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September 17, 2010

Thumbs up to all of the groups that held ceremonies last week in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It's been nine years since the attacks occurred, but it still is important to hold events to remember the victims and the heroes of that day.

Thumbs up to John R. "Jack" Hershey Jr., who was honored last week by the Rose Hill Cemetery Board of Trustees for serving 50 years on the board. This is just another in a long list of honors for Hershey, who also was president of the board for many years and said he intends to continue serving on it.

Thumbs up to all of the firefighters and emergency personnel who responded to a 40-acre wildfire last weekend near the Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area. Their quick actions prevented the fire from spreading to occupied structures and limited the damage, which could have been much worse because of the dry conditions in the area.

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Thumbs up to the organizers of the annual "run, jane, run" slow-pitch softball tournament, which was held last weekend. The event gave players a chance to swing for the fences and has raised more than $250,000 for Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA) during its 19 years of existence.

Thumbs up to those who won awards last week at the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp.'s 24th annual Industry Appreciation Dinner. Honored were Whitetail Resort (Small Business of the Year), Target Regional Distribution Center (Large Business of the Year) and Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott, who received the Zane A. Miller Award for making uniquely outstanding contributions to economic development in the county.

Thumbs up to the Waynesboro (Pa.) Eagles Club for its $7,000 donation toward a dog park in Waynesboro, Pa. If the solid turnout for last weekend's dog swim at Northside Pool was any indication, a dog park would be a solid addition to the community.

Thumbs down to those Washington County residents who are eligible to vote, but failed to do so in Tuesday's primary. Only about 25 percent of the registered voters voted Tuesday. If U.S. troops are fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in part, to give citizens in those countries a taste of democracy, we can honor their sacrifice, in part, by exercising our responsibility to vote. It's a shame many among us failed to do so. Let's hope we see a higher turnout in November.

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