Thumbs up, thumbs down

August 06, 2010

Thumbs up:

o To Hagerstown residents Anna Barnhart and Tammy Sodergren of the Locust Point Neighborhood First group. This mother-daughter team has been working for several years - often with little help - to make the area just north of Bester Elementary a better place to live. Keep up the good work!

o To Sue Fiedler, Linda Hovis, Sandy Busey, Evelyn Hamburg, Doris Young, Annabelle Kayser, Shirley Barr, Jean Goodnight and Priscilla Greiner. These Washington County Hospital Auxiliary members have each volunteered at least 10,000 hours at the hospital. The community owes each of you a big, 'thank you!"

o To organizers and participants for Old Home Week, which concludes today in Greencastle, Pa. This triennial event makes you feel good about our little slice of Americana and is welcoming to everyone who wants to take part, not just those with connections to the Greencastle and Antrim Township communities. Hats off to a job well done.


o To all the firefighters, spouses and volunteers who have worked so hard this summer planning fundraising carnivals for the volunteer fire departments that serve so nobly throughout the Tri-State area. These carnivals require a great deal of coordination, persuasion and promotion, and the payoff is in the smile of the children's faces and in the coffers of these important organizations.

o To the employees and management of DOT Foods. In celebration of the food redistribution company's 50th anniversary, employees from its Williamsport center spent July 29 delivering a truckload of $35,000 worth of donated food to five Washington County food banks. Now that's giving back to the community. - Submitted by a reader

o To all the young people braving the heat this week as they tend to and show their animals at the Berkeley County Youth Fair near Martinsburg, W.Va. The whole experience at the fair is a win for youths as they learn a lot of life lessons, make friends and learn about the values of hard work and sacrifice.

o To the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Washington County Music and Arts Council and the City of Hagerstown for their great work in the 2010 Music By The Lake Series. The programs for 2009 and 2010 have certainly given Hagerstown some well-earned recognition.

- Submitted by a reader

o To the 50 or so residents who showed up Tuesday night at the Maugansville Ruritan Club for a meeting with the Washington County Commissioners. It's a good idea for the commissioners to take their meetings on the road. And it's encouraging to see more than a handful of community members attend the meeting. Democracy at work!

o To Assistant Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Markoe, who said the Washington County school system needed to "own" the recent test-score results, and begin immediately addressing the reasons for the decline. That's leadership!

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