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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Dec. 18

December 17, 2010

Thumbs up to everyone associated with last Saturday’s move of patients and equipment from the old Washington County Hospital to the new Meritus Medical Center. A hugely complicated task was executed with great skill and precision. Great job one and all!
 
Thumbs up to the Hancock Town Council for unanimously supporting a plan to extend the Western Maryland Rail Trial another 4.5 miles from Pearre, its current western terminus, to Little Orleans. The rail trail is a beautiful community asset and adding another section will only make it more so. Let’s hope this project gets the funding it deserves.

Thumbs up to Martinsburg High School, which won its first West Virginia Class AAA state football championship last week with a 30-0 victory over Brooke. Congratulations to coach Dave Walker and the rest of the Bulldogs, who won the title after four previous losses in the state championship game since 2001.

Thumbs up to the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, which celebrated its fifth anniversary last week with a “Cheers for 5 Years” reception at its downtown Hagerstown campus. Not only was the event a celebration, but proceeds from the reception benefited the USM-H Scholarship fund, which has so far awarded $50,000 to 10 students.

Thumbs up to James C. Smith II, co-owner of Mr. Jimmy’s White Tiger Martial Arts in Hagerstown, who received an award from the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November. Smith received the award for his charitable work in the community, which has included raising thousands of dollars for charitable causes, donating two truckloads of toys to Toys for Tots and providing two truckloads of coats and gloves for the REACH Cold Weather Shelter.

Thumbs up to Lynn Rotz, who recently was named the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Business Person of the Year. Rotz, president of Rotz & Stonesifer P.C., received the honor for his numerous business and charitable contributions to the community.

Thumbs down to Sal Alosi, strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets, who was suspended indefinitely by the team after an incident in a game last week in which he tripped Nolan Carroll of the Miami Dolphins while Carroll was running downfield during a punt. Carroll wasn’t seriously injured on the play, but this incident showed poor sportsmanship on Alosi’s part. Is it really necessary to stoop to these depths just to win a football game?

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