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September 03, 2010

Thumbs up to the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, which donated $1 million to the renovation and expansion project at the Washington County Free Library. The renovated library will be named for the Fletchers, who have a long connection to the library. David Fletcher died in 1991 and Alice Virginia Fletcher died in 2007.

Thumbs up to Marilyn Blank, who survived two bouts of cancer and the death of a teenage son, for sharing her positive attitude with others. The Boonsboro resident has detailed her personal journey in a book titled "Have Faith: Live It, Speak It, Believe It & Survive."

Thumbs up to Jeanne House, proprietor of Jeanne's Confectionery in Williamsport, who was chosen the 2010 "Queen" for Williamsport Days. It was a much-deserved honor for House, whose shop was open for more than five decades and whose influence stretched far beyond Williamsport's boundaries.

Thumbs upSchool District met or exceeded state AYP standards to Sara and Mitchell Matzek, who recently won "24 Hour Restaurant Battle," a reality show competition that aired on the Food Network. The Harpers Ferry, W.Va., couple plans to use the $10,000 they won to help rebuild their Texas barbecue roadside stand, which was destroyed last summer when it was struck by a car.

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Thumbs down to Paris Hilton, who once again is in trouble with the law. This time, she was charged with suspicion of felony cocaine possession on the Las Vegas Strip. You have to wonder if Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and other young celebrities who have had repeated troubles will ever learn right from wrong.

Thumbs up to the players who participated in the recently completed Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The 16 teams in the tournament played to win, but also demonstrated what sportsmanship and fair play are all about. Let's hope these youths continue on the straight and narrow and serve as role models for today's generation of kids.

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