagher, who was named an outstanding physician by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Maryland. A founder of the Community Free Clinic, Dr. Gallagher continues to give back to the community by working with people who often have nowhere else to turn.

To the hundreds of cancer survivors attending the John R. Marsh Cancer Center's Celebration of Life picnic, held last Sunday at The Improved Order of Red Men's facility near Williamsport. Your "can do" attitude is an inspiration to all of us.

To the Borough of Chambersburg, Pa., for coming up with a plan to reduce electric rates by 7.5 percent immediately and another 7.5 percent later this year. Officials said the reason for the reduction is that income exceeded expenses and customers deserved a break.

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To the Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council for finally moving forward with and approving the paving of bumpy, filling-rattling East Second Street in front of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. And it was done at a very reasonable cost, too.

To all the dedicated teachers, counselors and administrators in Washington County and Tri-State-area schools who take their jobs seriously and go above and beyond for our children.

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To The Herald-Mail for not saluting the correct team in last week's Thumbs up, Thumbs down. Smithsburg won this year's team title in Class 1A girls state track and field.

To the reporters who thought it was a good idea to frolic at a party at Vice President Joe Biden's house. Ed Henry of CNN Tweeted several messages about the press corps and Biden's family being silly together. This is not exactly the picture of objective journalism.

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