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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - July 23

July 23, 2011

Thumbs up to the 42 volunteer District 1 Little League umpires, who over a 16-day period called 63 games in five age groups in local All-Star qualifying tournaments. Some nights, as many as 24 umpires took the field to ensure  that our county’s youth could chase their championship dreams.


Thumbs up to the anonymous donor who pledged $30,000 to boost fundraising efforts to secure a mountaintop site associated with the Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass, the only battle to occur on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. The site’s master plan includes an interpretive center, monuments and opportunities for educational programs.


Thumbs up to the City of Charles Town and the Jefferson Memorial Park Board for reaching a deal on the sale of the 61-year-old Jefferson Memorial Park. The $1 transaction will allow the 11.6-acre park and its tennis and basketball courts, pavilions, picnic areas and swimming pool to stay open for public use.

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Thumbs up to the Hagerstown Bulldogs, a traveling baseball team that has been making improvements to the field it uses at Funkstown Community Park. The team has redone the baselines and mowed the grass, and will repair a back wall in a dugout that a town councilman said was “pushing in.”

Thumbs up to the organizers of and the participants in last month’s Franklin County Metric Century cycling event, which raised $7,000 to benefit breast care services offered by Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center, an affiliate of Summit Health, and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance.



Thumbs down to the event management company that presented the idea of a carnival dunking booth in which a Casey Anthony look-alike taunted fairgoers to dunk her. The booth operated for a few days at a bluegrass fair in Lexington, Ky., before the fair’s sponsor closed the game earlier this week.

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