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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - March 5

March 05, 2011

Thumbs up to Boonsboro Middle School students, who successfully competed in the Mathcounts Competition last Saturday. The fact that they’re excited about math and education is a great thing and can inspire others. Also, hats off to all the students from the nine schools who participated.

Thumbs up to Whitetail Resort near Mercersburg, Pa., for hosting the winter games for Maryland Special Olympics this week. Agreeing to host the site made it possible for more athletes to compete in the games. Isn’t that what Special Olympics is all about?

Thumbs up to Dan Wolfe, community planner and Franklin County (Pa.) recycling coordinator, for providing facts that should encourage people to produce less trash. Kudos to the folks who attended the lecture and provided comments, and kudos to the folks at Renfrew Institute in Waynesboro, Pa., who are putting on the three-part series.

Thumbs up to the Washington County Northstars, who won the state co-op championship Monday night. This is the first such title for the Northstars, a group of hockey players made up of students from the county’s high schools. Congrats to coaches and players. Also, thanks to the parents for taking their kids to the rinks and spending all those long, cold hours standing around waiting.

Thumbs down to the U.S. Army for spending $7 million to sponsor a NASCAR team while educational funding and arts endowments are being cut. Sounds like someone has their priorities mixed up.

Thumbs up to Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors and other preservationists, for continuing efforts to raise money for a visitors area for the Battle of Monterey Pass near Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. A visitors site could be a way to attract Civil War buffs and boost the economy in the area. Don’t give up the fight.

Thumbs up to the state subcommittee members who this week pushed through funding for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. This looks like another win-win for the community and Hagerstown’s downtown. Let’s hope funding for USM-H makes it all the way through again this year.

Thumbs up to North Hagerstown High School’s Brendon Colbert (112 pounds) and Williamsport High School’s Kemper Baker (140) and Zach Shoemaker (145) for winning Maryland Class 2A-1A West Region wrestling titles last weekend. Good luck to all county wrestlers who are grappling this weekend in the state tournament!

Thumbs up to Phil Ridenour, who was recently named director of the Hagerstown Regional Airport. Congratulations to Ridenhour, who seems to have a long-term vested interest in the success of the airport. Best wishes in the new position.

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