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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - April 16

April 16, 2011

Thumbs up to the Maryland General Assembly, for giving the board of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum in Hagerstown another two years to present evidence of matching money to claim a $25,000 grant. The board is trying to raise $50,000 to operate a temporary facility that will house the lifelong collection of Marguerite Doleman, who died in 2000.

Thumbs up to FirstEnergy, which last week said it will hire an additional 30 to 40 employees at its Williamsport headquarters of the new Potomac Edison power company. The customer service and engineering jobs will bring Potomac Edison’s employment to about 520 workers.

Thumbs down to Debbie Hayes, a kindergarten teacher of 38 years in Harriman, Tenn., who reportedly told students to encircle a classmate, call him a pig and make pig noises because the boy was messy. Hayes received a one-day unpaid suspension and a letter of reprimand for her actions last month.

Thumbs down to the man and woman who were charged this week with stealing about $150 from three girls selling lemonade at a stand in Warner Robins, Ga. The girls were raising money for a 2-year-old cousin of one of the girls, who will soon undergo treatment for an intestinal disease.

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