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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Feb. 12

February 11, 2011

Thumbs up

To Hagerstown Community College students, who traveled to Annapolis Wednesday to participate in Student Advocacy Day activities.  It’s great to hear of young people who are interested in the workings of government, because it is that type of interest that keeps Democracy vibrant.

To first-graders at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School, who donated $525.20 in dimes to school. The money collected will benefit the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library financially, and will benefit the children by giving them a stake in the library. It also teaches the benefits of giving back to the community.

To members of the Washington County Board of Education who held a Coffee and Conversation gathering Tuesday to give members of the public a chance to meet with them in an informal atmosphere. Also, a thumbs up to the parents who turned out for the occasion. Demonstrating an interest in our children’s education is admirable.

To all the firefighters and emergency personnel — many of whom are volunteers — who respond to fires, accidents and crime scenes at all hours of the day and night and in all kinds of weather. We have better communities because of your dedication.

To Funkstown employee Jeffrey Smith, who was praised by Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. for his efforts this winter in plowing and salting the town’s streets. “He just comes in and does what needs to be done,” Crampton said this week of Smith.

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