Thumbs up to the anonymous donor whose promise to match funds up to $10,000 led to an overwhelming surge in donations for three local organizations in November and December. REACH Caregivers received $72,000 by the Dec. 15 deadline, while Holly Place and the Community Free Clinic of Washington County also surpassed the $10,000 goal.
Thumbs up to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who became the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate this week. Mikulski's candor and willingness to get straight to the point have made her a highly effective senator. She also helped break down barriers for other women to serve in the Senate.
Thumbs up to the more than 300 people who participated in last weekend's Polar Bear Plunge at River Bottom Park in Williamsport. Those who took the icy dip in the Potomac River did it for a good cause, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Humane Society of Washington County.