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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Dec. 4

December 04, 2010

Thumbs up to outgoing Washington County Commissioners Kristin B. Aleshire, James F. Kercheval and William J. Wivell. Their final meeting on the board was Tuesday, and we thank them for their service to the county in what often is a thankless job.

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to John Bloyer, who retired this week as register of wills for Washington County after more than 18 years in the position. Bloyer’s job involved meeting people at one of the worst times in their lives and he showed patience and respect while carrying out his duties.

Thumbs up to Hunt Hardinge, who was honored last weekend for his 25 years of Scoutmaster leadership with Boy Scout Troop 10. Hardinge has seen 41 of his Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank during his tenure and has had a positive impact on the lives of many youths.

Thumbs up to students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, who established a scholarship program in honor of the late Robert Edward Herr II, who taught at the school. The scholarship drive kicked off Tuesday night with a talent show, which was appropriate considering that Herr had been working with students on a talent show prior to his Nov. 7 death.

Thumbs up to the runners who competed in the 10th annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning at Hagerstown Community College. Not only did the runners get some exercise before they sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, more than 1,000 pounds of food was collected to benefit Food Resources Inc.

Thumbs up to the American Red Cross, the Maryland Correctional Training Center’s Incarcerated Veterans group and other groups and individuals who contributed to the Special Forces Association’s annual Troop Morale Support Mission. Thanks to these donations, the SFA was able to distribute several hundred prepaid phone cards and 1,500 goody bags to wounded troops at Ramstein Regional Medical Center in Germany and to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. — Submitted by a reader

Thumbs down to Mohamad Osman Mohamud, who was arrested last weekend on charges he used a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought were explosives in a van at a crowded Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. This is just another reminder that Americans need to be vigilant about the possibility of terrorism no matter where they are or what time of year it is.

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