Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

June 25, 2010

Thumbs up:

To the hundreds of participants at the Relay for Life on June 18 and 19 at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. The event not only raises a significant amount of money, but it serves both as a memorial to and an inspiration for those who have battled cancer.

To the owners of Knob Hall Winery near Clear Spring. Wine-making has become a big business and tourist attraction, and we hope Washington County's re-entry into the business is a successful one. Good luck!

To Hancock, Smithburg, Williamsport and North Hagerstown high schools. All were recognized by Newsweek magazine for their academic performance. Bravo to the students, teachers and administrators at each school!

To Richard P. Jones, 84, of Waynesboro, Pa., who recently retired after seven decades of volunteer service to the Waynesboro fire police. Jones is a class act who cares about his community. We need more people like him.


To Eunice Freeland who on Tuesday became the first female president in the 75-year history of the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Lions Club.

To the 49 members of the class of 2010 at St. Maria Goretti, who were accepted to 227 colleges and were offered more than $5.8 million in scholarships.

To Parade magazine which earlier this month released its first All-America Service Team. The two-page spread, which was published with The Herald-Mail's June 6 edition, focused on young people doing good things, with most of them being very original ideas that have had a big impact on their communities. This is a great way for publications to point out the positive things happening all over the country.

Thumbs down:

To the State of Maryland. Not to rain on anyone's parade, but it's a bit ironic that the state reopened on Tuesday two new rest stops off Interstate 70 near Myersville, with a price tag in excess of $20 million, while the rest stops along I-68 on Sideling Hill about 30 miles away sit mostly empty, gutted of its geological exhibit.

To all those drivers who don't understand the meaning of "yield" as they race up the Interstate 81 exit ramp at U.S. 11 in Williamsport. Traffic on U.S. 11 has the right of way, but many drivers coming up that ramp don't seem to realize that. Please, drive safely.

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