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Thumbs up, Thumbs down - June 18

June 16, 2011

Thumbs up to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, which through a federal grant brought a display of arrowheads, bullet molds and musket balls to Washington County this week. The artifacts, recovered during archaeological digs in the county, will be displayed locally for a year and will give residents a glimpse into our history.

Thumbs up to the group of co-workers, families and friends from Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. who gathered Wednesday to reflect and release balloons in honor of those who have battled cancer. A company team that was walking in this weekend’s Relay for Life fundraiser at Hagerstown’s Fairgrounds Park raised about $11,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Thumbs up to Dan Jenkins, a single parent of three children from Martinsburg, W.Va., who this week was named a “Champion of Change” as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future program. The 44-year-old active-duty master sergeant in the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard was chosen as a representative among fathers who are there for their children and community.

Thumbs down to the mob that burned cars and looted shops in downtown Vancouver after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday to the Boston Bruins. The ugly scene brought back memories of 1994, when a riot erupted after Vancouver lost the National Hockey League’s championship series to the New York Rangers, also in seven games.

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