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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Jan. 15

January 14, 2011

Thumbs up to Trooper 1st Class Carl Hardcastle of Williamsport, who was named 2010 Trooper of the Year by the Maryland State Police Aviation Command. Hardcastle, who has been a member of the aviation command for 20 years, was honored for hard work and his efforts to go above and beyond the duties of his job.

Thumbs up to North Hagerstown High School graduate and former Hagerstown resident Danielle McGarvey Wagner, who now is a cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Wagner also was a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals before she and her husband moved to the Pacific Northwest.

Thumbs up to John Howard, former superintendent of Antietam National Battlefield, who received a special Judges Award for Best Tourism Partner in the state at the Maryland Tourism Council and Maryland Destination Marketing Organization's awards banquet. Another well-deserved honor for Howard, who retired from his post at the end of 2010.

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Thumbs up to Carol Corwell-Martin, who recently retired from teaching after more than 31 years. The 1999 Washington County Teacher of the Year kept busy during her career, including teaching third and eighth grades. She also oversaw nine Center for Peak Performance & Productivity (CP3) teachers and 40 programs.

Thumbs up to Bonnie Hawker, who recently reopened the Red Byrd Restaurant in Keedysville as Bonnie's at the Red Byrd. Although Hawker has her own perspective on cooking, she also wants to maintain the traditions that made the longtime restaurant a landmark.

Thumbs up to Joe Scott and Pat Patterson, who have combined for nearly 115 years of perfect attendance at Williamsport Lions Club events. "Perfect" means they have attended every club meeting or made up for missed meetings by attending other activities. It's good to see them continute to stay involved in the club's good deeds.

Thumbs up to the Williamsport High School wrestling team for winning the 24th annual Hub Cup wrestling tournament last weekend at North Hagerstown High School. The Hub Cup is Washington County's largest and most prestigious wrestling tournament, and it hadn't been won by a Washington County team since Williamsport last won the title in 2002.

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