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Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down - Aug. 6

August 06, 2011

Thumbs up to Master Sgt. Tim Blankenship of the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va., who used the inspiration of an ailing family member to win a national stock car design contest. The Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man chose the logo and color scheme of “Chelsea’s Hope,” a nonprofit organization whose efforts target Lafora disease, with which his uncle’s teenage granddaughter was diagnosed two years ago.



Thumbs up to the organizers of the recent Maryland State Little League Tournament held at Maugansville Little League. The logistics of hosting 13 games over seven days — parking, concessions, umpires, field preparation, etc. — can be quite a daunting task. This group handled all of that, and several days of sweltering temperatures, with flying colors.



Thumbs up to the 27 Washington County public elementary and middle schools that had higher proficiency rates than the statewide rate on the science assessment test taken last school year. Though the results of the tests, which are given in grades five and eight, do not count toward meeting “adequate yearly progress,” the effort is worth noting.



Thumbs up to Brian and Lori Mace of Chambersburg, Pa., who are hosting in their home a 7-year-old girl from New York City through the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that provides free summer vacations each year for nearly 10,000 children from low-income communities. This is the second year the Maces have hosted the child.



Thumbs down to the adults involved in a confrontation after a recent Little League all-star game between West End and Sharpsburg. It’s a shame that after kids have played their hardest between the lines, they have to watch as adults — to whom they should be looking for examples of proper behavior — step out of bounds with their antics.

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