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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - July 2

July 02, 2011

Thumbs up to those involved in installing a Born Learning Trail at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown. The trail was made possible through the efforts of the United Way, City of Hagerstown, PNC Bank, Antietam Paving and volunteers. Washington County, which has three such trails, is the first county in Maryland to provide them.

Thumbs up to the local groups, clubs and organizations that continue to fund scholarships for local students pursuing an education beyond high school. In a difficult economy, students and their families can use all of the help they can get with educational expenses.

Thumbs up to Harvest Community Church in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Saint James School for their participation in last week’s Mission Service projects. The church brough students and leaders from North Carolina and South Carolina to the area to perform community-service projects and the school housed them for the week.

Thumbs up to the Antieam Velo Club, which last month brought the Tour of Washington County bicycle race to downtown Hagerstown. Despite the road closures that some considered a hassle,  the event drew many spectators to the city’s business district.

Thumbs down to the inconsiderate people whose abuse of Washington County recycling bins in Hagerstown city limits led to the bins’ removal. The bins — intended to collect glass, plastics and papers — often overflowed with everything from household garbage to broken furniture and even an animal carcass.

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