Thumbs up, thumbs down

September 24, 2010

Thumbs up

o To the Lewis family of Cavetown for their more than five decades worth of service to the Tri-State area. The family is closing its roadside market on Md. 64 on Sunday after 53 years.

o To Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia residents Sara and John Walker of Kearneysville, Lucy Smith and Leonard Harris of Martinsburg and Elizabeth Luise Spriggs Spring of Great Cacapon who were recognized by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III this week with Order of the 35th Star awards. The orders are given to volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty.

o To new Hagerstown Suns owners Bruce Quinn, Tony Dahbura and Dr. Mitesh Kothari for their investment in keeping professional baseball in Hagerstown.

oTo Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year finalists Karri Ernst, an AP government teacher at Boonsboro High School; Michael Leith, a seventh-grade math teacher at Hancock Middle-Senior High School; and Lori Uzicanin, an art teacher at Potomac Heights Elementary School; and Tameron Marriner, a kindergarten teacher at Rockland Woods Elementary School.


o To the Washington County Commissioners for their critical review of the county's 10-year waste and recycling plan Tuesday, saying it was not user-friendly and did not have enough detail about how its goals should be implemented. We agree that the plan should be more specific and must set out a serious plan of attack for residents and county leaders.

o To Hagerstown City Council members who are considering creating a city ethics commission. Council members want to create a commission that would meet regularly and act proactively as well as reactively. They hope an independent ethics commission would foster deeper discussion and understanding of ethics in the city.

o To Pennsylvania Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, who spearheaded the effort to have a section of Pa. 997 in Mont Alto, Pa., named after Sgt. Edward W. Shaffer, who died in 2006 from injuries he received from a roadside bomb in Iraq. The bill passed the Pennsylvania General Assembly earlier this month and is an admirable way to honor a fallen hero.

Thumbs down

o To stink bugs for making life miserable for homeowners, renters, farmers and everyone else trying to fend off this flying nuisance.

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